An Equator is an imaginary line that goes around the world in the middle and other outer space bodies. It subdivides the planet into two, the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. That is how the North Pole and the South Pole come about with the 0 degrees’ latitude.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
DAY 1: Equator
Early morning at around 7:00am East African time, a driver guide from Pearl Land Safaris will be ready to pick you up from your hotel and transfer you from Kampala to the equator which is located along the Mpigi-Masaka highway, this route takes you to that destination. Your Journey will be through Mpigi district to your final destination at Kayabwe (Masaka District) the place where equator crosses Uganda.
The drive to Kayabwe is around 2 hours from Kampala City.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed warmly by our guide who will elaborate with proof to show you that indeed the equator truly crosses through there.
Our guide will help you observe where the 0 degrees’ latitude crosses, point out the southern hemisphere and also the northern hemisphere. With the help of the magnetic field tools such as water, he will show you that in the Northern pole, the water will sink out through the hole in the clockwise angle. However, in the southern pole, the water will sink down the hole in a counter-clockwise direction as caused by the magnetic fields.
The experience is finished off with the water sinking at the 0 degrees’ latitude straight down, proving that the imaginary line truly crosses the whole world from this very point. This is as simple as it sounds but the experience is in a way mind blowing as you see with proof how the water is sucked down in all different directions.
Key questions and answers.
Because of the equator, your guide will tell you that on 21st March and on the 23rd September at midday at the imaginary line it would be hard to see your shadow because you will be light. So should you have a day at the equator on either of the two dates, be sure to be blown away.
This place has a number of African craft shops with interesting items that can be bought as souvenirs for your loved ones back at home. Thereafter, you’ll have your lunch and maybe continue relaxing a bit and then head back to Kampala hence call it end of your tour.