All about Uganda – The Pearl of Africa for Visitors

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Its all about Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

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Uganda – The Pearl of Africa – More than Idi Amin, 35 million people, a small country, yet big in a welcoming heart, stunning scenery, fabulous wildlife, gorillas, Chimpanzees – Uganda awaits to be discovered by you – this is All about Uganda – the Pearl of Africa – Home to some of the friendliest people found in Africa.

  • Official Name – Republic of Uganda
  • Populations according to UN – 2012 – 35.6 million
  • Capital – Kampala
  • Area – 241,038 Square Kilometers – 93,072 Square Miles
  • Major Languages – English (Official), Swahili (Official), Luganda and various Bantu and Nilotic Languages
  • Major Religions – Christianity and Islam
  • Life Expectancy – 54 years for Men – 55 years for women (UN Report)
  • Monetary Unit – Ugandan Shilling –
  • Gross National Income per person – 510 usd (World Bank- 2011)
  • Main Exports – Coffee, Fish and related fish products, tea, tobacco, cotton, corn, beans, sesame, tourism,
  • Uganda is the Youngest Nation in World – over half of the population are children.
  • Uganda is the Evergreen Country of Africa-the color greens dominates the landscape.
  • Uganda is Africa’s Banana Republic – it grows more Bananas than any other nation – except India- over 50 varieties- Matooke-a plantain banana is the chief staple in the much of the country.
  • Ugandans lay claim to be the friendliest African Country.
  • Peanuts in Uganda are referred to Ground Nuts – similar to the German name for peanuts which is Erdnuesse – meaning earth nuts.
  • Uganda’s Official Motto – “For God and my County.”
  • Uganda – Home of the Lake Victoria Source of Nile.
  • Uganda – Home of the tallest Mountain Range in Africa – The Rwenzori Mountains also referred to as Mountains of the Moon.
  • Uganda has pleasant year around Weather.
  • Uganda is 26% lakes and rivers
  • Uganda has 11% of the birds found in the world – over 1040 species of birds – making it the number one country for Birders.
  • Uganda is home to over half of all Mountain Gorillas in the world.

Below you will find out helpful links that will give you more information on Uganda

Uganda – The Pearl of Africa Uganda-the-Pearl-of-Africa

Uganda – The Pearl of Africa is regaining the luster There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the Pearl of Africa Uganda is a country that affected even the early explorers. They were amazed by its beauty, its natural wonders, its people.

When more modern travel became available it was Winston Churchill who came here and traveled throughout Uganda and was amazed by what he found calling it “The Pearl of Africa,” and that was without tracking chimpanzees and mountain gorillas.

Today Uganda is still the pearl of Africa -its scenic wonders have not changed since Winston Churchill came to visit in 1907 – Enjoy the Pearl of Africa in the heart of Africa.

Winston Churchill’s 1907 African Travels
There is only one Pearl of Africa and that is Uganda
Irresistible Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Uganda is different -unlike any other African CountryUganda-unlike-any-other-African-country:

Uganda – one of a kind country in Africa Uganda – Africa’s only Pearl – like no other country on the African Continen.

Uganda – undiscovered by many is synonymous with the most incredible scenic Wonders found in Africa – the historic River Nile, the most powerful waterfall in the world- Murchison Falls, the tallest Mountain Range in Africa the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the Mountains that Cook – the Virunga Volcanoes, the most beautiful lakes  in all of African with Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda.

There are sandy beaches of the Ssese Islands which are tropical Islands in the Sun, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees -wildlife, bird in abundance and much more.

Uganda is authentic Africa, Uganda is Africa condensed into a small country – it is the Pearl of Africa.
Uganda is Authentic Africa
Uganda – Africa Condensed into a small Country

Uganda – one of Africa’s Friendliest CountriesUganda-friendly:

Uganda is recognized for being one of Africa’s Friendliest Countries for Tourists and other Visitors

Uganda the Pearl of Africa is “One of Africa’s most Welcoming Countries for Travelers” according to the African Economist” Magazine Winston Churchill wrote in his book “My African Travels” after his 1907 Uganda Trip the following “most of all, the people are different from anything” …and yes they are.

At times one might read negative comments about Uganda as a country that is without a welcoming mat.

Those who visit Uganda find it  one of the friendliest nations, gifted with some of the friendliest and welcoming People in all of Africa.

Fun Facts about Uganda – The Pearl of Africa: Fun-facts-Uganda

Uganda Fun Factoids – Things to know before you Visit Uganda such as Uganda is the youngest nation in the world.

Uganda grows and consumes more Bananas than any other African Country.  The small nation of Uganda is number two in the world when it comes to Bananas and there are over 50 varieties found in Uganda.

The best Pineapple in the world is found in Uganda.

Tourism is Uganda’s number one Money Earner.

On a negative note – Ugandans drink more alcohol per capita than any other African nation – the World Health Organization has rated Uganda number 1 in the world and most of it is homemade.

Map-of-Uganda-ParksMap of Uganda Parks:

Location of Uganda’s Parks on the Map Uganda’s 10 National Parks – see the places you can visit in Uganda and their Location on a map.

This will give you a better idea in planning your safari in Uganda.  Most parks  are located in Western Uganda and many of them such as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Semliki National Park and Kibale Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park are all within reasonable distance from each other.

Mount Elgon National Park, Kidepo Valley Park and Murchison are all longer distance from the Western Parks above.   One reason Flying Safaris have become more popular

This will give you an insight as to distances between parks and also the location of each park and which other parks and places are near. Travel times vary and the depend on current road conditions, weather and traffic.

Parks and Places to visit in Uganda: paarks-places-uganda

The Parks and Places that make Uganda the Pearl of Africa.  Description of each park and what makes it unique.

There are also tips and advice when it comes to things to do in each park, from hiking and nature walks to some special places in each park that otherwise you might not know about.

There are 10 National Parks in Uganda and a detailed description of each one is found on the page.  There are also other places listed that are not National Park but have proven to be places that visitors to Uganda enjoy such as Lake Mutanda – Lake Bunyonyi, the Ssese Islands and Jinja on the Nile which has become the East African Adventure Capital.

Uganda is a small country – has lots to offer and that includes its parks and other special places that visitors enjoy.

Things-do-see-UgandaThings to do and see in Uganda

The Things to do and see while in Uganda –  This includes what you can do within the Wildlife Parks and Reserves but goes beyond and includes Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja, the Ssese Islands. some of Uganda’s Scenic Lakes and more.

People often include Uganda in their African Safari Itinerary because of the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees found in Uganda.

Uganda is much more than Mountain Gorillas – Chimpanzees as you will see as you take a look at “Things to do and See in Uganda.”

Biking and Hiking Safaris have grown in popularity.  Rwenzori Mountains Foothill Hikes and the Volcano Climbs are being done by more and more people as are the dugout canoe safaris on Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi.

The Weather and Climate in Uganda – East Africa: Uganda-weather-climate

Uganda’s year around Holiday Weather -Uganda is an equatorial country with a difference – its elevation. It is the Elevation that our mean temperature in Kampala is 26 degrees Celsius.

Even during our Rainy Season the sun comes out each day since most rain falls during the night and the early morning hours.  We normally do not have a full day of rain.

What about Gorilla Tracking during the rainy seasons?  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a Rainforest and it can rain here anytime of the year.  During the Rainy Season Gorilla Permits are discounted by 250 usd as promotional permits and more and more visitors come to visit during that time.

The north of Uganda such as Murchison Falls Park has temperatures that are normally 4 degrees higher than Kampala – the same can be said for Kidepo Valley Park.  Southwest Uganda is actually cooler due to elevation and nights there can be downright chilly.

Ugandan Culture-diverse-richUganda-  Rich in Traditional African Culture:

Uganda has many cultural offerings throughout the country that visitors can enjoying while visiting the Pearl of Africa.

When you are Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you can also visit Villages on guided Village Walks and find out what local life is like.  You can also  visit the Forest with the original people of the area – the hunter – gatherers – the Batwa People.

If you are visiting Kidepo Valley Park – you can climb up the Morungole Mountains and meet the small Ik Tribe and in the Valley below you can spend time with the Nomadic Warrior Trive – the Karimajong people.

Throughout Uganda you can get in touch with Authentic Africa – the various cultures of Uganda.

Uganda-Travel-InformationUganda Travel Information:

Travelers to to Uganda Information 100’s of Pages to assist you in planning your Travel to and in Uganda.

Here you will find most of the information that you will need in regards to travel to and inside of Uganda.  Most everything that a traveler may want to know, from safety and security to visa tips are found there.

Explore and Discover Uganda before you arrive in the Pearl of Africa and enjoy the country prior  to stepping  off the plane in Entebbe.

The one mistake that many visitors to Uganda make is not knowing more about the country that they are about to visit.

Uganda-Safari-Tips-AdviceSafari Tips – Advice – Information:

Practical tips – advice and information that will make your safari a success in Uganda – it begins with preparation while you are at home in your country with things such as a Bradt Travel Guide which is great reading material.  There is what to wear while con safari in Uganda, gorilla tracking and what to wear while on a savannah safari.

What shoes to wear, about binoculars, photo tips while gorilla gorilla tracking, the top ten things to bring on a safari, journaling, packing for a safari, safari lodging advice and more.

More information about safari going in Uganda than you will need.  We wrote this for our clients who often had questions, here they find answers and more.

A safari begins with preparing at home – it is a trip of a lifte-time.  This page will help you along the way.

Our-Safaris-KabizaKabiza Wilderness Safaris – our Safaris:

Our Safaris – choose from our Better Budget Safaris to an up-market one – Look at the various Safaris we offer and allow us to design one just for you.

We have many safaris available to the visitor of both Uganda and Rwanda – Safaris that take in Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife, Cultural Experiences, hiking, Volcano Climbing, chilling out along scenic lakes, mountain biking, family safaris and safaris for seniors to name just a few of the safari tour services we offer.

Kabiza Wilderness Safaris brings years of experience to the process of creating a safari that is just right for you.  Our Guides are not mere drivers but knowledgeable guides that will introduce you to the best that Africa has to offer.

Enjoy Uganda and Rwanda with us.

“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – ‘The Pearl of Africa’.” Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)


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