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    Uganda

    Uganda’s fertile lands are made up of terraced hillsides.

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    Uganda

    Uganda’s fertile lands are made up of terraced hillsides.

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    Uganda

    Uganda’s fertile lands are made up of terraced hillsides.

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    Uganda

    Uganda’s fertile lands are made up of terraced hillsides.

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    Uganda

    Uganda’s fertile lands are made up of terraced hillsides.

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Uganda

Uganda an endowment of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and hospitable people, Uganda unfold a lot into one small country. It’s a home to East Africa’s 3rd tallest mountain range Rwenzori’s or the mountains of the moon, which early hikers of the time believed it determines the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. And if you view the Big Five, you’ll see that nature – diverse and resplendent – looms large here.

Emerging from the shadows of Uganda’s dark history, tourism is returning the sheen to the ‘pearl of Africa’. While anti-gay sentiments mar an otherwise positive picture, Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa – save for the odd hippo at your campsite. Don’t rush. Here you’ll find the best the continent has to offer at a good value and with fewer visitors than in longer-established East African destinations

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“The Pearl of Africa” is synonymous with Uganda.

Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” in 1907 while just a young Member of Parliament, saying:

“The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale. You climb up … and at the end there is a wonderful new world. The scenery is different, the vegetation is different, the climate is different, and, most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa … I say: ‘Concentrate on Uganda’. For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale — Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

Uganda is endowed with plentiful natural resources, a vast diversity of wildlife and a varied geography. Situated on the equator where the West African Jungle meets the East African Savannah in the African Great Lakes region with several major lakes including a large portion of Lake Victoria, it has a tropical climate with plentiful rainfall and fertile land. The snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains in the southeast are considered by some to be the source of the Nile.

There are 60 protected areas, including 10 national parks, where you can observe 330 species of mammals and over 1000 species of birds including many of the popular animals we associate with Africa including Lions, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

Agriculture and fishing play a major role in the livelihood of the people, with export crops including coffee, cotton and tobacco. Among Uganda’s natural resources there are significant mineral deposits as well as mostly untapped reserves of crude oil.

About the size of the state of Oregon, Uganda has a population of 35 million. The Capitol City of Kampala (pop. 2.5 million) and Entebbe (pop. 80,000), with its international airport, as well as most of the larger cities, are located in the southern Lake Shore region of Lake Victoria. There are 10 major indigenous ethnic groups speaking 40 languages. The official language is English. 85% of the people are Christian, largely Catholic and Anglican.

The people of Uganda are noted for their friendly and welcoming attitude and the cities are said to be safe even at night. So how is it that these friendly and diverse people, living in this natural paradise have come to overwhelmingly support a Bill introduced to Parliament that in its original form proposed the Death Penalty for Homosexuals?

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