Uganda, named the Pearl of Africa, possesses a rich and diverse culture. Filled with scenic wonders from the Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Victoria, the mystifying lakes of Bunyonyi and Mutanda, the ever changing Lake Kyoga, the Volcanoes, the endless Savannahs, the awesome waterfalls, Uganda provides an equatorial getaway unlike any other place, all without the traffic jams of Kenya, Botswana or South Africa.
Uganda has many more things to offer to visitors. For instance, Uganda is one of only two places in the world where you can find mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Other primates that you can get to see include – Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, plus many other primates that you come across in the various national parks of Uganda. There is an abundance of wildlife; Elephants, Giraffe, Zebras, various Antelopes, those lovable Warthogs, Hyenas, Leopards, Monitor lizards, Lions, Buffaloes, and one cannot forget over 1040 plus recorded species of birds.
There is however much more – there is something beyond wildlife and primates, there are the people of Uganda, 61 tribes and tongues all over the country – all Ugandans with a rich heritage and culture that goes back many years, handed down through stories and accounts carefully from generation to generation while sitting under the mango tree of a village, around a fire in the square. Despite such diversity, English is the commonly used language of most Ugandans. Depending on the area you’re in, the languages will vary slightly. The good news is that you’re never far from a person who understands you. This is the real Africa.
Ugandan culture is about blending the foreign with the local, the traditional with the modern, the old and the new. And in some places you will be amazed at the beauty of such a co-existence. You will see this in many of the hotels, restaurants, bars, music, and even the food!
Ugandans are known to be a hospitable people. Because of a multi-cultural population, it’s easy to feel at home while in Uganda. Food is in great abundance, and while you’re in Uganda, you can get a chance to taste local delicacies that cannot be found anywhere. The simplest yet very popular snack to try is the rolex, a meal consisting of fried eggs and chapatti rolled together, give or take a few extra ingredients.
You will take back to your country of origin riches that you would never find unless you are in touch with the people of Uganda, listen to their tales of old and new, their ways and ideas, though different than yours, lead down a similar path toward finding fulfillment in life.
Come and taste the unique experience that is the Pearl of Africa, the land of many natural wonders. And even when you know you’re miles away, the people will make you feel at home.