Fifteen Fascinating Facts about Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

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Fifteen Fascinating Facts about Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

  1. Uganda was dubbed the “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, one of the country’s earliest tourists in 1907.
  2. Uganda is the second largest land-locked country in the world, though one of its borders is on Lake Victoria.
  3. Almost a quarter of Uganda’s GDP ($23 billion) is derived from agriculture – the country is famed for its tea, cotton and tobacco production.
  4. The main export of Uganda is coffee which is usually exported to other African countries.
  5. The country’s official languages are English and Swahili, though a massive 5 million people speak the local Luganda language.
  6. Almost 50% of the population of Uganda is under the age of 14, making this the world’s “youngest” country.
  7. Uganda is the best place to see endangered mountain gorillas which are found in the Bwindi National Park. There are fewer than 750 of these gentle giants left on our planet.
  8. There are 52 different tribes living in Uganda, each with their own customs that they still adhere to, despite the country’s recent modernisation.
  9. More than 10% of the world’s species of birds are found in Uganda, making this a popular destination for “twitchers”.
  10. Around a million tourists visit Uganda each year, welcomed by the Ugandans who are famed for their warmth and hospitality. Uganda is known as Africa’s “friendliest” country.
  11. The country’s favourite sport is football (soccer in the USA), though basketball is on the rise due to the success of the national basketball team, “The Silverbacks”.
  12. Uganda has a tropical climate with two wet seasons each year, one from December to February and again from June through August (so pack an umbrella if visiting during these times).
  13. Ugandan homes are traditionally built by women who are responsible for constructing the mud walls, while men fabricate the roofs.
  14. Pan-fried grasshoppers are a delicacy and sold by street food vendors everywhere – are you brave enough to try them?
  15. Uganda is a nation of tree huggers! The law requires that for every tree felled, three more trees must be planted, eco-friendly legislation that protects Uganda’s environment.