Uganda in Print – Must-Read Books About the Pearl of Africa

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Uganda in Print – Must-Read Books About the Pearl of Africa

Uganda in Print – Must-Read Books About the Pearl of Africa

You may be surprised to learn that there are some great books set in Uganda or about Uganda.

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know that reading enables you to learn and retain a hoard of trivial information about a host of different subjects.

If you want to learn more about Uganda, its culture and its history, in a fun way, then why not take a look at the following books?

It’s likely to be a holiday reading experience that provides you with some interesting and useful information about your destination.


Bradt’s Uganda by Philip Briggs seems to be the most popular and is billed as the “definitive travel handbook” for the country.  Its 500 pages are packed with so much useful background information on towns, cultural attractions, and national parks and also includes detailed reviews of hotels and lodges.

Lonely Planet’s East Africa features a chapter on Uganda with up to date advice on the discoveries that await you.  With colour maps and images, insider tips to save time and money, and highlights and itineraries to help tailor your trip to your interest, this is a great buy.


The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was made into a feature film.  This is the story of a doctor who went to work in Uganda in the 1970’s just as Idi Amin came to power.  It’s well –written and informative with useful insights into Uganda’s recent history.

The Wizard of the Nile by Matthew Green describes the author’s journey into the jungles of Uganda, seeking out the peacemakers, victims and powerbrokers in a dangerous war zone as he searches for a fugitive rebel leader.

The Worst Date Ever by Jane Bussmann tells the story of the author’s quest to connect with human rights activist, John Prendergast.  Finding herself alone in a war-torn country, Jane’s romantic odyssey results in her uncovering Africa’s “Secret War”.

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a historical family saga that describes Kintu Kidda’s journey to the capital to pledge his allegiance to the new kabaka (king).  A momentary burst of anger results in a curse that plagues his family for generations to come.