Dear ATCNews Reader,
From Karamoja in the north east to the Gorilla Highlands in south western corner of the country, this newsletter has Uganda covered from top to bottom ? – scroll down… ??
I’m happy to be back in the Pearl of Africa after some quality time reconnecting with family. The break has given me new perspectives on the future of travel. 2022… bring it on!
If you’re planning a trip to Uganda, I recommend you bookmark Latest News from Entebbe International Airport which I update regularly. (I have driven myself crazy trying to keep on top of the latest COVID-19 travel-related news!) The Latest News blog is a good place to post questions or share your travel experiences.
Here I was lining up for my COVID-19 PCR test. Bookmark this post "Latest News from Entebbe Airport"
In summary, you now need a negative PCR test to board the plane; and a second one when you land, regardless of your vaccination status. The tourism industry has fought hard against this but thankfully it is only $30. The system received bad publicity initially but I’m pleased to report it only took me an hour to pass through Entebbe Airport last week so things have improved. Do read this blog if you’re planning to fly – it’s packed with travel tips ?.
Red list no more – PHEW!
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE POST, READ THIS
I am honoured to be one of the Gorilla Highlands Experts, a global team of volunteers who are passionate about responsible tourism in the Gorilla Highlands of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The 20 Gorilla Highlands Experts include: rangers, an award-winning Rwandan chef, a Ugandan musician, a coffee-grower, a photographer, primatologists and me Charlotte, Diary of a Muzungu ?
Read about the region’s tourism experiences and learn about GHE’s very cool projects such as the new See Africa Breathe Africa podcast. There’s nothing else like it in the region! Do join us.
I can’t wait to explore Karamoja’s traditional cultures and stunning scenery!
This week I head to Karamoja in eastern Uganda, the colourful focus of 2021’s World Tourism Day celebrations. I’ll be based in Moroto, where I’ll be leading the digital marketing training for the Karamoja Tourism Academy.
Wild Frontiers Uganda offer sunset cruises, fishing excursions on Lake Victoria and more. Click on the image for full details about their trips and tours. Making an enquiry? Do say the Muzungu sent you 😉
Are you an East African resident looking for a luxury getaway?
Volcanoes Safaris has a superb offer for you until 15th December 2021. Stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Lodge or Mount Gahinga Lodge for only USD 150 per person / night and USD 180 per person / night at Virunga Lodge in Rwanda. Volcanoes Safaris’ lodges all feature in my top 10 lodges in the region.
My latest article for Ng’aali, Uganda Airlines magazine
In case you missed it, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – en route to Murchison Falls – is one of Uganda’s most popular tourist attractions. Click here and flick to page 28 to read all about my experience tracking rhinos on foot.
HAVE YOU VISITED MY TRAVEL DIRECTORY?
The Travel Directory includes Lodges, Things To do, Tour Operators and more. New advertisers include Abanya Rwenzori Mountaineering Association (a community-run organisation who specialise in hikes and homestays) and Afro-Alpine Tour and Safaris. Welcome aboard!
GOT A QUESTION?
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Charlotte AKA Nagawa, Diary of a Muzungu
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