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Uganda

By Edited May 24, 2014 0 0

The facts about Uganda are fascinating, for those who need to travel to Uganda or those who need to know more about the country which is also known as the "pearl of Africa", this article will be of good use to you.

Size of Uganda

Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km or 91,136 sq miles. Actually, the country is smaller than the state of Oregon. Uganda is boarded than Kenya in the East, Sudan in the north, Tanzania in the south, DR Congo in the west and also boarder by Rwanda in the south.

Population of Uganda

Currently, there are over 31 million Ugandans and the population is still growing steadily. Back in the 1990's, the country had only 17 million people. The population growth is 3.2% per annum and it is estimated that Uganda will have a population of 120 million people by 2050.

Languages

The official language in Ugandan is English; this is partly because the tiny east African country was a British Colony. Apart from English, the most common language in Uganda is Luganda. It is the languages of the Baganda, the dominant tribe in the country though many people from other tribes can also speak Luganda.

Climate

Uganda has a tropical environment; it is actually located right at the equator which makes the country has a tropical kind of climate. The average temperature for Uganda is 26 during days and 15 degrees Celsius during night. There are no winters or the hot summers. The rainy seasons are generally from April to May and October to November each year.

People

There are more than 50 tribes in Uganda divided into majorly four ethnic groups, which include Bantu, Nilotics and the Nilo Hamites. The Bantu live mostly in the central and the eastern parts of Uganda. They include the Baganda, Banyoro, and the Basoga.

The Langi and the Acholi live in the northern part of the country and they speak Nilotic languages. There are also the Iteso and the Karamojong who are related to the Masaai of Kenya.

Tourism

Uganda has seen a steady improvement in her tourism sector witnessing more than 1 million visitors per year, there are amore than 9 national parks with a variety of attractions including animals and birds, the country is also home to more than half of the world's gorillas. Today, tourists do not have to stop in Kampala, the capital city. Many of the attraction are found in places far distant from the city which makes the experience of far more fun.

There are also great mountains like Rwenzori and Elgon plus being the home of the great River Nile, the second longest river in the world. Lake Victoria is also shared with Uganda and other East African Countries.

Political Divisions

There are now more than 113 political district of Uganda though the country is a small block. In 1995, there were only 39 but things have changed drastically. Each district is governed by a Chairman and each has many political offices.

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