Uganda, the pearl of Africa is a beautiful East African country gifted with its beautiful weather- the blue skies, sunshine and warmth of the country makes you enjoy each day of your stay. Uganda is landlocked, bordering Rwanda and Tanzania to the south, Kenya to the east, Sudan to the north and Zaire to the west. Oral tradition describes several African Kingdoms in the area. Uganda has magnificent scenery, including snow capped mountain, thick tropical forests and semi-desert areas. Lakes cover more than a sixth of Uganda.
Uganda is located in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa and lies astride the equator. Officially called Republic of Uganda it is found in East Africa with a population of 26,404,543 at a growth rate of 3.0%. Uganda is a landlocked country located in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa and lies astride the Equator, with a total area of about 241.039 square kilometers of which 43,942 square kilometers are covered by fresh water bodies and swamps.
It is bordered by Sudan in the north, DRC (Kinshasa) in the west, Kenya in the east and Tanzania and Rwanda in the south with Lake Victoria forming part of the southern border.
The total area of the country is about 241,039 square kilometres of which about 43,942 sq. km are covered by fresh water bodies and swamps. Uganda is a country strategically positioned within East and Central Africa, a region that includes some of Africa’s most economically important and resource rich countries with a substantial market and great future potential.
The country is land-locked and borders the Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Kenya to the east, and Tanzania and Rwanda to the south.
Tourism in Uganda
For the visitor, Uganda’s reputation as “Africa’s Friendliest Country” offers exceptional diversity combining some of the best features that Africa has to offer. The country lies at the overlap between the tropical East African Savannah and the West African rain-forest zones. It is a country blessed with contrasting physical features ranging from extensive plains with undulating hills to snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, meandering rivers and spectacular flora and fauna. Seven of Africa’s plant kingdoms are represented in Uganda, which is more than any other country on the continent. In addition, Uganda ranks among the top ten in the world in terms of the diversity of its mammal groups. For example, by comparison with the UK, Uganda supports five times more bird species, six times as many mammals, ten times as many reptiles and amphibians and three times the number of plant species.
Uganda is also the source of the Great River Nile and Africa’s largest fresh water lake, the Lake Victoria. Such is Uganda’s potential in Africa that the former British Premier, Sir Winston Churchill after his many journeys across the length and width of the African continent, concluded that the country (Uganda) was indeed the Pearl of Africa. His verdict did not only describe the wealth of Uganda’s resources, but also the peaceful environment and social system in which the people of Uganda lived. Uganda welcomes you
The capital city of Uganda, Kampala is well worth a visit. Other interesting places to visit are Ssese Islands, Kasese, Entebbe and Kabale.
For long Uganda been a resting place for many travelers during summer and winter and other occasions every year and still is for thousands or decades. Characterized with fascinating features such as water bodies and forests, Uganda is not only a preferred destination but also a solution for adventure. It attracts travelers from all walks of life including those interested in wildlife safaris, birding, primates adventures, cultural interested tourists and more.
Full name: Republic of Uganda
President : Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Population: 33.8 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 241,038 sq km (93,072 sq miles)
Major languages: English (official), Swahili (official), Luganda, various Bantu and Nilotic languages
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 55 years (Men), 56 years (Women)
Monetary unit: 1 Ugandan shilling =100 cents
Main exports: coffee, fish and fish products, tea, tobacco, cotton, corn, beans, sesame
GNI per capita: US $ 460(World Bank, 2009)
Internet domain: .ug
Where is Uganda?
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. This beautiful country is located geographically and politically within East Africa. Located astride the Equator, Uganda is a landlocked country located between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. It shares its borders with five other countries; Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda The Pearl of Africa
Uganda earned the title of ‘The Pearl of Africa’ when Sir Winston Churchill visited the country on his East African safari. The country was given the name because of its immense beauty as well as its landscape and significant natural resources.
Uganda the Food Basket of East Africa
With fertile lands and regular rainfall almost 80% of Ugandans are farmers. With this advantage, Uganda is the food basket for the East African region. Uganda exports its food to its neighboring countries and some of its far neighbors. These include South Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia etc.
Uganda, A Great Tourism Destination
Uganda is among the top 1o African safari holiday destinations. In 2016 Uganda was voted by the America’s Cable News Network (CNN) as the best destination to visit in the world. It was also ranked as top the tourist destination to visit in 2012 by the Lonely Planet.
There are many exciting attractions that bring tourists to Uganda. There are about 880 mountain gorillas left in the whole world and Uganda is glad to host almost half of the population. These great apes are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in South Western, Uganda.
More so, there are about 150,000 chimpanzees in Africa and a third of them are found in Uganda. In fact a significant number chimpazees across Africa are found in only 4 countries and Uganda is one of them. These chimpanzees are found in several protected areas; Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, etc.
When it comes to birding, Uganda is Africa’s best destination. There are over 1,000 bird species recorded in Uganda. It is even believed that some of the birds living in Uganda’s forests may not be classified as yet.
The story of the Uganda martyrs and their shrine built at Namugongo is a fascinating one. Thousands of people from East and Central Africa flock the shrine on 3rd June every year to honour the martyrs.
Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa to design her own car, the Kiira that was unveiled in 2011. The prototype was first designed by students at Makerere University and has since then undergone a couple of improvements and modifications.