15 facts about Uganda

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Uganda at a glance‘ for those of you who are not familiar with the country… I had a close to zero knowledge of the country until recently! Armed with the Bradt Travel Guide to Uganda and laptop I’m presenting 15 facts you might have not known before…

  1. Part of the Nile River runs through Uganda.
  2. Climate: tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August)
  3. Religion: Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42%, Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% (2002 data)
  4. Capital: Kampala
  5. Ugandan official motto is ‘For God and My Country’
  6. Gained independence from Britain in 1962.
  7. It’s Africa’s Banana Republic: it grows more bananas than any other nation (except Brasil) – good news as I love bananas!
  8. It’s also well known for it’s yummy pineapples
  9. It’s a home to some of the best world wonder’s: Lake Victoria, the Rwenzori Mountain range (called the Mountains of the Moon)
  10. Ugandan’s are apparently party animals and alcohol consumption is one of the highest in Africa!
  11. There’s no McDonald in Uganda!
  12. Home to over half (440) of all mountain gorillas found in the world and famous for it’s mountain gorilla trek which I can’t wait to do!
  13. Over 340 species of mammal and over 1,000 species of bird can be found in Uganda
  14. It sits on the equator which  means the day is always 12 hours long
  15. 87% of the population lives in rural areas.. where I’ll be living for 6 months!

I am sure I will have a plethora of funny facts to add during/after my trip so post is bound to be revised!

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Marta

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