How Ruparelia Investments Have Changed Uganda’s Tourism Sector

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia chairman Ruparelia Group Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia chairman Ruparelia Group

In the last decade, Uganda’s tourism sector has seen a tremendous growth on all fronts. Tourists’ arrivals have improved and grown to about two million annually. This growth, according to industry experts, can be attributed to an improvement in the hotel industry.

The improvement in the hotel industry is largely private sector driven with most, if not all worthwhile hotels belonging to private local and international individuals and organizations.

On such entrepreneur who has played a visible role in improving the hotel industry is Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia through is chain of hotels under the Speke Group of Hotels, under the Ruparelia Group of Companies.

The Ruparelia Group runs some of Uganda’s largest and finest hotels and resorts serving both the luxury and budget market. The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda.

All Ruparelia Group hotels and resorts are situated in the most strategic locations and offer an array of luxury services, intense hospitality, modern amenities and business facilities. Below we list some of the hotels owned by the group that have facilitated tourism in Uganda.

Kabira Country Club

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.

The Ruparelia family purchased the site from Mowlem Construction and has since established a country club renowned throughout not just Kampala, but all of Uganda.

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Speke Resort Bujagali Falls

Speke Resort at Bujagali Falls offers banda, dormitory or camping accommodation with superb views and the roar of the rapids to lull visitors to sleep at night.

The green clad islands are home or resting place to many species of birds and the foaming blue and white water is an oxygenated heaven for Nile Perch, Tilapia and Tiger Fish.

Early morning the Nile valley shrouded in slowly lifting mist, fish eagles calling, a small flock of white egrets feeding on the lawns and bedraggled cormorants drying their wings on rocky outcrops, will stir every nature lover's heart.

The pounding rapids bring a rush of adrenaline to the day’s rafters and kayakers. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets reflect orange and purple on the river.

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Forest Cottages

Forest Cottages are brilliantly designed luxury cottages nestled within a peaceful African forest setting. Situated on Naguru Hill in the Bukoto area of Kampala, Uganda, these lavish accommodations have been carefully landscaped to compliment the huge, shady indigenous trees that surround the area.  

Feel the touch of nature while enjoying the comforts of modern conveniences like, internet, telephone, television and locally made furniture. Selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.

The hotel provides a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as coloured turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. Our friendly and courteous staff is always ready to welcome you with pleasure and serve you the best.

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Dolphin Suites

Dolphin Suites is a beautiful hotel complex nestled in the peaceful neighbourhood of Bugolobi, away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala. 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.

At Dolphin Suites you can 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 our restaurant with fully stocked bar.

It has spacious accommodation facilities, including one and two bedroom apartments, all at competitive prices, are fully air-conditioned with direct access telephone lines, separate kitchen, living room and satellite TV.

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Speke Hotel

Speke Hotel is one of Kampala's oldest hotels. Speke Hotel was taken over by The Ruparelia Group in 1996. It was then given a major facelift to add comforts to age and grace.

The hotel interior is a dash of trendy sophistication with an afro-colonial look, reflecting philosophies of the early nineteen-century with modern comfort amenities, consisting of natural materials and neutral tones.

All 50 rooms are air-conditioned, have wooden floors, satellite television and a minibar. Speke Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala, close to banks and business centres and offers all the charms of bygone days complimented by efficient, modern services and facilities.

It offers various dishes, daily entertainment, well-stocked bar and business meeting venues. Speke Hotel has three Restaurants and a Bar: Pizzeria (Italian Cuisine), Khyber Pass (Indian Cuisine), Rock Café (Continental Cuisine) and Rock Bar (Cocktail Bar).

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Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort

Set on 90 acres in the Speke Resort complex with majestic views of Lake Victoria, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is Uganda’s leading 5-star resort.

It was specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). It is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched services.

Boasting 449 rooms, cottages and Presidential suites, with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan and ultra modern furnishings, which merge into the Pearl of Africa theme carried throughout the décor, the many room features and amenities ensure a seamless transition from pleasure to business and vice versa.

The meeting rooms are designed around your convenience and are the ideal choice for any occasion, all under one roof. The comprehensive wellness and fitness facilities ensure body and mind work in harmony.

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Speke Apartments

Speke Apartments provide modern accommodations in one of the best residential areas of Kampala. The Apartments are ideal for executives and their families who come to Kampala for a short to medium stay. They are set in their own pleasant grounds a few minutes from the city centre, but away from the traffic.

There are 27 one-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom apartments, all self contained, fully furnished and equipped with all the gadgets required for a home, including: 16-channel remote controlled satellite TV and a fully equipped kitchen with cooking range, cutlery, fridge/freezer, microwave etc. There is a full housekeeping service with cleaning and laundry services.

In the garden, there are bar and barbeque facilities that guests may use, as well as a small swimming pool, Jacuzzi & sauna. Guests may also make use of the facilities at Kabira Country Club & Speke Resort.

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Speke Resort and Conference Centre

Speke Resort & Conference Centre, conveniently located only 12 km from the centre of Kampala, offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa, all situated in an idyllic setting at Munyonyo on the shore of Lake Victoria.

The Resort offers the best conferencing facilities for national and international clientele, providing a professional but friendly ambience that spells "Pleasure & Comfort" while at work.

It also offers you a choice of luxury accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families or groups on long or short stays, in cottages, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments or studio rooms.

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo 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.

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