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November 11, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa: Uganda—The Pearl of Africa

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Comfortably situated along Africa’s most well-known river, just below the equator, the Pearl of Africa resides. Uganda’s ideal location is the root of this country’s wonder. Uganda’s lush landscapes, endless to the human eye, serve as a magnificent backdrop to vast biodiversity. The landlocked country is home to some of the world’s most endangered mountain gorillas (among 13 other primates including chimpanzees), iconic rain forests, tree-climbing lions and over a thousand species of birds. Traditional Savannah safaris and bird watching are Uganda’s main tourist attractions, with volcano climbing, kayaking, river rafting on class 5 rapids in the Nile undoubtedly key reasons for visiting this gem. 

Not falling shy of the dramatic beauty of the country is Uganda’s rich cultural heritage. The old Kingdom, Uganda, is as culture-rich as ever. Today, although having no political power, the Ugandan King of the Baganda – the largest traditional kingdom in Uganda, residing in the modern capital, Kampala – serves to aid in ensuring the diligence of the Baganda and their mobility to develop of the country. Owing to its complex yet beautiful cultures, Uganda possesses a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Tombs of Buganda Kings, the Impenetrable National Park, and century old rock art.

What’s happening now?
 Having recently participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, Uganda adds being the successful host of 39th Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress and the Uganda Tourism Expo to its recent activity list. The country’s tourism industry is booming, and gradually gaining international recognition through hosting conferences of this magnitude. 

In addition to the tourism boom, Uganda’s has seen acceleration in its oil sector, and is preparing to host the 2nd edition Uganda Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (UMEC) in 2015. 

Key Venues
Lake Victoria Serena Resort 

As the latest addition to the string of award winning Serena Hotels, Lake Victoria Serena Resort rests on seventy-two acres of landscaped grounds.  Situated between the two major cities Entebbe and Kampala in the Kigo district, its ergonomic layout offers 450 square metres divided into three conference rooms seating up to 300 guests each. The venue is accessorised with four open-air terraces, a cocktail area, private lounge, six PC areas, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. 

Imperial Royale Hotel
The center of its capital, Uganda boasts the Imperial Royale Hotel renowned for its modern nature. Imperial Royale, offers 21 conference rooms ranging in size from the Primrose Hall seating 2 000 guests to the Iris Hall seating 20 guests.  The facilities provided for conferences are an extension of the hotel’s grandeur and modern edge. 

Getting to Uganda by Air
Entebbe International is the biggest and busiest of 46 Ugandan airports, second being Arua Airport. Both a passport and visa is required when entering the country, in conjunction with proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever. 

The heavenly climate all year round adds to pleasantry of this landlocked country. In the capital city of Kampala, the hottest months are from March through to May, and September through January. Rain is prevalent during some of the warm months, while the excluded months’ temperatures do not deter much from those of the warmer ones.  

35,92 million  

Close to 50 percent of Uganda’s population is under the age of 14, making Uganda the youngest country in the world.   

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