Kasese, Uganda | The Mv Kazinga has been unveiled during a test sail on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, western Uganda.
The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 m) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.
Owned by three partners including Great Lakes Safari’s Amos Wekesa, the 65-seater luxury Mv Kazinga Cruise was on Wednesday test sailed, heralding a new chapter in Ugandan tourism.
“This boat is safe, convenient and equipped with modern and latest technology amenities such as an air conditioner, radar, sonar, bells, and whistles,” said Wekesa the lead proprietor of Mv Kazinga.
The cruise boat is also safe with up to 65 seats and lifesaving jackets that gives passengers the comfort and ability to enjoy tourism on the water channel, he added. The boat, according to Wekesa, cost US$400,000.
“I can tell you people that this is a massive investment into Kasese Tourism. The machine is ultra-modern,” said Sibendire Bigogo Thembo Geoffrey, the Chairperson LCV Kasese District
“This one is what the Bakonzo call redimedi. It was imported full. It will go a long way in promoting our tourism keeping in mind that the man behind it called Amos Wekesa is a brand,” Bigogo added.
On her part, former leader of the opposition in Uganda’s Parliament, Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza welcomed the arrival of the boat.
“It’s with great pleasure to learn of Mr. Amos Wekesa’s interest in investing and boosting our local tourism in Kasese District. The people of Katwe Kabatooro Town Council in Kasese District have today witnessed the arrival of the MV Kazinga, and this will undoubtedly develop our local tourism,” she said.
“On behalf of the people of Kasese, I register our sincere appreciation to Mr. Amos Wekesa, and also congratulate him upon making a fundamental step towards investing in the Rwenzori tourism industry.”
ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze also congratulated Wekesa. “Congratulations my brother @wekesa_amos on this great milestone in your humble journey as an ardent promoter of #BeautifulUganda. You have inspired many in that field,” he tweeted.
Amos Masaba Wekesa, is a businessman, entrepreneur and corporate executive in Uganda, who is the founder, proprietor and managing director of Great Lakes Safaris Limited, a tour operating company, in the African Great Lakes region. His conglomerate of related tour businesses and hotels grosses an estimated US$8 million annually, and employs in excess of 250 people.