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Uganda shines again as tourist destination

23 May 2017 3:20 PM

Uganda is emerging from decades of political turmoil and attracting backpackers to this once popular destination.

Nikiwe Bikitsha is once again on her Standard BankAfrica Connected tour and this trip finds her in Uganda.

She caught up with public relations officer Eric Ntalo at the Ugandan National Museum. He works in the tourism sector and shared some insights into the tourism sector in the country.

The museum is where the relics and history of Uganda are summarised...so the kind of huts you see here are for the different respective regions of Uganda.

Eric Ntalo, Tourscope Communications Manager

Uganda is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, says Ntalo, with some 65 tribes.

Uganda was dubbed 'the pearl of Africa' by Sir Winston Churchill, and as a country, it is blessed with a beautiful landscape and weather.

Eric Ntalo, Tourscope Communications Manager

Wildlife is the number one attraction and boasts ten national game parks, 12 game reserves and some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.

Uganda has the big 5 from white rhino, lions, leopards, elephant and buffalo and a plethora of birdlife as well.

The parks have luxury hotels.

The 2015/2016 national budget tourism contributed 7.1 billion to the GDP which is about 9% of the Uganda's total GDP.

That's an increment from 6.3% in 2014.

Eric Ntalo, Tourscope Communications Manager

Visitor numbers are definitely increasing, says Ntalo and the country is working hard to grow tourism.


23 May 2017 3:20 PM

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