President Museveni has said that any tourist visiting Africa would definitely feel at home while on tour in Uganda. The president made these remarks at the sidelines of the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) Retreat on going at Chobe Safari lodge, Nwoya District in the Acholi Sub-Region of Northern Uganda.
“At Chobe Safari Lodge, where I am chairing the NRM CEC retreat, I made time to meet leaders of a group of 250 Israeli tourists who are visiting Uganda. This group came here via a chartered direct [El AL] flight from Israel, something that had not happened since the early 1970s,” President Museveni said.
Adding that, “From the amazing gorillas in Bwindi in Western Uganda to the breathtaking Sipi falls in Eastern Uganda, any tourist would be spoilt for choice. Importantly, it is the warmth of Ugandans that would make any tourist feel at home here. Uganda is the best tourist destination.”
Tali Yativ, the team leader of visiting Israel tourists said that, she was excited to be in Uganda. “I love the people of Uganda and the nature Uganda has.”
The plan is to make over six direct flights to Entebbe annually that will not only boost tourism but also cement the good relations between Uganda and Israel, added Yativ. This follows Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in July 2016, where he held bilateral talks with President Museveni on a wide range of issues including tourism.
“The visit of these Israelites and other tourists is testament that Uganda is indeed regaining her position as a top African destination as it was in the 1960’s,” said Stephen Asiimwe, the Outgoing Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Tourism Board.
Asked about his vision for Uganda, President Museveni told the Israeli nationals that his vision was to transform Uganda into a first world country adding that, to achieve this the focus will be on promoting commercial profit-oriented agriculture, industrialization of the country, promotion of the service sector and investment in information and communication technology.
The President also went on to re-echo the message of how Uganda was endowed with a variety of tourism resources including stunning landscapes, beauty water bodies, unique cultures, a variety of flora and fauna and the source of the second longest river – the Nile.
“I welcome them [Israelites] to Uganda. Our country, given its location along the Equator, has perhaps the best all-year weather in the world. We also have lots of tourist attractions, from wild game in our parks to other features like the Source of River Nile,” Museveni said.
About 26.4% of the Uganda’s total area is under protected areas such as national parks, game and marine reserves, wilderness areas and Ramsar sites. Resulting from new investments and efforts focused on strengthening conservation, the wildlife populations in all protected areas have rebounded from the dismal figures of the 1970’s and 80’s.
“We believe that by promoting investment in tourism, we invariably support the whole economy through the creation of employment and additional investment opportunities,” said Amos Wekesa, Proprietor Uganda Lodges and Chairman of the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT).
“Uganda offers attractive tourism investment opportunities in accommodation, hospitality training, tour operations, and water based attraction development,” Wekesa added.
-Chobe Safari Lodge-
Located in the Murchison Falls National Park, this Five Star lodge is undoubtedly the gem in Uganda’s crown of tourism destinations. The breathtaking panoramic views, coupled with the sounds of the River Nile’s magnificent rapids, sets the scene for an adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors.
Chobe Safari Lodge offers a unique opportunity to sample the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna; all in an area of the park that has yet to be discovered.