the Pearl of Africa – was made popular by Winston Churchill in his 1908 Book entitled “My African Journey” about his trip to Uganda in 1907.
Winston Churchill became quite enthused about what he found in Uganda when he wrote “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”
Most in Uganda today attribute the name “Pearl of Africa” to Winston Churchill however almost every other Western Explorer and Discoverer spoke in glowing terms about Uganda and they also referred to Uganda as the Pearl of Africa.
Yes, Winston Churchill may not have been the one who first called Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
Uganda affected even the early explorers, that came years before Winston Churchill arrived. They were amazed by its beauty, its natural wonders, its people. When modern travel became available tourists flocked to Uganda and fell in love with the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
In 1858 John Hanning Speke and Richard Burton ventured through Uganda and were amazed by what they found and it was John Hanning Speke that discovered Lake Victoria as the source of the Nile, were impressed by how wide and open the streets were of the capital of the Buganda Kingdom and were amazed by the local culture and ways of the people.