Uganda and East Africa tourism news update – Easter season ‘fully booked


With just a week to go to the long Easter weekend are leading hotels and restaurants in Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe and other municipalities advertising their hearts out with special offers chasing special offers, to attract customers towards their buffets, while resorts and safari lodges are reaching the point where enquiries are politely turned down with a ‘sorry we are fully booked’ response.

City hotels in Kampala like the Sheraton, the Serena and a few others have even offered special long weekend packages, with free newspapers, access to their Spas and sports facilities and a huge breakfast buffet included in the price, something worth considering too if only to get away from having to make beds, cook and wash up at the end of the day.

Traditionally expatriates and many Ugandans are taking their families to the national parks and the safari lodges inside and outside the parks, to enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of hectic the city life.

Rafting trips from Jinja down the Nile, now actually commencing from below the Bujagali hydro electric plant, have been booked up too and prebookings for horse riding, bungee jumping, quad biking, cross country biking and ‘river boat float’ trips are all described as ‘heavy’ too.

Across the border in Kenya, ‘The Pride of Africa’ has put a 3.000 Shillings all inclusive one way fare on the market for domestic ‘tourists’ to fly in style from Nairobi to Malindi and Mombasa, and beach resorts too are reporting heavy bookings, as do the safari lodges across the national parks.

In Tanzania the situation is quite similar, with the resorts along the main coast line, on the islands of Zanzibar but also the safari lodges and safari inns reporting ‘excellent bookings’ for the Easter weekend.

To all Easter travelers, have a safe journey, happy landings and get home safe with lots of good impressions.