Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife.
Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light; the massive lumbering yet silent elephant,disappearing like a vapor behind the trees; the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy;
the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket.
Namibia occupies 318,696 sq miles, the world’s thirty-fourth largest country (after Venezuela). It is the least densely populated country in the world after Mongolia with a mere 6.5 inhabitants per square mile.Namibia is a vast land with its more than 6000 feet high central bush, its Namib desert – stretching along the Atlantic ocean of the South – with its dunes of 900 feet, which are the highest in the world. Its large National Parks, the Namib Naukluft and the Etosha , dominates Etosha Pan and the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic a biotic conditions and vegetation with some variation within and overlap between them. These areas include the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert. Although the climate is generally extremely dry, there are a few exceptions. The cold, north-flowing Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean accounts for some of the low precipitation.
The climate is pleasantly warm, with average temperatures ranging between 20 °C and 25 °C (68 °F and 77 °F), and annual rainfall ranging between 900 and 1,500 millimeters (35 and 60 inches). Temperature variations throughout the year are little, however, there is a warmer period from December to March, more noticeable in the north, and a cooler period from June to September. In general, the temperatures are pleasant, although it can sometimes get hot during the day, especially from December to April, while nights can be cool or even cold, depending on altitude, and this can happen throughout the year, but especially from June to August.
Uganda is a multilingual country. Forty three of its living languages fall into four main families—Bantu, Nilotic and Central Sudanic—with another two languages in the Kuliak family. English, inherited from the colonial period, is the official language.
Sun block lotion, sunglasses, hats and insect repellents are essential. Binoculars are an absolute must!