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Uganda Targeting Chinese Tourists

Uganda Targeting Chinese Tourists

  • Posted: Jul 24, 2017
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There are over 7 million Chinese tourists that travel to foreign destinations each and every year. There are many Chinese tourists from most of the many authoritative travel agencies that have come to Uganda to enjoy the many different trips around the many tourist destinations and attractions. The tour that the Chinese tourists engaged in is among the initiatives Uganda Tourism Board has put in place to improve Uganda’s efforts to get to china’s travel market.

According to the China Tourism Research Institute, there are over 117 million Chinese that travel to different foreign countries each year and spend over $104.5 billion. And among these tourists, over 10% of them travel to Africa. This might be small but this means that they are over 10 million tourists and it’s unfortunate that less than 500,000 of these come to Uganda since it ’still in the shadows of countries that marketed themselves to China in the past years. Some of these nations include; South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and many more.

Uganda Tourism Board senior marketing officer says that their efforts to enter into this market in the past years were irritated by limited funding. However, since things are continuing to fall in place and the government has increased the financial support to the sector, they have now boarded on the drive to woo Chinese tourists to Uganda.

The bottom line here is to create additional jobs for the Ugandans as tourism has become one of the major players in its international commerce. Tourism also comes across as the main income source to many households.

The reason why we are choosing china is that Uganda Tourism Board move is fully backed by the fact that Uganda has a rich concentration of the products that show to this niche most especially the cultural destinations as well as the primates. There are also road shows that have been organised in the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. There are over three exhibitions that have been organised in these three cities. The Chinese tourists that come to Uganda come to showcase Uganda’s appealing tourism attractions.

There are also many familiarization safaris in Uganda that have been done to enable the Chinese tour operators to sell Uganda the pearl of Africa from a fully informed point of View. Also as it’s the case, the main focus is on the tour companies that have fully specialised in driving tourism tourists to Africa. This will also help in marketing of Uganda to the outside world and thus increasing the number of tourists to Uganda.

The main tourist attractions in Uganda. Tourists taking safaris in Uganda have a lot to see including the mountain gorillas that are mainly found in Bwindi impenetrable national park, the chimpanzees, and the other primate species like the golden monkeys and the monkey types. There are also mammals, reptiles and the birds. The adventure activities also include; white water rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking and many more. The other activities also include; mountain hiking, guided walks, nature walks, bird watching and many more.

Kyambura Game Lodge Re-Opening on 1st June 2017

Kyambura Game Lodge Re-Opening on 1st June 2017

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2017
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Kyambura Game Lodge is set to open its doors to our esteemed guests on the 01st June 2017. East Africa Explorers Safaris co. Ltd & Kyambura Game Lodge would like to inform our esteemed clients and guests that we are set to open our doors to receive guests into Kyambura Game Lodge from the 01st June 2017. This is after the tragic fire incident that was started by unknown persons/organizations that gutted down part of the lodge early in the year. As we are set to open Kyambura Game Lodge we would also like to assure our guests and clients of a seamless and impeccable experience that is going to come with it.

This has been made possible by a lot of support from the owners of East African Explorer who have dedicated an enormous amount of resources to bring back the lodge in the shortest time possible as they continue to pursue other channels of compensation. In line with that the owners have also decided to pull out from the day to day management of the company and instead will be relying on a team of professionals in the industry to run the company.

In view of the above – the new team has gone to work in earnest. We therefore would like to inform our esteemed clients that East Africa Explorer Safaris & Kyambura Game Lodge offices are up and running. Situated in Bwebajja off Entebbe Road, Kajjansi Town Council, Wakiso District, Plot 7024, Next to St.James Bwebajja Church of Uganda.

This Press Release is meant also to reassure our partners who have bookings already done with us from the 01st June 2017 going forward that we are committed to operating those bookings. Please contact the office on the above address or on the following telephone numbers – +256 414322789 Mob: +256 777 251093 or on the following email addresses

Elizabeth D Murungi – melizabeth@kyamburalodge.com
Bill Bradley William – Bwilliam@kyamburalodge.com
Email the Lodge through: info@kyamburalodge.com

Uganda Reduces Tourist Visa Fees to US$50

Uganda Reduces Tourist Visa Fees to US$50

  • Posted: Jul 22, 2016
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Want to holiday in the most beautiful country in Africa?,Uganda the pearl of Africa has variety to offer everyone in terms of wildlife, culture,landscape,weather ,and the connectivity. Uganda has many fascinating tourist attractions and if you have a chance to visit Uganda explores the best wildlife parks, Nile for a great experience. With an interesting blend of warm weather, wildlife and tradition Uganda become the most desired across the Africa continent. Primates and wildlife are the principal tourist attractions in the country attracting millions year round for fun and adventure travel.

Today Uganda travel has been made much easier by the Uganda government with effect from 22nd July 2016 when tourists to the country will be allowed to pay half of the money they have been paying for the single tourist visa. The Ugandan Government halved the fees from $100 to $50 to encourage more tourists to come to the country as it has always been in the past years.

Reduced Visa Fees Expected to Increase Tourism Arrivals
Indeed Uganda is the pearl of Africa as confirmed Winston Churchill and Henry Stanley the foreign socialists who visited the country back then. Still in the book of “My African Journey” Spencer Churchill described Uganda as a beautiful garden from end to end endowed with unique environmental attributes and remarkable vibrant structures nestled outside the world.

In 2015, CNN magazine also recognized Uganda as one of the emerging travel destinations in the world for the year 2016.According to CNN travel writer Anisha Shah, meeting a silverback mountain gorilla in the jungle characterized of various tree species big and small but unique in different ways after a tiring hike through Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, leaves decade lasting memories of the best wildlife safari in the world. Quote in her words “But there’s much more to Uganda. Rich in nature, it’s an outdoor sanctuary of crater lakes, white-sand beaches on lake islands, thundering waterfalls and national parks,” says Anisha Shah.

Uganda attracts all travel interests including honeymoon, wildlife, cultural excursions, water spots, beach and many others. The top highlight is Bwindi forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale and Murchison falls the best parks to view wildlife, birds, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You can also give in your interest with nature by going to various parks and explore its natural beauty and wonders. Don’t forget to visit Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, where rescued and orphaned chimpanzees live their days on an island in Lake Victoria.

Above all agreeing to a statement issued by the internal affairs ministry on Thursday, a statutory instrument was issued to effect the changes in visa fees. Uganda sells other types of tourist visas including multiple and transit permits. The fee for other visas has not been revised.The decision to slash single tourist visas fees, according to the internal affairs ministry, was reached after a request by officials from tourism docket.“All people seeking to enter Uganda shall pay $50 instead of $100. All Ugandan borders have been notified to effect the change,” reads a statement from the internal affairs ministry.

Tourists have been paying an equal amount of money for the single entry tourist visa for Uganda and the one for East Africa For the past months which wasn’t fare.According to Jacob Simunyu the internal Affairs ministry spokesperson the fee was high compared to other single tourist visa’s in the region. He said in his words “Uganda was charging the highest fees for single entry tourist visas in the East African region”. However, now tourists can travel to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya on a single tourist visa or particular country visa if visiting only one country. The single tourist visa expires upon entering Uganda and the tourist is issued with a visitors permit valid as long as a month. The Visitors permit can be extended depending on the reason given by the tourist. But one is free to use the single tourist visa for both tourism and business.

Uganda Puts evisa Application online

Uganda Puts evisa Application online

  • Posted: Jul 08, 2016
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The pearl of Africa of Africa Uganda is located in East Africa bordering Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda is gifted by nature in terms of natural, cultural, historical and man made features. The land locked country is the member of the East African community and also one of those that have agreed to use one visa for a traveler visiting Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda as a single tourism destination.

For the traveler only visiting Uganda, the Ugandan visa is best acquired at the immigration office upon the arrival although a traveler can buy the entry permit in advance from any of the Ugandan embassy and high commission in a traveler’s country of origin.
More still, the visa policy of reciprocity is used in Uganda, acquiring the visa upon arrival at Entebbe Airport or any other overland boarder is cheaper and the process straight forward, the chances of Visa denial are almost zero if the traveler meets the simple entry requirements.
More importantly, with effect from July 2016, all travelers taking tours in Uganda have to theoretically apply on line for the electronic visas. Travelers will receive an authorization document by email which they should print out and present to immigration officials on arrival at their point in entry to Uganda; this was according to the British Foreign Office. Also, travelers are required to pay 100usd cash for a standard single-entry visit visa upon arrival.

The e-visa must be applied for at https://visas.immigration.go.ug, stating that “The Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit Application System performs checks against law enforcement databases.
However, despite the plans, the machines required to implement the second part of this electronic visa system at Entebbe and various land borders are not yet working, it is estimated that it will take 4-6 months for this system to function.

In addition, travelers are reminded that the online registration is free, and that it in no way disqualifies any one from obtaining a visa on arrival. More still, although the system isn’t working at present, travelers are advised to apply for an authorization document on line.
Furthermore, travelers to Uganda are permitted by the Ugandan immigration officers to decide how long tourists are permitted to stay in Uganda which is usually 2-3 months from the time they enter. This duration period is entered as a hand written note to the entry stamp in the travelers passport .travelers are reminded that fine is paid if one exceeds the agreed time or else they re- apply for more days at the Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja read Kampala.

Also, all travelers seeking admission in Uganda are required to have visa with valid passport that is expiring at least 6 months from the date one enters Uganda, sufficient funds in form of a credit card and a return ticket which are good evidence to convince the immigration officer that a travelers has enough money with him/her. Also, return/onward tickets are required; this is the evidence proving that a traveler has enough money.

This is done upon arrival where the inspection by the immigration officer who determines whether the application is finally approved and if all the information provided by you or on your behalf is true, correct and valid enough. Any suspicion or sign of material false, factious and fraudulent statement or representation in an electronic visa will subject the traveler to administrative and criminal penalties.

Important still, travelers are technically required to show International Health Certificate with a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to immigration officials on arrival in Uganda.
Conclusively, travelers to Uganda should know that after the new system starts to function well, there will be a honeymoon period with visas available on arrival without online pre-approval.

GeoLodges & Eagle Air Make it into the Top 50 Uganda brands

GeoLodges & Eagle Air Make it into the Top 50 Uganda brands

  • Posted: Aug 26, 2014
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GeoLodges Africa, owners and operators of some of Ugandas best known lodges like the Nile Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, the award winning RainForest Lodge in Mabira and the upcoming Equator Snow in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon, has beaten more fancied opposition to make it into Ugandas top 50 brands in a function last night organized by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda. Alongside did Eagle Air, currently the only airline offering scheduled flights to domestic destinations in Uganda, make it into the top bracket, also beating more fancied opposition along the way.

Voting took place over some weeks via SMS text messages, giving a broad section of Ugandans the opportunity to name their favourite brand from amongst industry, manufacturing and services sectors, ahead of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Independence, due to be celebrated on the 09th of October.
Determining the top 50 brands of the country, though designed towards the Golden Jubilee of Independent Uganda, will reportedly become a regular feature in the future to make sure that consumers on an annual basis will have the opportunity to select what they think are the top performers in the market place.

Well done and congratulations to Zahid Alam, Emily Wissanji and their team at GeoLodges Africa and to Capt. Tony Rubumbora and his team at Eagle Air. Well done for putting tourism on the map of Ugandas best recognized enterprises and businesses.