Uganda Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Uganda is one of many countries in Africa. This lesson will teach you about Uganda, what its official language is, where to find it on your map, what its capital city is, what job most Ugandans have, and some other neat facts about this country.

Where is Uganda?

You are in a boat on a clear, blue lake. There are rolling green hills all around you and the sky is On the shore, you see small fishing villages with boats sitting on the sand. You also notice there are many different types of birds as you float along on the calm water. You are sailing on Lake Victoria in Uganda!

Map of Uganda
Map of Uganda

Uganda (pronounced you-GHAN-duh) is a country in East Africa that is completely surrounded by other countries. It shares borders with Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, and Kenya. Uganda would fit inside Alaska more than 6 times!

Part of Lake Victoria, which is the biggest lake in Africa, is in Uganda. Although it isn't very deep, there are about 200 different kinds of fish that live there, so you never know what you'll catch for dinner if you go fishing!

Fishing on Lake Victoria
Fishing on Lake Victoria

But Lake Victoria is only one of 69 lakes in Uganda, which has the most lakes on the entire continent of Africa!

The capital of Uganda is Kampala (pronounced kahm-PAH-lah), which is next to Lake Victoria. Its nickname is the 'Happy City' and it's the biggest city in Uganda. It also sits at about ¾ of a mile high, which is almost 4 times as high as the Chrysler Building in New York City.

Although the Equator runs through the southern part of Uganda, it isn't as hot as you might think there. There isn't much difference between the high and low temperatures around Uganda. Even at the warmest spot in the country, its average high is only about 84 degrees.

Life in Uganda

Uganda is a very poor country, and most people work in farming and live in rural areas. Some of the crops they grow to sell to other countries include tea, coffee, and cotton.

If you are visiting, you won't be able to spend your dollars because the money used there is called the Ugandan shilling. You'll have to exchange your US money for Ugandan money if you need to buy anything.

Since English is the official language of Uganda, you'll be able to talk to most people you meet. But you'll also hear other languages spoken there, too, since there are many different groups of people that live in Uganda.

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