Enjoy the news updates from Uganda’s grass root levels

Dear reader

Welcome to our March- April 2016 UCOTA E-newsletter. This issue features news from UCOTA, our member community enterprises, Uganda tourism industry stakeholders and other tourism related information. Our editorial team would like to appreciate you for taking some time off to read this issue and we wish to get feedback and comments with an aim of improving our subsequent editions. We thank you for visiting and interacting with us on the UCOTA facebook, twitter and blog pages. You can also visit our websiteswww.ucota.or.ug, www.pearlsofuganda.org for more information.

We wish you enjoyable reading…!

Thank you!
Helen Lubowa
Executive Director

UCOTA’s office relocated
Uganda Community Tourism Association continues to inform all stakeholders, partners and friends that the office shifted from plot 7A, Lugogo Bypass to Bukoto Plot 1732 Old Kira Road next to Ntinda Infant School and Safeway Supermarket. The office contacts remain the same. Telephone:+256 772657700. Email: <a href="mailto:ucota See map for directions.

Registration of Community Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTEs).
UCOTA is spearheading inventory development of all community Based tourism enterprises (CBTEs) in Uganda. All managers of CBTEs that have not registered are encouraged to register their CBTEs through any of the following; (1) UCOTA websites; ucota & info, (3) Phone (direct calls/ sms) 414 501866, 0772657700, 0712500019 or physically at the office (See map). The registration information includes;
Name and type of enterprise, location, ownership (if community number of males/females), contacts, services offered and prices, number of staff, number direct and indirect beneficiaries and community development projects supported by enterprise.

Why register?

  1. To plan for better service delivery by both government and UCOTA e.g capacity building and marketing.
  2. Be part of the National CBTE inventory

Your cooperation towards the exercise shall be highly appreciated. See the form

Nyanzibiiri Homestay

Nyanziibiri homestay is a perfect home that offers affordable accommodation for adventurists, volunteers, researchers and of course holiday goers. It is located only 2 hours away from Mbarara town in Western Uganda along the Mbarara- Kasese highway. Nyanziibiri Homestay is within the Western Tourism circuit amidst the numerous crater lakes at the boundaries of QENP off the highway at Nyakasharu trading Centre in Rubirizi district. Read more

Community of the month
NSHENYI CULTURAL CENTRE “Sense of culture never lost.”

The moment you approach this centre that is located in the middle of adulating hills in Nshenyi village, Ruborogota Sub county, Isingiro district, it’s easy to see the roots of a rich Ankole culture in amidst of modern and cozy environment. Here you are welcomed by beaming people giving you hugs as a Kinyankole way, as you start a memorable journey into this culture in western Uganda whose existence has been long dominated by the cow. Read more

UCOTA staff experience at exchange in Kenya

It seems like yesterday when I left for a year to Kenya on the FK staff exchange program to work with Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT). The exchange is managed by Freds Korpset (fk) and funded by the Norwegian government Ministry of Foreign Affairs the exchange program UCOTA has benefited from for over 4 years. The program was originally between the two countries, Kenya and Uganda and this time round, the exchange partnership has been enriched with a new partner, Tanzania Association of Cultural Tourism Organizers (TACTO), a similar organization from Tanzania. Read more


Further reading


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Travel Quotes

  • “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
  • “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
  • “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
  • “Man cannot Discover New oceans unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide