Travelling to Uganda the Pearl of Africa
Today the 01st October 2020 the international boarders in Uganda have officially opened to passengers having been shut from the end of March 2020. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Pearl of Africa and ensure you that our clients health and wellbeing is the top priority.
On September 23rd 2020 Uganda, through the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities was awarded the Safer Tourism Seal in recognition of the efforts the taken to prepare the country for tourism.
"The seal recognises that there is no 100% safety and security in the world, however, use of the term "safer tourism" indicates that the entity awarded such a seal has established a dynamic tourism surety program that demands continual reviews, revisions, and upgrades." The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities had two interview style telephone calls with a Safer Tourism assessor as well a set in in depth questions where they demonstrated good knowledge of the health and safety aspects of COVID 19 as well as the wider health and wellbeing aspects of tourism.
The Civil Aviation Authority in Uganda has issued the following set of Standard Operating Procedures that must be followed by arriving and departing passengers. Further guidance and clarification is being sought in a couple of issues contained within the document and an update will be sent out as soon as possible.
Today is also International Coffee Day and in celebration here is some information about Coffee in Uganda that might not know about:
1 - Uganda is the 8th producer of coffee world wide
2 - Uganda has both Robusta and Arabica coffee
3 - The Coffee Quality Institute graded Ugandan Coffee 3rd best in the world
For more information about how Coffee and Tourism are linked in Uganda head over to the Gorilla Conservation Facebook Page at 17.00 Uganda time for a live Facebook Chat with Dr Gladys Kalema about how Gorilla Conservation Coffee is benefitting local communities around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
On the 25th September 2020 the world celebrated World Tourism Day. In Uganda this took place in Fort Portal, which town that had recently been elevated to a city and given the accolade "Tourism City" on account of its naturally strategic position to many of Ugandas top tourism sites like, Kibale Forest National Park, Ruwenzori Mountains and Semliki National Park,
The King of Toro, Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, presided over the event as the chief guest. This year's celebration was themed "Tourism and Rural Development", with the national focus on fostering awareness of the unique tourism opportunities available in the different parts of Uganda, this was a double celebration with the King recently celebrated his Silver Jubilee.
Toro Kingdom tourism minister Joan Kantu Else said the monarchy is endowed with good weather, food, the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, hospitable people, national parks, among other things."Make people appreciate the culture we have to offer more than the wild animals and nature. Involve rural communities in appreciating our culture," she urged.