Uganda the Pearl

pearlChurchill once said: “The kingdom of Uganda is like a fairy-tale. You climb up … and at the end there is a wonderful new world. The scenery is different, the vegetation is different, the climate is different, and, most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa … I say: ‘Concentrate on Uganda’. For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale — Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.

A thing about pearls is the fact that they are hidden. They are not so easily discovered where they are deep into the ocean, concealed in an oyster’s shell, like Uganda is hidden among neighboring countries. Unlike gemstones which must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty, the pearls need no such treatment to reveal their magnificence. They are natural beauties! Visiting Uganda will convince you of the resemblance between Uganda and a pearl.

One thing which is very fascinating about Uganda is that despite the small size of the country it is so rich on culture. When you travel to the south, west, east and north. Every place you go is different and unique from the previous one you’ve been. There is Kampala which is always busy, the streets are never empty. You can actually tell the time at night without a watch, just by listening to the noises outside. Disco music means somewhere between ten and three, stray dogs barking means the time is between three and four, cries from the mosques means it’s five and the rooster crowing means it’s 6 and the Ugandans start roaming the streets again! Then there is the west which is coated in beautiful green hills and lakes. You can see volcanoes, go for boat trips, go gorilla tracking in the mountains and the night is so dark and clear you can see the Milky Way. It is so peaceful. Then you have the north, which is hotter than the other places. This is where you find the national parks with elephants and all sorts of animals, including beautiful waterfalls. The people of the north have been through a lot, yet the history has not managed to remove the smiles of their faces. At last the east which is also hot and has many mountains you can climb. The point is that every place is different which makes the country extremely interesting. There are so many tribes and languages you don’t know in how many ways you can be taught how to greet during your travels. Every tribe has its own dances and traditions. Even the food varies.