Known as “The Pearl of Africa”, the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered on the East by Kenya, the North by Sudan, on the West by the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the Southwest by Rwanda, and on the South by Tanzania. The country is home to the source of the river Nile and includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala.
The official language is English but there are over 50 local languages spoken throughout the country, main ones being: Luganda,Rutooro, Lusoga, Rynyankole, Luo and Ateso. Swahili, unlike in other East African countries, is not widely spoken by the population.
Uganda is a parliamentary democracy. The President, currently Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, is both head of state and head of government. Recent economic growth has been robust – in 2008 Uganda recorded 7% growth despite the global downturn. The country has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt, as well as recently discovered reserves of both crude oil and natural gas. Local currency is Ugandan Shilling (UGX). For current rates check here.
Filming in Uganda
Uganda’s political and economic stability, coupled with amazing sceneries and good weather, makes it a wonderful place for filming. The country enjoys substantial freedom of press, in comparison to other African states. Foreign crews need to acquire press accreditation and customs clearance for entering the country and Seamless Uganda can facilitate the process.
We support international crews with local know-how, manpower and equipment. Our fixers are experienced in working with film professionals from all over the world and actively responding to their needs. Please contact us for details about film crew and equipment available.