Facts About Uganda

Location: Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa, with breathtaking beauty. It is bordered by Kenya to the east, South Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Rwanda to the southwest, and Tanzania to the south.

Capital: The capital city of Uganda is Kampala,  a bustling metropolis with a vibrant culture, bustling markets, and lively nightlife. The city that never sleeps.

Population: With a population of 43.7 Million (UBoS: 2022 projections) people, the Ugandan people are known for their warmth, resilience, and strong sense of community, which permeate through their daily lives and interactions. The population is predominantly young, with a significant portion under the age of 30, reflecting both the country’s potential for growth and the importance of investing in its youth. 

Languages: English is the official language of Uganda. But, Swahili and Luganda are widely spoken across the country, along with over 40 indigenous languages.

Wildlife: Uganda is renowned for its diverse wildlife and rich biodiversity. It is home to a variety of species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, and numerous bird species. National parks such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park offer excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and safaris. Mountain Gorillas, Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where you can trek to see endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are the two main locations for gorilla trekking.

Astounding Nature: Uganda, a jewel of East Africa, boasts of Lake Victoria (the second-largest freshwater lake in the world), Murchison Falls (the most powerful waterfalls in the world), Mountain Rwenzori  (the breathtaking snow-capped mountain) designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic River Nile, the ‘longest river in Africa’ flows gracefully through Uganda, adding to the country’s natural splendour and allure.

Culture: Uganda is a culturally diverse country with over 50 ethnic groups, each with its traditions and beliefs, and over 40 languages. Several of the tribes are run under kingdoms or chiefdoms with the Buganda being the largest of the medieval kingdoms.

Economy: Uganda’s economy is growing steadily with agriculture as the backbone. Agriculture earnings include coffee, tea, tobacco, fish and flowers. Other foreign exchange earnings come from tourism and oil. Uganda is the world’s most entrepreneurial economy

Climate: Uganda has a tropical climate characterized by relatively consistent temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature ranges from around 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F) in most areas, although it can be cooler in the mountainous regions. The country experiences two main seasons: a wet season from March to May and a dry season from June to August.

Uganda’s currency:  The Ugandan shilling (UGX), is the monetary unit used throughout the country. Other currencies can easily be exchanged such as Euros, Dollars, Pounds etc. For exchange rates; check the Bank of Uganda Website here

Hospitals: Uganda has a range of hospitals and medical facilities catering to different healthcare needs. With Mulago National Referral Hospital – being the largest. Others include privately owned Nakasero hospital, Case hospital and International Hospital Kampala all located in Kampala offer a wide range of medical services, including specialized care in various departments such as surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology.

Religion in Uganda: Embark on a journey of cultural and spiritual exploration as we delve into Uganda’s rich religious landscape at our conference. Discover the profound impact of Catholicism, Islam, and Anglicanism, with notable places of worship such as Rubaga Cathedral, Namirembe Cathedral, and Christ the King Church serving as focal points of devotion. Experience the vibrant community gatherings at Kibuli Mosque and Gaddafi Mosque, reflecting the enduring presence of Islam in Uganda. Join us as we celebrate the diversity and significance of these religious institutions, each contributing to the colorful tapestry of Uganda’s cultural heritage.