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West Nile's secret: Mount Wati and Miriadua Falls

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By Our Reporter

My very first mountain climbing attempt was Mount Wati, in Arua district, West Nile. Mount Wati stands at approximately 1,250 meters above sea level and it is believed that back in the day, rebels used to hide in the mountain to monitor advancing government soldiers. Today, the mountain makes for a great hike, a chance to bond with nature and an opportunity to experience very scenic views from the top.

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FREE AND FLEXIBLE VISAS FOR AFRICA

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For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and African Development Bank, reveals. The report was launched on Monday on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum, which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Uganda Tourism Board eyes Middle East market

 

It's clear as day that Uganda's tourism sector needs all the marketing it can get, and in this very spirit, a campaign by the body at the helm of marketing Uganda caught our eye. As countries like Rwanda look to the European markets, Uganda is looking to tap into the market in the Gulf region to attract more tourists and they have since launched a campaign. 

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Uganda Airlines grows: New planes set to be brought

By Our Reporter

Dr. David Kakuba, the Director General of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) recently confirmed that Uganda would receive two Airbuses next year. Speaking at the 75 year celebration of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) organized in Jinja, he said that this move was so that the country would compete with other airlines on an international level.

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A white water rafting experience

Are you in Uganda? Then you just can't miss this awesome dose of adrenaline rush. Many even call it the top adventure to do in Uganda’s adventure capital, Jinja. It entails overriding 8 major rapids of river that are well spaced over a scenic 24 kilometer stretch. Regardless of whether you chose the half day or full day excursion, you will leave with both physical and emotional rewards.

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A TREE-SHADE, BEARDED OLD MEN AND UGANDA’S BIGGEST KINGDOM

 

Moons and moons ago, a group of grey-bearded old men chose a tree-shade as a meeting point. The spot, also covered in grass, was where these elders brainstormed about the issues of their different communities.  Little did they know that 700 years later, this spot would birth a whole kingdom,

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15 GIRAFFES AND MORE FOR PIAN UPE GAME RESERVES

BY Our Reporter

UWA, the body that manages the country’s wildlife recently released 5 Rothschild giraffes into the North Eastern Uganda based Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. This reintroduction exercise will now bring the total number of giraffes to 15, 10 of which are females.

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GIPIR AND LABONGO: THE STORY CONTINUES

By Our Reporter

Yesterday, we stopped just when Labongo had ventured into the forest and it continues. See, the more he penetrated deeper into it, the more his legs sustained sores that frustrated his movements. Before long, the sore turned into a serious sickness that threatened to swamp the little life he had left. He was stuck in there for weeks with no one to help him.

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Gipir and Labongo: a journey into the Acholi and Alur story

Wang-Lei, the sport where the story of two brothers Gipir and Labongo hits its peak should be known to many a Ugandan. It sits shortly after the drive past the Pakwach Bridge, a giant channel that serves as the gateway into West Nile region, the first thing one sees to their left side is a concentration of dilapidated buildings. These are workers quarters of the now defunct Uganda Railways Corporation.

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A Mona Lisa Painting for Uganda

By Our Reporter

For art lovers, the recent launch of Leonardo Opera Omnia Exhibition undoubtedly welcome news. The exhibition that will be running from 19th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 at the Uganda National Museum in Kitante has caused quite the rave. According to the Uganda Tourism board, the exhibition is organized by the Embassy of ltaly in Uganda in partnership with Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation and Uganda Tourism Board.

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About the ‘breasts’ of a beautiful girl called Nyina Mwiru

By Our Reporter

 The African Language and names are quite dramatic. Never shying away from saying it as is seen. So, if you are searching for historical attractions with legendary stories that are reminiscent of Roman mythology, narrow down your search to Mabere Ga Nyina Mwiru. It is a cultural and Eco-tourism gem found at one of the most impressive waterfalls of Fort Portal. You can think of Fort Portal as one of Uganda's most scenic town, lying in the shadows of Mountain Rwenzori. 

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A flooding Kampala should worry us all

 

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By Caroline Ariba

I watched with a pained heart as pictures of a flooding Kampala sauntered back and forth on the various social media streets. Like most of our realities, these had soon been turned into memes, hilarious memes. Boda-boda riders and obviously desperate passengers ploughing through the murky waters was a hit. But once you put the jokes aside, and looked at the floods as a real problem, it was not funny. Not one bit!

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If the weekend were a bird in Uganda

Doherty-Bush-Shrike.-Picture-by-Mike-Gaudaur.

By Our Reporter

The weekend is upon us, and for the birders, wouldn’t it be nice to try and see what the weekend would look like for the birds? Not that they would care for a weekend, but just to imagine what the weekend would like if it were a bird! Right? It would definitely sound like, Tee-tiyoo-tee… Tee-tyer-tyii… Tyoowi-tyee… Tee-teeyoo-tyoowi… Tay-tiyoo-tay. Yeah?

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Meet the ‘designer’ birds of Uganda

Great-blue-turaco. Picture-by-Kevin-Bartlett.

 

By Our reporter

The beauty of a bird, like a fabric, is in its feathers. However, what screams beauty other than an enchanting colour, right? These birds adorn colours so beautiful they could strut through the runway with such ease. And guess what, some of them which we shall now list are found right here in Uganda.

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A Shoebill-affair in Uganda

Shoebill-stork (Courtesy pic)

By our Reporter

To quote the urban youth: “It is not a looker”. Not one bit! How the shoebill stork, (often just called the shoebill), which should be nowhere near the list of the most sought after birds then becomes one of the most sought after birds becomes bedazzling! Oh yes it really is. Not only does it feature in the list of beauties, it actually tops it.

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Ugandan becomes first black woman to travel to every country

 

Jessica Nabongo (Internet Picture)

By Our Reporter

A Ugandan, Jessica Nabongo has officially become the first black woman to have visited every single country in the world. Nabongo, a Ugandan-American arrived in Seychelles on Sunday. This would be the last of her 195 country voyage. It is believed that over 50 friends and family members traveled with her to the East African archipelago to mark the historic event.

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A new international tourism queen: have you voted Uganda’s Kyeru?

 

 

Kyeru needs our support. Pic from Proud Busoga Foundation
Kyeru needs our support. Pic from Proud Busoga Foundation

By Our Reporter

Locally, the hype is not as loud, but folks, the international tourism fraternity is looking for a queen and we are in the running. The Uganda Miss Tourism pageant organisers made a call to all and sundry. First, that the Miss Tourism Uganda is part of a bigger picture dubbed Miss Tourism International.

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A 57 year-old Ugandan story

Lilly Ajerova

By Our Reporter

It has been a 57year-old affair. It started with ‘discoveries’ by explorers and soothed into a full blown colonial system. After nearly a century, Great Britain would give Uganda rights to make its own political decisions and basically govern themselves. And yes, Independence Day in Uganda has been a state holiday celebrated on October 9 every year since 1962.

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Joshua Cheptegei: A tale of humility and ambition

By Our Reporter

They say humility and ambition almost never sit still in the same plate. That to achieve you must plough through the world with ruthless abandon. But see, that’s not entirely true; at least not for Athlete Joshua Cheptegei. It is no wonder that the news of his winning the 10.000 meters men’s race in Doha, Qatar didn’t come as a surprise.

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At least give us half a rolex!

 

By Our Staff

A one James Muhindo couldn’t take the disappointment at arriving and alighting off a Uganda Airlines flight without tasting rolex. Even worse, there was a sweet aroma of the rolex, one of the favorites of the Ugandan street foods, but non to be eaten. Not that it had to be a whole rolex, he laments that at least it should have been half a rolex!

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