October 2020

By Gabriel Leigh | Forbes.com

Many countries are seeing a rise in COVID-19 case numbers once again. In Europe it looks as if the dreaded second wave is striking many areas. And yet things are continuing to open up in the world of travel and tourism. A significant number of countries appear to be realizing they need to work out ways to open borders sooner rather than later. As ever, requirements and approaches vary, but the trend is broadly towards allowing incoming visitors.

Airlines are getting involved too, with new pre-departure testing trials that will hopefully help things along, improving confidence among passengers and immigration authorities alike. Recent reports of highly reliable coronavirus-sniffing dogs at airports are also promising.

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By Baluku Geoffrey | www.africatembelea.com

As travel writer Brian Jackman once said, “everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all”. You! Just like me will admit that each safari inspires the next one, for no two adventures in the African bush are the same.

Going by the above, it’s true the safari bug has now caught up with many Ugandans including Ruparelia Group Chairman, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia who prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, took on a gorilla tour to Bwindi Forest, and more recently, a family tour to Kidepo Valley National park, in north eastern Uganda.

The property mogul, who also doubles as the Nepalese Honorary Consul to Uganda, is now on another tour to Queen Elizabeth National park (QENP) in western Uganda. This particular tour is nostalgic as it carries with it memories from the past. Within Queen Elizabeth National park is Kabatoro, an area where the Ruparelia Group chairman was born.

Full story follow the link  From Bwindi Forest to Kidepo Valley: Sudhir Ruparelia now takes on a tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Wildlife Authority October, 7th, 2020 has completed the beautification of Kira road with wildlife sculptures to bring the beauty and diversity of Uganda’s wildlife heritage closer to the City and promote protected areas as tourism destinations.The Sculptures were unveiled and commissioned today by the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) Rtd. Col. Hon. Tom Butime.

While unveiling the sculptures, Hon. Butime applauded the initiative noting that it would not only interest Ugandans to visit parks but also improve the look of the city using wildlife which is not only abundant in the country but also an integral part of culture as totems to many Ugandans. “This is a commendable venture from UWA because construction of wildlife images depicting the national parks and national resources that showcase Uganda’s endowment will entice our population to associate with wildlife. It will interest them to visit the national parks because it will form part of the daily remainders of the need to reach the parks,” said Rtd. Col. Butime. 

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism Wildlife Doreen Katusiime and Antiquities Doreen Katusiime said the sculptures will creating awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and inspire people to visit the national parks.

The Chairman UWA Board of Trustees Dr. Pantaleon Kasoma expressed hope Ugandans walking or driving along this street, will become interested in wildlife and its conservation; because it is on them that the future of our natural resources rests.

The Executive Director KCCA Dorothy Kisaka thanked UWA for making city vibrant and asked everyone to market Kampala as a beautiful city.  “It’s nice to bring some Wild in the city. I wish to thank UWA for bringing the sculptures to educate our city dwellers of tourism. We should market Kampala and Uganda as a beautiful city. Let’s take selfies and appreciate the great work,” she said.

The Executive Director UWA Sam Mwandha was glad that after the long wait with construction processes, the sculptures have been unveiled. “The institution has chosen representative images that depict nature with animals to showcase our country’s rich and diverse endowment. We hope Ugandans and visitors who come to Uganda can visit the parks to enjoy the rich heritage,” he said. The bronze sculptures do not only enhance the image of a modern city but also promote wildlife conservation and tourism. The monuments constructed include;

  1. Lion – Climbing Lion in Queen Elizabeth
  2. Buffalo – To represent Kidepo Valley National Park, as the Park with over 2,000 buffalos in one Herd
  3. Elephant – Murchison Falls National Park
  4. Zebra – Lake Mburo National Park
  5. Mt. Gorilla – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  6. Giraffe –Rothschild Giraffe in Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park& Lake Mburo National Park.
  7. Shoe Bill–Semuliki, the Birders Haven
  8. Chimpanzee –Kibale National Park
  9. Hippopotamus – Aquatic Life in the Parks
  10. Crested Crane – National Bird

The event was attended by Chief Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board Lilly Ajarova and representatives of the Private sector among others.

Other monuments located in the city include the Mountain gorilla placed at Colline House on Nile Avenue and Impalas at Jubilee Building on Kimathi Avenue.  

The beautification exercise follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between UWA and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) in October 2016 to jointly promote Kampala City as a tourism gateway