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Rough Guides 2017: Uganda ranked 4th in top 10 ‘must-see’ countries globally

By TNR Reporter Uganda has been named one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. The country, which was in 1907 described by Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa”, is fourth on Rough Guides’ list of “must see” destinations worldwide and No.1 in Africa — with the likes of Tunisia, Tanzania, Morocco, South Africa and Kenya nowhere ...

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Tribal circumcision ritual becomes Uganda’s latest tourist attraction

In a small dusty village fringed by brooding blue mountains in eastern Uganda, Sullaih Kyalo is bracing himself as he is about to become a man of the Bamasaaba tribe. The 19-year-old stands opposite the traditional surgeon, who clutches a 12-centimetre blade. Sullaih doesn’t look at the blade, but into the distance with a trance-like resolve. Relatives, friends and neighbours ...

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Rwanda, Zimbabwe named best places to visit in Africa in 2017

By Staff Reporter, TNR Condé Nast Traveler has named Rwanda its second-best destination for travellers to Africa in 2017. The American luxury and lifestyle travel magazine has ranked Rwanda as No. 14 on its “Best Places to Travel in 2017” list, behind 13th-place Zimbabwe, the only other African country on Condé Nast Traveler’s list. Rwanda, whose tourism has enjoyed an ...

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St Janani Luwum’s simple tomb that attracts thousands of pilgrims to northern Uganda

KITGUM-UGANDA: On February 16, 2015, the first international prayers to commemorate the martyrdom of Uganda’s 20th Century martyr, the late Janani Luwum, was held at the site where he was buried 38 years ago. It was not less than the second most powerful Anglican Church, Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu of York, who presided over the ceremony and also preached to ...

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Tembera U Rwanda campaign ends with fun-filled Rubavu trip

By Joseph Oindo The third and final trip organised by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for local tourists and journalists took place in Rubavu district, previously known as Gisenyi. The campaign to promote local tourism, dubbed Tembera U Rwanda, started in Huye in October, moved to Nyungwe Forest in November, and finally to Rubavu from December 17-18. Following RDB’s aggressive ...

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Tembera U Rwanda domestic tourism campaign heads to Rubavu

By Gilbert Mwijuke As 2016 comes to an end, local tourists have another chance to escape the daily grind of day-to-day living and become fun-seekers as the Rwanda Development Board’s latest domestic tourism campaign, Tembera U Rwanda-Jump on the Bus, heads to Rubavu district. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) launched the campaign at the beginning of October with the aim ...

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: A must-see destination for the year ahead

By Evelyn Masaba If you are Ugandan and went to school in Uganda, you must have studied some of the biggest forests in the country. Bwindi used to be one of those forests that were shrouded in mystery due to its moniker, “the impenetrable forest”. In fact, for most youngsters, the word “impenetrable” was never easy to pronounce so once ...

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UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens session in Ethiopia

More than 300 artists and performers showcased the wealth of Ethiopia’s intangible cultural heritage in Addis Ababa on Sunday ahead of today’s opening of the 11th session of the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), intangible cultural heritage refers to “traditions or living expressions ...

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AGS Country Club: A small hop for Kigalians, a giant leap for Lake Muhazi

By David Cecil Our delightful experience at AGS was all the more welcome, given our extremely unpleasant stay at another lodge on Lake Muhazi the night before, located closer to the small town of Byumba. This other lodge shall remain nameless, but serves as a useful point of comparison. We had only intended to come to Muhazi for one night ...

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Soroti, the vintage town in eastern Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba  Eastern Uganda is filled with so many amazing and hidden treasures that very few people know about. One of these that should definitely be added to your where-to-go-next list is Soroti district. Soroti is located 100km to the north-west of Mbale town and if you are using private means of transport it will take you over six ...

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