Why we love the Pearl of Africa
“The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale… 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.” — Winston Churchill, 1907
Uganda’s nickname, the Pearl of Africa, first coined by Churchill over a century ago has stuck and it isn’t difficult to see why.
Landlocked and consisting of savannah, mountains and lakes, Uganda boasts stunning and diverse natural beauty, while Lake Victoria acts as source to the White Nile and the Ruwenzori Mountains are home to the legendary and sadly endangered mountain gorilla.
However, scratch the surface and there is far more to Uganda than wonderful landscapes and mountain gorillas. As we've established relationships with our artisan partners in Uganda we've learnt a huge amount about the country and here are just a few of our favourite discoveries:
The UK might be going through a cycling revolution, but in Uganda the bicycle has been the most popular form of transport for years. For many in rural areas in particular, cycling is the only mode of transport available and is responsible for delivering huge economic benefits as it saves families hours fetching water or travelling to market. However, demand far outstrips supply so if you have an old bike in the shed we'd urge you to donate it to one of the NGOs, such as re-cycle, who are working with partners across Africa to get bikes to the families and communities that need them most.
- When it comes to Ugandan delicacies, nothing beats the treat of a bowl of pan fried grasshoppers, according to the locals at least! The crunchy fried grasshoppers can be eaten hot but are also used as a tasty accoutrement to a salad. If you are invited in for a meal of fried grasshoppers you are receiving the Ugandan red carpet treatment. Enjoy!
And something for the bucket list... The Uganda Marathon, founded just last year is on track to be the largest public fundraising event in Ugandan history. If you’ve just completed the London Marathon and have the running bug the Ugandan Marathon could be just the antidote, offering stunning scenery, a challenging course and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Ugandan culture. It’s on our to-do list for 2017, so maybe we’ll see you there!
To bring a little of this wonderful country into your own home check out our range of Ugandan homeware and gift products, which includes our Gold Arrow Teak Tray, Cow Horn Whisky Tumblers and stunning Wine Holders, all of which would make the perfect housewarming gift or Father’s Day treat for the Dapper Dad.