Uganda Travel News

Uganda Tour operators have embraced familiarisation trips to selected sites in order to increase their knowledge about Uganda as a tourism destination. With Tourism sector emerging as Uganda’s leading foreign exchange earner, many players are now joining while those already in the industry trying to gain more skills to enable them offer the best service to their clients and to be able to compete with Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The first trip was organized by Uganda Tourism Board with support from USAID and had about thirty eight tour operators taken to south western Uganda to visit the newly established gorilla highland trail in the districts of Kabale and Kisoro. Tour operators participated in several tour activities such as gorilla tracking, Batwa experience, canoe rides and hikes around lake Bunyonyi. Accommodation properties visited included Gorilla Valley Lodge, Kisoro Travellers rest inn, Nshongi Camp, Gorilla Safari lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort, Chameleon hill Lodge, Toms Home stay in lake Bungonyi, Crater Bay cottages, Overland Bunyonyi, Bushara Island, among others. At the end of this trip, most tour consultants can now sell this side of Uganda with confidence

Uganda Tourism Board further sponsored another familiarization trip to western Uganda and this time round a couple of tour operators had a chance to visit several attractions including Nakayima tree in Mubende that is a symbol of culture in that region, tea and banana plantations in Fort portal town, amabere ganyina mwiru in Nyakasura, ssempaya hot springs in Budibujo as well as semuliki game reserve

Bird Uganda and Uganda Safari guides association has been on the forefront of organizing birding excursions in and around kampala to mabira forest, Botanical gardens, Kasenge and many more other places. This has in turn provided first had information to tour consultants enabling them to sell Uganda as a tourism destinations

As Uganda Tourism Board ups it efforts to create awareness, the government should think of increasing it budget in the next financial year as the five billion allocated to UTB is not enough to do all the work.

Last year, Rwanda hosted several tour operators across East Africa on an eight day fam trip that saw them visit Nyungwe forest national park for canopy walks and nature walks, to Lake Kivu for boat cruises, to volcanoes National park for gorilla tracking and Kigali for Kigali city tour. Tour operators can now sell Rwanda as first hand information was given to them

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