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About Uganda

Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda, famously known as “The Pearl of Africa”.  One of the top African safari destinations with the most thrilling unique attractions that are not yet discovered by mass tourists. A country with astonishing beauty with rolling hills, sparkling crate lakes, a variety of wildlife and indeed with half of the world’s remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas.

The Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park. It is the source of the mighty Nile and around Jinja offers the best white-water rafting in the world. It has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the few remaining endangered famous mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a chance to get close to these great apes.

The scenery is so striking that it looks like an oil painting, the beautiful national parks with unique wildlife and birdlife species see far fewer visitors than in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, and the capital, Kampala, is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. In 1907 the great tourist Winston Churchill baptized Uganda the “Pearl of Africa”.

Geography and Climate

Uganda is 236,040 sq km in size, smaller than Kenya, but bigger than Rwanda and Burundi combined. Uganda is a landlocked country. The terrain is mostly plateau with a rim of mountains.  With its highest point is Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley which stands at 5,110 m at Mt Rwenzori National Park. Uganda’s lowest point is Lake Albert at 621 m. The climate is tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons-December-February, June-August. The northeast of Uganda is semi-arid and therefore drier. The country is generally very fertile with many lakes and rivers.

Culture, People and Language

Uganda is a country rich in cultural heritage since people from various origins inhabit the place from time immemorial. Many of the regions like Buganda, Bunyoro and Toro had kingdoms. The people are quite hospitable. Each of the tribe is very respect to their tradition. Uganda culture is a melting pot of diverse cultural practices.

Uganda Culture includes a number of religious groups like Christians, Sikhs; Hindus etc. people speak in 40 languages out of which Luganda is the most common one. Swahili is also used. English is the official language. Literature of Uganda is very rich as well. Culture in Uganda is farther enriched by various sports like football and cricket.

Uganda Music is an integrated part of the Culture of Uganda. Each of the tribe has their own song and dances for most of the occasions. Kitaguriro is a form of dance of the bayankole, while the banyoro perform Runyege dance, Acholi also has traditional dances such as Bwila and Otole, Agwal is the traditional dance of the Alur people and the Bagisu people have their Imbalu dance during the circumcision ceremonies. The commonly played instruments are Ennaga, Amadinda, Ndigindi, Entongoli and Likeme.

English is the official language in Uganda and most Ugandans are generally fluent when it comes to speaking English. Although the country has over 36 different tribes who speak different dialects, Luganda serves as something of a lingua franca. We also have a number of people who speak French due to the strong influence from Congo and Rwanda, not to mention the influence of Alliance Francias, a French language teaching school in the city.