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Landmarks That Define Uganda’s Capital Kampala

 

Kampala being the capital city of Uganda is not really the destination most tourists aim for when they visit the country, but it has many beautiful gems that are scattered all over the hills that surround the city. Like in most cities when visiting for the first time, you will need a tour guide to take you around the city. So here are some of Jovago’s most recommended places to visit around Kampala.

The Baha’i Temple

Located up the beautiful green hill of Kikaaya, the temple is a calming and peaceful place to visit. You can get a taxi from the old taxi park in the city center that can drop you right at the entrance of the Temple, you could also use a cab or a boda boda (motorbike) when travelling there. 

Kasubi Tombs

In Kasubi up the drive on Masiro road, is the final sleeping place of some of the Sekabakas (Kings) of the Buganda Kingdom. It is a place rich in history for one of the biggest kingdoms in Uganda and provides a bigger understanding of how the people lived at that time. It is important to note that ladies have to carry wrappers if they are wearing trousers or they will be availed at the site. 

Namirembe Cathedral

With a full view of the rest of the city, Saint Paul Cathedral in Namirembe is a sight to behold. It serves as the main office of the protestants and is the oldest church structure in Uganda, built in 1919. With beautiful architecture that is reminiscent of the 19th century, the church looks like a guardian angel watching over the city.

Owino Market

Owino is located in the city center on the lower side of the city next to Nakivubo stadium, it is the biggest market in Kampala and the best for an ardent shopper looking for unique pieces around Kampala. You have to be good at haggling to get something at a fair price.  

Gaddafi Mosque

Also known as the Uganda National Mosque, it is the largest mosque in Uganda and can accommodate over 15,000 people. It was commissioned in 2006 by the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya as a gift to the Muslim faithfuls in Uganda. The mosque is currently the head office of the Uganda Muslim Council.

Lubiri Palace

The palace located in Mengo is the official royal headquarters of the Buganda kingdom where the royal throne sits, the original palace was destroyed in 1966 during a power struggle between the then Prime Minister Milton Obote and Kabaka Muteesa who was the President of Uganda at that time. As with all the cultural landmarks in Uganda, you are advised to adhere by the cultural demands of decency and respect. 

Lake Victoria

Located in the South of the city, Lake Victoria is a vast water body that covers three East African countries; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. The lake is also the biggest of its kind in Africa with many islands that are filled with beautiful lodges and hotels. 

About Jovago

Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service with offices in Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal) founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as its investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

 

 

 

Ethiopian Cement Company Signs Up For Renewable Energy

 

The Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a subsidiary of Qalaa Holdings’ Tawazon, announced signing of a US$ 50 million, five-year contract with Ethiopia’s Messebo Cement to supply 100,000 tons of biomass annually. The biomass will be used as a source of energy to replace coal.

As stipulated by the agreement between the two companies, ECARU will be the technology and service provider responsible for collecting, transporting and processing local Biomass that will be converted to environmentally-friendly alternative solid fuel.

“Biomass is a renewable, carbon neutral energy source that comes from agricultural residues that would otherwise be openly burned. This waste to energy solution for heavy industries such as cement manufacturing, is beneficial on multiple fronts. It helps nations solve their Biomass challenges, it reduces emissions that come from burning fossil fuels such as fuel oil, natural gas and coal, and it is a more cost-efficient and sustainable source of energy,” said Dr.HishamSherif, CEO of ENTAG/ECARU.

“Today we are exceptionally proud to be able to transfer our knowledge and years of experience to the countries of sub-Saharan Africa where Biomass as a source of renewable energy has been largely untapped,” he adds. ECARU has been supplying alternative Solid fuel, Biomass, as a source of energy to Egypt’s leading cement companies for the past five years.

The contract with Messebo Cement, which is located in Mekelle, 780 km from Addis Ababa with a production capacity of 2 million tons of cement per annum, is renewable beyond the stipulated five-year time period under the same terms and conditions.

Tawazon, Qalaa Holdings’ subsidiary company for investment in the regional solid waste management industry, controls two companies: the Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a solid waste management service provider, and Engineering Tasks Group (ENTAG), a solid waste management technology provider. Together, these two companies form a leading waste management enterprise with extensive operations in Egypt and an international project book in Oman, Malaysia, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Syria.

Qalaa Holdings has invested in Tawazon as part of its energy portfolio which also includes TAQA Arabia, Egypt’s largest private sector energy distribution company and the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), a US$ 3.7 billion refinery, Egypt’s largest in-progress, private sector mega project.

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Speke Resort Munyonyo Voted Best Hotel At Tourism Awards

 

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo emerged as the Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel in Uganda fending off competition from Sheraton Hotel, Serena Hotel and Imperial Royale Hotel.

The award came at the inaugural Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards which took place at Hotel Africana on Friday. The awards recognized individuals and personalities in the tourism sector.

Speaking upon receiving the award, Greg Petzer, the General Manager of Speke Resort Munyonyo, said it was a great honor to be recognized as hotel with the best services and standards in the whole country.

He said they will continue reviewing standards to meet the market needs and make Uganda the best tourism destination. “We are extremely proud for the recognition,” he acknowledged.

“As a team, we work very hard to meet the expectations of our quests. By winning this award it means we are doing something right but we are not going to seat on our laurels; instead we are going to work extra hard and continue being the best.” Petzer said in an interview.

Speke Resort Munyonyo is a 5 star hotel located 12 km from Uganda's capital Kampala. The hotel offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities, the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa.

The Resort has 59 Presidential suites with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan décor, furnishings, cottages, apartments and studio rooms. The hotel has a total of 335 rooms.

Speke Resort Munyonyo was built in 2001 and accommodated the visiting Presidents and Prime Ministers at the 2007 Commonwealth Conference (CHOGM).

The judges’ choice was based on a number of factors but most notably the nominee’s contribution to promoting Uganda as a top tourist destination, promote domestic tourism and professionalism.

Other winners

Best tourism blog/magazine

  • Pearl guide

Best supporting tourism photographer

  • Natty dread king

Best travel t.v show

  • Uganda ekkula. (Bukkede t.v)

Best traditional dance troupe

  • Ndeere troupe

Best tourism promotional song

  • Bwojo-Nichoe Kitone.

Best traditional cuisine restaurant

  • Baguma restaurant.

Best cultural center

  • Uganda national cultural centre

Best tourism training center

  • Uganda hotel & tourism training institute. (Jinja)

Best tourism youth initiative

  • Wildlife clubs of uganda

Private wildlife conservation center

  • Kavumba recreation center - Wakiso.

Best tourism initiative

  • Miss tourism pageant.

Best eco-resort

  • Budongo eco-lodge

Most active tourism cluster

  • Busoga tourism initiative.

Best institutional museum and antique center

  • Kikonyogo money museum.

Best community museums/antique center

  • Igongo museum.

Best supporting television

  • UBC

Best supporting corporate company.

  • Madhvani/ marasa africa

Best supporting airlines (business class)

  • Brussels airlines

Best supporting airlines (economy class)

  • Ethiopian airways.

Best tourism role model

  • Amos Wekesa

Most user friendly tourism association

  • U.H.O.A

Tourism event of the year

  • Pope’s visit.

Best supporting hotel

  • Serena hotel

Best service/luxury standard hotel

  • Speke resort /common wealth Munyonyo

Best tourism investor

  • Ruparelia group.

Outstanding tourism achiever?  

  • Amos Wekesa

Mining Expos To Expose East Africa’s Potential

 

The global mining fraternity will later this year descend on East Africa to see what the region has to offer in terms of natural resources and what can be done in terms of exploration, production and mineral trade.

The Minexpo Africa is holding two high level mining expos, one in Kenya and another in Tanzania to expose the region to the world as a budding investment destination.

Minexpo Africa Kenya and Minexpo Africa Tanzania will take place 10 - 12 June, 2016, at The Dome,Nairobi - Kenya and on 02 - 04 July, 2016 at Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar-es-Salaam respectively.

The expos, taking two days each, will showcase some of the latest technology in the mining & processing of minerals, earthmoving, safety equipment and much more that can be used in industry within the region.  

Tanzania's mining industry is expected to reach $1.28 billion in 2015 according to a study by Business Monitor International (BMI). This means the country needs ample preparations, technology, know-how to handle the boom.

The country is the 4th largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa, Ghana and Mali. Gold production currently stands at roughly 40 tonnes a year, copper at 2980 tonnes, silver at 10 tonnes and diamond at 112670 carats.

In total the mining sector contributes 2.8% to GDP each year but this could rise considerably in future years, with Business Monitor International (BMI) forecasting average annual growth in the sector of 7.7% between 2011 and 2016. BMI also predict a doubling in value of the sector between 2010 and 2016, from US$0.64bn to US$1.28bn.

Minerals that have been identified in Tanzania include gold, iron ore, nickel, copper, cobalt, silver, diamond, tanzanite, ruby, garnet, limestone, soda ash, gypsum, salt, phosphate, coal, uranium, gravel, sand and dimension stones. Read more about Tanzania.

The Minexpo Africa is the only show with the widest range of the latest technology in the mining & processing of minerals Industry. The events will satisfy the expectations of clients to the mining companies. Latest technology and machinery from the areas of mineral extraction, earthmoving, safety equipment and much more, are presented.

The exhibition provides a common platform for both local and international exhibitors, professionals, buyers and delegates who share a common outlook in the industry. Mining is one of the core sectors that drives growth in the East African continent in terms of infrastructure and economy.

Not only does it contribute to GDP, but acts as a catalyst for the growth in other industries such as constructions, power & energy and industrialization.

The future of the mining sector in Africa lies in laying emphasis on scientific mining so that state of the art technology & machinery is used for exploration, efficiency and safe mining practices.

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