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How Ngaruye is making a fortune from banana stems

By Joseph Ondiek Banana is like the tale about seven  blind people and the elephant. To some people, it’s food that enrich their diet. For a farmer, banana presents to them a fodder they feed their animals. For a section of Ugandans, the term banana can mean “waragi” where the regional famous potent spirit  Waragi is manufactured from, while in ...

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When you’re bitten by the wanderlust bug

By Evelyn Masaba Hello, my name is Cecile and I am addicted to travelling. Well, it does sound silly when you say it out loud, “addicted to travelling”; one might think that you’re just acting like a millennial trying to catch the attention of people who ‘live’ on the internet. But it is as real as it gets. To be ...

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Machu Picchu: What’s the big deal?

By Mitch Vandell When anyone sees Machu Picchu for the first time, the question that begs to be asked is: ‘what’s the big deal?’ At first glance, Machu Picchu is no more impressive than many European churches or universities built around the same time. However, most people refrain from verbalizing this observation and instead join the choir of tourists who ...

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How eco-friendly is your hotel?

By Evelyn Masaba Eco-friendly is a term that can be loosely translated as when human beings engage in activities that do not harm the environment. With recent studies indicating that the climate change process has already begun, it is important that we look for ways to conserve our environment and not accelerate global warming. Going green does not literally mean ...

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Top birds for birdwatchers in Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira right through the impenetrable Bwindi forest and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable. Located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation, making it easy for several species to thrive ...

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What you need to know about the mountain gorilla, Africa’s most revered ape

By Evelyn Masaba One of the most revered attractions in Africa, especially in east and central Africa, is the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In fact, these iconic apes are ranked among the top three attractions preferred by tourists visiting Africa. Mountain gorillas reside in only two locations in the world: Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga massif — a ...

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Why conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is so crucial

By Our Writer There are currently about 900 mountain gorillas in total around the world. These critically endangered species can only be found in the Virunga chain of volcanic mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Around half of them live in Rwanda, which is why conservation in this area is so crucial. They reside in ...

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RwandAir enables Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB cards for online tickets payments

RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda, has announced that it has enabled Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB credit cards for online tickets payments. The four payment methods are adding up to the existing SmartCash, VISA and Master cards. The airline’s Internet Booking Engine (IBE) also allows payment by Mpesa, the mobile-phone based money transfer service. This is part of RwandAir’s ...

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Kigali to host inaugural Africa Health Forum

For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. The Africa Health Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 and 28 June 2017. Organised under the theme: “Putting People First: The ...

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