Did You Know?

Did you know?

Interesting facts about Uganda

  • Uganda’s Official Motto is – “For God and my County.”
  • The Crested Crane is Uganda’s official Bird. Uganda has over 10% of the world’s bird species! That is over 1072 bird species in this small country.
  • Uganda grows more bananas than any other nation in Africa. It comes second to Brazil in the whole world! There are over 33 species in Uganda. Some have interesting colors like purple or red.
  • Rolex is famous in Uganda. It is not a watch, but a “roll of eggs” (say it fast) with anything of your choice in between, then rolled into a chapati.
  • Uganda is home to the Uganda Martyrs—45 Christian men who died for their faith between 1885-1887. The youngest was only 16 years, the oldest 50. Over 2 million people come to Namugongo every 3rd June to commemorate the lives of the Martyrs.
  • Ugandans are the happiest people in East Africa, and among the friendliest in the world. Inter Nations voted Uganda as the best place for expat families with children (2017).

  • Uganda is home to the world’s longest river, the River Nile! The Nile flows from Lake Victoria the largest fresh water lake in the tropical world, and the second largest lake in the world.
  • The Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, are the highest mountain ranges in Africa. Mt Rwenzori sits on the equator, but has permanent glaciers and snow all through the year. Ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy called it the Mountains of the Moon.
  • Uganda is home to over half of all Mountain Gorillas in the world. There are less than 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world. In Uganda, they live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Uganda has more Chimpanzees than any other East African country.
  • Uganda has more Butterflies species than any other East African country. Currently, there are at least 1235 butterfly species recorded in Uganda.