UGANDAUnbelievable beauty
Uganda's beauty so took winston churchill's breath away that he named it 'The Pearl of Africa'

Uganda unveils official jubilee song

The Ugandan Government launched the official jubilee song titled ‘Yoga Yoga’ at the Independence monument in Kampala ahead of Uganda’s Jubilee celebrations on October 9th. Yoga Yoga is a powerful jubilation dance song with beats from native Uganda that draws from all tribes from Uganda. See more

UWA ANNOUNCED THE OPENING OF A NEW TRAIL ON RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The legendary ‘Mountains of the Moon’ as described by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy 2,162 years ago, lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in high altitude moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. The 996sqkm Rwenzori Mountains National Park was established in 1991 and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 and an international Ramsar wetland site in 2008. The national park hosts a variety of species of wildlife that include 70 mammals and 217 birds, including 19 species that are endemics to the Albertine Rift, as well as some of the world’s rarest plants.

It is to that that the Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination that offer multi-day treks around and up to the highest peaks. For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighboring communities also offer nature walks, cultural performances and accommodation.

For years the number of visitors to the region has been limited, due in part to limited tourism activities and facilities offered in the area. To address this gap, the USAID funded Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift program (USAID-STAR) with support from US Forest Service, and in partnership with Ecotrust, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Geolodges worked together to improve the tourism products being offered in and around the mountain to promote greater visitation to this incredible world-class destination by;

Building a New Trail – Mahoma Nature Trail. The trail is a 28 km long loop-trail starting and ending at the Nyakalengijo Gate of the national park. USAID-STAR with support from US Forest Service and in partnership with UWA developed the trail as a way to diversify the options available to visitors to the region. The trail traverses the lower slopes of the mountains culminating at Lake Mahoma where the trail joins the existing ‘Central Circuit’ trail to return to the park gate. The entire circuit could be completed in 1-3 days long hikes, or parts of it as a day hike.

Also a new Rwenzori Mountains Visitor Information Center has been built. The New Rwenzori Mountains Visitor Information Center is a multi-function facility next to the park, providing information and services for visitors to the region. The Center offers information about the history and ecology of the mountains and their people, it also has space for UWA briefings and registration before entering the park, a restaurant and space for a craft shop. The Visitor 2 Information Center will allow people traveling to the region to learn more about the National Park and the mountain, its people and their culture.

Geolodges, in partnership with Ecotrust have also just opened a new lodge, called Equator Snow that is linked to the Visitor Center, to service visitors to the park and compliment the existing community camps in the region. To build on these facilities, UWA and USAID-STAR with support from US Forest Service built a new trail on the mountain that allows visitors to experience the destination in shorter 1-3 day walks and therefore attract a broader market to the region.

The partnership of providing the addition of these new tourism facilities and the trail aims to boost tourism to the mountains, increasing revenues for the people of the region as well as support UWA and Ecotrust in their ongoing conservation efforts.

Uganda’s Tourism Industry have been advised to diversify tourism products and improve tourism infrastructure to reap big from the country’s enormous tourism potential.

Uganda is an astonishingly beautiful country, full of vibrant colour, confident, courteous and indomitable people. It boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking animals, Birds, landscapes and waterscapes. It is home to the source of the Nile and the most powerful natural flow of water on Earth, Muchison Falls.

Perched on an immense plateau several thousand feet above the equator, Uganda has the best of both worlds, year-round sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Everything grows here. It is said that if you lean your walking stick against an outside wall at night, it will be a tree in the morning!

Being among the top world tourist destination, Uganda has got Ten National Park and a variety of wildlife reserves, cultural sites, Gazeted monuments, Natural historical sites, and Stone, Iron Age and Earthwork sites unmatched anywhere. These attractions attract a lot of tourist to the country, research showing that the number of tourists coming to Uganda is increasing.

It is to this note that players in the tourism industry have been advised to diversify tourism products and improve tourism infrastructure to attract tourists and reap big from the country’s enormous tourism potential.

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Uganda Lost An Other Significant Cultural Site

It should be remembered that Kasubi tombs caught fire on March 16, 2010.

Bwanika cultural house at Naggalabi coronation site, Buddo was also razed to the ground by fire in the early hours of Wednesday 8th August, 2012The cause of the fire, which reduced the highly cultural house where coronation ceremonies of Buganda Kings take place to ashes has at the moment not been ascertained.

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Uganda Wildlife Authority Clears Kibale National Park on the Recent Deadly Ebola Virus Confusion

With the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in Kibaale district, there is total confusion in the wildlife and tourism sectors with many people thinking that the disease is found in Kibale National Park where the famous tourist activities including chimp tracking and habituation, forest hikes, bird walks, cultural heritage and nature trails take place.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) informs the public especially the tourism sector players that Kibale National Park located in Kamwenge and Kabarole Districts. The park is over 90km from Kibaale District, the epicenter of the disease.

However, Uganda Wildlife Authority acknowledged the potential threat how the disease is spread and being a member of the multi-institutional task force that is handling the Ebola crisis, and is therefore working very closely with the various health experts to stem the problem. UWA advises members of the public and tourists as follows:-

  1. Tourists should not make stopovers enroute to the national parks and they should desist from shaking hands with anyone.
  2. Tour companies should establish in advance the safety of the routes that tourists will use when travelling between national parks so as to use the safest routes.
  3. For the time being, tourists and their minders should not eat in restaurants outside their places of abode.
  4. Tourism sector players should vigilantly seek information from the health experts both at the national and the local level.
  5. Tourists are also advised to seek information from the UWA staff in the respective national parks on issues of safety.
  6. The chimpanzees in Kibale National Park are not the cause of the Ebola outbreak and they are safe to track. In fact Kibale National Park is currently handling up to 50 tourists a day from all corners of the world, while nearby parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are also operating normally.

For the good health of travellers, Just Travel Uganda wish to inform and recommend all UWA advises to the public and tourist travelling or wish to travel to Uganda.

The President’s Speech on the Deadly Ebola outbreak in Ugandan

Uganda’s president on Monday warned against shaking hands and other physical contact after the first death from the deadly Ebola virus in the capital Kampala.

“The Ministry of Health are tracing all the people who have had contact with the victims,” Yoweri Museveni said in a state broadcast, adding that 14 people had died in total since Ebola broke out in western Uganda …………

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Bird habitats in East Africa under threat as pressure on land rises

East Africa’s economy is largely driven by environmental resources, mainly in the agricultural and tourism sectors. Therefore, failure to avert the destruction of IBAs spells doom for the region’s development agenda, and the future of its citizens.

Environmentalists across East Africa are concerned about the rapid destruction of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) or habitats that are of immense value to the region as pressure on land rises. The 2011 Report on the IBA Status and Trends in Uganda showed that Lutembe Bay Wetland located on the shores of Lake Victoria is the most affected in the country.

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Research and Conservation of Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park

Uganda has more than 50 per cent of the world’s chimpanzee species and the sector contributes over eight per cent to Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product. They have been conserved for tourists activities in Kibale Forest National Park, the Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki Wildlife Reserve, the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary Budongo and Kanyiyo Pabidi forest near Murchison Falls National Park.

Common Chimpazees (Pan troglodytes) are distinctive black-coated ape, more closely related to man than any other living creature. There are typically animals of the rainforest and woodlands from Guinea to western Uganda and are primarily frugivorous (fruit eating) but they do eat meat and even hunt on occasion.

In bid to avoiding the extinction of the chimpanzees, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), French National Museum of History and Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding for research and conservation of chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.

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