Top facts about Uganda – The Republic of Uganda also known as the “Pearl of Africa” is a landlocked East African country, bordered by Kenya in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, Rwanda to the South-West, Tanzania to the South and South Sudan to the North. Here are some top facts about Uganda which you must know.
Uganda has over 44.27 Million People as of 2019 and over 56 tribes. Uganda People are very hospitable and smiling therefore Uganda is known as one of the most hospitable countries in the world with very warm and welcoming people.
Uganda got her independence on the 9th of October 1962 after being a British colony for over 68 years. When Uganda got independence, Kabaka Mutese ll became president and the late Dr Milton Obote was the prime minister. Uganda currently practices multi-party democracy.
Uganda has 10 National Parks and many game reserves where you can see lots of wildlife including the African Big Five, The Gorilla and the Chimpanzees. There are several safari activities to do in Uganda including Gorilla trekking, Game viewing drives in the national parks, Mountain hiking, Boat cruises, Chimpanzee trekking and nature walks, Adventure sports such as White water rafting and Bungee Jumping, Birding, Rhino tracking and several others. The Uganda National Parks are managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The Capital city of Uganda is Kampala with a population of over 2.5 million people. The City originally sat on seven hills and derived its name from an Antelope species called the Impala which were very many on Old Kampala hill, one of the 7 hills of Kampala.
The Ugandan currency is known as the Uganda Shilling. When in Uganda you can exchange some Pounds, Dollars or Euros and other currencies for the shilling which is widely accepted. Though the US Dollar is also accepted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and most safari lodges.
Uganda has an Education system of four levels, Nursery and Primary, Secondary education, University and Tertiary Education. Makerere University which is ranked as the third best University in Africa is found in Kampala Uganda.
Uganda is blessed with several fresh water lakes including Lake Vicitoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake George and Lake Edward and several other smaller Lakes. Lake Victoria is the source of River Nile, the second longest River in the world.
Uganda is home to the Rwenzori Mountains, a snow-capped mountain in the tropics with its highest peak being Margherita on Mount Stanley standing at an elevation of 5019m above Sea Level.
Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain Gorillas in the world. The Gorillas are endangered and can only be tracked in the wild in three countries in the world, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain Gorillas in Uganda can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The Uganda national football team is known as the Uganda Cranes, the Rugby team as the Rugby Cranes, the netball team as the she cranes. Uganda also boasts of several Athletic figures that have broken several records over the years. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for details on top facts about Uganda and safari holidays that can be conducted in Uganda