Uganda was nick-named the pearl of Africa by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill because of its “magnificence nature, diversified form and color, and plenty of brilliant life”. Uganda is a land-locked situated in East Africa, Uganda is full of wonders, fascinating landscapes, and harbors rare wildlife species. Uganda has a developed tourist infrastructure and national parks offering greater opportunities to visitors ranging from the endangered mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, and over 600 bird species.
Location of Uganda
Uganda is situated in East Africa being bordered by South Sudan to the north, Rwanda, and Tanzania to the south, Kenya bordering to the east, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.
Geography of Uganda
Uganda covers a total area of 93,065 square miles against 241,038 square kilometers. Which is slightly smaller than compared to the U.S. state of Oregon and the size of the United Kingdom.
Capital City of Uganda
Uganda’s capital city is Kampala.
Population of Uganda
According to the July 2016, estimated population by the CIA World Factbook puts Uganda’s total population to be approximately 38.3 million people with Over 48% of the total population to be in the range between the 0 to 14 age brackets, while Uganda’s average life expectancy is 55 years.
Uganda’s official languages include English and Swahili among others. Although, Uganda has approximately 55 more languages spoken especially in rural areas. Of all these local languages, Luganda is the most used language countrywide.
Uganda is mostly occupied by Christians which is a predominant religion, with 45% of the country’s population identified as Protestant,39% of Uganda’s population are Catholic. Islam and traditional believers occupy the remaining percentage of Uganda’s population.
Currency in Uganda
Uganda uses Ugandan shillings with updated currency rates.
Uganda has a tropical climatic type that is consistently warm, welcoming temperatures, except in around mountainous, that can get relatively cold, especially during night hours. Uganda has two rainy seasons with the first one starting from March to May, and the last one kicks off from October to November.
When to Go
Uganda’s best travel time is during the dry seasons that start in June to August and December to February throughout the year. During the dry seasons, all the roads are in better conditions, mosquitos are less and the weather is perfect for gorilla trekking, game-viewing in most of the savannah national parks like at Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, and Lake Mburo national park.
Uganda’s Key Attractions
Many visitors come to Uganda for tracking mountain gorillas in their natural environment. These majestic giant apes are a sub-species of the eastern gorilla that is found in three countries only in the world. According to the estimated gorilla population, there are 880 mountain gorillas worldwide. However, Uganda protects half of the total mountain gorilla population in two national parks, that is to say, in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. one in Mgahinga Gorilla National park.
Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls lies within the northern Albertine Rift Valley covering approximately 3,800 square kilometers. Murchison falls national park harbors chimpanzee troops in Budongo forest, colobus monkeys, and baboons to be added to your primate checklist within Murchison falls, while its greatest predators include leopard, lions, and cheetah. Nile Delta cruises are ideal for viewing endlessly, and over 500 bird species.