Uganda

Welcome to Uganda – “The pearl of Africa.”

The Republic of Uganda is an East African landlocked country. Winston Churchill the then Prime Minister of Britain, after touring Africa in 1907 concluded and named Uganda the “PEARL OF AFRICA” because of the country’s magnificence, variety of form and color, profusion of brilliant bird, insect, reptile and beast life.

Uganda is located in the Great lakes region boarding Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. The country’s name was derived from the Buganda Kingdom, the largest kingdom encompassing large portion of the South near Lake Victoria. Before colonialism, the Bantu people were hunters and fruit gatherers organized into kingdoms and chiefdoms.

Uganda got her independence on 9th October 1962. Since then, the country has had nine presidents and currently Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the president. The official language spoken is English though Luganda and Swahili are widely spoken across the country.

Uganda is divided into four major administrative regions which are; North, East, Central and West and each Region comprises of different districts.

Uganda is a beautiful country with hospitable people. The climate is stable and welcoming and the food alone is worth the trip. The currency in Uganda is the shilling.

Uganda wild life, nature and eco-tourism is concentrated in its protected areas, categorized as National parks, Wild life reserves, Forest reserves, Snowcapped mountains, Free falling Sipi falls, Lakes, Rivers and Vegetation at large. The country holds almost half the world’s surviving Mountain Gorillas. Uganda is home to many unique primate species like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, Golden Monkeys, L’ Hoest Monkeys, Olive baboons and the Blue monkeys among others. There are 345 species of mammal and 1020 species of bird have been recorded in the country.

Uganda has tourist activities which include: visiting wildlife parks, enjoying white sand beaches on lake Victoria, mountaineering and hiking on the snowcapped magnificent mount Rwenzori, gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest, birdwatching, forest and nature walks, visiting the source of the River Nile, white water rafting and bungee jumping on R. Nile, touring the magnificent Murchison Falls, boat riding on lakes and rivers, touring cultural heritage sites, community tourism and a focus on ghetto and slums in vulnerable communities of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.

According to the International Trade Center (ICT) and the International Federation of Organic Movement (IFOM), based in Germany, Uganda is the leading producer of organic products in Africa. Main products include tea, cotton, dried banana, paw paws, pineapple, passion fruits, chilies, ginger and simsim.

Uganda is the number one coffee exporter and the second main producer of coffee after Ethiopia in Africa. Uganda is the source of Robusta coffee in the whole world and it originated from Uganda’s forests. In addition, Uganda’s coffee has the best aroma because of the country’s green environment and high altitude. It is used by coffee roasters to blend it with other coffees.

 “If you tour Africa without visiting Uganda, then you have not seen the best of Africa.”

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