About Uganda

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Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the east, Rwanda in the Southwest, Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, Tanzania in the south. Uganda full land area is 241,559 sq. km. approximately 37,000 sq.km of this area is taken by open water while the rest is land. The country southern part contains a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Tanzania and Kenya.

Uganda is placed on the East African plateau, averaging approximately 1,100 meters above sea level. The plateau usually slopes downwards toward Sudan. Uganda elevation, soil types and predominantly wet and hot climate impart a big agricultural potential to the country. They also describe the country’s big range of grasslands, forests, and wildlife reserves. Uganda has a full population of approximately 35.6 million people.

Climate

Uganda’s weather conditions are perfect, ranging from the heat of the lowland areas to the chillness of the highlands in the South West Kigezi.

All through the year, Uganda is sunny with temperatures rarely increasing above 29 degrees. The average temperature is approximately 26 degrees C, with a highest of 18-31 degrees and lowest of 15-24 degrees depending on the part of the country.

Light rain season is November to January. The rain season is March to May. We seasons are March to May and September to November, dry seasons are June to August and December to February.

Rainfall ranges between 500mm to 2300mm and the relative humidity is 70-100 percent. The rainfall regime permits 2 planting and harvesting seasons a year in most parts of the country.

Uganda culture and people

Uganda has a range of cultural tourism websites and events reflecting the diversity of over forty tribes. The country has many kingdoms and chiefdoms with a rich country history from the past. They have no political powers but have cultural control.

The earlier residents left behind a rich legacy of rock paintings, such as those at the Nyero Rock Shelter close to the Kumi. The present kingdom are largely Bantu – Kingdoms of Bunyoro, Buganda, Tooro and Busoga.

Music and dance

Like in many African nations, dance is a vital part of the ceremonies and unique occasions. Uganda’s different people have their own unique dances. For example, in the eastern area, the Bosoga practice a dance called as Tamenhaibunga which expresses the significance of friendship and love. Its name literally means best friends drink together and do not fight.

Probably the most largely recognized Ugandan dance is the Kiganda. It is a complicated dance, requiring great expertise to keep the upper torso controlled and rotate to the music from the waist down. The dance has many steps and variations for different events, but the versions generally seen is the one performed in honour of the Baganda King.

Food

Uganda has a lot of fertile agricultural land which can raise anything thus an amazing range of food. The most general food grown in Matooke (green banana) which is peeled at the time of preparing and warmed in the banana leaves.

Fruits like the water melon, pineapple, mangoes and yellow bananas are also general and can be bought from food markets like Nakasero & Owino.

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