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How to Lure Tourists into a Uganda Wildlife Safari

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Uganda has increasingly become a vacation place for very many people around the world. Uganda is a whole new complexion in the gem of travel because it has some unique wildlife species a tourist can never find elsewhere. Though Uganda has some much to encounter, little of it is known by travelers thus making it a very difficult destination to lure a tourist into. The aforementioned problem has crippled Uganda and it is why it is receiving less tourists as opposed to its tourism potential.

So if you are tour operator out there, here are some of the tips you can use to lure tourists into a Uganda wildlife safari;

  1. Consider exhibiting at trade shows

Exhibition of products is a universal business marketing tool and one of the most effective method. Having a person to person contact can make a client understand what you are trying to selling and later might turn into a real customer. There are very many tourism exhibition shows that are held around the world for example ITB Berlin, New York Times Travel show, World travel life style expo and international tourism and travel show to mention but a few. These shows makes you meet so many powerful entities and personnel who may get interested in Uganda wildlife trips.

  1. Give your website a worldwide reach

A website is one of the most popular channel to reach tourists who wish to travel around the world. The world has goon digital, most of the things are done through technology. Physical markets have declined and now online markets are gaining momentum. Most of the people prefer to buy stuff online to other means. So as a tour operator make sure that you design a website with enticing Uganda wildlife trip packages and also optimize it whereby it can rank well in search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo that are recognized worldwide.

  1. Keep track of online reviews

Since most of your work and market is online, customers send their grievances the internet. It is better for you to join online tourism platforms like Trip Advisor, lonely planet and Google where you can ascertain what traveler want from the tour operators so that you can make some adjustments to make it better. You should also answer promptly if the client ask a question through the online platforms.

  1. Do more of eco-tourism

Environment conservation and preservation is one everyone’s agenda nowadays. Many people in the world have gone eco due to diverse environment effects being caused by distorting it. People and more so travelers want to engage in stuffs that promote environment conservation. Therefore as a tour operator selling Uganda wildlife safari ensure you package tourism activities that are eco based.

  1. Offer wildlife trips all seasons

In the travel world, there are two seasons i.e. the peak season and low season. The energy and marketing done during these two season varies. In the peak season tour operators tend to put in so much effort to attract tourists to various destinations and in the low season they seem to layback. The latter is a wrong business strategy, it is best to keep on doing the same market and availing Uganda wildlife trips even in the low season as this will make you capture more tourists.

  1. Bring something new on the market

In every industry or business customers always want something new on the market. People seem to get bored when they consume the same as it is conceptualized by the law of marginal propensity to consume.in the tourism business, you have to twist and flip-flop your products so that they look like it’s a unique product on the travel market. Like Uganda is nature based country and nature is always the same unless something untapped is discovered. So one has to come up with a new approach to experience the existing nature in a different. For instance a tour operator can come up with Uganda self drive safaris where a traveler just hires a 4×4 car and explore the country on his/her own.

Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Jailed Over protest

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Bobi Wine

Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine has been remanded to Luzira maximum-security prison after being charged over his alleged role in a street protest last year against a tax on social media.

Wine led an anti-government protest in the capital, Kampala, in July 2018 without the police’s prior authorization. The Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga has confirmed the arrest of Bobi Wine, Uganda’s major opposition figure who has resisted the rule of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Wine, 37, appeared in a magistrate’s court wearing his trademark red beret, the symbol of his movement against the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. The judge adjourned the court and Wine was sent into coolers till May 2 when the court will sit again.

As Wine boarded a prison service van, his supporters chanted the slogan he has popularized: “People power!”

Robert Amsterdam, one of Wine’s attorneys, urged Ugandan authorities to “act immediately to release (Wine) and drop these fabricated charges.”

The popular singer has emerged as a powerful opponent to Museveni. Wine is urging Uganda’s youth to take over leadership of Uganda and has hinted he may run for the presidency in 2021.

He has had several rough encounters with the security forces, including being detained briefly inside his own home on the outskirts of Kampala last week by police who said they wanted to protect public order.

Bobi Wine also faces separate treason charges stemming from an incident in which Museveni’s presidential convoy was attacked by stone throwers during a campaign event in a northern town last August.

Uganda Receives Two Planes in Push to Revive Its Airline

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Uganda Airlines

The first two air crafts for the revived Uganda National Airlines arrived in the country on April 23 at exactly 3pm. The two Bombardier CRJ900 jets touched down at Entebbe International Airport at grand ceremony officiated by President Museveni at around 10am on Tuesday. The arrival of the two planes signaled the official revival of Uganda’s national carrier, which was grounded in 2001.

The air crafts first circled around the airport before landing. President, Yoweri Museveni officially received the planes after being water cannoned, a common tradition of receiving new planes. The word Uganda Airlines spotted the sides of the two aircrafts, which have registration number 5x-KOB and 5x-EQU.

Uganda Bombadier

It has been established that the Ugandan government paid Shillings 280 billion for the first two planes through a supplementary budget that was approved by the Parliament. The Uganda National Airlines Company will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats.

The Bombardier CRJ900 hit the skies for the first test flight at Montreal Mirabel International Airport, Canada on February 17, 2019. With its pilots further trained in Canada by the manufacturers, the pair flew out of Montreal and passed through northern Canada. They then headed to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, before making their way to Maastricht in the Southeastern Netherlands. They would then connected to Cairo, Egypt from where they headed straight to Entebbe.

The acting Uganda Airlines CEO said that upon arrival, Uganda Airlines will start the certification process which will take about two months. Uganda Airlines will start with 12 regional destinations. They include; Nairobi, Mombasa, Goma, Zanzibar, Dar es Salam, Harare, Mogadishu, Kigali, Kilimanjaro and Addis Ababa.

The Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800 to build its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technology along with more efficient operations.

The revival of the national carrier has divided opinions among the people of Uganda. The airline is expected to restore the glory of the country, carrying its flag across the world. It is also expected to promote tourism, the largest foreign exchange earner of the country.

Several tour operators have established that if the national carrier is well managed, it will ease travels across the region. According to Ssali Billy of Active African, the revival of the airline is expected to make travel cheaper in the region. It is also important for the airline to acquire smaller aircraft that can be used to ease travels across national parks where tourists conducted Uganda safaris. Ramathan Ggoobi, a university lecturer of economics added on that the revival of the airline will boost competition and thus lower the costs for travels to the country.

The Government of Uganda has maintained that it needed a carrier to promote tourism and ensure national pride among Ugandans. It should be noted that the Uganda Airlines was established by President Idi Amin Dada in 1976. Later the Uganda Airlines was liquidated in the 1990s by President Museveni’s government under a broader program to privatize troubled state firms and open up the economy to private enterprise.

5 Common Car Rental Mistakes to Avoid in Uganda

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Car Rental Mistakes

When it comes to exceptional wildlife safaris, Uganda is rated among the ideal tourist destinations in Africa. Uganda tours and trips are never complete without mountain gorilla adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or game viewing in the wilderness of Kidepo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park and not to forget other numerous protected areas with distinct biodiversity for one to catch a glimpse at while in a safari holiday.

Whereas guided safaris are largely preferred in most East African destinations, most tourists who visit Uganda have largely opted car hire services for their self drive tours. Regardless of the high demand for car hire in Uganda, there are several mistakes most travelers make while hiring or renting cars in Uganda and if you plan to rent a car, there is need for you to avoid most of these crucial car hire mistakes as this will save your tem and money while in your amazing tour in untouched destinations in this remarkable country.

First and foremost, forgetting to check the total amount of money to be paid for the car; cheap car hire are not usually perfect for a trip

Different car hire companies set different prices and in most cases, you might be attracted to the prices and yet several items and services are not included in the cost. Usually, the cheapest choice as many have preferred may not be the perfect whether with high access or additional costs especially additional drivers, child seats, fees for drivers at a given age, distance limits, using the car beyond scheduled working hours, returning the car to another area other than the pick up point, crossing international/regional borders, excess insurance.

1. Not verifying your car hire deposit

Ensure that for every deposit that you make is removed from the total cost and shouldn’t appear as a separate, additional cost on your credit card bill.

2. Not reading the contract

Understanding your rights and obligations is vital while hiring a car in Uganda make sure that you always take note of contract details. Never be sacred to inquire about anything that you may not understand prior signing the contract. Don’t sign a contract till you feel that you have understood its contents, terms and conditions. Most importantly, you need to check the excess for damage as it may turn to be expensive for you. Carefully take note of inclusions in the contract for the cost quoted or advertised, the kind of insurance coverage involved and if you will be required to pay additional cost incase of any claim as well, check the insurance policy to certain whether it includes all the drivers who are interested in driving the vehicle, the fuel policy is also very vital to check to know if there is a cost when you don’t bring the vehicle with the fuel that you took the car with. Other things to take note of include the driver policies if the insurance limits on the amount of persons who can drive the vehicle or their age, breakdown policy whether it is fine for you to solve the issue when the car breaks down. Ask the car hire company for details and don’t try to fix the vehicle yourself or do any work without the company’s knowledge. You should also check the return policy, whether there is a charge for bringing back the vehicle to different location other than the one you picked it from. Lastly, cross heck with cancellation policy, find out if there is one and know the requirements.

3. Failing to fill in a car hire damage check sheet

Once you have picked up and returned the vehicle, ensure that you get an employee of the rental company to confirm in writing any damage which is on the vehicle prior driving it. This should also be done when you drop the vehicle to establish that no harm that took place while you drove the car so that you don’t incur costs. There is always a checklist that will be given to you or diagram of the existing exterior damage when you pick the vehicle. Where possible you can come up with your personal list and make sure it is signed. This however, can save you from paying additional costs for damages.

Most importantly, check the car’s equipments with lights, air conditions, tyres, windscreen, dents on the outside of the vehicle; make sure you check all these and establish that they are in the right order prior setting off for safari. For personal safety, there are crucial car safety tips to take note of no matter where you will be heading to.

4. Not checking where you are to travel

One of the most crucial car hire advise where you should establish whether there are restrictions on the distance that are to cover in the rental period, crossing the border countries if it is permitted and there is need for an international driver’s permit/additional documentations in a nation you to hire the car.

5. Returning the vehicle beyond agreed time

It is not the best thing to bring back a car outside scheduled business time as you won’t find anyone to establish that there are no damages. In case you are to do this, ensure that you take photos indicating the state of the vehicle which may serve as evidence that there was no harm that occurred within the car hire period. Give yourself adequate time to go through the vehicle and don’t leave it to the last minute to bring it back. This will however save you from paying additional charges for car damages.

In conclusion, there are various car hire mistakes to avoid in Uganda, some of which include returning the car beyond working/business hours, not checking where you are to go, refusing to read the contract details, not filling the car hire damage sheet, forgetting to check the sum of money to be paid for car hire among others. Avoiding these mistakes is one way to protect you from additional costs that result from car damages while in your safari in Uganda.

Enjoy 5 Star Airport Transfer Service in Uganda

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For first time travelers, as soon as you land into Entebbe International Airport, you will need a better car to help you connect to your hotel or to Kampala safely. Getting around Kampala city center at times can be challenging and combining this with the strenuous long journey and traffic jam you will certainly curse life.

At this point, others may even opt for public means of transportation as it will be a relatively cheaper means at that time and yet this may not be safe for you and above all, you won’t have the most comfortable trip. However, there are many Uganda car hire agencies that offer airport transfer services to and fro and there is no need for you to be stressed once you land at the airport. Simply contact us and we shall connect you from your preferred hotel, safari lodge to conference meeting, event or to any rural areas where tourist attractions are located in Uganda. To help you pick a perfect airport transfer car service in Uganda and the most comfortable trip, we have provided some of the tips below;

Book car rental with the a genuine car hire company

When it comes to car hire services in Uganda, many car rental companies that offer the same service but you have to pay keen attention on which company to deal with. After you have determined that you will need a transfer from the airport, take time and check online the various search engines and reviews on websites to determine which agency provides pocket friendly airport transfers. This will help you to check out the different costs that different companies offer for car hire and then you make comparisons as well as read what the previous travelers wrote about the same company and the discounts offered. There is a lot of information provided in Google, trip advisor, yahoo, safari guides and many more.

Book the car earlier

After you have made your mind on which car hire company to deal with, you can go a head and book online in advance prior landing at the airport. If you are planning for your next vacation to Uganda, ensure that you have included means of transportation from Entebbe International Airport to your respective hotel. We are a few most reputable car hire agencies that you consider dealing with for your safaris in Uganda. Book for your dream car and complete the amount up on arrival to avoid any inconveniences.

Flight and destination details

As you send your inquiry or contacting any car hire company, make sure that you include your full flight details that consist of passenger names, airlines names as well as arrival and departure dates to last destination in your itinerary-hotel, lodge or any residential area. This will ease the work of our drivers when it comes to picking you up and also drop you off at a right time.

Consider the kind of car hire and its costs

The kind of car hire for you to use depends on how many people will need to be transferred from Entebbe International Airport. For larger group travelers, a coaster or minibus can be the best alternative. Our coasters have a carrying capacity of up to 30 people and for small group travelers especially for self drive tours-the Toyota Rav4s is the perfect for you and they have a carrying capacity of 2 to 3 people. For family or group trips, we also have a super custom with capacity of 5 to 6 people. Like most car hire companies, we have list of cars with price attached.

In conclusion, before landing in any destination you need to first to consider how you will transfer from the airport to destination of your choice. If Uganda is your dream destination, we believe that the above tips will guide as you plan for your vacation.

8 Tips To Stay Safe While on Self Drive in Uganda

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Self Drive Safari in Uganda

A Self drive safari is a newly trending travel experience today in Uganda’s tourism industry. Undertaking a self drive tour in Uganda equally features its own incredible benefits for independent travelers looking to exploring Africa. It comes with maximum independence and privacy that you may wish to enjoy while on vacation while allows you to have the most flexible and comfortable road trip. But this doesn’t mean that you have full ownership of the car hire and especially when it comes to exploring Uganda on own. You have to follow the set guidelines while you are on road trip. Remember, self drive car rental in Uganda does not come cheap and for any damage, the company may transfer the cost to you and that is why you need to be careful and keen while driving.

1. In case of any road accidents while you are driving a car hire, the company might count you liable for any damages caused especially on the vehicles and the other 3rd party property damaged on the road. Note that accidents cause loss of lives and it is a criminal offense in Uganda in case you are found guilty. To reduce on this, you have to pay maximum attention while on road trip especially for visitors who are interested in self drive safaris in Uganda.

2. Check on your speed limit as you drive on Uganda roads. Over speeding has been sighted as the number one cause of road accidents not only in Uganda but also in most countries and this may result into imprisonment of which we do not wish our clients to full culprits that is why we bring to you these tips if you are planning to go on self drive in the pearl of Africa. The recommended speed limit in Uganda is usually 80 kilometers per hour on highways and places where settlements or busy urban areas you can drive 50 kilometers per hour and in the protected areas where most Uganda’s tourism activities are conducted, you can take off at 40 kilometers per hour. However, there are other special cases where you have to drive based on the designated speed limit along the road sign posts.

3. Never drive along the edge of the roads given that most roads in Uganda are narrow and there are usually vehicles parked at the end and pedestrians can be walking on the same road. Driving along the shoulders of the road posses a high risk of road accidents and you have to keen on this while on road trip in Uganda.

4. Pay attention to all the radars and road sign posts while self drive safari in Uganda. They are the best guidelines to take you through safely as they are placed there to serve a purpose of overcoming the unpredictable road accidents. Most of Uganda’s road signs are universal and they are written in English and if you aren’t understand them you can inquire from the car hire agency that will be dealing with.

5. Keep a distance of five meters off from the next vehicle as this will help you to avoid any abrupt stopover without putting out indicators to show that the person is stopping or turning and at end of it all, you get crashed. Avoid driving closely to the next vehicle to stay safe especially during traffic jam.

6. You can drive between six and seven (7) am as this is said to be safe for one to drive in Uganda. Most roads are narrow and some of them have potholes meaning if you drove at night, you certainly find it challenging as you may even lose your sight at night. Avoid driving in new places at night and if you are heading to the national parks, it is not recommended for you to drive in the park at night.

7. Avoid driving a car rental or even your own when you have taken alcohol. This can make you fail to make judgment on which direction to take especially when you in high gear. Drinking while driving is also one of main causes of road accidents today and like any destination, it is a crime for you drink and drive in Uganda.

8. Avoid receiving calls while driving. This will make you lose focus on road and at end of it all; you will cause accidents and loss of property on the way.

In conclusion, besides the unpredictable challenges on the roads, Uganda features among the safest destinations in Africa and the world at large that are safe for visitors to embark on self drive safaris. Self drive safaris are adventurous, exciting and memorable as you have opportunity to explore the destination on your own and at your own pace.

Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s Case Fails to Take Off

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi

The hearing of the case in which Dr Stella Nyanzi is charged with offensive communication has flopped. The Buganda Road Court on Monday heard that the trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu and the State prosecutor Janet Kitimbo are sick.

Grade One Magistrate Robert Mukanza adjourned the case to December, 19th, 2018 hoping that the trial magistrate and the prosecutor will all be present. Nyanzi’s Lawyer Isaac Kimaze Ssemakadde did not object to the adjournment.

Dr Nyanzi was arrested last month from Wandegeya Police Station before being arraigned in court on charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication. She allegedly posted the September, 16th rude birthday poem dedicated to President Yoweri Museveni.

The Prosecution alleges that Nyanzi used her Facebook page to post a poem full of vulgar language where she was attacking President Museveni’s late Mother, Esteri Kokundeka wishing that Museveni died before he was born.

However, Nyanzi has since denied the charges. In the Previous Court session, Nyanzi told Court she instead used the poem and metaphors to protest against the oppression resulting from the leadership of National Resistance Movement.

Police Records Statements from 57 MV Templar Survivors

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MV Templar Boat

Up to 57 survivors of the tragic MV Templar boat that capsized in Lake Victoria more than two weeks ago have recorded statements with police.

The survivors, some of whose identities had not been captured during the rescue mission have been flocking Mukono Police Station for the last one week. Only 27 people had been initially captured as survivors during the operation that lasted six days.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, most of them have been showing up mainly to claim recovered properties. But in the process, police recorded statements on the events that preceded the tragedy.

“We made a call for all survivors to come to the police and record statements. At first, they were few but now we have more than 50, most of them coming to pick found properties,” Owoyesigyire told URN.

A number of them are searching for their National Identity Cards, Driving Permits, motor vehicle keys, house keys, wallets, handbags and phones. Most survivors have also reported a loss of properties to help them get police letters to help renew SIM cards and Identity Cards.

It is estimated that MV Templar which capsized on November 24th & Meatballs, 2018, was carrying more than 100 merry makers who were heading to K Palm Beach for a party. But the journey turned tragic about 150 meters from Mutima County Haven in Mukono District when the boat capsized.

Police had only recovered 33 bodies and a record of 27 persons who had been rescued alive. Police, however, say that many of the survivors had run from the scene in shock.

Quiin Abenakyo Crowned Miss World Africa

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Miss World Pageant Africa

Miss Uganda, Quinn Abenakyo has made it! She is the only African making it among the top 5 finalists of the Miss World Pageant in Sanya, China.

The 22 Year Old Uganda’s representative at this year’s Miss World pageant made history, becoming the country’s first ever contestant to finish in the top five. At the 68th edition of Miss World 2018, which took place in Sanya in China, Ms Abenakyo was crowned Miss World Africa in the Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty finals.

Quiin Abenakyo

Also finishing in the top five was Kadijah Robinson (Jamaica) who was crowned Miss World Caribbean, Maria Vasilevich (Belarus) who took the European crown, Nicolene Pichapa Limsunkan (Thailand) who became the Miss World Asia and Vanessa Ponce De Leon (Mexico) who topped the contestants from the Americas.

Ms Vanessa Ponce De Leon was later the eventual winner of the Miss World Crown, and was crowned by Manushi Chhillar of India, now her predecessor.
A total of 118 contestants from all over the world took part in the competition for the grand crown.

2018 Miss World Continental | WINNERS

Here are the winners of the Miss World Pageant

Maria Vasilevich of Belarus | Europe
Vanessa Ponce De Leon of Mexico | Americas
Quiin Abenakyo of Uganda | Africa
Kadijah Robinson of Jamaica | Caribbean
Nicolene Pichapa Limsunkan of Thailand | Asia and Oceania

Mukono Kidnapped Boy Found Dead

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Crime Scene

A 12-year-old boy who went missing on Sunday in Mukono has been found dead and his body dumped in a swamp. Shafik Kimera, a P.4 pupil at Ngobere Primary School, disappeared last week while playing with his friends.

The Kidnappers then demanded a ransom of 2 million shillings from the parents to release the boy. However, the parents failed to raise the money. Kimera’s body was on Saturday found dumped in a swamp in Ngombere village, Mpungwe Sub County, Mukono district.

Sylvia Namiro, one of the relatives said that they received a telephone call from unknown people demanding 500,000 shillings to show the family where Kimera’s body was dumped.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Oyowesigire says that three people have been arrested in connection to the murder of Kimera. They include Livingstone Kiwanuka 19, Swaib Zinda 40 and Abdallah Ssengendo 26. He says that the suspects were arrested after police tracked the telephone on which the family had sent the 500,000 shillings. He explains that the owner of the phone led detectives to Kiwanuka, who had received the money.

According to Oyowesigire, during interrogations, the suspects managed to direct the police where they had dumped the body. An angry mob destroyed Kiwanuka’s property which includes houses, shops and plantations.

Ruth Nandawula, Chairperson of Ngobere village says that since last week they have been receiving phone calls from the suspects demanding for a ransom.

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