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Gorilla Highlands about to launch new tourist experience 
September 21, 2014
Miha Logar, and his team of Gorilla Highlands fame, is in the process of launching yet another tourism activity, named ‘Batwa Today’ which focuses, as the name suggests, on the culture and lifestyle of the Batwa people, a tribe which lives in the border triangle of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Following a series of feature articles a year ago about a visit to Uganda’s Southwest, the area from Kabale via Kisoro to Mt. Mgahinga and from Lake Mutanda, home to the famous Chameleon Hill Lodge, on to Nkuringo and across the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, added much interest in this part of Uganda.
Since then, Edirisa Canoe Trekking gained popularity and as a result it was possible to add more features for tourists coming to the Southwest of the country to gain a grassroots experience and see what life in rural Africa is really like. The program is currently a working document, but it still gives an insight of what visitors can expect to become reality in October this year, when the latest innovation by Miha Logar and his team finally launches.
Edirisa is a multimedia and ecotourism social enterprise that specialises in the remote regions of
the Gorilla Highlands. Our pro-poor mission focuses on cultural self-respect of indigenous peoples and provides authentic experiences away from the beaten trail.
We have worked with Batwa “Pygmies” for over a decade. We are trying to come up with creative tourism solutions that benefit their communities and help visitors better understand and appreciate their rich culture and challenging present.
Batwa Today is a result of more than one year of preparations. In 2012 we got to know Kanusu, a great Batwa guide who started to take our trekkers through Echuya Forest Reserve on multi-day treks.
A year later, at the request of Studiosus Reisen from Germany, we were introduced to his people at Rwamahano nearEchuya Forest Reserve and began to closely cooperate with them, impressed by their dedication to bettering their situation. Visitors’ response has been extremely positive and Rwamahano has become our preferred destination and a model for other communities.
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Speaking at the launch of the re-thatching of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, an ancestral Buganda kings burial building on Wednesday, Japan's ambassador to Uganda, Junzo Fujita pledged his country's continued support to the development of Uganda in line with the Vision 2040.

He said he hopes the two countries can work together to boost and conserve Uganda's trade, culture and tourism. On Kasubi tombs, the ambassador noted that since the Japanese traditionally lived in straw-thatched houses, they have over time developed the human resource capability required to maintain traditional architecture.

"That's why Japanese architects are here; they have been studying Uganda's re-thatching techniques in order to reconstruct and protect this precious world heritage for the future," he said.

On March 16, 2010, the Kasubi tombs main building was razed by fire and later declared a world heritage site in danger by Unesco. With Japanese partnership, firefighting equipment have been installed in and around the refurbished Muzibu Azaala Mpanga.

In addition, a Japanese team has embarked on training thatchers at Wamala tombs in Wakiso district. Since the incident in 2010, the site has gone through major transformation. A brick perimeter wall has replaced the original reeds fence.

Jonathan Nsubuga, the lead architect, said reconstruction had delayed due to lack of understanding of heritage ethos by the locals. He said some wanted the reconstruction completed within six months without realizing the dangers that would have on its future.

At the moment, the site is ready for thatching and that culturally has to be done by people from the Ngeye clan. According to Kaddu Kiberu, chairman of the reconstruction committee, thatching will start on June 1.

Japan's Shs 1.5bn contribution to this cause involves rehabilitating the other houses at the site, as well as documenting the reconstruction phases which they think will help, in case thekingdom or country wish to build more thatched structures like that.

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Entebbe Town

Entebbe International Airport With a population of 90,500, the majority of Entebbe's residents are civil servants for government ministries. Others make their livelihood through agriculture, fishing, producing consumer goods, or through small-scale industry. The primary languages are English and Lugandan.

Kampala, The Capital City of Uganda

Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is spread over ten hills and derives its name from a kiganda expression "kasozi k'empala, "the hill of antelopes." The origins of the Kampala city go back to 1891 the when Kabaka of Buganda had his court on Rubaga and Mengo hills.

The town that grew up achieved municipal status in 1950 and became a city' in 1962. Today, as you stand on the hills, the City' provides magnificent evergreen trees, gently disrupted by red-tiled villas, green iron-roofed bungalows, as well as taller modern city profiles that give way to attractive views of the surrounding country side and nearby Lake Victoria.

The City has retained its traditional charm, and remains the greenest in Africa. But today Kampala is the heart of Uganda. The centre of commercial life and the seat. of government. It is a vibrant modern metropolis adorned with gardens and parks providing colorful oases for its citizens and visitors alike, Hotel facilities range from the best international hotels, with state-of-the-art conference facilities, to accommodation for the more budget-minded. The broad range of cultures in Uganda is also reflected in the wide choice of restaurants in the City, all featuring the wonderful produce of the fertile country side anid fish-filled lakes.

Jinja Town

Nile Resort Hotel, Jinja Jinja is a major commercial centre and the second largest city in Uganda. It is located 80km east of Kampala and sits on the banks of Lake Victoria at the source of the River Nile.

While primarily an industrial town, Jinja is a good center for exploring this central part of Uganda. Surrounding Jinja is prime agricultural country with extensive plantations of sugar cane and tea.

Nile Resort complex is the most recent addition to the accommodation facilities in Jinja offering excellent ambience right on the source of the Nile.

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