Crane Management Services Completes Another Housing Projects

Crane Management Services (CMS), a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, has finalized construction works of yet another scintillating housing project in plush Kitante, a Kampala suburb. The Speke Apartments Kitante are fully furnished, serviced and luxurious.

The apartments are located in a secure, quiet and clean, minutes away from Uganda national museum and close to British high commission. Speke Apartments Kitante specializes in self - catering apartments for family, corporates, leisure and travelers who visit Kampala for short or long term stay.

“Our two and three bedroom apartments balance the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury rooms,” CMS, the leading Real Estate company in Uganda, said.

The apartments are now available for letting for as long as a customer wishes. Accommodation daily rates for one bedroom apartment is $130 and $2,000 monthly. A two bedroom apartment goes for $160 daily and $2,500 monthly. A two bedroom superior apartment goes for $180 daily and $2,800 monthly.

Room amenities include; 1 & 2 Bedroom Fully Furnished & Serviced Apartments, total of 83 Apartments Built to British Standards, Fully Fitted Kitchen, Double Glazed Sound Proofed Windows, LED Flat Screen TV’s With Customized Set of Channels, Complimentary High Speed Wifi Internet, Air Conditioned, Restaurant & Bar (Upcoming), Ample Parking Space, 24 Hour Security, Health Club access at Kabira Country Club and Speke Apartments Wampewo.

Forest Cottages: A Forest In The Heart Of Kampala City

Domestic tourism has in the past months received much attention from stakeholders. Campaigns have been set up by various promoters of domestic tourism promoters.   

Most times, these campaigns aim at taking people out of the city to go and consume the wildlife. The green natural scenery, clean air, singing birds, unique animals and peace in the wild is soothing.

Yet we all can’t go upcountry to have firsthand wildlife experience, Forest Cottages, located at Plot 17/18, Naguru Hill, Old Kira Road, in Bukoto, Kampala offers a surprisingly similar experience.

Nestled in deliberately planted trees, Forest Cottages is first becoming a hide out for people who love exquisite nature.

A PURELY AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

Forest Cottages are designed luxury cottages set in a serene, African forest environment. At the hotel, you feel the touch of nature in a comfortable and unique environment. The trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.

The artistic hotel provides a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as colored turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. The secluded hotel offers peace and quietness in a natural green setting. All this beauty is topped up with friendly, courteous and professional staff members.

Mr. Brain Sekacwa, a usual quest at the hotel, in an online review describes it as ‘very quiet and good for relaxation,’ explaining that the cottages are ‘simply amazing’. “The terraces give you a nice feel of nature. If you have not been there, try it. Trust me the experience is breathtaking,”

While another online reviewer, Jeremiah Oweka describes the hotel as ‘a nice place for outing with friends and family because of good services’. These and many more positive reviews are testament to what Forest Cottages stands for.

ACCOMMODATION

Forest Cottages offers a safari lodge style cottage accommodation in the heart of Kampala city. All the cottages are furnished with locally handmade furniture and equipped with self-catering facilities with all essential amenities to ensure your comfort during your stay.

The hotel offers 5 room types from which you can choose. The Standard Single, Standard Double, One Bedroom Cottage, Two Bedroom Cottage and Three Bedroom Cottage which are all ideal for business travelers, tourists, honeymooners and even families on holiday.

CORPORATE MEETINGS

Forest Cottages’ conference and banquet facilities are capable of seating 10 to 200 guests in various sitting styles, and cater to maximum of 150 guests for a reception. The facility offers Wi-Fi, conference calls, fax facilities, recording devices, PA system, wedding venue, airport pickups and drops and tours around Kampala.  

DINNING

At Forest Cottages, one can enjoy unique and posh dining in a setting of your choosing. The Avocado Restaurant has a traditional ambience which leaves you in no doubt that you are dining in Africa.

With an extensive assortment of cosmopolitan dishes ranging from exclusively local and International cuisine, our guests will be spoilt for choice. The Bar is lavishly stocked with all major alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  

AWARD WINNING HOTEL

In 2016, global travelers who use Jumia Travel, Africa's number one online hotel booking website, said Forest Cottages is the best service provider in Uganda’s hotel industry. The luxurious cottages received the Traveler’s Choice Award.  The hotel was later nominated and won the same category in 2018.

“Forest Cottages is totally unique and it’s truly a forest in the heart of the city. You can’t see a forest cottage in Kampala apart from us. Once you are you are at Forest Cottage, you can’t feel that you are in Kampala.

We have superb accommodation, conferencing facilities, bars, restaurants and a swimming pool. Forest Cottage is like a safari lodge.” Mr. Dhaval Macchar, General Manager of Forest Cottages said in an interview.

ONLINE BOOKING

Hoteliers in Uganda are equally catching up with the trend. Their customers, many of whom come from Europe, United States, Asia have gone digital. Hotels like Forest Cottages have adopted online booking to make it easy and attractive for international travelers. 

“Our online customers do choose us because of positive guest reviews, budget rates, safari style accommodation with comfortable facilities and of course the forest.” Mr, Machhar of Forest Cottage explained.

Music, Art & Good Food Reign At Kabira Easter Carnival

Easter came early for revelers who turned up for this year’s Kabira Easter Carnival at Kabira Country Club on Saturday. Indeed it is was no ordinary Easter weekend at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto.

It is was artistic, magical and engaging. This year, Kabira Country Club is promising and it delivered – from kids to adults, one found something interesting. And the live band was always on the cords entertaining revelers.

Fun activities like egg painting, delicatessen, food and bar, magician, kids playground, egg hunting, artisan market, break dance, jumping castles, swings, comedy among others made the day worthy its billing.

The carnival was colorful with exhibitors showcasing their best – the artisan market was iconic, with artists putting on display great art pieces and fabrics. Fashion, especially the wearables, was on point – the sandals, hats, jewelry, dresses, t-shirt prints all stood out.

The food and drinks all was also on point. The culinary prowess was showcased and yumminess was all over the place. The kids’ area was busy as the young ones made the best of the day.

Celebrate Easter Sunday With This Rich Brunch Menu At Speke Resort Munyonyo

Easter holidays, like Christmas holidays, are meant to be celebrated together with family and friends. This year, Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort are giving you a deep reason to celebrate.

Every celebration is complete with an assortment of local and exotic food of all types prepared in a manner that glorifies the occasion. Fruits and drinks of all sorts come handy to match with the occasion.

And this Easter, Speke Resort Munyonyo has arranged a special brunch (breakfast & lunch) this Easter Sunday with a rich menu. From drinks, bread, buffet, fruits and a kids corner.

Speke Resort Munyonyo wants your Easter Sunday (21st April, 2019, starting 11:30am to 4pm), at Nyanja Restaurant, to be perfect and memorable.

The brunch menu

 The menu has been categorized into sections – a cold bar, cold beveragesm bread counter, egg station, sandwich and slider station, pasta station, hot Buffet, fresh fruit cuts and a section for the kids.

Cold Bar

The cold bar will have various cold cuts, various cheeses, avocado & tomato lettuce, stuffed eggs canape, roasted beet root & coconut salad, garden fresh mix lettuce, garden peas & sweet corn salad, carious dressings, dips & condiments.

Cold Beverages

This section will have purified water, fresh cocktail juice, packed apple juice and strawberry milkshake.

Bread Counter

The bread counter section will have chocolate croissants, plain muffins, chocolate brownies, cookies, cherry Danish, banana cake, raisin cinnamon bread, black olives bread, vegetables pie and chicken pie.

Egg Station

This will have all types of omelet and condiments.  

Sandwich & Slider Station

This will have the focaccia bread, brown bread, white bread, panini bread, slice beef steak, chicken mixture, fresh lettuce, tomato slice, onion slice, cucumber slice, gherkin, olives, sundried tomato, mayonnaise & tomato sauce.

Pasta Station

The pasta station will have chicken, beef, vegetables, penne pasta, spaghetti pasta, macaroni pasta, cheese sauce, tomato sauce & bolognaise sauce.

Hot Buffet

The hot buffet area will have vegetables pilau rice, farmed fresh, chicken breast, black pepper, crusted beef medallion, fish orly, beans katogo and oven roasted oriented potatoes.

Fresh Fruit Cuts

This will contain mango, water melon, pineapples, papaya, passion and bananas.

Kids Corner

This will have potatoes finger chips, chicken lollipop, mini pizzas.

Pancake, Donuts & Cookie Counter

This will contain pancake stuffed with caramelized banana and caramelized applee, varieties of donuts, red velvet pastry, chocolate mud cake, mango cheese cake, vanilla & strawberry cake, tropical fruit cuts.

The brunch will come at a cost of only Shs95, 000 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine or house wine with live music.

Protect Natural Forests For Sustainable Development

By Jolly Bategeka

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day is celebrated and raises awareness on the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

Uganda will join the rest of the world on March 21, 2019 to celebrate the International Day of Forests (IDF).  This day will be celebrated under the theme, 'Forests and Education.' It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

Uganda’s forests are an important and treasured natural asset contributing about 8.7% to the national economy based on conservative estimates (NEMA, 2011). According to the ministry of Water and Environment (State of Uganda’s forestry 2016), the forestry estate has shrunk from 23% of the total land area in 1990 to 9% in 2015. According to National Forestry Authority report in 2015, Uganda is losing 200,000Ha per year and if no action is taken to protect natural forests Uganda may not have natural forests by 2025.

Forests provide multiple benefits and sustainably managed forests give environmental benefits, sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life of people across the country. Forests provide habitats for many native flora and fauna species, renewable products and energy and contribute to the development of a green economy. Forests also provide a wide range of wood and non-wood products, clean water resources, and play a vital role in the mitigation of climate change.

A key objective of Uganda’s sustainable forest management is to protect and enhance the health and biodiversity of our forest resources, while ensuring they continue to provide a range of environmental, social and economic benefits for Uganda’s present and future generations.

The Albertine Region is blessed with different natural resources like Forests (Bugoma, Budongo, Kangombe central forest reserves etc), Animals, water bodies, Hills, minerals to mention but a few. Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is a tourism hub and is home to about 600 Chimpanzees’ and other endangered bird spices notably Nahan’s Francolin. It lies at the center of the migratory corridor for large mammals such as chimps and Elephants connecting to Budongo and Murchison Falls National Park from Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a central forest for Bunyoro especially in the formation of rain and the fact that Uganda enjoys rain feed agriculture.

However Uganda’s forests especially in the Albertine region, Central Forest Reserves (Bugoma, Budongo, Kangombe, Rukara, Muziizi etc) are faced with continuously worsening trends through encroachment, deforestation and forest degradation through conversion of forest land to other land uses. These include agriculture, urbanization etc.

There is also rampant felling of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal burning on private and government land, rampant fires and livestock damage on forests. There is high population growth rate that has put a lot of pressure on natural resources especially forests. The increasing population requires more food to be produced which in turn requires opening up more land for agriculture.

This is partly attributed to weak institutions, uncoordinated implementation of policies between different sectors of the economy, insufficient funding, issues relating to governance in the forestry sector, Issues associated with illegal and unregulated trade of forest products and the unsecured forest rights, and limited capacity at all levels which has undermined effectiveness and efficiency in developing and sustainably managing forest resources in the Albertine Region. Lack of sufficient human resources and poor facilitation of the environmental police is another reason cited for the continued lack of effective management of our forests. 

Recommendations

Therefore I recommend that NFA urgently prioritize boundary opening. This is because lack of clear boundaries is the main excuse used by communities adjacent to Central Forest Reserves to encroach upon them and is the same reason that make it hard for NFA to enforce regulations when they themselves don’t know the boundaries.

Corruption and the practice of local officials conniving to a bet illegal activities in forestry reserves, especially illicit logging be firmly dealt with. While encroachers and illegal loggers have been prosecuted, Forestry officials that connive with them need to be prosecuted too so as to set an example

More forest personnel with a robust mandate need to be recruited and the welfare and incentives of the existing ones improved so as to reduce on the temptation to indulge in illegal activity. The numbers of environmental police needs to be increased so as to provide a more robust backing for forestry officials in their work

Land titles held in central forest Reserves need to be deeply investigated, the arrant officials be punished, tittles found to have been issued fraudulently should be scrutinized and recalled.

Forest restoration, Uganda should prioritize forest restoration. The main target should be to restore forest cover that has been lost. This should be done through Agro-forestry, community tree planting programme, corporate tree planting in forest reserves, tree talk foundations and green charcoal (addressing barriers to adoption of improved charcoal production technologies and sustainable land management practices through an integrated approach).

In conclusion, we need to combine all efforts to protect forests by stakeholders at all levels or else Uganda may have no any natural forest by 2025. 

The writer is a Project Officer-Forestry at Mid-Western Region Anti-Corruption Coalition    

Bukoto Living Put Furnished Apartments Up For Sale

You probably want to own a home in a plush safe neighborhood but you don’t have time and expertise to fo through the exhausting stages constructing a house the way you want it. And delegating such a responsibility can in itself be troublesome as people tend not to be trustworthy. 

Property developers like Crane Management Services are providing a solution through their range of exotic apartments in and around Kampala. One such property is Bukoto Living, a 27 apartment structure for sale on condominium basis.

Bukoto Living has one, two, three, four and five bedroom apartments available for sale starting from an affordable $168, 000. The apartments sitting on half an acre of land gives tenants beautiful views of Kampala from all apartments and full 360 degree view from the spacious roof on the 11th floor.

Bukoto Living promises to be any buyers dream home. Shopping centres, schools, medical centres, restaurants and bars are all within a circumference of one kilometer. The resident is installed with 24 hour CCTV cameras, security services to give tenants a sense of safety.

The apartments have maids’ quarter in each unit, entrance lobby has a security desk, laundry & utility rooms in all units, expansive parking lot, spacious bedroom with built in closets and state of the art kitchen.

The property managers Crane Management Services say they can arrange a flexible payment plan with an expected 9% return on investment.

Haruna Enterprises Goes Multipurpose With Haruna Shopping Center

The real estate is becoming more responsive to the needs of modernity and a dynamic public and tenants especially when it comes to commercial buildings and complexes. Today’s malls are self-sustaining, what you can call a modern day market place.

Haruna Enterprises as a growing developer of commercial buildings for business understands this concepts well and implementing. Take Haruna Shopping Center in Ntinda, it is a true definition of a multipurpose shopping centre.

The sotereyed building has office space, banks, forex bureau, telecom shops, beauty parlours, salons, cinema and other forms of business. This means that shoppers don’t need to move from one street to another looking from merchandise.

With Haruna Shopping Center, you get all you need in one place. For example, if you have an office at the building, you don’t have to go any further to get groceries and other shopping needs, all do if visit a shop with what you want for the day.

Haruna Sentengo, the proprietor of Haruna Enterprises, the company that owns Haruna Shopping Center, has mastered this solution and is putting such shopping centers in different parts of Kampala. He also owns a similar building in Wandegeya called Haruna Towers.

He has set up a two blookcs in Kisenyi where he has established Segawa Market which specializes in selling automobile spareparts. Not far from Segawa market is Nakayiza market which specializes in selling agro-based products to Uganda and beyond.

Why Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Is The Place To Be This Easter Weekend

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and Speke Resort Munyonyo have extended their heavily discounted weekend packages that normally run from Fridays to Sundays to also cover the entire Easter weekend.

This in effect constitutes discounts ranging from 17% to 46% on selected room packages, for individuals, couples and families/groups of up to 4 people.

In an email to this news site, Mr Ajit Singh, the Rooms Division Manager at the 2 hotels said the weekend package has been extended from Thursday 18th April – Monday 22nd April, 2019 (both days included).

The CEO reports executive rooms at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort have been discounted by 20% from USD312 to USD250 on a bed and breakfast basis while the presidential suite that accommodates up to 4 people has been discounted by 29% from USD969 to USD684! An executive suite has been discounted by 17% from USD523 to USD436.

At Speke Resort, the presidential cottage that accommodates up to 4 people and has self-catering facilities, has been discounted by 46% from USD746 to USD 405. Superior rooms have been discounted by 36% from USD312 to USD201 while a single deluxe room has been discounted by 34% from USD182 to USD120.

According to Ajit, guests can discuss more personalised packages calling +256 414 227 111, +256 417 716 000 or call +256 752 711 714 on mobile or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Guests taking these packages are entitled to a complementary 30-minutes boat ride on the scenic Lake Victoria, a 10-minutes pony ride for kids, access to the Olympic-size pool, use of gym, steam & sauna and free Wi-Fi. 

SOURCE: CEO

Speke Resort Bags Ekkula Tourism Award For Best Service And Luxury Biz Hotel

Speke Resort and Conference Centre, commonly referred to as Speke Resort Munyonyo is the undisputed best Service and Luxury Business Hotel in Uganda.

The five star resort hotel once again, for the fourth time in a row, won the Service and Luxury Business Hotel category at the annual Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards.

It beat of competition from Imperial Royale Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, & Kampala Serena Hotel. The award giving ceremony was held at Kampala Sheraton Hotel on Friday.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Jacob Oulanya was guest of honor while the State Minister for Tourism, Kiwanda Ssuubi was also present.

Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards recognizes and awards key Stakeholders in Uganda's Tourism Industry. It celebrates the best players in the tourism industry.

Speke Resort located 12 km from the centre of Kampala in Munyonyo offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation and finest business meetings location in East Africa.

It offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-function meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10-300.

Recently during the Africa Now conference, Africa’s 8th richest person - billionaire Strive Masiyiwa awed by the classic beauty of Speke Resort proposed that the luxurious five star hotel resort should be named “the official African Conference Centre.”

Sudhir Wins Lifetime Tourism Award

It is not possible to talk about Uganda’s hospitality industry without mentioning tourism facility that is under the Ruparelia Group. From five star hotels, resorts, restaurants and apartments of all budgets, the Ruparelia Group has it all.

And for his contribution to the country’s tourism sector, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the chairperson of Ruparelia Group, was Friday rewarded The Award for Lifetime Tourism Achiever at the Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards which were held at Sheraton Hotel. The busy businessman was represented by an officla from Speke Group of Hotels.

The Ruparelia Group under Speke Group of Hotels owns facilities like Speke Resort Munyonyo, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Speke Apartments, Speke Hotel, Forest Cottages, Kabira Country Club, Dolphin Suites, Tourist Hotel, Rock Bar & Grill, La Cabana Restaurant and Speke Resort Bujagali Falls in Jinja.

State Minister for Tourism, Kiwanda Ssuubi, said the tourism sector in iUganda is driven by private sector investors like Dr. Ruparelia. “What we do is partner with these people to better mould these products.” The minister said.

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