‘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…
- Part of the Nile River runs through Uganda.
- Climate: tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August)
- Religion: Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42%, Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% (2002 data)
- Capital: Kampala
- Ugandan official motto is ‘For God and My Country’
- Gained independence from Britain in 1962.
- It’s Africa’s Banana Republic: it grows more bananas than any other nation (except Brasil) – good news as I love bananas!
- It’s also well known for it’s yummy pineapples
- It’s a home to some of the best world wonder’s: Lake Victoria, the Rwenzori Mountain range (called the Mountains of the Moon)
- Ugandan’s are apparently party animals and alcohol consumption is one of the highest in Africa!
- There’s no McDonald in Uganda!
- 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!
- Over 340 species of mammal and over 1,000 species of bird can be found in Uganda
- It sits on the equator which means the day is always 12 hours long
- 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!