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PHOTOS: How Easter Went Down At Speke Resort Munyonyo

Speke Resort Munyonyo was the place to be through the Easter weekend for hundreds of fun loving Ugandans who thronged the five star lakeside hotel for a memorable moment with family and friends.

Easter celebrations at Speke Resort Munyonyo and sister luxurious hotel, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort kicked off on Thursday by offering guests discounts on accommodation.

Thereafter live music, easter breakfast, a boat cruise and kids parties reigned at the expansive glamourous five start hotel. If you missed this, we share with you these pictures captured, so that you know what you missed and plan for next year.

The Brunch on East Sunday was yummy
The children parties were eye catching

Victoria University To Crown Beauty Queen

The search for the most beautiful female student at Victoria University Kampala at this year’s beauty pageant is on, the guild president office confirmed. Applications from interested students are being accepted and a date for the contest will soon be announced.

The guild president, Maria Peggy Nabunya, told this website that they are looking for a strong, brave, ambitious and beautiful girl able to represents the ideals of today’s woman. Nabunya last year became the first female guild president of the University.

Victoria University is located in the middle of Kampala City, at Victoria Towers on Jinja road, and provides convenience and accessibility to students. The privately owned University has fast become the institution of choice for many aspiring professionals.

The vice chancellor Dr Krishna N. Sharma says the objective of Education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. “We at Victoria University understand the importance of a formal education integrated with real life application.

“Victoria University aims at providing access to higher education which transcends national boundaries and to develop educational opportunities which conform to the highest international standards.

‘At Victoria University, we expect a lot from our students; we have created and continue to invest in an academic environment which will help them succeed. Students benefit directly from a range of learning technologies. Including our virtual learning environment and much more, he explained.

Kabira Country Club In Fresh Exciting Easter Promo

Kabira Country Club a full-service hotel, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala's northern suburb of Bukoto has announced it is offering discounts to its customers this Easter season.

With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Kabira combines gracious hospitality with contemporary style. And now, you can more of it to yourself this Easter season affordably and conveniently.

“Spend a night with us this Easter season at amazing rates starting at as low as $100. Chic, spacious and inviting are some of the simplest terms to describe our amazing rooms, pent house and cottages, said Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club.

All tariffs are exclusive of 18% VAT, 5% Service Charge & $2 Local Hotel Tax (LHT) per night International & Local or American Express credit cards are charged 5%

Kabira Country Club provides the best in luxury accommodation, with 86 suites, apartments & cottages. Furnished with an elegant contemporary style, Kabira is a perfect to call your home for a few days or even long term.

“With our personal mission to delve unparalleled service and experiences, you never have to settle for anything less than extraordinary.” Manniyar added.

Kabira Country Club To Recognize Women

This year’s women’s day, 8th March, 2018, will be a big day for Kabira Country Club and its female customers. Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club believes women should reward their bodies with royalty.

The luxurious hotel is giving women a special treat, as a way of celebrating the Family Makers, Nation Builders, Front Wheelers and Agents of Progress with a full day Spa Gift Package.

“Women’s Day should be a spa treat to all ladies out there, reward your body with the royalty it deserves with our special treat,” the general manager noted.

“Kabira Country Club celebrates you with the perfect day treat to commemorate the International Women's Day. Get a rejuvenating Massage, Salsa Fusion Class, Access to Sauna + Stem Bath and a Goodie Bag at only Shs95, 000.”

Kabira Country Club located in Bukoto is within close proximity of the Central Business District, with convenient access to all parts of the city and essential social amenities, like shopping centers, prime residential and international diplomatic neighborhoods, international schools and the golf course in the heart of the city.

Kabira Country Club Lines Up Easter Carnival

The long awaited Easter weekend is here and you have a chance to make it memorable this year round. Kabira Country Club will on East Sunday stage a fulfilled Easter Carnival also known as the Kabira Easter market.

Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club said the carnival comes with incredible offers on delicatessen, artisan market with over 100 vendors, Entertainment with a live band.

“Let's make your Easter weekend a memory, join us for one in a life time Easter Sunday Market dubbed - The Easter Carnival. Don't miss out.”

“We have plenty of Kids’ activities lined up including face painting, egg painting, egg treasure hunt, full access to the playground fitted jumping castles, swings and more games.”

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Kabira Country Club has all you could possibly need in a modern, comfortable hotel, situated in a wonderful location.

Kabira is known to have East Africa’s most prestigious and well equipped, health, fitness and leisure club. We also stage many events, corporate and social, and a highly acclaimed conference venue, offering exceptional state-of-the-art conference facilities.

With 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities, Kabira Country Club is perfect for a relaxing get away and somewhere to hold a special event, or an impressive venue for a business gathering.

Victoria University Chancellor Launches Autobiography

Dr. Martin Aliker, the reigning chancellor of Victoria University Kampala last week launched his autobiography with a hope that the book would inspire young people and upcoming entrepreneurs to strive for the best and lead honest lives.

The book launched at Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, is titled "The Bell is Ringing,". It recounts his early life growing up in Acholi, northern Uganda, at Kings College Buddo, Makerere University and Birmingham University in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Aliker, now 90 years old, also tells his story as a young dentist and his life as a businessman. In the book, he describes the challenges and successes that he has walked through to date.

Much of this life was spent at Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), a company on whose board he served for 43 years (1962-2005), with several years as the board chairman and a shareholder.

During the process of putting the book together, Dr Aliker’s family hired two different writing experts from the United Kingdom. The first person was the late David Gibbs, who succumbed to cancer in early 2016.

Then the family hired Mr Hugh MaCmillan from the African Studies Centre, Oxford University, who finalized the arrangement of the work and also supervised the printing of the book.

“This is Martin’s story. All I did was to help him tell his story better. I just helped him to put his own words, language and experience together to look good and attractive to the reader,” Mr MaCmillan said.

As chancellor of Victoria University, Dr. Aliker has steered to young privately owned learning institution to greater strength. He has been a source of inspiration together with the University’s proprietor Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.

Dr. Aliker was born in Gulu on October 21, 1928. He is married to Camille Aliker with whom they have children.

Sudhir’s School Gets Beacon Scholarship Partnership

Kampala International School Kampala (KISU) recently announced it had secured partnership with the Beacon Scholarship offered by the Beacon Equity Trust an educational charity founded in 2009, in the UK. KISU is owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, a Ugandan.

“We are delighted to confirm that we have finalized arrangements to partner with The Beacon Scholarship. Through this partnership we will be able to make the full KISU experience available to deserving scholars who might not otherwise have been able to afford a world-class international school education,” KISU said in a statement.

On their part, Beacon Equity Trust (BET) Trustees expressed their pleasure to ‘announce an expansion of the Beacon Programme into Uganda’ with the signing of Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) as a Partner Beacon School.

In a statement, Beacon Equity Trust (BET) Trustees revealed that KISU joins 12 other top secondary schools in the East African region (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to offer The Beacon Scholarship for Schools.

“The intention of The Beacon Scholarship is to enable especially gifted children to obtain a high quality education at a Beacon School which their parents would otherwise be unable to afford, and which will eventually enable them to attain leadership positions in their home country.

‘The addition of this top school at secondary level in Uganda continues BET's strategy of building and broadening a vertical platform for developing future leaders. In addition to secondary schools, BET has partnerships to enable entry into five leading international universities via The Beacon Scholarship for University.

Kampala International School Kampala is currently recruiting students for this academic year. "Our mission is to try to guide and support you through the process of applying for places at our school for your child/children as smoothly and supportively as possible.

“We are accustomed to fielding queries from, and supporting, families from all over the world and with all kinds of different needs so please don’t hesitate to ask for any kind of help or information; we are pretty sure we will be able to help.” KISU said.

How Sudhir Ruparelia Transformed Real Estate Business In Uganda

Through the year, the real estate and property developing has been a messy adventure but not for one of Uganda’s most successful entrepreneur – Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia. His business astuteness has turned everything he touched into gold.

Ruparelia has himself a name as the biggest landlord in Uganda because of the various properties he owns especially in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. It is rumored that he has over 300 properties, many of which have been developed by his Meera Investments.

His real estate firm Crane Management Services has been instrumental in helping the businessman acquire these properties. Through Crane Management Services, Ruparelia has been a game changer in the real estate business.

In a 2012 interview with Mfonobong Nsehe of Forbes Magazine, Ruparelia reveals that with profits earned from his forex business he started buying up chunks of undeveloped land and dilapidated residential and commercial structures in the largely undeveloped Central Business District of Kampala and in leafy suburbs at bargain prices.

“There are properties I acquired between 1984 and 1991 for $50,000. They are worth $12 million today,” Ruparelia told Forbes. He further revealed that he often earned back the purchase price after just four years of renting out properties.

With the rental income and his thriving forex business, Ruparelia continued to acquire more properties at low prices. He has never stopped. Actually many real estate dealers look upto him. He is a trendsetter of sorts. He owns a property almost on every street in Kampala.    

From five star hotels, high end apartments, low budget hotels to shopping arcades in downtown Kampala, Ruparelia got it all. He was once valued to be worth $1.1bn with over 50 percent of his worth coming from his properties.

Speaking to journalists while launching one of his properties, Ruparelia claimed he is on a mission to modernize Kampala. His properties exude class and elegance – it doesn’t matter if they are apartments in Kololo or an arcade on Market street downtown.

In so doing, he has created jobs for thousands of Ugandans. He has given a place to put their business as a landlord.

Both Crane Management and Meera Investments have built a reputation with their innovative ideas in real estate, particularly in property development and construction, throughout Kampala, Uganda.

"Crane Management Services was initiated with the sole purpose of providing a lasting Real Estate solution aimed at making all stakeholders happy through providing quality residential, commercial (retail, official, and apartments), and industrial space." Ruparelia once said.

Classy Sudhir Brings World Class Education To Uganda

There was a time in Uganda when if someone needed top quality education of an international nature had to fly out of the country and head to Europe, USA or India.

Flying to another country was an expensive venture which was a preserve for the rich and famous. Underprivileged parents had to do with local schools.

However the lack of international schools in the country presented opportunities to business minded people like Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.

Under his Ruparelia Group, Sudhir has heavily invested and improved Uganda’s education sector. He has set up internationally recognized elementary, primary, secondary schools and a university.

Sudhir’s venture in education business started in 1993 when Kabira International School of Uganda (now Kampala International School Uganda) opened its doors in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.

Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) began life as a small primary school with a curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England for the Primary School through Year-9 in the Secondary School.

After that, students study for the internationally recognized Cambridge IGCSE (examined in Y11) and IB Diploma (examined in Y13).

The curriculum ensures that rigorous educational standards are maintained and that progression of educational experience is monitored.

Today KISU offers a holistic international education to over 600 students from over 60 nationalities ranging in age between 2 and 20 years.

The school boasts of world class facilities including an 8-lane swimming pool, indoor sports centre, auditorium, outdoor theatre, amphitheatre, 3 IT labs, 2 libraries and 5 acres of wonderful, green playing fields.

There are specialist teaching areas for Science, Art, Design Technology, Music and Food Technology and all classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards.

KISU has grown from being a small primary school to become one of Uganda's largest and most modern international schools with a curriculum fully supported by the Department of Education in England.

With KISU succeeding, another opportunity for Sudhir to invest in the evolving education sector presented itself in the form Kampala Parents School.

Kampala Parent’s was started in 1975 by Edward Kasole Bwerere, a former Member of Parliament for Buwekula Country in Mubende district.

Bwerere in 2004 sold the school to Sudhir whoo would later reinvest in the school and turn it into a gem it is today. While the school follows a local curriculum, the school operates at an international standard.

The school has spacious classrooms, two well stocked school libraries, computer rooms with smart boards, a dining hall, art rooms, swimming pool, basketball court, play field, a well stocked sick bay, modern kitchen, amphi theater among others.

The school is a star performer in national exams and co-curricular activities like sports and music. The school emerged the second best in Kampala in the 2017 PLE national exams.

In 2015, Sudhir acquired Delhi Public School International in a move that further enlarged his investment portfolio in the education sector. Sudhir said he responding to a need because 15,000 students were leaving Uganda to go to India for studies.

Delhi Public School International neighbors Kampala Parents School in the leafy Naguru suburbs. The school offers the CBSE curriculum of India. Sudhir explained that there were committed to helping the Government and Ugandan people to have quality education.

“Wherever any country has good education, it directly helps its economic growth.” He said.

Earlier, in 2013, Sudhir had bought Victoria University from Edulink Holdings Limited, a UK organization. Ever since, the University’s star continues to shine. The Jinja road based university now has four faculties and state of the art facilities.

Victoria University offers an ample alternative to people who miss out on public universities and those who want quality university education. Sudhir is currently offering free bursaries to need students. The University offers courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Five Unbeatable Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals

With just hours to the big day, it is not yet late for you to draft a life changing Valentine’s Day progie for your loved ones. Valentine’s Day is a time to extend your heart to the person you so much love.

Therefore it is only fair that the valentine day treat is intimate and personal. In this article we compile five intimate dinner dates scheduled in some of Kampala luxurious and iconic hotels and restaurants. These dinner dates exude class, romance and affection.

Love Cruise at Speke Resort

Speke Resort Munyonyo is organizing what they have called the Love Cruise on the Sundowner Love boat. Fall in love again this Valentine’s Day and complete your perfect evening with a 4-course menu at the most romantic 3 hours love cruise.

The offer comes with welcome champagne, a rose flower for the ladies, good ambiance and serenading romantic music for only Shs150, 000 per person.

Speke Resort & Conference, conveniently located only 12 km from the centre of Kampala Centre, offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities

For Bookings: +256752711850 / +256752711865


Classic Valentine At La Cabana

La Cabana Restaurant at Speke Apartments on Wampewo is offering the exotic touch and feel any couple needs without leaving the country. La Cabana Restaurant is a 200 cover multi-cuisine bar and restaurant serving Brazilian, Continental and Indian cuisines. And this Valentine Day, they have everything for everyone.

La Cabana Restaurant if offering what they have called Valentine classic at Shs180,000 – this includes; starter to share, bottle of wine, Brazilian churrasco (6cuts) and desert and Valentine Premium at Shs230,000 includes; starter to share, bottle of wine, Brazilian churrasco (8cuts), Special prawns and desert.

Cottage Love At Forest Cottages

You can book a romantic dinner table for two this Valentine Day at Forest Cottages at Shs90,000 and offer your lover a perfect treat. The offer comes with two complementary glasses of wine.

Forest Cottages, located just after Kabira Country Club, Opp Kenjoy Supermarket , Naguru Hill Bukoto, Kampala, are brilliantly designed luxury cottages set in a peaceful, African forest feature.At Forest Cottages, you feel the touch of nature in a comfortable surroundings.

Call 0752711746 to book a table

Cupid At Kabira Country Club

Kabira Country Club is looking beyond just the Valentine’s Day D-Day – stretching the celebrations of love through the week. You can win a date for two at the Friday Mongolian Night this Valentine's weekend.

To win, simply share a short story (with a picture) or video of how you and your loved one met using #CupidAtKabira hashtag on social media platforms. The raffle draw to select the lucky winners is 13th of Feb, 2018.

Kabira Country Club is a full-service hotel, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala's northern suburb of Bukoto. With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Kabira combines gracious hospitality with contemporary style.

Perfect Valentines Dinner At Dolphin Suites

Dolphin Suites have the perfect merriment for all lovers; a 3 course dinner for two at only Shs120, 000. Located only five minutes from the city centre, Dolphin Suites is a well-planned easily accessible hotel with an expansive array of facilities and services that will surely grant you an unforgettable, blissful stay.

Enjoy a quiet moment to yourself in the secure private grounds, relaxing by the pool or visiting our health club — complete with gym, sauna and steam room — before enjoying a delicious meal in the restaurant with fully stocked bar.

Reserve a table, call +256 752 711 277

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