Uganda Facts; Overall, Uganda is a landlocked Country in East Africa whose diverse scenic landscape is surrounded by the magnificent snow-capped Rwenzori Mountain and immerse Lake Victoria. It has a lot of abundant wildlife’s that attracts millions of visitors across the world to come visit these amazing species like the most sought after the unique mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, rare tree climbing lions, African elephants, buffaloes, leopards among others. Of which Uganda hosts ten national parks but each located in different location; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famously known as a home for great mountain gorillas and half of the world’s population is found in Bwindi which lies in southwestern region of the country, Murchison Falls National Park is found in the northwest renowned for its powerful waterfall that raises 43meter tall waterfall and wide range of wildlife species like hippos, elephants, leopards, kobs among others to thrill while on Uganda Safaris Tours.
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Uganda as a country has its astonishing history which was written by the prominent people like Sir Winston Churchill who visited the country in late years under British rule and who named it ‘’the pearl of Africa ‘’Truly, Uganda embraces many ecosystems from the tall volcanic mountain of the eastern and western frontiers to the densely forested swamps of the Albert Nile River and the rainforest of the country’s central plateau. Uganda’s land is richly fertile and Ugandan coffee has become both outstanding of the agricultural economy and a favorite around the world because of its sweet aroma.
Uganda obtained its formal independence on October 9 -1962. The country is drawn in an artificial and arbitrary manner in the late 19th century surrounded with two essentially different types of societies namely; the relatively centralized Bantu Kingdoms of the south and the more decentralized Nilotic and Sudanic peoples to the north. Unfortunately, Uganda’s sad record of political conflicts was coupled with environmental problems and the ravages of a countrywide AIDS epidemic, thus leading to the delay of its progress and growth for many years. Then at the beginning of the 21st century a popularly was elected civilian government ruled Uganda, which had kept political stability, an example set for tackling the AIDS crisis that hinders to overwhelm the continent and enjoyed one of the fasted growing economies in Africa.
Uganda hosts the world’s strongest water falls found in famous Murchison falls national park in the northwestern side of the country.
It is boosts as a great location for world’s longest river which is found in Jinja which is industrialized town.
Uganda also hosts 8% of the world’s butterfly species.
Uganda experiences two seasons that is wet season and dry seasons.
It is well said that Uganda has over 30 indigenous language spoken.
Uganda is known to have the most welcoming and friendliest people in Africa.
Uganda is also the second largest banana producing country in the world.
The fact is that Uganda is one of three countries in the world to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas and same location to boasts with the highest concentration of chimpanzee as well as other primates.
Uganda was ranked the second youngest people in the world those are below 25 years are over 79%.
Uganda is also home to the world richest minerals gifted with over 50 outstanding deposits though some are not yet even being mined.
Uganda boasts with the world’s second largest fresh water lake ‘’Lake Victoria’’ and a home to the world’s longest river famously known as ‘’The source of the Nile, Uganda Facts.
Uganda is one of the African countries to design a car dine which was done by students of Makerere University.
Uganda’s land features –boasts with mountains, lakes, scenic landscape, water falls, crystal lakes, snowcapped mountain, wildlife, water falls, Culture encounter among others.
Uganda was ranked by Buzz feed as the 13th most amazing country on earth.
Uganda is known as a landlocked country with no coastline but ranks with 26% of the land is capped by lakes and rivers.
Note , the word Uganda was derived by the British from Swahili word which means ‘’Land of the Uganda People’’ .This name was given in times of the 1900 Buganda agreement.
Uganda boost with a total land area covers about 241,559 square kilometers and around 37,00 square kilometers of its area is occupied by open water while the rest is land. To its southern part includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria which shares with Kenya and Tanzania. More so, the country is bordered by South Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Uganda’s capital city is called Kampala which was built around seven hills not far from the shores of Lake Victoria which forms parts of the board line with Kenya and Tanzania.
Big part of Uganda’s land lies on a plateau on large expanse that drops gently from about 5,000 feet in the south which estimates about 3,000 feet in the north. Most of Uganda’s plateau region are marked by mountains and valleys. To its west a natural boundary is comprised of the Virunga Mountains, the Ruwenzori Range and the Western Rift Valley ‘’East African Rift System’’. The volcanic Virunga Mountain rise to 13,540 feet ‘’4,125 metres’’ at Mount Muhavura and also includes Mount Sabinyo which measures 11,950 feet ‘’3,6540 metres’’, where the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda meet. Going to its further north the Ruwenzori Range which was once called Mountain of the Moon that rises 16,762 feet ‘’5,109 meters’’ at Margherita peak, Uganda’s highest point; its heights are often hidden by clouds and well its stunning peaks are covered by snow and glaciers. Then between the Virunga and Rwenzori mountains lies Lakes George and Lakes Edwards. The remaining boundaries are comprised of the Western Rift Valley which contains Lake Albert and Albert Nile River.
The northeastern border of the plateau is set by a string of volcanic mountains which includes Mount Morungole, Moroto and Kadama of which all rises about 9,000feet ‘’2,750metres in elevation.
The southern part is Mount Elgon also has the highest of the chain, measuring 14,178 feet ‘’4,321 metres’’. South and west of these gorgeous mountains is an eastern extension of the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria. To the north the plateau connects on the South Sudanese border by the Imatong Mountains with an elevation of about 6,000 feet ‘’1,800 meters’’.
Uganda’s Lake Victoria measures about 26,828 square miles of ‘’69,484 square kilometers’’ in the southeastern size of the country. Still Lake Victoria is the World’s second largest inland freshwater lake by size after Lake Superior In North America. However, Lake Baikal in Siberia in larger by volume and depth. Victoria also sounds as one of the source of the Nile River. There are five other major lakes exist in the country that is; Edward and George to the southwest, Albert to the west, Kyoga in the central Uganda and Bisina in the east. When we combine them with the lakes, there are eight main rivers. The Victoria Nile in central Uganda includes; the Achwa, Okok and Pager in the north, the Albert Nile in the northwest and the Kafu, Katonga and Mpongo in the west, Uganda Facts.
In general –Uganda has fertile soil which are among the most productive in the world. Interspersed with these waterlogged clays ‘’characteristic’’ of the northwest and the western shores of Lake Victoria.
Uganda has tropical climate modified by elevation and locally by the presence of the lakes. Currently the major air is in northeast and southwest. This is because of Uganda’s equatorial location, the variation in the sun’s declination at midday and the length of daylight is always closely to 12 hours. The factors are combined with constant cloud cover that ensures an equable climate throughout the year.
Plant and Animal life
Uganda’s vegetation covers are quiet heaviest in the south and typically becomes wooded savannah in central and northern Uganda. Conditions might be less favorable –dry acacia woodland which are dotted with the occasional candelabra ‘’tropical African shrubs and plants often resemble cacti and it contains a milky juice and spread with grassland , that occurs in the south still found in the vegetation of the Rift Valley floors ,widely spread with papyrus and seasonal grassy swamp, Uganda Facts.
Uganda boosts with wide population of wildlife species such as lions and leopards can now be seen in animal preserves and national parks and occasionally seen outside these places. Water species like hippopotamuses and Crocodiles inhabits most of lakes and rivers. Although they are not found in Lake Edward and Lake George. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzee and other small primates appear only in the western region. Elephants, buffalos and the Uganda Kobs are limited to the west and northern regions while also black rhinoceros and giraffes are found to the north. Antelope species like zebras, topic, elands and roan antelopes live in both the northeastern and southern grasslands whereas other kinds of antelopes like Oryx, greater and lesser Kudu and Grant’s gazelles are found only in the northeastern area.
Uganda boosts as a greatest destination for bird watching hosting over 1090 bird species in total which can be spotted in different rewarding birding sites such as Mabamba Bay wetland, Makanaga wetland, Lazarus forest, Lutembe bay wetland, Entebbe Botanical garden, Bwindi National park, Semuliki national park, Lake Mburo national park among others. Uganda bird species include; Shoebill, Green-breasted pitta, Great Blue Turaco ,Doherty’s Bush shrike ,Short-tailed Warbler ,Standard-winded Nightjar ,Shelley’s Crimson wing ,African barbets ,Eagles ,Kites ,Turacos cuckoos among others.