Located in Eastern Africa, Uganda is bordered by South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After achieving independence from Britain in 1962, Uganda lived under several Presidents, including the dictatorial regime of Idi Amin from 1971-1979. It has been ruled by Yoweri Museveni since 1986.
Over the last two decades, Northern Uganda has faced perpetual instability from the Lord’s Resistance Army rebellion. Despite this insurgency, Uganda is considered a relatively stable country, and is considered “The Pearl of Africa.” Uganda’s lush scenery — as well as the famous mountain gorillas and numerous ‘safari’ animals — make this country a popular tourist destination.