Destination Uganda: Off The Tourist Trail

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you Uganda the destination of the month Uganda a land of pristine natural beauty and a tourist haven for visitors from all across the world is a perfect getaway for travelers from the Middle East described as the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill Uganda offers some of Africa's finest geographical and natural beauty source of the Mighty River Nile and home to one of the greatest concentrations of primates on the planet this magnificent country is a true African gem waiting to be discovered tourists can also witness the abundant wildlife that roams freely in the countries many national parks and jungle reserves adventure tourism is also a popular draw for those visiting Uganda the country's gushing rivers provide excellent opportunities for whitewater rafting indeed Uganda is a tourist paradise world-class hotels hospitable people good climate and an abundance of wildlife make Uganda one of the most attractive tourist destinations in East Africa just a five-hour flight from Dubai and other GCC countries Uganda is fast emerging as a popular destination for travelers from the Arabian Gulf region direct flights from the Middle East region to Uganda have improved air connectivity which in turn has led to an increase in the number of tourists traveling to Uganda from middle-east countries like the United Arab Emirates the editorial team from the holiday Guide magazine traveled across Uganda to experience and explore the various tourist attractions in Uganda as soon as we landed in Uganda picturesque Airport at Entebbe we found ourselves surrounded by open vistas lush green countryside and the hospitality of the local people after spending a night in Kampala we found ourselves driving through Uganda's lush green countryside to our destination the boondi impenetrable national park to meet the endangered and elusive mountain gorillas surprisingly the road network in Uganda is excellent not something one would expect in most African countries our drive across Uganda was an enjoyable experience as we pass through small villages and towns and observe the simple lifestyle of people living in rural Uganda you after our initial briefing the trek up to the gorillas took us through the forest and we soon realized why they call it the impenetrable forest we had to literally make our way through this dense forest to reach the home of the endangered mountain gorillas our team was led by a group of experienced guides and Park Rangers who guided our team through this rough terrain and helped us navigate through the thick forest coming face-to-face with these elusive primates is an experience one cannot forget contrary to their false reputation as the marauding Apes these are in fact very docile and easygoing animals often also known as the gentle giant you can't find these endangered mountain gorillas in any zoo as they cannot survive in captivity in fact these elusive animals can only be found and seen in Africa that too in just three countries Uganda the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda there are approximately just 786 mountain gorillas remaining in the world with approximately half of them living in Uganda's bawendi impenetrable forest and the adjoining nunca hinga gorilla park interestingly these gorillas share 98% of their genetic composition with us humans very relaxed not disturbed and using the natural habitat success in the dry season food is scarce and that's why autumn white in such a food only 80 people are allowed to see the gorillas in their natural habitat each day because their habitat is very fragile the number of visitors allowed into their habitat is strictly controlled on our way to Fort Portal we pass through the internationally acclaimed Asha sector of the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park which is home to over 612 species of birds buffaloes elephants and hippos as well as the famous tree climbing Lions of Akasha it is somewhat uncommon for lions to climb trees there are no more than two populations in the whole world of such lions that climb trees one of these populations is found within the Akasha sector and the other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania driving through the Akasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park is an experience that will surely rejuvenate your senses it was certainly a welcome break from the traffic jams on the Dubai Sharjah Road for our team the highlight of our team's visit to Uganda this time has to be the beautiful views of lake bunyonyi located in the district of kabali in southwest Uganda the calm waters of the lake reflect the verdant hills around it as you can see behind me this is the picturesque Lake Bimini and this is one of famous spots in Uganda and it is a perfect getaway for Middle East or risk because the weather here is really nice much of the shoreline around the lake and Suede's of the larger of the 29 Islands have been converted to subsistence farming while this has no doubt robbed the lake of the deep green beauty of Uganda's natural vegetation the snaking course of the water's edge and the rolling hills that overlook it are still undeniably stunning bunyonyi is one of the safest lakes in Africa it has no hippos or crocodiles and is a perfect place for a splash in the water a number of budget and luxury accommodation options are available around lake bunyonyi and in the nearby kabali town whether you're on your way to visit the mountain gorillas in the windy forest national park or in rwanda lake bunyonyi is an ideal choice for a stopover you located in western Uganda Fort Portal is another town the holiday guide team visited on their 20 day trip across Uganda the quaint little town has an old-world charm and boasts of some excellent hotels like the mountain of the moon where we stayed for the night we visited the famous waterfall in caves at bab aragon ya'muru in kabul or a district located 10 kilometers from Fort Portal the area the waterfalls are located in is a beautiful spot with open spaces set in typical African rural settings we had to walk through a jungle path up to the waterfall the scenic beauty around the cave is food for the soul nature walks to the nearby crater lakes can also be arranged by your guide however despite the many tourist attractions in Uganda the country has not realized the full benefits from its tourism industry as compared to its neighboring countries such as Kenya Tanzania and Rwanda Uganda is total tourism receipts for example fell from 56 billion shillings to forty two point six billion shillings three years back a loss of almost 25 percent one of the main reasons for this could be the lack of effective promotional activities undertaken by government appointed bodies like the Uganda Tourism Board we asked some industry experts about their views on Uganda's tourism industry Jean un des tourism industry has been going at a rapid pace in recent times how do you see the industry growing in the coming years tourism industry is in a very good trajectory we have as the country will have what we call in national divorcement slant – that is supposed to guide us and which sectors are going to lead they call the growth of the economy the next couple of years and tourism is one of the three top sectors so that being our culture tourism and minerals oil and gas so the first big tourism has been recognized by government as one of the key drivers in the next few years over economy shows that tourism is really growing Thank You ganda is what I would call a possible event is the power of Africa so we uniquely stand out like Winston Churchill said we stand out both in terms of the product that we have to offer I mean we have unrivaled products we are the source of the Nile we have half of the world's population of mountain gorillas we have the big five in Uganda friendly people the great weather they are amazing for so I see Uganda as a giant that is right is now just beginning to find her grandes tourism industry has been growing steadily I know you must know the history of Uganda and some water and instability our country went through which led to a slowdown in the tourism sector because of lack of infrastructure lack of peace but since the nrm government took over power it's been quite a growth in the tourism sector yet before it was the first fastest growing sector and it was bringing in a lot of foreign exchange but like I said it was taken over by those events but now with peace it is very the prerequisite to this sector and stability and infrastructure development it's been a lot of growth and right now as you might have had in the previous interviews the tourism sector has been contributing a lot about 9% of Uganda's growth GDP and I believe that in layers to come it's even going to grow even better the goddess tourism is a story of transformation the story of growth the story of discovery in the last 10 years alone our numbers have grown from 700,000 1.4 million vistas and I think that is exemplified also by the fact that you gun has been known as the pearl of Africa the reason why towards much grown is because number one we have the best climate in the world if you like we are right on the equator but we have snow on the equator much of the country over six hundred feet above sea level so it gives us a both hot and cool climates we are not humans because of our geographical location on the equator and the altitude there there is such an incidence of wildlife on nature so the country is green for most of the earth we have about four in four seasons that country's lush is green the people are friendly the temperatures are fantastic business climate is very very conducive we are only four hours from South Africa southern Africa there are five hours from the Middle East eight hours from Europe four hours from West Africa so we are very very conveniently placed in terms of connectivity travel and tourism contributes approximately four percent to the total GDP or just two million dollars while agriculture contributes around 25 percent industry 20 percent and services 54 percent however all this is about to change as Uganda's government plans to implement new policies to promote its tourism industry in new and emerging markets like the Middle East in 2016 the Ministry of Finance almost doubled its budget for tourism promotion to 30 billion shillings this money was directly given to the ministry of tourism and uganda tourism board to attract investments into Uganda's growing tourism industry and to attract tourists from new and emerging tourist markets across the world however not much is being done in the name of advertising and promotions and Uganda's tourism industry has remained largely unrepresented in many growing tourist markets like the Middle East by promoting itself as a popular tourist destination Uganda can also attract substantial foreign direct investment into its growing tourism industry currently Uganda receives just 1.4 million international tourists compared to just 600,000 the country received in 2006 the government aims to attract over 4 million tourists by 2020 thereby making the tourism industry one of the major contributors to Uganda's GDP undoubtedly Uganda is an emerging tourist destination for travelers from the Middle East given Uganda's diverse landscape flora and fauna and its national parks the country enjoys large potential for the development of nature tourism it has Wildlife safaris gorilla tracking adventure tourism bird-watching and cultural tourism it has mountains the source of the Nile and the Great Lakes the country has also won accolades from various international travel publications lonely planet named Uganda it's top destination for 2012 and National Geographic Traveler selected the virunga's as one of the 20 must-see places for 2012 figures from the UN World Tourism Organisation showed that Uganda tourism has grown strongly since the turn of the century with numbers of visitors growing fivefold between 2001 and 2010 Uganda's tourism industry offers excellent opportunities for investments especially in the hotel industry we asked the experts about these opportunities what are the investment opportunities available for foreign investors in Iran does booming tourism industry there's still a lot of opportunities especially in lodges in the National Park in hotels in upcountry even hotels in the city we don't have enough beds that we can boast of like to really hold big conferences and I believe the opportunities was in building new hotels but also in improving and training of people that are working in this hotel because in hotels what is important is not a building it's the services and they give me the opportunity even in setting up like a training school in this country a demand growing there is a need for supply and therefore we've seen from the growth projections that we have brought numbers that have it should versus in any and a corresponding amount of investments in the last ten years alone we've opened over 40 properties in the country I'm not just more perfect big big force big names we're seeing a large number of big brands coming into the country but what is critical here is that they I realized an opportunity you know where this demand is mean for supply we've seen the growth of small budgets medium to high end grain versus team a corresponding number of Apartments you know lodges and equally the need for services come through very good restaurants international cuisine subs delivery managerial regiments from very very good service providers that number is critical right now and now we feel very strongly that going forward we need more more brands about 12 national parks in Uganda and about 10 game reserves and all these accommodation is still lacking that's why when you go to a national park accommodation is expensive because we don't have enough beds so this is one of the areas that is available for investment for hotels for people to come and put our portals in the national parks again Uganda is a beautiful and well-endowed country most of these attraction areas do not have accommodation which again is an opportunity for all investors looking to invest in the sector so as somebody who is on the ground at somebody who visits this hotels regularly I see the need for more hotels I see the opportunities for more hotels and most importantly they need for the big brand-name hotels as the country we are now looking at the mice market so meetings incentives conferences and events for this to be a success we need to have enough hotel rooms to be able to accommodate a large number of delegates that we are looking at being able to comment up tap into mice market so again this is a very big opportunity for us to for a country to push at the conference Bureau whereby now we can be able to attract these big international conferences we already have the tourist attractions we already have the infrastructure in place now if we had the quality of hotel the four five-star hotels that I needed to be able to bring in these these conferences that is an opportunity for us at the Ugandan of the country and also for investors who are now looking at Africa as the new frontier is a good return on investment I think we are one of the countries that once you put your money here to be assured of a good return on investment so I call upon all those people I know United Arab Emirates are people with money to expand their horizons many times people don't know about Africa so they hear both Africa and all they get in bad publicity bad news disease HIV and all that but that happens everywhere in the world but they should learn that in Africa they have good people it's a beautiful country and sometimes people take Africa as if it's just one nation especially those European countries many times they think Africa one bad thing happens tonight Nigerian they think it is in Uganda but Uganda my country is gifted by Nature you'll not find any climate I know I plight United Arab Emirates every day but you can't find such climate anywhere so I asked them and I know that we have a lot in common with our brothers and sisters in United Arab Emirates of countries that we are developing and I believe that what I've seen in Dubai in Abu Dhabi can be done in this country if we just make connections the right connections and the best way to make connections is to go and see for yourself [Applause] as our team headed back to Dubai we carried back with us memories of this beautiful land and the warm hospitality of its people a journey we thoroughly enjoyed and would most certainly recommend to our readers and followers


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We just need only one thing a youthful president who sees Uganda in the eyes of its beauty
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Rowell Jeffrey · May 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

no please dont bring in more tourist, you will have too much garbage, plastic and concrete slabs and animals will disappear, please dont distroy it with tourism

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