Leona Returns to Africa

Uganda, Africa



Uganda is a safe and friendly land-locked country in East Africa. It has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with excellent national parks that showcase Uganda's wide variety of wildlife including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

 Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as the "Pearl of Africa" for its "magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life". While Uganda's political turmoil during the 1970's and 1980's caused it to lag behind neighboring Kenya and Tanzania as prime tourist destinations, this lovely country is staging a comeback with its excellent tourist attractions.

Area: 236,040 sq. km, (slightly smaller than Oregon, US and about the same size as the UK).

Location: Uganda is in East, the DRC lies to the west and Kenya to the east, see map.
Capital City: Kampala
Population: Just over 30 million people live in Uganda
Language: English (official national language), Ganda or Luganda, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, and Arabic.
Religion: Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33%, Muslim 16%, indigenous beliefs 18%.
Climate: The climate is tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August). Average daily temperatures rarely exceed 29 Celsius (84 F). 
When to Go: June - August and December - February.
Currency: Uganda Shilling.


Interesting “Facts” about Uganda:

  • About half the population live on less than US$1.25 per day (the international poverty line).
  • The official motto of Uganda is ‘For God and My Country’.
  • In Uganda you drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Southern Uganda has lots of rainfall all year round. While Northern Uganda also has plenty of rain every year, there is a dry season between November and February.
  • Over 80% of workers are employed in the agricultural industry.
  • Uganda’s largest export is coffee.
  • There are large reserves of crude oil and natural gas in Uganda that are still mostly untapped.
  • Soccer (football) is the most popular sport in Uganda. However, cricket is becoming increasingly popular with the national side finishing runner-up in Division 3 of the World Cricket League in 2009.