Bwindi Voted Uganda’s Top Tourist Destination

NBS TV has been declared the official host broadcaster for Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda scheduled for this weekend, decease Chimp Corps report.

“In order to enhance and effectively publicize the Papal visit to Uganda, Government of Uganda has engaged the services of NBS Television as the host broadcaster, ” said Ofwono Opondo in a statement issued on Monday afternoon.

The competition for the deal saw NBS trounce top television stations in the country.

However, it remains to be seen if the broadcaster will provide the much needed high quality feed to other media houses.

Opondo said NBS Television “shall cover the Papal visit to Uganda and relay a clean TV feed, free of logo, commentaries, lower thirds etc… on satellite and at the Papal Media Centre.”

The Papal Media Centre shall be located at the Imperial Royale Hotel (Primrose Hall).

In the course of the week, said Opondo, NBS TV will issue parameters of accessing the free television feed both on the satellite link and at the Media Centre.

“Media houses are therefore advised to make use of the designated Papal Media Centre. Services, such as high speed internet, have also been put in place at the Papal Media Centre,” he added.

The National Broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) shall also offer live coverage of the Papal visit.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been voted the best tourist destination in the recent Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards.

Situated in Uganda’s south western district of Kanungu, viagra order Bwindi is habitat to colobus monkeys, page chimpanzees and a number of bird species.

Most notable however, viagra 60mg Bwindi is home to over 300 mountain gorillas and it’s said that this is half of the world’s population.

This is perhaps what draws a range of foreign tourists in the park to visit the world’s critically endangered species (gorillas).

Currently, Bwindi has 4 habituated mountain gorilla groups namely; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura and the Nkuringo group.

In addition to gorillas, tourists will also be lucky to see 350 bird species, over 200 butterfly species and 120 other mammals.

The thick forest commonly referred to as ‘impenetrable’ comprises of 324 tree species most of which have stood for centuries.

At the inaugural awards held at Kampala Serena Hotel, many other individuals and institutions whose contribution to Uganda’s conservation and tourism has been significant were recognized.

James Tumusiime, the board chairman Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) observed that there’s need for government to increase its budgetary allocation to the tourism sector given its potential.

The award for Best Luxury hotel was taken by Chobe Safari Lodge located in Murchison falls national park while Bunyonyi Overland Resort in Kabale was voted Best Mid Range Hotel.

Red Chilli also in Murchison Falls was awarded Best Budget Hotel and Ntoroko Game Lodge took the award for Best Camp site.

Renowned tourism enthusiast Amos Wekesa, who’s also CEO Great Lakes Safaris was recognized as the Best Male Tourism Personality.

It’s no wonder that his company scooped the award for Best local tour operator.

Matooke Tours got awarded as Best International Tour Operator whereas Brussels Air won Best Airline.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank were recognized for their supportive role in promoting Uganda’s tourism.

Other winners included;

Barbra Ariel – Best Female Tourism Personality

Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara – Best Cultural Centre

New Vision – Best Tourism Print Media

Diary of a Muzungu – Best Tourism Digital Media

Uganda Ekkula (Bukedde Tv) – Best Tourism TV Program

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – Best Conservation Agency

Solomon Olemy – Best Tourism Journalist

Tinka’s Homestead – Best Homestead

Archilles Byaruhanga – Best Conservation Personality

Deogratius Muhumuza – Best General Safari Guide

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