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Uganda wildlife Educational Centre(UWEC) PDF Print E-mail

UWEC EntranceThe Entebbe Zoo, lovingly referred to as “UWEC” was established in 1952. A massive 72 acres in size, this lush, sprawling zoo gives extended room to its animals, butterflies and birds species. In fact, the zoo is largely green in design, consisting of 3 separate ecological areas— The Wetland, The Savannah and The Forest all designed to mimic natural habitats. The zoo is dedicated to quality, sustainable enclosures for its population and intimate one-on-one encounters with the animals to educate on the importance of natural preservation for optimal spotting of the inhabitants. This zoo boasts some truly unique exhibits—such as lions, elephants, hyenas, leopard, rhinos plus enclosures for numerous endangered birds like shoe bill and other species.

History
The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) was opened in 1952 by the colonial government as a reception center for wild animals that were found as casualties (sick, injured, orphaned or/and confiscated from illegal trade). Under the authority of the Game Department, an animal orphanage was created in 1956, to hand raise the orphaned animals received through the Game Department. With time, this collection became bigger, generating a great interest from the public in the animals. This then prompted the creation and development of a National Zoo in 1962, in which even non-indigenous species like bears and tigers were kept.

Unfortunately, the political turmoil in the 1970’s and inadequate government funding led to serious breakdown of infrastructure and loss of valuable animals. It continued run down until the early 90′s when the government of Uganda recognized the need to set up an institution that would provide leadership in educating Ugandans about the benefits of conserving the country’s biodiversity. A development study was then done by the New York Zoological society, which recommended that the Zoo be transformed into a facility forUganda Crested Crane environmental education and tourism, one of the kingpins of the recovery process that the country was going through.

On May 5, 1994 Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) was born and has since grown to be one of the most respected conservation education institutions in Africa and beyond, for successfully carrying out its mandates to educate Ugandans on the importance of conserving the country’s biodiversity, to rescue and rehabilitate injured, orphaned and/or confiscated wildlife and to breed endangered wildlife species in captivity with an aim of re-introducing them back in the wild.

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Sourrce of the Nile PDF Print E-mail

 

Cost :10,000 UGX

Source of the Nile

The Nile River has its source high in Lake Victoria in east central Africa. As it heads north, it flows into Sudan where it meets the Blue Nile at Khartoum, which comes from Ethiopian highlands-a major tributary that eventually continues to flow northwards into Egypt and on to the Mediterranean Sea.

For the last century the length of Nile Rivers have been in a tight battle with river Amazon for title of world's longest river but the exact length of the two rivers varies over time and reputable sources disagree as to their actual length. The Nile River in Africa is reported to be anywhere from at 5,499km/3,437mi to 6,690km/4,180mi long. But there is no question as to which of the two great rivers carries the greater volume of water - the Amazon River. The Nile gets its name from the Greek word "Nelios", meaning River Valley and is the greatest river in the world by so many measures; the volume of water it carries to the sea, the area of land that drains into it, and its length and width. It is the world’s longest river, depending upon who you talk to; it traverses more than 6695 kilometers and extending for more than 3 million square kilometers.

The Nile River is not only the greatest in the world; it is home to many other "extremes" Nile crocodiles: one of the largest crocodile species in the world of the natural world. Have you ever seen a catfish? They're usually found in warm, slow moving waters of lakes and streams, and some people keep them as pets in aquariums. Catfish are pretty creepy looking fish with big flat heads and "whiskers" on either side of their heads (hence the name, catfish).

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Namugongo Martyrs Shrine PDF Print E-mail

Cost : 5,000 UGX

The shrine had its start in the late 1967 and the cornerstone was laid and blessed on 3rd June 1975 by the special Papal envoy, His Eminence Sergio Cardinal Pignedoli. Lying 15 kilometers east of Kampala off Jinja Road, Namugongo was formerly a place of execution of all people who committed grave offences in the kingdom of Buganda. It is here that 14 of the 22 Uganda Martyrs offered their life to Christ (burnt alive), on the orders of king Mwanga in 1886, having refused to denounce their Christian faith. Following the holocaust of these Martyrs which reached a climax on 3rd June, 1886 Namugongo has steadily taken on the image of attraction as a place of pilgrimage, as God simultaneously has honored them before Believers.

The Uganda Martyrs' Shrine is a Minor Basilica for a Catholic church dedicated to the Martyrs of Uganda who shed their blood because of the Christian faith. They share a common bond inspired by the life and values of Uganda Martyrs. Together we give glory to God through living the values which were so dear to Uganda martyrs: Love for the Eucharist; knowledge of Scripture; reconciliation and penance as part of the Christian journey and opportunities for Christian giving.

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The Bahai Temple PDF Print E-mail

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Bahai Temple  Uganda

In recognition of the spiritual nature of humanity - and the importance of prayer, meditation and reflection in achieving it - Bahá'í temples, also known as Houses of Worship, have been established in different parts of the world and are open to all peoples for that purpose. Located on Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of Kampala, Bahai Temple is a quiet and serenity place of Worship that reflects the spiritual truths of the Baha'i Faith: The oneness of God, the oneness of humanity and the oneness of religion. Like all Baha'i Houses of Worship, the temple in Uganda is circular in shape, has nine sides and is surrounded by exquisite gardens.

One of only eight in the world, the Baha'i' House of Worship of Uganda is a place of prayer and meditation open to peoples of all backgrounds. Since its dedication in 1962 it has received thousands of visitors from all points of the globe. With nine symmetrical sides and entrances, the distinctive architecture of the House of Worship embodies grace and beauty.  The House of Worship raises out of carefully maintained prayer gardens, which are host to more than 60 species of flowers, plants, and trees all native to Uganda. Interspersed with footpaths and bridges, the gardens can be the scene for personal reflection, or simply a stroll through the natural beauty of Uganda.

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Reptile Village in Entebbe PDF Print E-mail

Cat eyed Reptile

 

Cost: 15,000 UGX

Stroll through our garden oasis of colorful blooms, lush vegetation, and well manicured lawns you may even get the rare opportunity to have an up close and personal animal encounter with one of our snakes, our crocodiles, or any of our other photogenic creatures.
Here at Reptile village we provide a very unique opportunity to handle snakes, touch tortoises, and get up close and personal with other featured animals. We have the most extensive collection of reptiles on display that you will find in east Africa including the Baboon Viper, Forest Cobra, Mamba, Africa Rock Python, Nile Monitor Lizard, Nile crocodile, Tortoise, and Jackson’s Chameleon. When you arrive you can expect to be greeted by our friendly reptile village keepers who will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. Be prepared to have fun and enjoy quality time with these magnificent creatures.

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National Museum of Uganda PDF Print E-mail

Ugand Museum

Established in 1908 at Fort Lugard in old Kampala to conserve, promote, interpret Uganda’s cultural and natural heritage through research collections and documentation, the Uganda National Museum is the oldest, most prestigious for art and history and the largest museum in East Africa. The current building on Kira road was constructed in 1954 and all artifacts were transferred.

The museum has collections exceeding one million specimens focusing on ancient Ugandan playable musical instruments, hunting equipment, science, weaponry, traditional culture, archaeology and entomology. There’s a fantastic fossil display including the remains of a Napak rhino, a species that became extinct 8 million years ago. It regularly presents performances of traditional music.

The Uganda Museum is situated five kilometers away from the heart of Kampala city. The urge to collect things of beauty and significance goes deep into history. Museums not only exhibit but also safeguard these art objects for future generation. There’s plenty to catch your interest here and enjoy along the way.

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Additional sites PDF Print E-mail

a)    Places of worship
Lubaga
Namirembe
Gadafi Mosque

b)    Craft Centers
National theatre
Africana Village Buganda Road  
Nommo Gallery

c)    Kampala Night Life
Carnival gardens
Rock gardens
Ange Noir Night club
Club silk
Rouge Lounge
Centenary Barbeque Lounge

d)    Botanical gardens
Entebbe botanical garden

e)    Casinos
Kampala Casino
The Pyramids
Taj Mahal Hotel and casino
Kings Casino
Simba Casino

f)    Shopping Centers
Nakumatt  and Oasis Mall
Game
Forest mall
Garden City shopping mall

g)    Banks include:
Bank of Uganda
Standard Chartered Bank
Stanbic Bank
Barclays Bank
Bank of Baroda
Bank of Africa
Orient Bank Limited
Citibank
Cairo International Bank
Crane Bank
KCB Bank
Eco Bank

h)    Hospitals include:
Mulago National Referral Hospital
International Hospital Kampala
Nakasero Hospital
Case Medical Center
Nsambya Hospital
Mengo Hospital
Rubaga Hospital
These provide emergency services as well

 



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Traders advised to shift focus on regional trade

Munyonyo

Uganda is now prepared to increase trade with the continent’s regional blocs after it became apparent that it can reap just as much or even more from regional intra-trade than with its traditional trade partners in the EU and the Asian markets.

The Trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde said she is committed to ensuring that Uganda fully takes advantage of regional intra-trade through provision of inducement.

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Comesa political federation is unrealistic, says Museveni

President Museveni has discouraged a political integration at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) level, saying it is “unrealistic”.

According to the President, it does not make sense for the 19 Comesa members to federate politically.
“At the EAC (East African Community) we are doing the economic integration and then move to a political federation. But for Comesa, it should be economic integration because political federation is unrealistic,” he said.

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Museveni asks Comesa to focus on intra-trade

President Museveni has advised the Comesa member states to shift to intra-regional and local trade. Speaking at the closure of the Comesa meeting in Kampala on Friday, President Museveni said: “The problem is not the market, but the entrepreneurs to take up the opportunities available.”

According to President Musveni, Uganda’s growth was halted by conflicts that peaked during the 1970s with the expulsion of Indians who were the drivers of the economy.

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COMESA pushes for joint infrastructure projects

By Raymond Baguma & Samuel Sanya

Member states of the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) have resolved to fast-track the implementation of joint infrastructure projects in railways, energy, roads and ICT to boost regional development.

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COMESA gets new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)

COMESA now has a new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes). Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget has been sworn in. Dr. Cheluget before his appointment was Kenya's Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi.

 
COMESA summit opens in Kampala

By Raymond Baguma

The African heads of state meeting in Kampala is today expected to adopt a report on regional trade, arising out of a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

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The Summit Opens

Presidents Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Joyce Banda(Malawi) are in the Summit at Munyonyo.

Uganda will be the chair,DR Congo - vice chair and Malawi - Rapporteur.

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Optimism as Uganda joins Comesa’s free trade zone

Kampala

The eighth Comesa Business Forum closed yesterday November 21st 2012, leaving behind both the good and bad news. The good news is that Uganda is now a member of the Comesa Free Trade Area (FTA) and the bad news is that — depending on how Uganda plays the ball - it could end up as a dumping ground for regional products.

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Peace and security paramount to achieve Comesa objectives: Amama Mbabazi

Peace and security amongst Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states and with our neighbours is paramount to achieving all other objectives.

This was Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s message at the opening of the 31st COMESA Council of Ministers meeting going on in Kampala.

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Comesa Business gurus meet Tuesday to discuss role of SMEs

Comesa businessmen are converging today Tuesday 20th November 2012 in Kampala to discuss how to promote small and medium enterprises development in the region. The 8th business forum under the theme: ‘Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development; Seizing opportunities for Innovation and Prosperity in Business’ will take place at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo.

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COMESA deal to boost exports

By David Mugabe

The private sector has lauded the Government for ratifying the COMESA free trade area, saying it will open huge markets for the country.

The Private Sector Foundation boss Gideon Badagawa described the decision as a good development for trade and investments.

“Now that the Government has pronounced itself, we will go full scale to sensitise our members,” said Badagawa over the weekend. Cabinet last week approved a recommendation by the minister of trade for Uganda to join the COMESA free trade area (FTA).

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Six presidents for Kampala COMESA mee

By David Mugabe

Six presidents have confirmed participation in next week's COMESA heads of state summit to be held on November 23, 2012 in Kampala.

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Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee

Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee will be starting today 15th November 2012 at 9:00 AM (GMT+3)

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Uganda to sign Comesa free trade area treaty

Uganda will ratify the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) free trade area, according to Mr Mr Gerald Sendaula, the chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

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Uganda assumes COMESA leadership

By David Mugabe

Later this week, Uganda will assume the chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a development that trade experts believe will bring huge benefits to the country.

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COMESA 2012 Summit Kicks Off!

The COMESA 2012 Summit has kicked off with the 14th COMESA Meeting of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee  at Munyonyo Resort today 13th November 2012. The meeting is to be attended by delegates from Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 
Media Breakfast on 8th November - Imperial Royale

There will be a media briefing Breakfast on the progress and preparations of the COMESA 2012 Summit at Imperial Royale Hotel on 8th November 2012. Be there.

 
16th Summit launched in Uganda

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives in the Government of Uganda, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 held a press briefing in order to launch the country’s hosting of this year’s Summit to the media. At the briefing hon. Kyambadde said that Uganda is a founder member of the PTA in 1982, and that the Treaty transforming the PTA to COMESA was signed in Kampala on 05 November 1993.

“Uganda agreed to host the Summit this year, and it shall take place at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo on 23-24 November 2012 alongside various Policy Organs’ meetings that commence on 13 November 2012.”

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