Uganda Wildlife Authority has offered fully paid round trips to the winners of the Buganda Tourism Expo 2011 quiz winners after hosting the finalists to a sumptuous dinner at the Carnival Palace hotel in Kampala.Ms Olivia Nabunya,23, a self employed secretary and student of the Buganda Royal
Institute emerged the overall winner and spent the last weekend ( July 23-24) with her partner Mr. Nasser Ssemakula in Queen Elizabeth National Park, south western Uganda. While on her all expenses paid sojourn, Ms Nabunya stayed at the famous Mweya Safari Lodge, enjoyed a boat ride on the Kazinga channel where she marveled at a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and unique scenery before the game drive that took her to Kasenyi kob mating grounds where she was lucky to sight a pride of lions, Katwe salt mines and vantage points for viewing the beautiful crater lakes.In an interview with the media personnel who accompanied her, a visibly excited Nabunya revealed that she has always had passion for Wildlife conservation, adventure and culture which helped her to answer the questions on heritage and cultural diversity with ease. She pledged to be a reliable partner in conservation and a tourism ambassador.The other winners of the quiz were Mr. Lumu Alex who scooped a fully paid trip to Lake Mburo National park while Charles Kikomekko and Simon Sseruyange tied in the third place winning themselves permits to track the amazing mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.Earlier on July 22, ten finalists were hosted to a unique dining experience at the Carnival Restaurant where various types of meat and drinks are served. The function that attracted the Buganda Kingdom second deputy prime minister and minister for Heritage, Royal Tombs and Tourism Hajji Mohamud Ssemambo Ssekimpi, Buganda state minister for Tourism Ms Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the chairman AUTO Mr. Bonfiace Byamukama and UTB’s marketing and Public Relations manager Edwin Muzahuura, was presided over by the Permanent Secretary for the parent ministry, Ambassador Julius Onen.The UWA acting Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya, who was recently recognized by the Buganda kingdom government for relentless support to tourism, commended the relationship between the kingdom and UWA in promoting conservation and culture. He said the tourism industry is Uganda’s leading forex earner and pledged to further strengthen the linkages with all stake holders in spurring the sector to greater heights.Mr. Stephen Masaba, UWA’s acting director for Tourism and Business Development said the aim of the quiz was to raise the interest of the citizens to appreciate the linkage between conservation and culture .