Arsenal signs three year partnership with Visit Rwanda.

May 23rd, 2018

English football club, Arsenal FC has signed a three-year partnership with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to market Rwanda under the catch phrase “Visit Rwanda”.

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Below is an article published on Arsenal website ( );

The Rwanda Development Board, through their subsidiary, the Rwanda Convention Bureau, has become our first official sleeve partner as part of the country’s drive to become a leading global tourist destination, using ‘Visit Rwanda’ messaging.

The three-year deal will also see ‘Visit Rwanda’ become our official Tourism Partner. The ‘Visit Rwanda’ logo will feature on the left sleeve of all our teams next season. The new kit for season 2018/19 was unveiled on May 22.

Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with a booming tourism sector that has seen the number of visitors double in the last decade. The country’s national parks are attracting record number of tourists due to growing numbers of wildlife including black rhino, lions, zebra, chimpanzees and the famous mountain gorillas. Rwanda is also attracting new hotels and lodges across the country, making it easier to experience longer, unique and memorable vacations.

Our chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “This is an exciting partnership which will see us support Rwanda’s ambition to build their tourism industry. The country has been transformed in recent years and Arsenal’s huge following will bring Rwanda into people’s minds in a new and dynamic way.

The Arsenal shirt is seen 35 million times a day globally and we are one of the most viewed teams around the world. We look forward to working with the ‘Visit Rwanda’ team to further establish the country as a leading tourist destination.”

Rwanda is ranked as the second easiest place to do business in Africa by the World Bank and has been awarded for its leadership in tourism and competitiveness by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Economic Forum respectively.

Rwanda Development Board chief executive officer, Clare Akamanzi, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Arsenal and showcasing the vibrancy and beauty of our country.  Rwanda is a country pulsing with energy, creativity and innovation.

“Visit Rwanda and discover why we are the second fastest growing economy in Africa.  Investors in Rwanda are able to register their businesses in only six hours and prepare to enjoy the opportunities accrued from the free trade agreements that we’ve signed with over 50 countries.

“Renowned for our incredible and unique Mountain Gorilla tracking experience, tourists can also enjoy a variety of water sports, cycling, hiking, bird watching to list a few of the tourist attractions available while in Rwanda.”

Players from our men’s and women’s teams will visit Rwanda and club coaches will host coaching camps to support the development of the game for boys and girls in the country.

‘Visit Rwanda’ will gain global exposure through branding on matchday LED boards at Emirates Stadium, all the interview backdrops and a broad range of other marketing rights. They will also have the opportunity to engage our fans around the world through the club’s social media channels.

Uganda’s oldest known captive chimpanzee, Zakayo dies at 54 years.

April 27th, 2018

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) announced Thursday that the oldest known chimpanzee, Zakayo died at the age of 54 years.

Zakayo dies at 54 years

UWEC stated that Zakayo was captured from Semliki National Park and later found his way to a new owner (expatriate) on 10th June, 1964 who claimed to have confiscated him from people who held him illegally.

At 13 years, the expatriate surrendered him to Entebbe Zoo on 19th June 1976. He had become so aggressive to be kept as a pet. Chimpanzees never make good pets.

At the time, one would have expected that he would have been sold abroad to; zoos or circus facilities that were at their peak in the 1960s and 1980s, but he was spared and lived his last 42 years at UWEC.

Preliminary findings suggest that he succumbed to chronic Gastroenteritis. Due to his old age, he was highly susceptible to opportunistic infections. Zakayo had become senile and given his past history.

Zakayo leaves behind 284 other animals at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC).

Sights and sounds of Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park

February 13th, 2018

Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is a popular tourist destination notably because of the abundant wildlife, flora and fauna that tourists are guaranteed to encounter on any game drive through the park. Ishasha sector, located in the Southern part of the park is not quite as popular as the Mweya side of the park and has only recently acquired a steady visitor flow. This is not to say however that it is limited in abundance of wildlife. Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best place in the whole of Africa to see Tree Climbing Lions up close.

Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National ParkThe landscape of Ishasha sector is mainly savannah grasslands and riverine forests, quite distinct from that in other parts of the park.

Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha

Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park are often times seen lurking around in trees in the park. Although not definitively clear why these lions like to climb trees, locals believe that the lions climb to get a clear view of their unsuspecting prey and to steer clear of the Tsetse flies on the ground. The lions usually climb trees during the wet season and about 3 prides reside in this part of the park.

In addition to the famous Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha, visitors also encounter big herds of buffaloes, kobs, antelopes, elephants, hippos near Ishasha river among many other animal species.

Tree Climbing Lions can also be found in Lake Manyara National Park in the Southern part of Tanzania.

Bird watching in Ishasha

Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a good destination for bird watching tours in Uganda and is home to lots of bird species including herons, black coucal, storks, compact weaver among many others. Lake Edward and Ishasha River support birdlife and wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park up to the Ishasha sector in the South.

Getting to Ishasha

The road from Katunguru to Ishasha is seasonal and may be unreliable during the wet season necessitating the use of a 4×4 safari vehicle. The route via Kihihi and Ishaka is a rather more dependable one. Booking with a tour company in Uganda enables you to sit back and relax while they figure out how safely to get you there and back depending on your travel itinerary.

Cost of a Gorilla Permit in Uganda

December 14th, 2017

A gorilla permit is a special pass that allows you to visit the gorillas in their natural habitat. The gorilla permits of Uganda are sold from Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters. They are sold for a particular date and location on the basis of first come first serve. Gorilla trekking is conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda is known to be quite friendly to visitors.

cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda

A gorilla permit costs Six Hundred USA Dollars ($600) for Foreign Non Residents, Five Hundred Dollars (USD 500) for Foreign Residents and Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Uganda Shillings (250,000UGX) for Ugandans.

However, Uganda Wildlife Authority sometimes offers gorilla permits discounts for promotional purposes like in the previous years they would discount gorilla permits and sale them for Four hundred and Fifty USA Dollars only in the low season months of April, May and November but this may end this year 2017.

Below are some of the most popular Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda Via Rwanda
Our 3 days Gorillas to Uganda via Kigali Rwanda is new blend for visitors that wish to arrive via Kigali Rwanda and they wish to track Uganda Gorillas in Bwindi. For accessibility reasons arriving via Rwanda in to Bwindi is much easier and cheaper tracking Uganda Gorillas (USD 600.00) as opposed to Rwanda Gorillas (US$ 1,500).

Bwindi gorilla trekking safari 3 days: APS EXPG3 Express Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and birding.

3 Days Flying Gorilla Adventure: African Pearl Safaris presents to you our 3 days flying Safari to the land of Gorillas, with the recent introduction of Aerolink Uganda. Accessibility to Bwindi is made easier just in 2 hours you are in Bwindi the home of Gorilla.

4 Days Flying Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi
Our latest Flying Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi gives you the very best of ease to enjoy trekking Gorillas in Bwindi. The Flying Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi give you up to 4 hours interacting with the great Mountain Gorillas unlike other Gorilla trekking safaris that give you an hour meeting, this one gives you a more rewarding experience.

4 Days Lake Mburo and Bwindi Gorillas: Our very new product developed for visitors that wish to have a relaxed Gorilla Safari experience combined with an excursion to Lake Mburo National Park.

4 Days, 2 Times Gorilla Tour Bwindi Visitors have now the best opportunity to track and visit Gorillas 2 times. Have the rarest Gorilla encounter in just 4 days. Different families will be arranged for your comparison experiences. See their uniqueness in family composition, how they live and adapt to their environment.

5 Days Bwindi Ultimate Flying Gorilla Adventure
Our 5 days Gorilla Trekking Flying Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is now the most rated safari experience in Uganda. You are guaranteed of Gorilla Trekking experience, Take a walk or a hike to Mayaga Falls one of the excellent guided walk in Bwindi.

Kyaninga Lodge, Staying at Kyaninga Lodge in Fort Portal

December 6th, 2017

Kyaninga Lodge is set in Western Uganda’s district of Fort Portal. It is set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon. There are nine exclusive cottages each branching out via wooden walkways made from hand carved logs, superb dining, and in a good distance from each other thus ensuring privacy of all its guests. The cottages are very spacious, with double or twin beds fitted with mosquito nets.

Kyaninga Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge

The view from the lodge shifts and changes constantly thanks to the combination of the Rwenzori Mountains ranges and the deep water of the lake Kyaninga. On a clear day the mountain ranges are very visible, sometimes they are covered by cloud; in the early morning, mist lies in the valleys and this gives you a wonderful and magnificent views. At times the crater is also completely covered with mist. All cottages face the Crater Lake and have en-suite bathrooms that boast of marble countertop basins set atop crafted Elgon olive pedestals, claw footed freestanding baths, and glass-walled showers.

With modern solar power, you are well equipped with hot water and power charging points in the main building and cottages. The Wi-Fi works well in the main lodge building and each room has an umbrella that you can use when moving between your room and the main building. There are comfortable seating areas as well as raised galleries for a more private view, which are not only perfect for some outdoor games, but also to absorb the absolute magnitude of the Lake itself. On checking in, clients are provided with nifty little mobile phones to be used in case of room service. These make communication between clients and staff at the main building quick and smooth.

At the lounge and dining place mouth watering meals awaits you. The menu is based on classical European cuisines that are and tweaked to make use of local ingredients, many of which are handpicked from Kyaninga Lodge’s own garden or the neighboring markets. Clients can relax at the Lounge, swimming pool, the fully stocked bar or at the balcony of their cottages. The bar also works as a crafts shop with unique high quality crafts like truck bottle holders and many more. The proceeds go to Kyaninga Child Development Centre, to change the lives of disabled children in Uganda.

While at the lodge one can do lots of activities like; chimpanzee tracking, crater rim walk, swimming in the lodge pool or Lake Kyaninga, birdwatching, village and cultural walks, visit Fort Portal and its surrounding forest walk around the crater, play tennis from the only Uganda’s lawn tennis court and many other games.

Kyaninga Lodge is close to 4 National Parks ie Kibale, Semliki, Rwenzori Mountain and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is the closest with less than an hour’s drive away, visit it for chimpanzees, birding and other primates. Kyaninga Lodge is also about two hours’ drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park, the best known area in Uganda for safaris and one of the most bio diverse reserves in the world. You can also visit Semliki Game Reserve and national parks for hot springs, a boat cruise on Lake Albert and many other activities.

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