UGANDA SCOOPS RECOGNITION FOR THE NILE AS TANZANIA TAKES THREE OF SEVEN
The award ceremony on Monday in Arusha for the 7 natural wonders of Africa, chosen from 12 accepted nominations, saw the River Nile, which starts its journey to the Mediterranean Sea at the ‘Source of the Nile’ in Jinja elected as Uganda’s only winner and State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquiries Hon. Agnes Akiror Egunyu was present at the function to receive the honours for and on behalf of the Pearl of Africa.
The 12 attractions nominated were besides the River Nile the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro, The Peak of Furnace on La Reunion, Mt. Kenya, the Okavanago Delta, the Aldabra Atoll, the Avenue of Baobabs, the Sahara Desert, the Red Sea Reef, Tsuma Rock and Tsingi de Bemaraha.
Tanzania as the host nation of the award ceremony, which was held at the Mt. Meru Hotel, saw all the three nominations returned as winners, namely the Serengeti National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater, seeing all three nominations end among the top seven.
Others which made it into the winning ranks were the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Red Sea Reef in Egypt and the Sahara Desert which is touching 10 countries, leaving such global eco giants like the Aldabra Atoll out in the cold.
Being named as among the top 7 natural ‘wonders’ in Africa is thought to give a significant boost vis a vis destination interest in the main markets for tourists coming to Eastern Africa and is therefore a hotly contested and keenly sought honour, giving often the decisive edge to one over another attraction. Congratulations to all winners and better luck to those left out this year in the future.