Friday, 17 May 2013

Busoga region to promote tourism sites


President Yoweri  Museveni  has pledged sh100m towards the development of Kagulu hill into a tourism site during Busoga’s campaign to promote tourism or Uganda safaris in this potential region. This offer was made while addressing residents at Kagulu hill in Kagulu sub-county, Buyende district, last week where this new Uganda safari spot was unveiled by the Busoga Tourism Initiative (BTI).

ITS HISTORY:
Historically Kagulu hill was the site, where Prince Mukama Namutukula who is said to be the founding father of Busoga, first settled after his arrival from Bunyoro region, across Lake Kyoga. This historical site is approximately 3,500ft above sea level, having a five kilometre radius. Other sites include Bukaleeba peninsula and Kyando located in Mayuge district, Bukatube sub-county. BTI wants Bukaleeba, gazetted as a game reserve region, because it boosts of a forest reserve covering over four villages, while the other spot known as Kyando histortorically is where Bishop James Hannington reportedly met his death. Bishop Hannington had come to Uganda under the Church Missionary Society but unfortunately got killed on October 29, 1885.
TOURIST ATTRACTION:
President Museveni urged  the Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Maria Mutagamba to support Busoga region  in its endeavours of developing these sites from their current state into attractive Uganda safari sites while considering the mechanism for protection of the visitors.

“The tourism ministry should be able to plan for these sites so that they can attract rich tourists who are planning to have Uganda safaris. Despite its immense potential, today people visit Kagulu only for adventure. It should be turned into a source of income,” he narrated


INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA:
While responding to calls by area leaders for improvement on infrastructures surrounding these spots, the president promised that Government will complete the construction of the Jinja-Kamuli and Kamuli-Bukungu highways before embarking on construction works for the one to Kagulu later on.

Museveni said that previously the Government had extended electricity to Bukungu landing site on the shores of Lake Kyoga from where it will easily be extended to Kagulu .He added that Busoga was conducive for horticulture, food crops as well as milk production, and thus advised the residents to adopt agricultural diversification as well as modern farming techniques.

“Busoga region is good for horticulture, especially fruit farming like, production oranges, mangoes and pineapples. However these should be supplemented by food crop production and animal husbandry,” he advised

Museveni, also encouraged residents to go in for improved animal breeds as opposed to the local ones which give less milk and also mentioned fishing as another potential as well as profitable business, but cautioned them against  illegal fishing practices.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, who also holds Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament seat, said through BTI, they have entered into a partnership with MTN Uganda to promote community tourism in Busoga region.

Kadaga is proudly the patron of Busoga Tourism Initiative and chairperson to the Busoga Parliamentary Group which plays a big role in marketing Busoga region as a Uganda safari tour spot.
Maria Mutagamba ,the Tourism minister  stressed that tourism should be a concern for all Ugandan citizens and that each should play a special  role in promoting and marketing Uganda’s tourism i.e the Uganda safari industry`s potential through various avenues. She also added that the country should use various opportunities like hosting major international conferences in marketing itself to the world over. Mutagamba also revealed plans by an individual working in conjunction with the tourism ministry to develop a travel magazine, and on this case asked President Museveni to support such initiatives as once finished copies of the magazine will be distributed to travelers on planes entering and leaving the country as its marketing strategy. The tourism sector/Uganda safari industry last year, brought to the economy $820m as opposed to $400m from coffee, Minister Mutagamba proudly revealed.

The president later handed over  sh3m to Kagulu LC1 chairman Wilberforce Kategere to help purchase iron sheets for roofing one Miru Primary School located a few kilometres from Kagulu hill as  Kategere had earlier on  told the President that the school is in a bad state.
Prime Uganda Safari  article 2013
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Industry minister invites Israel investors in the Uganda safaris sector



Uganda’s state Minister of industry has invited interested business men from Israel to invest in the Uganda tourism industry i.e the Uganda safari sector, and agricultural processing sectors. This message was given to the visiting Israel’s ambassador to East Africa, Mr.Gil Haskel by Dr James Mutende when he recently visited Abayudaya faith community in Mbale.
Busia boarder located in Mbale is a fast growing centre of trade for the East African countries as well as South Sudan and would be transformed into a food basket if Israel invested in this important Ugandan safari trade in the region.
Dr.Mutende requested that as Isreal plans to help develop the Abayudaya community in Mbale, he would like to take this opportunity to invite them to invest in the different opportunities like Agro-processing, industry and tourism (Uganda safaris business) in Mbale as well. He assured them that he had seen how green Mbale is, with its tourism potential and it has an industrial park that is yearning for investors, please talk to them he further requested the Israel Ambassador to inform industrialists, businessmen and others that the investment doors where open and are all are welcome as this too is their home since we already have a community permanently duelling here .
The Minister requested the Ambassador to help build closer relations with Uganda to revive the Israel embassy and friendship  which was closed in 1970s during the reign of late Idi Amin Dada .Mr Gil Haskel, promised to support the Abayudaya community with its development  through providing income generating projects.
Mr Haskel intimated that since they have a Jewish community living here after surviving the torture during the Late Idi Amin’s reign, they are going to use this as a link to encourage agro-processing companies to exploit this potential. Mr Haskel revealed that Israel has over 10 embassies in around Africa and that top on its agenda is opening an eleventh embassy in Uganda.
He assured Ugandans that Israelites are definitely coming back to Uganda to open up a new embassy as he spoke then.
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Article by: Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours

We need viable and sustainable methods to achieve long-term plans



Prime Uganda safaris wishes to make a statement about the recently launched Uganda government 40 years strategic plan, especially under the environmental preservation close. It is a shame that in this era as major stakeholders in this country’s resources, citizens who are major stake holders in regard to the country’s resources continue to lag in the background as second fiddle. It is a diversionary and belated attempt of government coming up with its proposals to check on the population growth many days after launching Vision 2040 plan.
Apparently it is a priority to that before embarking on any national plan, the population must be checked first and controlled and should have been put into play several years ago. However the media should be appreciated for its efforts in sensitising the masses about the importance of environmental protection so as to reserve the natural resources of Uganda and ensure preservation of the rear species like not encroaching on the forests to protect the rear Ugandan mountain gorillas, wetlands preservation, as well as efforts to protect Lake Victoria which is a habitant to several water creatures which not only helps boost trade but tourism as tourists come into the country look admire buffaloes, hypos as well as those that survive on the water resources such as birds, elephants and antelopes which feed from the water all needed to promote the Uganda safari sector because without them, Uganda safaris/safaris to Uganda will be no more.
In this regard, it is important to put in mind that as we Ugandans aim at achieving some of its intended programs embedded in the Vision 2040, there are still several key issues and areas that need to be considered alongside the goals which have been listed in the 27 years plan so as to harmonise the whole plan and particularly the environmental issues.
Accountability issues and audit issues need to be checked in Uganda so as to benefit from projects which have been put in place to aid in achieving some of the environmental conservation programs. A case in point was when Uganda unlike other states which had received funds failed to account for funds received to aid in implementing the 2nd phase of the Lake Victoria environmental management project issued by the World Bank, to make it worse it had registered one of the worst abuses on Lake Victoria and its surroundings. Ugandans need to look for ways forward on how to utilise our eco-system as far as conservation is concerned as this has far reaching consequences negatively impacting on the development of some of the key sectors highlighted by stakeholders such as tourism/Uganda safari sector which aids Uganda safaris, agriculture which benefits a big percentage of the population and water resources which boost the trade sector among others. Uganda has to thus come up with more viable sustainable methods of upholding environmental sustainability so as to ensure a good living for its citizenry.
Prime Uganda Safaris Article 2013

Why Kasese river banks burst.

kasese roads flood
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kasese Rivers flood
River Nyamwamba has continued being hazardous to those residing in Kasese after it burst its banks again bringing along huge blocks of rocks which lead to sever destruction, loss of lives and property and has forced people out of their homes. Transport has as well been affected as roads are blocked and bridges can’t be crossed. Buses and heavy trucks are forced to drop off passengers half way the journey forcing them to carry their heavy luggage on head or hire services of potters. This is bad news to the Uganda safari industry as tourists having their Uganda safaris and tours are either delayed or to reschedule their safaris.

This catastrophe has so far left some people dead and thousands homeless. This river, which originates from the glaciers of Rwenzori Mountains, flows through Kilembe Mines with at least 15 kilometres downstream from Kilembe mines.
River Rukoki, which is its main branch, flows into a wide stream of wetlands bordering the north shores of Lake George.
Human settlement in the area which brings along cultivation on the slopes of mountain Rwenzori has been pin pointed for the sever degradation of Nyamwamba river valley which affects the drainage system as well as natural checks against floods.
Researchers and scientists from Makerere University and the Technical University at Braunschweig in Germany have however come up and  stated  mining as the major cause of the has environmental damage.

The 2005 Research findings indicated that for the previous 20 years, heavy rains falling in Kasese have washed copper pyrites down the slope and pouring into the waters of the River Nyamwamba and Lake George where there is high concentration of iron, copper, zinc and cadmium and have with time accumulated into the soil, water as well as into the plants.

With such degradation there are fears of activities like fishing and tourism  being endangered. The council however has revealed that there are no plans to stop these acts of degradation from the mines but has so far made attempted to evict squatters from the river’s valley.

About Evictions:
Previously, the district announced plans to evict people residing in the Kahokya Wetland of the Lake Katwe Sub-county but this exercise was resistance as some locals demanded compensation before them leaving their residences. However research shows that 48 % of the wetlands in the district have already faced encroachment and all this is blamed on the problem of land scarcity in the country.

Never the less despite this disaster  of the flooding in Kasese  the Uganda government through the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru alongside a team from the Office of Prime Minister, Uganda Red Cross and district paid a visit to the affected area recently. Relief vehicles containing items such as tarpaulins, sauce pans, blankets and mosquito nets, arrived already and supplied various items to the affected people and several other deliveries were made including  100 bags of maize flour and 30 bags of beans  aimed at aiding 400 families.
The wrecked roads are yet to be repaired to allow travelers both local and those on their safari to Uganda find movement through those areas better.
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Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours article 2013

Kasese rivers in South western Uganda flood.


Kasese has had lost lives plus homes as well as livelihoods kasese bridge collapsedcaused by the river that burst its usual banks caused partly by people that tampered with the original river’s banks by either farming, mining or settling along them. This flooding has not only affected people but also the Uganda safari industry as tourists to Uganda tour attractions in this region cannot access then easilyMangled metal is seen in front of the homes of Kilembe copper mines workers destroyed by floods in Kasese district Many people, who were residing in the currently affected area adjacent to Kilembe Mines Hospital, can only point at where their houses were located but all were washed away by the roaring floods. For many, not even remnants of their foundation can be identified.
Many residents thought that these were the usual sporadic floods common to area with the usual negligible effects. They simply locked the houses and went to the community centre or simply looked themselves in their houses hoping to get back to their usual lives after the heavy rains.
To many this turned out to be a night mare and the last time they set foot out and eyes to their houses. They lost assets, gardens, important documents, money but most important lives and some people were separated by the floods well as some are went missing.
When the river flooded on Sunday for the second time, residents were asked to cross the bridge that was showing signs of collapsing in a bid to make people vacate the risky areas. Those evacuating were promised free transport means in form of cars to drive them to Kasese town, but were not seen after they took the first round of people. Consequently, many stranded people slept on the verandahs of the nearby surviving shops in the area but also alongside roads.
The river between
River Nyamwamba flows from the Rwenzori Mountains,through Kilembe valley, Kasese Municipality, Queen Elizabeth National Park then pours its waters into Lake Edward.
This river is of great importance to people living along its banks plus the region at large and an anchor of their livelihood one can say. It provides water them with water for irrigation, Domestic use and building, and it greatly influences the regional climate.
Despite the fact that this during the heavy rainy season this river usually overflows ,the floods that have occurred this season were not expected.
This river was last seen flooding to a closer magnitude in 1964, when it broke its banks and destroyed the police houses, flowed into Kilembe mines hospital and the very last time it flooded before this one was in the 80s,but the destruction caused was not as gross as this time.
It is believed with certainty that the previous overflows of this river were caused by debris that tampered with the river’s course but this time many are not sure of what could have caused the current over flow. Many have raised possible causes of the flooding some claiming that the water could have over flown from the aquifers beneath the mines, where as others claim that this catastrophe happened because the river had not been sacrificed to, for a long period of time.
The most popular theory however, is that at the top of the Mount Rwenzori a great Uganda safari attraction, (the source of the flooding river) shone on the glaciers that in turn melted and the resultant water flowed into the craters that overflowed with water and gushed into the river.
The huge amount of water flowed down the Kilembe valley with high pressure, squeezing through a lot of debris in its course which it immensely rolled down at a high speed damaging the river banks badly hence releasing the waters into the unusual domains.
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Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours article 2013

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The world’s £1m worth holiday safari that includes Uganda safari tourist sites.


The best travel magazines and online agencies in the world have several times listed Uganda as an unmatched world travel destination. The Uganda safari sector commonly dabbed as Uganda tourism sector has amidst several challenges managed to win many hearts and smiles of many worldwide tourists/travelers that have made several Uganda safaris to Uganda`s several unique tourist attractions commonly called game parks.
Kasubi royal tombs A silver back in Bwindi UgandaUganda`s Rwenzori-mountains




A Uganda safari or a Uganda tour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla National Park of Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, and the Kasubi Tombs –the Official burial site for the kings of the Buganda Kingdom, are part of a globe –a £1m classic tour of all the 962 UNESCO heritage sites.
Anyone who has had a tour of Uganda on any Uganda safari featuring these attractions will bear witness; this is a dream safari memories of which can be matched by none.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, this unique journey, offered by Veryfirstto.com, will visit breathtaking spectacles all over the world. Today, Prime Safari & Tours Ltd, an indigenous Uganda safari company based in Uganda has organized this safari several times at about half the price in a bid to promote Uganda tourism by making it affordable to everyone outside Uganda to be able to safari Uganda and see these great unique attraction only peculiar to  Uganda-the pearl of Africa.
The sites listed above are special because they not only have unique attractions/features but also have outstanding universal natural and cultural value by the World Heritage Committee.
Last year, Uganda was named among the top 20 global tourism destinations by the National Geographic (an international travel channel affiliated to the National Geographic Society) in 2013 the lonely planet affirmed the greatness of Uganda as a major world Tourist/safari destination  when it named it the best travel destination for the year 2012.
Dr. Nelson Githinji, Kenya`s minister of tourism, acknowledged that Uganda was ranked top in tourism industry growth in Africa at 25% in 2011.This was during the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2012 held last year in Nairobi at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
To seal it all a WB report published that close to a million tourists visited Uganda on several Uganda safaris last year.
Prime Uganda safaris Article 2013
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Monday, 6 May 2013

Uganda & Libya signed pact likely to promote tourism in both countries.


In February 2013, Uganda and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding that is to promote trade and Uganda safaris-Uganda tours among these countries. In effect the pact brought into force by the signed memorandum by the visiting Libyan Roving Scouts to Uganda in Feb shall improve networking between east Africa scouts with their Libyan counterparts. According to Mr. Idris Elahalafi, a former Libyan chief, stated that they want to give line of hope to their Libya youth through such cultural exchange programs that after war peace can prevail as reconciliation as well. The deputy general manager the tropical scout himself, also observed that more Libyan tourists would safari Uganda once an ambassador of Uganda to Libya and vice versa is appointed.
He further disclosed that Uganda has no Libyan ambassador like in many other nations there is but we are optimism this standing block to trade and cultural exchange tours between these two countries. Once this is done, this issue will be sorted out so that we can boost trade and cultural exchange visits among the two nations i.e Libyans taking on Uganda safaris and vice versa will increase.
The week-long camp at Kazi national scouts camping ground that was attended by the Libyan scouts 16-25 years of age together with 50 other youthful scouts from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan as well.
The director resource mobilisation and capacity building at the Uganda Scouts Association, Mr. Moses Engadu,  narrated that the cultural exchange and camping was purposed to enhance environmental sustainability, peace, and development -the fundamental aspects of scouts.
According the executive secretary of Uganda Scouts Association, Mr. Richard Okello, the Libyan scouts made a Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa as well as to other cultural & heritage sites across Uganda.
Mr. Okello further said that apart from scouting, the Libyan scouts will inspire other Libyans to visit or safari Uganda.
Hassan Diban, the Libyan scout team leader, stated that the visit had opened their eyes to Uganda’s beauty.He intimated that what they had seen and experienced, was not what all of them knew about Uganda. According to him, Uganda is the` paradise of the world’.
He promised that they shall lobby for more tourists to safari to Uganda.
Prime Uganda Safaris &Tours Article 2013
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Air Uganda introduced ‘Crane Class’ lounge.

High end Uganda safari clients have finally been catered for. Air Uganda has introduced a Crane class is designed to fit between business and economy class

It will therefore cater for high profile people from Uganda and the world at large. Sophiscated clients will now find reasons to fly with Uganda`s main airline.
According to Lucy Ismail, Air Uganda`s Country Manager, Crane class has been modeled to accommodate high class clients who wish to fly in business class on normal passenger planes.
She further said that the Crane class was modeled between business and economy classes as she was introducing their latest innovation of Air Uganda to its corporate customers. She affirmed that the Crane class has enough legroom, a beautiful lounge access and extra baggage capacity.
Lucy noted that Air Uganda flies between Entebbe and Dar-es-Salaam’s but will soon add Kilimanjaro International Airport to its flying destinations. This will help Uganda tours/clients who after their Uganda safaris want to visit Kilimanjaro or vice versa.
Ms Ismail noted that their logical next step for is to link up Arusha to East Africa and she announced that they have already began the planning process.
Mr. Kiyingi Robert, who represented the Ugandan High Commission, called upon governments within the region where Air Uganda operates to lower taxes that contribute in high airfares limiting the number of customers.
He observed that similar distances are charged more than double the prices in Europe due to government taxes. Mr Kayingi also said that strong regional airlines are an important ingridient to boost integration and the safari sector not only the Uganda safari sector but the entire region tourism.
Emphasing the need for EAC member governments to work together, and speed up the integration process, while letting the private sector complement these efforts by providing an investment friendly environment. Kiyingi noted that Successful tourism in the region and the Uganda safari sector specifically, depends on strong efficient airlines these are what we need in the east African region.
Air Uganda flies to Bujumbura, Nairobi, Kigali, Mombasa and Juba and was recently awarded an International Air Travel Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit.
Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours Article 2013
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