Facts about Uganda

For awe-inspiring travel, few countries can match Uganda. Its national reserves and parks are well-protected havens for some of the most endangered wildlife; here are some facts you may need to know about our beautiful country

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  1. Uganda gained her independence from Britain in 1962.
  2. The official nickname of Uganda is “the pearl of Africa
  3. The Ugandan president is  H.E.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
  4. The crested crane is National animal. The crane is featured on the country’s National flag.
  5. Uganda is a land locked country.
  6. Uganda is the birth place of the mighty River Nile-the longest river in Africa.
  7. The country shares its borders with five other East African countries: Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Uganda has a young population with approximately 50 percent living under a dollar a day.
  9. In terms of population, Uganda is the second largest landlocked country in the world. There are an estimated 52 tribes residing in Uganda.
  10. English is the country’s official language.
  11. The English spoken in Uganda has different dialects which vary from region to region.
  12. Ugandans are known for their warmth and hospitality. Uganda is one of Africa’s friendliest countries.
  13. Ugandans do not keep time.
  14. Ugandans know how to party and are one of the top consumers of alcohol in all of Africa.  
  15. A Rolex – it’s a type of street food. This dish is a dough flat bread commonly filled with eggs and other ingredients of personal choice.
  16. Matooke-green plantain, is a staple food in central Uganda. It is made with green bananas that have been steamed in banana leaves and then mashed.
  17. Another staple is millet bread which is eaten in almost all the regions in the country.
  18. Grasshoppers are a delicacy to the people of Uganda; these de-feathered after harvesting and then pan fried.
  19. Other delicacies are white ants, termites and grass-cutters.
  20.  The climate is tropical, and there are two dry seasons that run from December to February and again in June through August.
  21.  The country’s most beloved sport is football – or what is known in the U.S. as soccer.  
  22. The country has won just two gold medals in the Olympics. The first was won in Men’s hurdles in 1972, while the second was won during the 2012 Olympics in Men’s marathon.
  23. Uganda is home to approximately 5000 primates making her a prime destination for wildlife encounters
  24. Uganda is home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
  25. Uganda receives approximately 1 million tourists every year.


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