Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two half passes. The Equator or the Uganda equator crosses into Uganda at a point situated 75km south of Kampala along the Kampala – Masaka road.
At this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneur 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 make equator worthwhile stop are the great shopping bargains. The point has got several craft shops 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 Tribal Art & Crafts showcase thier products in a more organsied manner than their competitors. Facing Aidchild Gallery, is the Papula Paper organisation, specially dealing in recyling and selling of paper products.
The Equator has also got two restaurants, one at Tribal Art & Crafts shop and the other at Aid Child café. These serve decent English food and tasty coffee.