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Jan 24, 2006

Location, Geography and Terrain

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Location, Geography and Terrain:Uganda is in East Africa and is bordered on the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the north by the South Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda.

Area: 236,040 sq km (91,135 sq mi)

The country is divided into three main areas:

  • swampy lowlands
  • a fertile plateau with wooded hills
  • desert region

Situation: Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border. Lying astride the equator, most of Uganda consists of a fertile plateau (average elevation 4,000 ft/1,220 m), in the center of which is Lake Kyoga. The plateau is bounded (W) by the western branch of the Great Rift Valley, including lakes Albert and Edward (in each case about half of the lake is in Uganda) and the Albert Nile River; by the Ruwenzori Range (SW), including Margherita Peak (16,794 ft/5,119 m), Uganda's loftiest point, and the Virunga Mts.; by Lake Victoria (S), about half of which is in Uganda; and by several mountain ranges (E and N). The eastern mountains include Mt. Elgon (14,178 ft/4,321 m), part of which is in Kenya, and Mt. Moroto (10,114 ft/3,083 m).

Altogether, about 18% of Uganda is made up of water surface and about 7% comprises highland situated at more than 5,000 ft (1,520 m). The country is divided into 39 districts. In addition to Kampala, other cities include Entebbe, Gulu, Jinja, Masaka, and Mbale.

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