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Uganda Transportations


A landlocked country, Uganda depends on links with Tanzania and Kenya for access to the sea. The main rail line runs from Tororo in the east through Jinja and Kampala to the Kilembe copper mines near Kasese. The northwest line runs from Tororo to Pakwach. Eastward from Tororo, the line crosses into Kenya and runs to the port of Mombasa. There is a total of 1,241 km of track in Uganda.

In 2003, there were 70,746 km of roads, 16,272 km of which were surfaced. In 2000, there were 72,700 passenger cars and 79,700 commercial vehicles registered in Uganda. However, many were not in service due to damage, shortages of fuel and spare parts, and closing of repair and maintenance facilities.

Steamships formerly carried cargo and passengers along the country's major lakes and navigable rivers, but there is no regular service on the Nile. Three Ugandan train ferries ply Lake Victoria, connecting at Kisumu, Kenya, and Mwanza, Tanzania. Important ports and harbours include Entebbe, Jinja, and Port Bell. As of 2002, Uganda had a merchant fleet of three cargo ships totalling 5,091 GRT.

In 2010, airports numbered 46, only five of which had paved runways. Uganda's international airport is at Entebbe. In 2001, 40,600 passengers were carried on scheduled domestic and international flights.


Airports :
46 (2010)

Airports - with paved runways :
total: 5
over 3,047 m: 3
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2010)

Airports - with unpaved runways :
total: 41
over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 7
914 to 1,523 m: 25
under 914 m: 8 (2010)

Railways :
total: 1,244 km
narrow gauge: 1,244 km 1.000-m gauge (2008)

Roadways :
total: 70,746 km
paved: 16,272 km
unpaved: 54,474 km (2003)

Waterways :
there are no long navigable stretches of river in Uganda; parts of the Albert Nile that flow out of Lake Albert in the northwestern part of the country are navigable; several lakes including Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga have substantial traffic; Lake Albert is navigable along a 200 km stretch from its northern tip to its southern shores (2009)

Ports and terminals :
Entebbe, Jinja, Port Bell





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