Equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth in to two equal parts. Uganda pearl of Africa is one of the countries in the world that have got the equator intersecting the country, 14 countries and territorial waters are being traversed by the imaginary line and 7 of this countries are in Africa. The imaginary line crosses the country from along Kampala-Masaka road which is about 73 kilometers from the capital city.
The line is more than 40,000 kilometers longs and 78.7% crosses waters while 21.3% crosses over land, the latitude of the equator is by 0° on the equator line this is because both magnetic fields of the south and north hemisphere are pulling on the equal point. The equator is the only line of latitude which is a great circle.
The lucky countries being crossed by the imaginary line in Africa include; Gabon, Democratic republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Principe and Sao Tome. Another equator marker is located in Kasese district of Uganda within Queen Elizabeth national park.
This is an imaginary line that runs east to west on the Earth’s surface dividing the earth into northern and southern hemisphere. While at the equator if on poured water on a funnel on the northern hemisphere it’s runs clockwise and at the southern hemisphere it’s runs counter clockwise then the equator line the water goes straight caused by the cirrhosis effect of magnetic field.
While traveling for a great wildlife safari to the great lakes region of the country, tourists can stop by at the equator and take a few photos, there are also magical handmade crafts being sold at the shops where the equator is, this crafts are mostly connected to the equator they can be souvenirs to take back home for remembrance.
Many places near the equator are rainy throughout the year while other places receives rainy and dry seasons, the temperature at the equator can plummet during rainy seasons. There’s also a fact that the gravity at the equator is 0.5% less meaning any weight is 0.5% lesser at the equator this is because the earth is flattened at the poles and it’s not a perfect sphere.
The imaginary line is a few tens of kilometers further from the center of the earth, than when standing at the poles gravity is slightly less at the equator because gravity falls off with distance. A magnetic needle would have no dip and will remain at the horizontal position.
At this place you will also find a restaurant serving continental mouthwatering meals and various drinks available including tasty coffee. While at the equator the sun rises and falls more rapidly yet with equal numbers of day and night,
The Ugandan equator can be accessed from Kampala- Masaka road 72 kilometers from the city or at Kasese which is 420 kilometers south west of Kampala.
To have an experience of standing in the middle of the world, tourists can go visit the Ugandan part and be among one of the lucky people to stand in the middle of the northern and southern hemisphere. The equator is a one stop point experience while visiting western Uganda. Various accommodation units are available in Masaka town.
Uganda among the few countries in the world where you can have the opportunity to cross the equator line. At Uganda equator crossing points, one has that distinctive break to partake both legs upended at two hemispheres at once.
Equator is a line of zero degree. In detail, it’s an imaginary line drawn on the earth’s surface that divides the earth into two regions the Northern and southern hemispheres. Equator crossing points is such a magical and an amazing place to imagine during your stopover en-route on your Uganda or East Africa safari.
Uganda has three different Equator crossing point which can be encountered from different regions. Interesting is, no tediousness reaching to these points, a lot of undertakings explaining why they’re called the equator crossing points.
The reality of Uganda being the pearl of Africa still stands, the equator lines and other many encounters in the country discloses all that what marks Uganda the Pearl of Africa. Ranging from Gorilla tours, chimpanzees tracking, wildlife safaris, hiking to the top of the 3rd Africa’s peak, a photo shoot at there is another thrilling adventure engagement.
Where is Uganda Equator and Crossing Points?
There 3 different Uganda equator crossing points you can meet from different places; further fascination is the lines are situated in spots where you can come across them along your safaris.
Kayabwe Equator Crossing Point
Equator crossing point
The Uganda’s most popular equator line, it’s strategically situated on the most popular route of adventures to a number of parks in western Uganda. The Kayabwe equator is located in Mpigi district nearly 72 km from Kampala city along Masaka – Kampala road. The Kayabwe equator line has become the top stopover en-route to western Uganda in particular for photo shoots.
There are geographical experiments which witness the equator line and these include; the water experiment which explains how water flows to the either sides of hemispheres, balancing an egg on the nail at the point. The spot can be visited on your trip to either gorilla trek to both Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, and wildlife safaris to Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo National Park and Mt. Rwenzori National Parks.
Kayabwe Equator line is also another known stopover for meal en-route a long your treasured safari. Also, you can buy yourself an African crafted souvenir. Some shops at the Equator were set up by the NGO’s with intentions to raise income through sales for the support of the children that are under the NGO, therefore your participation in buying these items such as art and craft, is a way of extending your service to the needy.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Equator Crossing Point
This equator line is situated at Kikorongo village in the northern sector of the park at Kasenyi marked with a structural circular monument. Predictably the spot is popular to travelers who pass by for a snap capture alongside wildlife encounter at Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Ssese Islands Equator Crossing Point
Is one spot you wouldn’t like to miss on your relaxing beach holiday on Ssese island beaches. Found in the middle of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest fresh water lake. The beaches here are exceptionally amazing place for relaxation and sunset views as the sun sinks in the waters of the lake. Take advantage of the beach holiday after your strenuous gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda or Rwanda.
Get in touch with safari vacations and travel services we arrange for you the this breathtaking experience on your way to do other activities like gorilla trekking in the lake Mburo, queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi forest and the Mgahinga gorilla national park, come and explore what the pearl of Africa has to offer.