Fun and Serious Facts about Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Fun and Serious Facts about Uganda – Things to know before you Visit

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 Fun and Serious Facts about Ugan da Know Before you Go – Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Fun and Serious Facts about Uganda. If you’re traveling to Uganda and want to have the most enjoyable time – get to know about Uganda before you arrive. Become familiar with the Pearl of Africa – If you have questions about the country– please write to us and if you like us to help you to plan your visit to the Pearl of Africa– we would be delighted to do so.

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa – get to know a few of the facts that make it just that before you arrive in the country, it will enrich your time here.

Enjoy our ever-growing list of Fun and not so Fun Facts about Uganda – we have enjoyed putting it together for you.


Here are the Fun and Serious Facts about Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Uganda – The Pearl of Africa- The Serious Facts

  • Official Name – Republic of Uganda
  • Uganda’s Official Motto – “For God and my County.”
  • President of Uganda – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni since 1982
  • Capital – Kampala – Capital as a British Protectorate was Entebbe
  • Uganda gained Independence from Britain in 1962 (it was not a British Colony like Kenya but a Protectorate)
  • National Anthem – “Oh Uganda – Land of Beauty”
  • The Gray-crowned Crested Crane is Uganda’s official Bird.
  • The Official Nickname – the Pearl of Africa
  •  A population is about 39 Million (estimated)
  • Life Expectancy – 54 years for Men – 55 years for women
  • Area – 241,038 Square Kilometers – 93,072 Square Miles 26% lakes, Rivers, Wetlands
  • Major Languages – English (Official), Swahili (Official), Luganda and various Bantu and Nilotic Languages
  • Religions: 33% – Roman Catholic – 33% – Protestant – 33% Muslim – 16% – Indigenous Beliefs: 18%
  • Life Expectancy – 54 years for Men – 55 years for women
  • Monetary Unit – Ugandan Shilling Official – Unofficial – US Dollar
  • Gross National Income per person – 510 USD
  • Main Exports – Tourism, Coffee, Fish, and related fish products, tea, tobacco, cotton, corn, beans, Sesame, Vanilla.
  • Uganda is one of the Youngest Population Nations in World – 55% under 18 years old
  • Uganda is a Democratic Nation with its style of Democracy based on a Strong Central Leader.
  • Uganda is the size of the State of Oregon but has a population that is almost ten times larger than Oregon.
  • Uganda is a landlocked country but is located on the largest Lake in Africa – Lake Victoria

Ugandan Cultural Facts:

  • Uganda is the most ethnically Diverse Country in The World
  • Over 30 different indigenous languages are spoken in Uganda
  • Ugandans are the most Welcoming and Friendliest People in Africa according to the African Economist
  • Christians and Muslims live in relative harmony in Uganda
  • Uglish – a form of Ugandan English is commonly used in Uganda and can be confusing to Visitors such as “I am going to make a short call.”  (not a phone call)
  • Baganda women, girls, and young boys will kneel when greeting.  It is a Cultural Sign of Respect.
  • Time is based on Relationships and not Tasks
  • Ugandan Cultural Acceptable norms and Practices make it much formal than the more informal US, Canada or Australia
  • At a Funeral of a Ugandan, you will have the officially known wife, and others might show up with Childen in Tow.
  • Men wear pants, boys wear shorts – But that is slowly changing
  • Greetings are lengthy – not short and to the point
  • Weddings are in two parts – the Introduction of the Groom which incles Bride’s price negotiations – The wedding itself.
  • Mobile Money is the way most Ugandans send money to family, pay bills.

A Taste of Uganda – Food and Drinks:

  • Uganda -Africa’s Banana Republic – it grows more Bananas than any other nation – except India and China – over 50 varieties Matooke-a plantain banana is the main staple in the much of the country.
  • Uganda has the best pineapple you have ever eaten. Little of it is consumed in the West.
  • Uganda is the Tropical Fruit Basket of Africa.
  • Uganda is a fertile Country which could provide most of Africa with Food.
  • Uganda’s favorite Fast-Food is Rolex– not the watch but a chapati filled with scrambled eggs and anything else from vegetables to sausage.
  • Ugandans like their Nsenene Grasshoppers – one of their favorite snacks – White Ants are another preferred tasty insect.
  • Lake Bunyonyi is home to the Louisiana Crayfish that was imported and thrived here – creating new menus at Tourist Restaurants.
  • Peanuts in Uganda are referred to Ground Nuts or G-Nuts – similar to the German name for peanuts which is Erdnuesse – meaning earth nuts.
  • Bee Fences keep Elephants out of farms and result in excellent wild honey
  • Ben and Jerry’s Icecream get their vanilla flavor from Uganda
  • Coffee, the Robusta Variety is indigenous to Uganda – Coffee was born and raised in Uganda though most Ugandans drink Tea – today Uganda produces some of the best coffees in Africa.
  • Uganda’s is a Steak Lover’s form of Paradise – Ankole Beef is the lowest cholesterol beef on the planet but no toughness.
  • Ugandans consume more pork per capita than any other African Nation.
  • Tilapia and Nile Perch are the fish of Choice – Mukene is dried Silverfish
  • Waragi is the Alcoholic Drink of Choice – the term comes from War Gin
  • Ugandans are the party animals of Africa consuming more alcohol per Person than all other African Nations except Nigeria. Moonshine called Waragi is a significant contributor.  Also, Banana Beer.
  • Tea-African Tea with milk, sugar, tea leaves, ginger is a favorite here
  • Irish is what Potatoes are called in Uganda.
  • Boda – Boda Motorcycles are the fastest and most dangerous form of people Transport in Uganda.

Severe and Fun Facts for Visitor and Tourists about Uganda – the Pearl of Africa:

  • Uganda is one of Africa’s Safest-Stable and Secure Countries in Africa
  • The largest lake in Africa is Lake Victoria, and Uganda lays claim to much of it.
  • The Ssese Islands is a hidden Tropical Island Chain in Lake Victoria
  • Uganda –  Home of the  Lake Victoria Source of Nile one of the seven natural wonders of Africa
  • Uganda – Home of the tallest Mountain Range in Africa – The Rwenzori Mountains also referred to as the Mountains of the Moon.
  • Uganda is Africa condensed into a small Country
  • Uganda has a pleasant year- around Weather due to its elevation and location.
  • Uganda is for the birds – it has 11% of the birds found in the world – over 1060 recorded species of birds – making it the number one country in Africa for Birders.
  • Uganda is home to over half of all Mountain Gorillas in the world 480  -– 19 habituated gorilla groups to be visited.
  • Uganda has more Chimpanzees than any other East African County (5000)
  • Uganda has more Butterflies of every color than other East African Country
  • Uganda is the most bio-diverse Country in East Africa
  • Uganda is where the West African Jungle meets East Africa.
  • Uganda is the size of the State of Oregon but has a population that is almost ten times larger than

Fun and Serious Facts about Uganda. We will be adding more Fun and not so Fun Facts about Uganda – the Pearl, so check back from time to time – we love to see you again visiting our Kabiza Wilderness Safaris site where we like to tell you about the Pearl of Africa.


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