The Equator Masaka Reviews
The Imaginary line that divides the Northern & Southern Hemispheres Oct 19, 2009
The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into two. It crosses the earth running latitudinal, East to West. The Equator crosses through particular countries along it’s path: Uganda Included. I grew up in Uganda and crossed the equator more than a dozen times as a child and as an adult. In Uganda, one has a chance the experience the awe of standing at the point of two hemispheres at the same time.
What is fascinating about being at the Equator, is that one can vividly see the theory of the longitudinal and latitudinal forces at play. Water drains clockwise at the Northern Hemisphere and anti-clockwise at the Southern Hemisphere. It did not make sense to me as a child, but as I studied my geography and learned about earth, I became fascinated with seeing more of it.
There isn't much more at the Equator really, except a circular monument with the word “Equator” written on it to mark the point of crossing between the two hemispheres.
It is cheap to get there and you can do it on your own too. from the Kampala taxi park, jump on a taxi going to Masaka and let the driver know to drop you off at the equator. It should cost no more than 2,000 shillings.
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