The Equator

Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves passes. The Equator or the Uganda crosses into Uganda at a point situated 72km south of Kampala along the Kampala – Masaka road in Kayabwe. 

At this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping at if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneurs on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres at the equator line. Other equator markers are located in Kasese district within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, 420km southwest of Kampala. 

Another reason that makes equator a worthwhile stop is the great shopping bargains. The point has got several craft shops hand art galleries run by individuals and organizations. These craft stalls sell souvenirs and handmade products while some with marks talking about the Equator. It will not be inconveniencing if you bought a T-shirt with words ‘I crossed the Uganda Equator’. 

Aid Child gallery and Gallery Antique showcase their products in a more pleasing manner than their competitors. Facing Aid child Gallery is the Papula Paper organization, specially dealing in recycling and selling of paper products. It’s worth checking out. 

The Equator has also got two main restaurants, one at Gallery Antique shop and the other at Aid Child. These serve decent English food and tasty coffee.