UGANDA SET FOT IT BERLIN TOURISM EXHIBITION Uganda will participate in the annual ITB Berlin 2013 Travel and Tourism Exhibition scheduled to take place from 6th to 10th March 2013 at Messe Berlin in Germany. The delegation from Uganda will be led by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Maria Mutagamba. The delegation which includes both the Public and Private Sector will be promoting Uganda as a unique tourism destination under the theme, “Uganda the Pearl of Africa, Your Eco-Tourism Destination”. 20 Tour Operators and one Hotel will be exhibiting at the fair This year, the Uganda stand has been designed with a display area for cultural artificats from across the diverse cultures of Uganda. During the show, we will also recho the several accolades that Uganda has received recently. Uganda which is Chair to the East Africa Community this year will host the East Africa Cocktail at the Uganda Stand on 8th March 2013. The Hon. Maria Mutagamba will officiate at this event. With support from Nile Breweries Ltd, Uganda will serve Nile Special and Nile Gold at the Stand in trying to promote River Nile and the Source of the Nile. NBL has also supported participation in the show with branded Rwenzori Mineral Water 500mm bottlles which will be displayed and given out during the 5 days exhibition. Brussels Airlines also supported UTB with free courier of promotional Materials to Berlin Germany and offered discounted tickets for some participants. In a move to improve Uganda’s visibity during the show, Ndere Dance Troupe will perform at the Uganda stand and during the EAC Cocktail. This is to showcase uganda’s rich culture through music, dance and drama. UTB has partnered with UWA, AUTO, Ndere, CAA, UNDP, Nile Breweries Ltd, Brussels Airlines and the Kampala Sheraton Hotel in an effort to make participation in this event a success.
For visitors wishing to visit the parks but don't have as much to spend, their worries have now been resolved by Uganda Wildlife Authority. In the last 3 months UWA has renovated some of its former staff houses into modern affordable accommodation where, one can stay and enjoy a tour around the parks, within their means.
The first set of 4 houses, neighboring the visitor centre and the Albertine Rift Hhostel, have been fully renovated and refurnished to offer affordable and comfortable stay for visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Each of the bungalows contains 3 and 4 big bed rooms, a fully furnished kitchen, a sitting lounge and a dining area, which are carefully furnished with African style furniture. The facilities offers spacious environment for relaxation, meeting and work, if you may. And there can't be any, any better setting than the scenic view of the park from this location.
The Visitor information Centre is just a stone throw away, while the Parka Lodge, The boat launch and Albertine Rift Hostel are easily accessible from here.
It is ideal for families, corporate and even wedding delegations.
The 3 bedroom house costs sh. 250,000 per day while the 4 bedroom house goes for sh. 300,000.
In addition, UWA management has also commenced renovations of other staff houses popularly known as "Lower camp staff houses". The initial phase of 20 rooms is under renovation with over 10 rooms already available for use. These rooms are conveniently located near the Tembo canteen which will be reopened very soon. It is hoped that tourists staying in the lower camp houses can have their meals at Tembo canteen, which is located less than 100 meters away. In total, there are about 40 rooms that will be renovated and improved with inside toilets and showers.
Each bed costs costs about sh. 20,000 to sh. 30,000
The effort to improve and provide more accommodation in the parks, is part of Uganda Authority (UWA)'s strategy to increase domestic tourism, which is consistent with country's vision to transform the economy through optimal exploitation of its own resources.
You may recall that last year, The Chairman of Board of Trustees, Mr. Benjamin Otto, inaugurated this project, which is already bearing fruit.
The blocks which formerly housed the staff of the organization in the Mweya Peninsular which is the hub of the tourism activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park, were renovated and improved with internally generated revenue.
To book any of these accommodations, please call
- Reservations Office on 0414 355 000, 0312 355 000
- Queen Elizabeth National Park 0392 700694.
It is advisable to book in advance. And for more information about what you can do in the park, visit The Park microsite
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) marketing gurus effectively took part in the just ended Rotary intercity conference held in Lira town, north of Kampala where a representative of the Executive Director made a presentation on the topic: UWA conservation and Tourism Activities and sustaining our Partnership with Rotary. We were also invited to Exhibit our products. UWA which recently signed an MOU with Rotary District 9200 to promote conservation and tourism and encourage Rotarians to visit the parks also exhibited her products and services during the function between 8-th February,2013. UWA has since the signing of the MOU engaged in a number of programmes together with Rotary and a number of Rotarians have visited the parks, under this programme. For Lira’s intercity conference, UWA offered the bus, which took delegates to Lira and brought them back to Kampala. During the Lira Trip, the delegates were able to enter Murchison Falls National park, and had a stopover at Chobe Lodge where, they had lunch. The Rotarians were keen to learn about the UWA products and bought a number of retail items as shown by the sales report from Grace. Mr. Stephen Masaba, UWA’s Business Development Manager who represented the ED, made a presentation featuring tourism product, conservation activities, history of the relation with rotary, achievements during the 4 year period and suggestions for improving the partnership value. The delegates appreciated the presentation and passed a resolution to thank UWA for the partnership and support and to continue working with the conservation agency. The District 9200 Rotary Governor, Geeta Manek, expressed interest in coming to visit Gorillas. UWA was also invited to the next District Conference and Assembly to be held on 24th to 27th April 2012 in Mombasa. This will also mark the inauguration of the new rotary district 9211 9200 will be split in two districts and the ceremony to install new district governor. The authority was implored to exhibit and participate in this important event. The conference agreed to continue implementing more aspects of the MOU, which cover the following areas: Marketing Uganda as a tourism destination, promoting domestic tourism Conservation of wildlife in general, Friending/ naming/sponsorship of a gorilla under the friend a gorilla campaign, Reforestation/tree planting programmes, Implementing joint community projects, Organization and participation in Rotary and UWA conferences events The District Chair, Robert Nsibirwa, will arrange a meeting to meet the BOT and ED UWA as part of partnership building. There will be more and regular meetings of the technical committee for implementation of the MOU as specified in the MOU Over 300 Rotarians from different clubs in the district. It is important to keep the contact and re-energise our relationship as rotary is a respected institutions, whose values are admired by many. End
It was a lifetime experience for Uganda Wildlife Authority's twelve interpretive guides specializing in mountain gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, when they closely interacted with the playful chimpanzees in the undisturbed Budongo forest reserve.