Hi everyone, thanks the tremendous support in 2014. The new year 2015 is upon us and is presenting very unique opportunities already. I am very optimistic and excited about the prospects coming up and we’ll keep you updated on this very page.
Going on safari has been your lifelong desire. You have saved for your dream destination- Uganda paid up and all is set to go. There is however tiny details your tour operator may not have told you that if left out, then you have missed the real pudding. Here we go;
1. Uganda is the world’s friendliest country: Here is one country you get to and right from the airport all you get is smiles. Even the Anti-narcotics Police will greet you with a smile. And nobody has been coached to do that but its just the people. A genuine happy people always warm to visitors.
2. Uganda is the “weather capital of the world”: Just like you have New York and London famous for finance and capital markets and Italy for Fashion and Paris being Romantic, Kampala presents itself as a city that if you forgot to pack warm clothes you wouldn’t mind it a second for obvious reasons save for those going gorilla tracking or mountain climbing.Here the sun shines 365 days a year and never shies away. Even when it gets chilly foreigners prefer going out with a light tee shirt on because the weather is simply too good to be true.
3. The Ugandan pineapple is a MUST!: If you don’t taste the Ugandan pine apple then you haven’t been to Uganda. Whoever is your tour guide ensure you get to taste a the pineapple plus as many fruits as you can. Most of it is grown organically and you will be amazed at how the staple food here grows effortlessly,
4. The Boda boda (motorcycle taxi) is a thrill to be enjoyed by every visitor who comes to Uganda. Whether its in the countryside or right in the heart of the city, this adrenaline riser will leave you fonder memories than of anyother city in the world. Just make sure to get a helmet and all will be fine. It definitely should be on your tour itinerary of Uganda
5. Gay people aren’t harrassed in Uganda like western media portrays it. Like in my first pointer I must emphasise that this grouping of people called Ugandans are by far the most hospitable and respectful people I ever came across although when pushed to the wall feedback is provided. The governments position is banning the promotion of gay activities publicly.
See you anywhere along the Equator within area code 256
I had always dreamed about going to Moroto, but never in this fashion. In case you are wondering, Moroto is a magical place situated at the North Eastern border of Uganda. And for some of us who had never traveled there before, our minds had been filled with myths of how dangerous the place is. There were stories of rampant deaths I had heard about since childhood.
Enter an opportunity to go there? First let me say that I LOVE travel. I love it most when I’m alone because danger and the unknown excite me! Yes, I know that sounds beguiling, and crazy, but isn’t it living when you dare yourself to do things people imagine to be risks? So here I was seated in the bus en route to Moroto , or so I thought. I mean I though that I could trust the man who shoved me hastily into a bus headed for Mbale claiming he would link us to one bound to Moroto. How wrong I was. But I was late already. You don’t set off for Moroto at 10:30am, you’ll arrive too late for any buses heading there.
The journey to Mbale wasn’t something to write home about. I had been on that same route one time to many. Perhaps my mind was already playing out the scene in my head of a place I was longing to step foot on. We reached Mbale in good time, after a six-hour journey. I was hoping we would hope on another bus straight away, but damn Ugandans and time! And damn me for not trusting my instincts! The man who had claimed to link those traveling to Soroti or Moroto was no where in sight. So about thirty of us were stranded in Mbale bus park, not sure how in hell we were getting to our destination. Wish I could remember the name of that bus company. (Scratches head) Oh well.
Enter Teso Coach. Thank God! And then the scramble began. The Teso bus was apparently booked out, and yet fifty other folks were shoving their way in. Why shouldn’t they when we had paid up the full fees to Soroti? (USD 9.6) The part that annoyed me the most was standing. We had to stand for most part of the journey. My legs were hurting terribly. Finally, at Awoja just after Kumi I sat down, exhausted!
“Hi, how long do you think it will take to reach Soroti?” I asked a jovial man.
“We might arrive around 7:00pm”
“Oh. any buses leaving for Moroto then?”
“Ha! You will have to wait for the next day.” What? No! He interrupted my thoughts. “Why did you get on this bus anyway? You should have gotten onto Gateway from Mbale, that one goes direct to Moroto. In fact they may be arriving there around the same time we arrive in Soroti” Foolish me! Of course it was obvious, wasn’t it? I curse but there is nothing for it. the man convinces me to spend the night at Soroti. I want to have a choice. I want to believe I will arrive on time, otherwise I shall be late for that interview! Damn! I looked into Lake Bisina wishing it would swallow up my worries.
We alight off the bus, and then the kind flirt that he is shows me around different motels, because that is what I can afford at the time. I had not planned for it. I suppose looking back then I must have been grateful for his help. Talk about angels walking the earth! At last at around 9:00pm, I found a nice neat room at one of the Church’s rented out facilities for only USD 3.8 per night. It was safe, with clean water, dry sheets, drinks and a bed. A BED. I needed that. I thanked William Moi for his kindness and then went to clean myself in the shower before climbing into bed to a dream about the day before with my beau. Tomorrow was a day that would begin at 5:00am. Let me sleep now.
Conservationists, environment and wildlife enthusiasts received the news of the birth of a new female rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with excitement at the weekend, saying it will offer an opportunity for tourists to see the ‘Big Five’ animals.
These include elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards. The birth of the rhino is a boost to the restocking of the animals that were declared extinct in 1983 in the country.
The management of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where the animals stay, broke the news of the birth of the baby rhino named Uhuru, a Swahili word meaning independence.
Seven healthy babies have been born since June 2009, according to the management, bringing the current number in the sanctuary to 13. “This will not only offer an opportunity for tourists on safari to experience the Big Five in Uganda but also trek these magnificent mega herbivores,” Ms Angie Genade, the executive director of the Rhino Fund Uganda, an NGO that oversees the multiplication of the animals, said.
Ms Genade said the new baby was born to Nandi, a female rhino donated by Disney Animal Kingdom and Taleo a male rhino imported from Solio Ranch in Kenya. The baby rhino is in good health. Ms Genade said the Rhino Introduction Programme plans to release the newly-born animals back into the country’s national parks.
Burundi topped followed by Kenya and Rwanda coming in as second and third, and Uganda taking fifth best exhibitor in Africa at the annual ITB Berlin 2013 Travel and Tourism Exhibition, a world leading travel trade show.
The theme of Uganda was “Uganda the Pearl of Africa, your Eco-Tourism Destination”. The Minister for Tourism and Antiquities, Ms Maria Mutagamba, said Uganda’s attraction, based on inquiries, were Gorillas in Bwindi Forest, the climate in Kibaale District and wildlife in Kidepo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
Also, the Ndere cultural dancers are said to have pulled crowds.Ms Mutagamba said the country was working on a programme to extend its tourism beyond nature to include culture and medicine.
“We have to improve on certain things like cleanliness and the road network. It looks like we have left cleaning our country to God and yet when tourists come, they want to see and visit clean places,” Ms Mutagamba said.
ITB Berlin exhibition is an annual event. In 2011, Uganda received more than a million foreign tourists and the tourism industry is said to be growing at 21 per cent annually and the German market growing at 10 per cent with more than 8,000 Germans having visited the country in 2011.
Well not really. We just thought we might tickle your imagination. But more to the truth is that a recent partnership between Kajjansi Aero Club (Fly Uganda) in Kajjansi, the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) has made it quite easier for sky lovers to access the islands in under twenty minutes, less than it does on water.
The helicopters are licensed to carry a maximum of four passengers at a return fee of $980 for four inclusive of access to the island. Previously the island was serviced by boat and motorised vehicles.