Situated in the thrilling East Africa region, Uganda is a small independent country blessed with a vigorous economy, stunning wildlife species, balmy weather conditions, and breathtaking landscapes, flora, and fauna as well as the incredible history and culture heritage among others. And with no doubt, she is famously known as the Pearl of Africa as clearly said by Winston Churchill one of the first explorers to Africa.
Here below, we present you 9 interesting facts you need to know about Uganda, which give you an insight about the beauty of the Pearl of Africa;
Home to the Endangered Mountain gorilla species
It is paramount to note that Uganda is one of the few countries where you encounter almost half of the remaining mountain gorilla species in their natural habitant. The Mountain gorillas are known for holding 98% human nature and in Uganda, you find these beautiful giants in only two National Parks, namely; Mgahinga gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – famously known for offering the best mountain gorilla trekking experience in the world. There are about 20 habituated Mountain gorillas families situated in the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable forest and only one habituated gorilla gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These two gorilla parks are found in the south western region of the country and they are close to each other with in the virunga ranges.
To trek the Mountain gorillas in Uganda, you are required to pay a $700 per person per single trek for the gorilla permit. The gorilla permit is a document or card issued to a travelers allowing them to trek the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest park or Mgahinga national park.
A true African Safari destination with the Big five animals
Incase you are a wildlife lover and you are seeking for exotic experiences on an African Safari then Uganda is the perfect safari destination you need not to miss out on budget list this season. We can’t ignore the fact that it is home to the stunning big five wildlife animals, namely the Lions, Elephants, African buffaloes, leopards, Hippos plus the white at Ziwa Rhino Sanctaury. While on a Big five safari in Murchison Falls National Park, you grab chance to see all of them including the southern white Rhino at Ziwa Sanctuary. Although, it is possible find the big four in other parks like Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Hosts the mighty Magical Murchison Falls Water Falls.
Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful Water fall in Uganda, situated in the Murchison Falls National Park. This is the most visited safari park in the country blessed with lots of charming attractions. A guided Uganda safari to Murchison falls gives you chance to cruise to the bottom of the falls or embark on hike to the falls top. While here, groove on the mesmerizing beauty at the point where the Nile River forces its way through a narrow gorge with rocks to form the glittering beauty of the falls.
Features the second largest Lake in World
Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the World, it was named to honor Queen Victoria. In Africa, it is the largest tropical lake and it was the source of the river Nile begins its flow to the Mediterranean sea. Lake Victoria features a lot of interesting attractions like beautiful islands blessed with sand beaches perfect ideal for leisure experiences, Fishing among others.
Kampala city is the capital city of Uganda, it is the largest city and the biggest district among the 144 districts of her motherland. It is also the key commercial city with the highest population which grows every now and then. It is name Kampala came from the phrase “Akasozi K’empala meaning the hill of the impalas which used to stay around there in large numbers hence the name Kampala. Kampala city has developed and earns more income to the country due to the development of a diversity of thrilling tourist attractions like the large business venues, universities, schools, entertainment places like theaters, Cinemax’s and disco discotheques. Many travelers love to enjoy a Kampala city tour while on a Uganda Safari and it offers incredible memories.
Jinja City – “The Adventure Adventure Capital of East Africa”
Situated in the mid-eastern part of Uganda, Jinja city is known as the third largest economic city in Uganda plus East Africa at large. Jinja is located about 80 kilometers from Kampala city. Jinja prides in hosting the the source of the Nile. The word Jinja is a local word meaning “rock”. It originates from a flat large rock found close the Rippon falls thus the name its name “Jinja”. Many adventure seekers on a trip a to Jinja get a chance enjoy thrilling activities like White water rafting, horse riding, boat cruise the source of the Nile and bungee jumping among others.
It is important to note that Uganda is among the top nations regarded as the youngest countries in Africa. It features the biggest number of youth group about 48% of its population. The Young people in Uganda from the age of 14 and below take up the biggest population. Thus making it the second most youthful country in Africa. According to statics only 2% of Ugandan people are over the age of 65.
The People and the Unique Food cuisines
Uganda is blessed with hospitable people and you notice this right away from the time of arrival at the Entebbe Airport, how you are welcomed with big smiles on the faces of Ugandans, the children love waving to visitors a sigh of love and hospitality. As you explore the different communities you groove on the fascinating cultural norms, lifestyle behaviors which defines the country as a true African country with authentic cultures. Sometimes exhibited through songs and dance performances as well as food. Almost each tribe in Uganda has a staple food. A food tour offers you great opportunity to enjoy tasting various unique foods like Grasshoppers, Rolex on the her streets, Meat Mochomo, Matooke, Luwombo sauce, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local drinks like Bushera, kwete, mwenge bigeli squeezed from bananas among others.
Sesse Island is stunning archipelago dotted on Lake Victoria. This beautiful lake Victoria is home to 84 enthralling islands you need to consider visiting while on a Uganda Safari. These islands offer alot of amazing things to do, namely; biking, hiking, enjoying a beach bonfire, drinking at a resort bar, and lying on the beach. And if you are someone who just wants to walk around and do nothing, these islands are the perfect ideal for all signature of memories.
In synopsis, with the above mentioned pointz, you need to acknowledge that Uganda – the Pearl of Africa has alot of interesting facts you need to know and grab a chance to explore when you take a trip to Africa. At Mumwe Global Safaris, with our travel experts, we can assist you explore the amazing facts about Uganda. Simply contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us now on +256-700135510 to reserve your safari now.