Ugandan tourism shouldn’t toss but place the dice

From the recent excursions we had I bring you an exciting story about my experience. The Ewaffe cultural village experience was a great one but my mind is always looking at beauty out of what people see as ash. From the heart of Uganda, Kampala capital city, one that has been trending for bad roads, flooding streets, impenetrable street-side-pavement vendors and congestion comes as highest score on the tourism dice.

Heritage tourism should be our highest score on the dice, but it isn’t simply because all we do is toss the dice. And this is not actually a problem of ignorance but miss education. From my whole secondary life no one told me that the Kampala monuments would be a great tourist attraction, that hearing stories told while seated beneath at the feet of the tall pieces of sculptures and beside the artifacts would be so fan. like I wrote earlier, it takes the whole country men to tell about the beauty of Uganda and this Kampala monument walk got me appreciate my ignorance about Kampala but also honour the priceless knowledge of people who have pioneered to boost the seemingly new idea in tourism one of them being Mr. Lujja. (Appology for wrong spelling).

The reason we ought to treasure the city heritage sites is because they are unique to our country and touring such sites resolves the identity crisis. Upon visiting the independence monument, I kept on imagining the day it was when they unveiled the monument to the celebrating multitudes. My heart skipped a beat and then I kept wondering how I am deeply connected to this very cause of freedom. And the real question of whether we are truly independent or not kept ringing in my head. Somehow your African spirit is restored and a patriotic spirit is birthed within this hours’ tour. You can’t get such an experience from any other place in this world. So that is why Heritage tourism will still be my score six on the tourism dice. Just another here for you; there is a monument of an Indian man called Nanji Khalidas Mehta who left his country and became the reason why Uganda has sugar crystals on the table. That aside his mind for entrepreneurship was so outstanding. I am talking about colonial times, the Ugandan Industrial revolution. How could one who came as a trader have such ideas of expanding the business to a sugar factory, cotton, and vegetable growing among others. For that reason the British government awarded him an M.B.E for his hard work. There is a lot to learn on how such people have built life in Uganda and how best we can learn from their business thriving lifestyles and their aggressiveness to travel and live the comfort zones. This is what I mean by having a natural experience and moment of motivation that you wouldn’t catch if you are still reading stories of Kampala’s bad roads.

You can have as many wild tours as you might dictate and I guarantee you they will be thrilling but the memories of the Kampala monument Tour are far way incomparable. What if I told you that in a three to four hours tour you will hardly notice any pothole, would you believe it? What if told you that you could still walk through the congested people in down town and instead appreciate the business ideas of small start-ups hardly feeling unsafe and discomforted would you believe it? This is why we need amazing people to change the story. We were so excited about every story and always anticipating for the next one that we forgot all the thorns the rose

flower bears. Another quick one is the fact that the newly renovated Nakivubo stadium was built in honour of the word war veterans. Can you imagine, they must have taken very many of our own and I am sure they delivered because that is a huge one a reward! Nevertheless with all the beauty in hearing these stories some will make you sad or even cry. But that will be for another time.

Another indigenous story about a king of Buganda kingdom who happened to make himself not a swimming pool but a lake. Yes a man-made lake in Uganda constructed using hoes and hands by the 52 clans of Buganda and I am talking about 1885-1888. And to my surprise it is the biggest handmade lake on Earth covering an area of 1.8 square kilometers and it wasn’t done yet before he was exiled, He had plans to expand it. Now the beauty of it all is that it is a habitat to lots of fauna and flora. Upon visiting, the sites of a population of white egrets, the crested crane among other birds will be a source of peace. Now the whole point is that this is a very important conservation idea and this site needs to be protected however on a sad note due to construction in wetlands a lot of silt is reclaiming the part of the lake. Tell me where else in the world will you here such an idea or be inspired to create one of your own. By the way the lake is a fishing ground too that feeds multiple families of fishermen. And all this unveils the beauty of Uganda and the potential this land and culture has placed on your table of business ideas.

Ugandans ought to place the dice right and not simply toss the dice hoping one day they will score a six. We have to come to agreement that heritage tourism is the six digit on the dice of tourism and actually the future of tourism. We won’t be miss directing tourists about another Kenya game park like experience but a real feel of Ugandan experience. For example what is that one thing that gives someone a feel of France? Of course the tower in Paris. How about Uganda? Don’t say mountain Gorilla they will think you were in Rwanda.

UGANDA UNCOVERED: Kampala Monument Tour.