Amusing Facts About Uganda

Uganda is known because of its well-developed tourism and eco-tourism. Because of the country’s undiscovered wildlife and beautiful landscape, Uganda is considered to be a must-see destination for travelers. The country is very rich in natural views and large bodies of water. It is the home of Lake Kyoga and Lake Victoria. The small lake, Lake George, can also be seen in the country. Aside from the diverse culture, flora and fauna, the weather in Uganda is also comfortable all year-round. Of course, do not forget the must-see Uganda safaris.Combine the beautiful scenery and the comfortable weather, Uganda is indeed a spectacular country to visit.

Important and Interesting Facts about Uganda

  • Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.
  • Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia
  • The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate.
  • Uganda’s struggle to achieve their economic status was primarily due to decades of wars and corruption resulting in the nation being considered one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizeable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.
  • Uganda has gained a popular reputation as an exceptional worldwide destination for “bird watching” activities. Although the size of Uganda is not particularly big, it hosts over 1000 species of birds (whereas in Europe there are 700 species) owing to the diversity of its territory (from the Lake Victoria, to Rwenzori mountains, to the desert land of Karamoja.
  • The legendary Source of the river Nile from Lake Victoria is located in Uganda, close to Jinja town. This is the starting point for the white water rafting route, which is widely regarded to be as exhilarating as the more famous Zambesi Gorge below Victoria Falls.
  • Rwenzori is the biggest mountain range in Africa, running for over 120 kms along the border of Uganda with Congo. Originating from the geological phenomena along the Albertine Rift Valley, It does not have a volcanic origin unlike many other African mountains.
  • Sport fishing is done on Lake Victoria and Murchison Falls National Park. The main catch of the Lake is the Nile Perch, which is the largest fresh water game fish in the whole world; the method of fishing is by use of trolling lures. The most common fish of the lake is tilapia. At Murchison Falls, fish are often caught using live bait. Fishing is generally done over a few days, requiring some level of fitness and experience.
  • The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It is 1,442 square kilometres and harbor scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Kidepo Valley National Park offers breathtaking Savannah landscapes, which end in rugged horizon. The vegetation can most excellent be described as open tree Savannah which varies much in structure and composition.
  • The Kasubi Tombs is a place where the Kabaka and others in Buganda’s complex cultural hierarchy frequently carry out important centuries-old Ganda rituals. It is built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park an incredible preserve home to some of Africa’s most endangered animals. It is a haven for gorilla tracking. It is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns.

Cool and Funny Facts about Uganda

  • A Ugandan president is called Museveni, no matter the outcome of the elections.
  • It is “illegal” to have electricity 7 days in a row.
  • If you tell a “Ugandan-if not “Africans “in general” to meet you at 1.00pm, don’t actually expect to see them until at least 1:30. This theory has been tested and proven and is known as African time
  • Ugandan ladies never call. They only beep if they want to tell you something. This theory is also scientifically proven and tested.
  • Around 50% of Uganda’s population survives on less than one dollar a day.
  • Uganda is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to alcohol consumption.