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The Uganda Martyrs’ Trail

The Uganda Martyrs Trail is Uganda’s exclusive faith-based tourism product that takes you through different places where the first Christian missionaries passed and preached from, and where some of the Uganda Martyrs were killed before their bodies were taken to be burnt at Namugongo. The death of these martyrs has always been memorable in the hearts of many people especially Christians who celebrate the lives of the martyrs on 3rd June of every year – a day the republic of Uganda considers as the Uganda Martyrs’ Day and a public holiday. Their remembrance was amplified when the Catholic Church of Rome beatified the martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964. Many pilgrims, especially Christians, from all over the world descend to the Pearl of Africa to join together with Ugandans to commemorate the martyrs’ day. This is celebrated in remembrance of 45 young men (recorded) both Anglicans and Catholics who were killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II (then the King of the Buganda Kingdom in Central Uganda), for refusing to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ or Christianity. The execution took place between November 1885 to June 1886 with a climax at Namugongo on 3rd June 1886, after […]

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EricWilkins Apartments receives Traveller Review Awards 2021 | Booking.com

We are so proud to announce that we’ve won the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards 2021 by EricWilkins Apartments that went live almost 4 months ago and it already won an award due to exceptional service, reviews and great guest experiences. At EricWilkins Apartments, the team really do work hard and make sure to go over and beyond for guests. We are always updating our systems/processes from each review so we can offer an amazing service to all guests booking any of our properties! Behind all guest reviews are real human experiences. Real smiles. Real connections. Real lifelong memories. We are glad to see our hard work being recognised by all our guests and especially Booking.com, receiving an award is a brilliant achievement and especially our new apartment. When guests leave great reviews, it’s worth celebrating! #TravellerReviewAwards2021  @bookingcom #EricWilkinsApartments @EricWilkinsApartments Info +256785615265 | http://www.booking.com/Share-SS5c8y Info: http://www.ericwilkinsapartments.com Google pin* https://goo.gl/maps/2zBdGkVNyBKkxigUA

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Inside Uganda–Rwanda Gorilla trekking experience

KAMPALA/KIGALI –  Uganda abounds with incredible sights, from soaring falls to savannas teeming with wildlife. Experience the country’s many wonders with or explore the dense vegetation that is home to the world’s endangered species: the golden monkey and the Gorillas. There are fewer than 1020 mountain gorillas in existence, and gorilla trekking provides a rare opportunity to observe the everyday interactions of these gentle, mysterious primates. Mountain gorillas only live in the dense vegetation of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and along with the dormant volcanic Virunga mountain range that stretches across all the three neighboring of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. An experience for a Rwanda Gorilla Trek is only possible in the country’s largest national park known as the Volcanoes that constitutes the second largest part of the Virunga protected Area before DR Congo’s Virunga National Park. In 1981, environmentalists estimated there were only 254 mountain gorillas left in the world, but the small population is rising slowly,” revealed Uganda’s Tourism Professor Ephraim Kamuntu. “We have over 50% of the World’s remaining population of mountain gorillas, 11% of the world’s recorded species of birds constituting 50% of Africa’s bird species richness. We have 7.8% […]

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The shoebill remains a prized sight

Motherly: It derives its name from its enormous shoe like shaped bill that can grow up-to 24cm in width. Mabamba swamp is a hot spot for shoebill sighting and EDGAR R. BATTE tells us about his experience tracking the motherly bird. By EDGAR R. BATTE With a face only a mother can love, the shoebill does not have the best of looks. But you wouldn’t tell that to a birder. On a chilly morning, everyone was in high spirit. Into the boats we went, anticipating to see the solitary bird, one whose look could be mistaken to be a condemnatory as its stare is long and seems hard. Uganda is host to some of the world’s renowned birders and we are on a familiarisation trip that will take us to some of the country’s popular tourism destinations, majorly for birding excursions and wildlife findings too, courtesy of the tourism board.Our first excursion was on Mabamba Swamp, over peaceful waters and through some thickets. Wide-feathered bill was elusive. But not for long. Meet the billsUnder half an hour, he popped from the boggy grasslands and flew about, perhaps for the benefit of the awaiting audience of birders who were equipped and […]

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Introduction to Ugandan Cuisine

Written by Freda Muyambo Uganda is an East African country with a rich history ranging from the ancient migration of the Bantu and Nilotic African people to the arrival of the Indians to work on Uganda’s railway network. Ugandan cuisine has not yet been as popularised as cuisines from other regions such as the Horn, West and Southern Africa. However, this does not mean that it is not celebrated as a truly traditional type of cuisine. Delving into learning about Ugandan cuisine is a fascinating journey. Matoke Matoke is a variety of bananas indigenous to the southwest part of Uganda, extending into Rwanda and Burundi. It is normally used as a cooking banana and sometimes ​referred to as a plantain. It is cooked when still unripe and green. The matoke can either be boiled with or without the peel, roasted in the peel, or peeled and then steamed. When boiled and mashed by itself or as a stew, it forms part of the national dish of Uganda.   Ugali Ugali, as it is called in many parts of Uganda, is a thick cornmeal porridge, quite similar to polenta; however, it is made from white maize, or mealies, and is normally […]

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Cultural tours – Western Uganda

The pearl of Africa has a very strong cultural heritage well-endowed with different cultural and historical sites. With more than 50 different indigenous languages belonging to two distinct linguistic groups, and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and handicrafts, Uganda is a one stop center for a rich African cultural experience, ranging from Bantu in the Central, West, South-west, and East, to Nilotic groups of people in the North, North-East and North-West. Ugandans are remarkably hospitable and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles with each tribe having its own distinct cultural values that describe who they are. All these values are based on tribal traditional activities from all spheres of life; including, food and welfare, traditional dances, clothing and organization of societies. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms, including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Other regions still value their heritage of chiefdoms which is traceable and equally treasured. Long-horned Ankole cows, a treasured domestic animal in many tribes from the western part of Uganda.   The western region is also rich in culture, consisting of; Bakonjo/Bamba, Batooro, Banyoro, Banyankore, Bakiga, Bafumbira, Batwa and Bachwezi among others, who are well recognized for their wealthy culture connected […]

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Cultural Tours – Central Uganda

The pearl of Africa has a very strong cultural heritage well-endowed with different cultural and historical sites. With more than 50 different indigenous languages belonging to two distinct linguistic groups, and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and handicrafts, Uganda is a one stop center for a rich African cultural experience, ranging from Bantu in the Central, West, South-west, and East, to Nilotic groups of people in the North, North-East and North-West. Ugandans are remarkably hospitable and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles with each tribe having its own distinct cultural values that describe who they are. All these values are based on tribal traditional activities from all spheres of life; including, food and welfare, traditional dances, clothing and organization of societies. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms, including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Other regions still value their heritage of chiefdoms which is traceable and equally treasured. Nandujja and The Planets performing the Kiganda dance from Central Uganda at one occasion. The central region is dominated by the Baganda, a tribe belonging to the Bantu group, forming the Buganda Kingdom with over 17% of the total population of the country. The Buganda monarchy presents […]

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Our neighbourhood: Lubowa

The area is a location in Wakiso District, Central Uganda. It is a suburb of Kampala bordered by Kabowa to the north, Najjanankumbi and Makindye to the northeast, Munyonyo to the east, Kaazi to the southeast, Kajjansi to the south, Nakigalala to the west and Buddo to the west. It is a fast growing new residential district about 11 km south of central Kampala just off the Entebbe Road. There are marvelous views of the lake from several parts of the hill. Traffic & Transportation If you live in Lubowa and work in the centre of town, you are advised to avoid the morning and evening rush hours in order to stay sane. The Entebbe Road is notorious and you might well find yourself spending several hours a day in your car. For the same reason people living in Lubowa are probably not inclined to go to town very often in the evening. (Outside the rush hours a trip to town may take only 20 – 30 minutes.) Should you not have your own personal vehicle or driver, you could take mattatos (local mini-buses). It costs roughly 1,500 UGX for a ride into Kampala. However, be ware that they make […]

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Uganda: Why you need to visit the garden of Africa in 2020

It might not be as famous as Rwanda, Kenya or Botswana, but Uganda is one of Africa’s most inspiring destinations By Ella Alexander What no one tells you about Uganda is how green it is. The garden of Africa, it’s a shock of emerald flora. Roads are lined by mango, jackfruit and banana trees, humpy hills form shamrock-coloured tea and coffee plantations and lakes and rivers are flanked by clumps of tall elephant grass. Its tangles of dense jungle and forests lay home to some of the world’s favourite primates and its plains are decorated with acacia trees and thickets of grassland. This swathe of greenery is juxtaposed with red soil, considered among the planet’s most fertile. Compared to its neighbours, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda is a garden of fecundity. Plant something in Uganda and it can’t help itself but grow. Read more

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Chimp Tracking

Chimpanzee tracking is a very fascinating experience. Prepare today and set out to Uganda’s natural jungles as you spend a number of hours tracking these impressive creatures. You will be allowed to spend some time as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play about or progress speedily on the ground right in front of you. Where to do it from From the Kibale Forest National Park to Budongo Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary and Kyambura Gorge; your trip shall be an enormous encounter of these primates. When to do it The best time to track chimpanzees is usually during the dry seasons, though some visitors may prefer an adventurous experience during the rainy seasons. The rainy season is usually between March to May and October to mid-December. Dry seasons are usually from mid-December to February and June to August. Find out more: https://arlandatoursandtravel.com/ Ntinda Muteesa II Road Kampala, Uganda P.O. Box 75783 +256 779923505 info@arlandatoursandtravel.com hidaya@arlandatoursandtravel.com Office Hours Mon : 8:00am – 5:00pm Sat :  9:00am – 4:00pm Sun: -Closed

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