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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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Sukuma Museum: A trip back in time

By Our Writer Located about 20 kilometres east of Mwanza is a special piece of the Sukuma tribe history and a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to this northern Tanzania port city. The Bujora Museum is uniquely Sukuma, drawing inspiration from the ancient traditional practices of Tanzania’s biggest tribe. The Sukuma are said to have arrived in northwestern Tanzania as ...

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Entebbe ranked East Africa’s most visited city in 2016

Uganda’s Entebbe has been ranked the most visited city in eastern Africa this year, attracting more tourists than the region’s more famous cities such as Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa and Kigali. Entebbe is expected to attract more than 616,700 visitors in 2016 alone, according to the newly-released 2016 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, which ranked 132 most ...

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Ethiopia’s tourism revenue falls by over $7m due to protests

Ethiopia’s tourism revenue has taken a massive dip in the wake of anti-government protests that started a year ago. The Horn of Africa country is projected to lose about 400 million dollars from tourism in the current budget year. According to the BBC’s correspondent in the country, millions of dollars was lost in tourism revenue. He refers to the tourism ...

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Nairobi vs Kigali: a tale of two cities

By Joseph Oindo I don’t know who said that you cannot eat patriotism. What I know is that the late Tanzania President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere once said that if you want to see capitalism at its starkest, go to Nairobi, or something along that line. I have lived in the so-called City in the Sun for a long time and ...

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Lake Bunyonyi: a wonder to behold

By Evelyn Masaba There are places you travel to in this world that were made to take our breath away, places that leave you marvelling at the wonders of nature. When you go to such places, you feel like you never want to leave. Such places were created to bring out the zen lost within you; the moment you behold ...

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