Ugandans have recently started appreciating their own country, so many trips ranging from Khoikhoi, Cocktails In The Wild to the newest addition dubbed #UgTravelMonth.
The growth of domestic tourism is now more common among the young adults who are easily targeted on social media and which is what most of these travel campaigns do; they create an idea and execute it solely on the common sites that most Ugandan youths frequent in a form that appeals to them.
Uganda Travel Month is a campaign organised by The Pearl Guide in partnership with a number of brand names including Jumia Travel and is going to run throughout the month of October. The campaign is not meant for one destination, but rather for the travelers to enjoy other different locations throughout the country.
Every weekend of the month of October will be booked for a roadtrip to one of the locations on the itinerary. Altogether there will be four trips in total which will cost 200, 000 UGX per person or 250, 000 UGX for the last trip.
So why should you be excited about the trips?
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This being the first trip, there is a lot of excitement surrounding it; so many people have never been to the Queen Elizabeth National Park and getting a chance to visit it at just 200, 000 UGX is a drop of luck.
The park has the biggest variety of flora and fauna plus the highly famed tree climbing lions of Ishasha. This trip will be on the 1st till 2nd of October.
Murchison Falls National Park
What best way to spend your Independence weekend but away communing with nature with your family/ friends?
The park is located in an area that explodes with beauty, the falls cascade down through the river giving a scenic backdrop for the wild savannah and many animals. You get a chance to visit the rainforest full of chimpanzee and a variety of bird species, stand in awe of the gorgeous Karuma and Bugungu falls, see the crocodiles lazily hunt for prey on the river banks, see how Giraffes elegantly trot through the savannah, as well as lions, elephants and leopards all over the park grounds. This trip will be on the 8th till the 9th of October and will cost the same amount as the first trip, 200,000UGX.
Lake Mburo National Park
This one cannot be missed, the park’s camping grounds are located right at the show of the serene and tranquil Lake Mburo that is home to many families of Hippos and a number of crocodiles.
The ride from the gate to the camping site is almost a mini game drive of its own due to the number of Kobs, Elands, Warthogs and Zebras but when you go for the actual game drive with an instructor, the park seems to come alive with animals you only read about in books and watched in “The Lion King.” The trip will only cost you 200,000 UGX and will be on the 15th to the 16th of October.
The only way to end a travel month is by crowning it off loaded with adrenaline and fun in the most famous district in Uganda? The third trip will cost you 250, 000 UGX and it comes with a heavy package including a tour in the thick Mabira rainforest, bungee jumping and a crazy thrilling white water rafting ride over the roaring Nile. The trip will be the finale to the whole #UgTravelMonth escapade and there is a chance you might ask for more when the bus drops you off to head home.
Now that your excitement has risen a notch higher, it is important to get ready for four thrilling weekends packed with music and fun.
Evelyn Masaba is the Public Relations Manager at Jumia Travel Uganda an online hotel booking service with offices in Kampala (Uganda) Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal)