Uganda: The Pearl of Africa by Toyo Carter

Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa,” has a diverse collection of wildlife and culture, coupled with a beautiful landscape. Uganda is the “Pearl of Africa” because it is the geographical center of Africa and captures the essence of the entire continent.

Mount Elgon is the highest volcanic mountain in Uganda at around 4,321 meters (14,177 feet) and the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa, first erupting about 24 million years ago. Mt. Elgon also shows the framework of Uganda’s landscape; most of it sits atop a plateau and is surrounded by mountains. All of which were carved by the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from all the way from Syria in the Middle East to Mozambique in Southern Africa.
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the third-largest lake in the world and is thought to be the source of the Nile River.
The endangered Mountain Gorilla, the largest living primate, can be found in scattered forests within the Rwenzori Mountain range in Western Uganda.
These lions are from Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of ten national parks in Uganda. They are known for climbing trees, a trait that is unusual for lions. This makes them a popular attraction for tourists on safaris.
The Bwola Dance is a royal dance of the Acholi people who live in northern Uganda. It is performed to welcome and entertain royalty. A group of men, each with a white plume on their head, a set of bells tied around their ankle, and a drum in their hand, move in sync with the cadence of the drum and bells. A group of women move and dance in the opposite direction inside the circle of men. They are not holding drums or wearing any bells, nor are they wearing plumes. There are three drummers in the center of the two circles that keep the pulse steady as the dance wears on. Singing and yodeling can be heard all around, and there is even a flute that plays in the background.
The Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria has a complicated life cycle, which is one of the obstacles in making a potential vaccine.
90 percent of deaths resulting from malaria are in Africa.
A 20-year insurgency that began in 1987 left most of northern Uganda in ruins. Over a million people, mainly women and children, were displaced from their homes and forced to seek refuge in camps with poor sanitation and a scarce supply of food and water.

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