Uganda Equator Experience


The Uganda Equator Experience.


The equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into two equal spheres i.e., the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

On the latitudinal and longitudinal system, the equator is marked 0 degrees.
Uganda is one of the countries crossed by the equator.

The equator crossing in Uganda is a classic spot for photography, souvenirs, and a perfect stopover for any safari to Western and southwestern Uganda.

Being crossed by the equator is the simple explanation for why Uganda has a warm equatorial climate with even days and nights and lush landscapes.

The equator line can be crossed on your way to visit any of the national parks in southwestern Uganda, such as Lake Mburo national park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Where to spot the equator in Uganda?

The Kayabwe Equator

Kayabwe is one of the most popular iconic places to visit and explore the Equator in Uganda.
The town is strategically situated on the most popular route of adventures to several western Uganda safari destinations.

The Uganda Equator at Kayabwe is located about 77km (2 hours drive) from Kampala city, along Kampala- Masaka city route. Kayabwe is a town in the Buganda region of Uganda in the central region of the country. It is found in Mpigi District.

The place has a magnificent Equator monument, souvenir shops, and several restaurants.

Some of the shops were set up by NGOs and money raised through sales goes to the children that the NGO supports. It is a highly recommended stopover if you are on an Uganda safari to or from the great western Uganda National Parks.

Uganda Equator in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park straddles the magical Equator line. Here, the Uganda Equator line is situated at Kikorongo village in the northern section of the park at Kasenyi marked with a structural circular monument.

You can explore the equator in QENP on your wildlife game drive at the scenic Kasenyi savannah plains of the park.

Uganda Equator in Lake Victoria

The Uganda Equator line also passes through the northern parts of Lake Victoria, as well as through several of its islands.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake on the continent of Africa and the source of the world’s longest river.

The part northern part of the lake in which the Uganda Equator passes can be accessed from Entebbe city by boat. It can be explored if you are undertaking a boat tour to the Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary to view the orphaned chimpanzees or if you are just enjoying a boat cruise or canoe ride from Entebbe to the equator spot.

On your cruise, you cross from the northern hemisphere to the southern. It is one of the most rewarding experiences as you see the sun dawning.

Do you feel lighter while standing at the equator?

During your visit to the Equator, you can balance with one foot o the southern hemisphere and the other foot in the Northern hemisphere or stand with both legs on the side of the earth, the person standing with legs of different sides, will feel lighter but it does not mean you have lost weight reason being that.

At the equator, the gravitational force of the earth is significantly less than at the poles. When you leave, your weight returns to normal, but it will reduce by 3 percent.

It’s true; you will find out that your weight is 3% lighter at the equator line. Why? This is because weight is a force with which gravity acts on a mass.

Along the equator line, anyone’s weight will be less by 0.5% thus gravity is 0.5 % less at the Equator.

This is inclined to the earth not being a perfect sphere. At the poles, it is flattened.

You will be a few 10 km away from the actual center of the earth while standing at the equator unlike when standing at the poles. Gravity is therefore only slightly less at the equator because it falls off with distance.

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What is the Uganda equator water experiment?

This experiment demonstrates the effect of the Earth’s rotation on moving objects, also known as the Coriolis Effect. When water is spilled on the ground, you will observe that water appears to flow down straight the plughole in either direction of the Equator.

The clear observation is that the water flows counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

This is due to the Coriolis Effect which explains how objects in motion deflect to the right in the northern hemisphere and the left in the southern Hemisphere because of the Coriolis force an acceleration imparted by the Earth’s rotation.

These explanations show that objects with the part nearer to the equator, deflect further and faster than the part nearest to the Equator the south and the North pole, the Coriolis effect, also causes weather systems like Hurricanes to move in different directions in different hemispheres.

This experiment at the Equator is real, visit the Equator and take part to prove this experiment it’s thrilling.

Alternatively, there is another thrilling experiment where you will see many visitors balancing an egg on a nail; many people believe that it’s only on the

Equator that you can balance an egg on the nail and nowhere else. Due to the effect of Coriolis with stronger gravity at the Equator resulting in the altitude.

Things to do at the equator.

Souvenirs and shops.

There is a variety of art and craft souvenirs sold in craft shops at the Equator, most of the items here are handmade products by the locals found in this area, these include African print clothes, wood carvings, art pieces, jewelry, and so on from the souvenir shops.

Sunset and sunrise.

The sun rises and sets faster intervals at the equator than in other parts of the world with equal days and nights in length. The people around the equator experience only warm temperatures and tropical climates throughout the year.
Photography. The most done activity at the equator is photography. Visitors to the destination make different pauses, hugging, and fun to find memories for the rest of life.

Lighter weight.

The fascinating fact is that at the Equator if you weigh yourself, you will realize that your weight will be less by 0.5%! One may ask, “How is this possible?” The weight change is caused by the earth’s gravitational force being slightly less at the Equator than at the poles.

What is Equinox?

This refers to a time of the year when the sun is overhead the Equator, and the lengths of the days and nights are equal. This phenomenon occurs on the 21st of March and 23rd of September every year.

How do you get to the Uganda Equator?

As you travel from Kampala city, you will drive for 72 kilometers to Kayabwe in District along the Kampala-Masaka Road. Opting to use public means, a coaster or bus that can be boarded from the new taxi park to Kayabwe in Mpigi.

In conclusion.

The Uganda equator experience is one of the most thrilling activities that most tourists must visit as a stopover while on their Uganda Safari to western Uganda which offers unforgettable lifetime memories.