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10 Interesting Uganda Facts You Should Know

Safari and Idi Amin are what most people think when Uganda comes to mind. But there are many more interesting facts about Uganda that might challenge the more obvious associations. Here are 10 facts you might not – but should – know about Uganda. Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is a small breathtakingly beautiful and gorgeous landlocked country with a long history, and it hides a lot of secrets. Read on to find out some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Uganda.

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1. Language and speech

English is the official language of the Ugandans as a result of their colonization by the British back in 1894 till 1962 when they gained their independence. The Ugandans speak the best and fluent English in the whole of Africa with a very clear pattern of speech and spoken ability. Ugandans speak also speak their language even better as much as they do English language. The voice of an Aringa man talking to his child is enough to have you blown away for his voice is that which is refined and very laid back.

2. Waterfalls and Rivers

Murchison Falls National Park
Nile River crushing through at the Murchison Falls. © Benjamin Heath

Uganda is known to have the most breathtaking waterfalls in Africa judging from the Murchison Falls National Park beauty. Tourists travel down from different continents and countries just to experience it, even if only once. The Ugandans proudly take tourists on boat cruises around the waterfall so as to get a better view of the whole beauty of it. Murchison Falls is truly a sight to behold, watching the Victoria Nile River crush through the narrow gap to create a massive magnificent drop.

3. Closely Knit Society

The Ugandans are very closely knit as a result of how small their country is and they all made a good use of this by always keeping family and friends real close. Their closely knit community also gets news and latest happenings spread extremely fast, thereby making it hard for the people to keep a secret. This is one of the most interesting facts about Ugandans.

4. Good Looking Women

Interesting Uganda Facts You Should Know
Nandy and Bettinah – © @bettinahtianah/instagram

Ugandan ladies are known to be one of the most beautiful women in the world and this fact is always being proven by the Ugandans. The Ugandan ladies are known to always effortlessly beat other women and even white ladies at fashion events when it comes not only to beauty, but also brilliance and intelligence. This is one of the most amazing things about Ugandans.

5. Natural Resources

Kilembe Mines
Kilembe Mines, Uganda’s largest copper mine. © Uganda Tourism Center

Uganda has an abundance of various natural resources amongst which is crude oil and experts believe that Uganda’s oil sector will transform the country into a middle income Nation in about thirteen years time. The country also has other natural resources such as gold, platinum and many others which are untapped. But once they start looking into these resources and using them, there’s no doubt of Uganda being one of the most richest nations in Africa.

6. Youth

Uganda is known to have the largest number of youths in the world and this happens to be one of the reasons why the Ugandans are proud of themselves. As much as this could be a blessing, so also could it possibly result in disaster, for this could result in a large number of youths graduating all at the same time and therefore cause lots of them being unemployed. But we trust the Ugandans to always look on the brighter side of things, as they believe that Uganda’s youth bulge will soon improve from it’s year of growth to that of it’s productive days, thereby soaring higher and penetrating in the rest of the world.

7. Greenlands

Rwenzoris mountain range
The Rwenzoris, Africa’s tallest mountain range. © Bill Gilbert

The whole of Uganda is known to be surrounded by vibrant and very colorful Greenland which is one of the reason why the country is visited by tourists from across the world. Breathtaking parks have successfully been created as a result of the vast green Greenland and wildlife Uganda is blessed with and this has made the country one of the best tourist attractive nations in the world. Some of the most visited parks in Uganda includes the Queen Elizabeth park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park amongst many others.

8. Entrepreneurial Nation

About one quarter of the Ugandan workforce consists of young creative and positive minded youths who use their creative mindset of entrepreneurship in creating employment and jobs for themselves. As a result of this, the Ugandan government decided to make it a priority for itself to health youths who look to create employment for themselves and others. Uganda is also acclaimed as one of the most entrepreneurial Nation in the world.

9. Healthcare

Trachoma surgery in Uganda – © IAPB/VISION 2020/flickr

The Ugandan government pays a lot of attention to the health and wellness of it’s people and has so far endeavored to create the best healthcare policies for it’s people. Proper and we’ll equipped health care services are thereby making it easier for each citizen to get the best healthcare needed. It was one of the first countries to openly address HIV/AIDs and adopted ABC (Abstinence, Be Faithful, or Use a Condom). They pay serious attention to all diseases and infections and as a result this, they’ve been able to eradicate most diseases and this is simply a proud achievement for the small country.

10. Wildlife

Interesting facts about Uganda
Uganda Wildlife – © max zulauf/flickr

Uganda is surrounded by the most beautiful breed of wildlife creatures ranging from Rhinos, Hippos, Hyenas and many other animals which cannot be found in most foreign nations. There are over 730 gorillas in the entire world and half of that number of gorillas are based in Uganda. And as a result of this thousands of unapologetic tourists troop into the country every year in other to go gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Park of Uganda so as to see these gorillas. This is one of the reasons why Ugandans are even more proud of there Nation. If you view the Big Five, you’ll see that nature and its magnificence, for a variety of form and creatures, a profusion of brilliant safari and wildlife. 


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