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Discover East Africa’s Delicious Street Foods

You have not lived well in Kampala if you have not had to sample some of the delicious street foods offered by vendors around the city. Of course, it is quite obvious that you will not find the street vendors around the upscale neighborhoods such as Kololo, Nakasero, and upper Buziga in Kampala.

Street food in most countries is where local food vendors show their creative side and make sure you get from the busiest stalls because those are the ones with the best food. Here are some of the best street foods from the East African region. 

Ethiopia

One of the oldest civilisations on the continent with a culture that has been well protected from the heavy Western influence for generations, Ethiopia will delight with its cuisines. Through Addis Ababa, walk past all those well organised restaurants and make your way along the market streets. That is where you will find the delicious street foods you are looking for. Make sure you try some of these delights;

  • Ethiopian coffee

You will find a gathering, sharing stories while tasting some of the world’s most delicious coffee. Sit down and join them and give yourself a taste of Ethiopia.

  • Akkras

Crunchy and filled with flavour made from black eyed peas with chilli peppers and onion flavours, Akkras is a definite must try.

  • Injera

Maybe one of the most known Ethiopian food, Injera is a flat bread prepared with sourdough and teff; best enjoyed while still hot. 

Tanzania

Leading the holiday destination list in East Africa means you have a lot to serve, from friendly people to delicious foods. The food is mostly hot, spicy, and filled with flavours that give you a fusion of Asia/ Arab and Africa. Tanzania will definitely steal your heart, so what foods will make you stroll the streets of Arusha, Dar, and Zanzibar?

  • Chips Mayai

You have to try this mixture of eggs and potato fries that are found during the night and day street food markets.

  • Kahawa na Kashata

Meaning coffee and candy, this is one of the most traditional coastal street foods in East Africa. The coffee is usually black with a hint of ginger, if you want it a little spicy.

  • Grilled Fish

All the delicious bounties of the Indian ocean and lake ranging from tilapia, to crab or lobster on a stick and of course octopus. The delicious smells will not let you pass these delicious treats.

  • Supu Ya Pweza

This is a delicious and steaming dish of octopus soup that will refresh you after a night around town. 

Kenya

Nairobi is the leading economy in East africa and with some of the best eateries in the region. But the best foods are found on the streets of the city; away from the CBD is where life begins in the evening.

  • Mshikaki

This is a kebab like meat on a stick that is grilled over a charcoal stove, the meat can be mixed with onions and green pepper merging delicious flavors.

  • Viazi Karai

Coated in light mixtures of flour and spices, this deep fried dish of irish potatoes is quite addictive.

  • Mayai Boiro

Basically a boiled egg with kachumbari, which is a common late night street food in Nairobi. Maiyai boiro can be eaten with hot sauce. 

Uganda

The pearl of Africa, her beauty is wild and still hard to tame and her people are warm with cultures that bring history alive. Kampala has one of the most lively street life in the region, it goes up to the wee hours of the morning depending on what neighborhood you find yourself in.

  • Rolex

The king of Uganda street food is a chapati with eggs, onions and tomatoes rolled in side. The celebrity street food has made its way to the international media scene with CNN, BBC to mention but a few. You can find the rolex on the streets across Uganda.

  • TV Chicken

No, it is not chicken in a television set but one that is cooked in a rotisserie. The best places to get this is in Wandegeya market. There is even a section dedicated to the customers to sit and enjoy.

  • Fritters

Not known as fritters but more like an array of deep fried, sweet potatoes, cassava, irish potatoes, samosas and mandazi. 

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Say “I DO” From These Beautiful Locations Around Uganda

It’s not clear who came up with the idea that you have to get married only in a church. You can actually plan ahead by applying for the certificate earlier on so that on the d-day everything legal is sorted out.

So after opting out of doing your ceremony in church, you will need beautiful locations where your nuptials can be finalised from.

Some of the things to put into consideration for your wedding location are:

  • Affordability- Make sure you do not go beyond your stipulated budget just to stand out.
  • Accessibility- Can your guests access the location you have chosen? If it's an island, charter a ferry for them.
  • Is it worth it? Or you just want to spend money just because everyone did the same.
  • Does it suit your wedding needs?
  • The most important thing to consider is the certificate because without it then your marriage is not legal.

Here are some of the locations around Uganda, we thought you should add to your itinerary for your wedding. 

Garden Weddings

Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Maybe one of the most beautiful natural resources near Kampala, the gardens are a national conservation site for research managed by the National Agriculture Research Authority. They are home to different prominent tree species, birds, and monkeys. The property is quite expansive and stretches to the shores of Lake Victoria. 

Reception Venues

Instead of booking two locations at once, you can fully utilise any good reception venue as one for your wedding. Have the church section on one side and the reception on another. And since most locations are usually expansive gardens you will have enough space. 

Island Weddings

Bulago Island

One island with two beautiful properties that will keep your guests happy for your “getaway nuptials.” One Minute South Villa is a picturesque property with a personal touch to it where you can host your guests and stay by the beach. Whereas Pineapple Bay has a “hotel on an island” setting with cottages sprawled all over the property, it is a sight to behold and worth the boat ride from the mainland. 

Ssese Islands

You cannot go wrong with the Ssese islands; choose one of the many islands and stand out with your island wedding. They will give a refreshing feel to your ceremony, you can do it at the beach or move it to one of the forests. 

Along The River Nile

The Nile almost cuts Uganda into half, meaning you have many spots along its stretched banks to choose a destination. You can do it at the rocks at the Murchisons or maybe in Jinja at one of the many resorts on the Nile. This gives you a unique feel to your wedding. 

Adrenaline Vows

High Up A Peak

Thrill seekers will always look for a chance to do something amazing, of course you do not have to endanger your guests by putting your wedding on a cliff. But you can choose one of the many lower peaks of an accessible high rise with the permission of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and make a memorable wedding. 

National Park

Yes, these are not just for touring and hiding from wild animals but for special occasions too. So why not make a wedding in the wild? Most of the lodges in National Parks have wonderful views that give off a rustic vibe, use it to your benefit and make a rustic wedding. 

Home Wedding

Why spend all that money hiring out a venue when you have a big property to host guests? You will need a catering service and decorators to make the place glamorous then invite guests. If you do not have a big parking, that is what good neighbors and public spaces like fields, church/ mosque lots are for. Ask for permission and hire a security officer from the local police office. 

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel Hires New Executive Chef

Sheraton Kampala Hotel last week announced that Vinz Karlsen has joined the team as the new Executive Chef. He joins with extensive experience, having worked in some top luxury hotels brands like Le Meridien, Intercontinental Hotel groups, Scandic Hotel Eremitage and many others, and has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, serving more than half of those as an executive chef.

His exposure to numerous cultures and Countries has enabled him to learn Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French and English which are internationally recognized languages. Chef Karlsen’s experience spans across both managerial and kitchen duties. He acknowledges, however, that his new role presents unique challenges, most importantly is to ensure consistent quality of food from the kitchen. 

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Karlsen said; “I am very grateful to Sheraton Kampala Hotel for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent, experience and also to learn from this new amazing culture. I take up this responsibility with gratitude and a lot of enthusiasm to work with the existing team as we continue to raise the standards and quality of the hotel. I already feel positive energy from the team.” 

Sheraton Kampala Hotel continuously strengthens its position in the hospitality industry and more specifically in the Hotel business by hiring very talented personnel , both local and international. Vinz comes with a lot of experience having worked in different countries in Europe and Asia. 

“We welcome Mr. Vinz Karlsen to Sheraton family and we wish him all the best. We hired Vinz because we believe he adds a lot of value to our team not only because of his expertise but also his appealing personality which we strongly trust it will be resourceful to the team and the hotel. As a hotel we dedicated to give our customers the best service and we believe quality human resource is a contributor to achieving this and thus the reason we have hired people like Mr. Vinz Karlsen,” remarked Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, the hotel’s General Manager. 

Chef Vinz Karlsen inherits a remarkable standard set by the outgoing Chef Dhanushka Kumara who truly revolutionized the food quality at Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Sheraton Kampala is now one of the most renowned hotels in Uganda with a good variety of different cuisines from around the world.

Climate Changing Uganda’s Tourism Potential

By Boaz Opio

Way back in 2012, Uganda was ranked the number one tourist destination by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world. This is because the small land locked country has a tropical climate, with normal temperatures ranging from 21-25°C (70- 77°F), supporting ‘flourishing’ fauna and flora, stunning vistas of snowcapped mountains on the summits of Elgon and Rwenzori attracting visitors all year round. But all these natural treasures have started to wane in the face of increasing global average temperatures.

So far this year’s combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for February 2017 was 0.98°C (1.76°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.9°F)—the second highest for February in the 138-year period of record. While the latest news from UNMA - Uganda National Meteorological Authority already shows abnormal average temperature rise.

“During the period 21st-31st March 2017, the country experienced warm to hot conditions with average maximum temperatures ranging from 24.50C to 33.80C. These average maximum temperatures were recorded at Kabale and Wadelai weather stations respectively. Overall, the highest of the observed daily maximum temperatures of 36.90C occurred at Wadelai weather station,” reads a statement at the weather-overlooking parastatal.

The above statement is not only a statement but means a change in the environment, and the ecosystem, impacting on the decisions of tourist visiting the country. This in turn leads to a decline in the performance of Tourism sector which in fact Uganda is experiencing since 2012.

Uganda Tourism Board, an organisation charged with responsibility to oversee the performance of the once lucrative sector notices that tourism “could perform better” if the natural environment of Uganda is preserved—if rainforests reduce lumbering down for burning charcoal and obtaining firewood; if the renewable energy options such as solar energy, wind energy and biogas potentials are fully exploited.

According to a report published by Daily Monitor in Jan 13, 2016, Uganda Wild Life Authority blamed the declining Tourism in Uganda to negative publicity. This very negative publicity they are talking about comes as a result of facts in the ground.

The report reveals that UWA (Uganda Wild-life Authority) collected revenue of Shs42.6b, a decline of 24 per cent from Shs56b in 2013/14. As a result, UWA posted a deficit of Shs13b compared to the surplus of Shs4b reported in 2013/14.

“Management explained that in the financial year 2014-2015 there was a drop in the number of tourists visiting the protected areas from approximately 220,005 to 196,768 visitors (11% decrease) especially due to factors beyond management’s control and negative publicity,” the report reads.

Isn’t “negative publicity” rather a wrong narrative of the strong relationship climate has with tourism? Would the right narrative not rather be “Climate is Changing Uganda’s Tourism Potential?”

In a newspaper article titled “What is Killing Uganda’s Tourism?” published by Daily Monitor, a government owned newspaper, the Tourism Board spokesperson Vincent Mugaba, argued that Uganda is not the only country facing declining tourist numbers. “Our immediate neighbours, who actually spend a lot on marketing their countries, have been equally affected to.”

During the 45th Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 5 to 8th February 2017, the national, regional and international climate scientists reviewed the state of the global climate system and its implications on the seasonal rainfall over the East African region. It was observed that the major physical conditions likely to influence the weather conditions over Uganda and the rest of the East African region for the forecast period of March to May 2017.

So, what is truly killing Uganda’s tourism sector? Rising Global Temperatures due to immense carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere by day and night. This means there is no magic bullet to restoring Uganda’s dwindling attraction except committed efforts that cut the amount of carbon we emit. This will also preserve tropical forests.

Promoting alternative renewable energy solutions will reduce greenhouse gas emission by 22 percent as Uganda already pledged in its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted to UNFCCC. These efforts will increase the country’s tourism potential by restoring lasting beauty in a cooler planet where global temperatures are constrained below the 1.5-degree benchmark agreed in Paris Climate agreement.

 

 

Uganda’s Agriculture Can’t Thrive Beyond 1.5-Degree Global Warming

On Dec.12, 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change approved the Paris Agreement committing 195 nations of the world to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” The pact commits the world to adopt nationally determined policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions in accord with those goals.

The little landlocked, agricultural nation Uganda submitted it’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in late November 2015, succinctly indicating a 22% carbon cut by 2030, acknowledging the negative impacts global warming has on her economy severely in agricultural sector.

Dominated by small holder farmers of upto 80% and subsistence agriculture of 70% of farmers unable to access modern farming methods such as modern irrigation schemes, the country’s agricultural sector is, more than any other, the most sensitive to the current threats of rising global average temperatures that has alarmed to surpass the benchmark of 1.5-degree Celsius over time.

The 2°C goal set by Paris delegates represents a temperature increase from a pre-industrial baseline that scientists believe will maintain the relatively stable climate conditions that humans and other species have adapted to over the previous 12,000 years. If this temperature range surpassed, dangerous tipping point would have been crossed.

The tipping point represent dire consequences with changing face of natural order of the planet, even worse in the agricultural performance a poor country.

The signs of this dangerous tipping point are already visible in infesting crop diseases, seasonal animal deaths, water shortages for cattle and hindrance of farming activities because of too dry grounds to cultivate. Uganda has been listed among the countries affected by the mass animal deaths for 2017.

Bird flu is ravaging poultry husbandry.  Since January 02, signs of bird flu were detected in Uganda where fishermen reported “mass death of wild birds” on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Entebbe, which lies near the capital Kampala.

The epidemic has also evaporated to neighbouring Rwanda and Burundi. The director in charge of animal health in the Burundian ministry of agriculture and livestock, Mr. Nsanganiyumwami Déogratias says they are aware of the presence of the disease in East African Community since Monday 16th January 2017. “We held a meeting with the minister and competent experts to impose measures to protect people against any contamination”, he says. 

While the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has studied that between 5000 and 7000 heads of cattle have died due to lack of water in the Karamoja and Turkana regions pastoralists regions of East Africa combined.

Since October 2016, livestock in Isingiro and Kiruhura districts are dying due to starvation following prolonged drought in the area. The two neighbouring districts have traditionally been hit by drought, but Dr Bruhan Kasozi, the Isingiro veterinary officer, says the scarcity of water and pasture he has witnessed was the worst in the 17 years he has worked in the area.

The effect of a warming planet will deeply penetrate sub-Saharan Africa because this region is over dependent on agriculture. Agriculture is the backbone, declares Uganda’s government. But it’s also not shy to say this sector dependent on weather and we know weather on climate.

This agriculture-weather-climate bond “cannot be broken easily,” cries Hon. Lawrence Songa, the head of climate change department at the Uganda’s ministry of Water and Environment.

“It can only be broken through two efforts,” he says in a slightly altered statement. “One: by ensuring that the global temperature increase is kept at bay, and two: by mechanizing agriculture to stop over dependence on the weather.

Truly if agriculture and weather is joined at the hip, then Uganda’s development prospect heavily leans on the mercy of climate. Any slight increase of global temperatures doesn’t only disorganise the biosphere but ruins 85% of the population who directly derive their livelihood in crop and or animal rearing.

The Uganda’s worshiped development agenda termed “Vision 2040” clarifies the chief development goal as “a Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a commercialised farming.” Yet the current picture paints a climate-change-stricken sector. Agriculture is on the decline due.

According to Paris Agreement, “keeping global average temperatures to 2.0-degree Celsius will minimize some of the worst impacts of climate change: drought, heat waves, heavy rain and flooding, and sea level rise. Limiting the global surface temperature increase to 1.5°C would lessen these impacts even further.”

Uganda is Africa’s leading exporter and second biggest producer of coffee after Ethiopia due to its alluvial fertile soils and cool “good” climate for coffee production. But the changes in average daily temperatures are hindering these treasures. In 2016, 4.8 million bags were produced which was noticed as an increase due to mere increase of acreage of coffee plantations. 

With over 70% of its foreign exchange from coffee exports, any future tampering with weather and climate will adversely affect the economy.

Analysis of data from Uganda Coffee Development Center already shows that coffee exports have declined in “real terms” since 1998. This drop in crop performance Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) blames on coffee wilt that mainly affects the native, lowland robusta-heat sensitive-variety.

Yet the country is not free from coffee berry disease that entered from its eastern neighbour Kenya as early as the 1920s. Since 1993, it has destroyed over 12 million plants. Uganda also grows arabica coffee, which is grown in the highlands. So far, this has remained unaffected by the disease.

The major reason for the infestation of this coffee disease is because it thrives under high temperatures of between 26 to 40-degree Celsius, a now characteristic temperature of Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Ugandan Metrological Department (UMD).

1.5 and 2°C are not hard and fast limits beyond which disaster is imminent, but they are now the milestones by which the world measures all progress toward slowing global warming.

February 2016 exceeded the 1.5°C target at 1.55°C, marking the first time the global average temperature has surpassed the sobering milestone in any month. March followed suit checking in at 1.5°C. January’s mark of 1.4°C, put the global average temperature change from early industrial levels for the first three months of 2016 at 1.48°C.

It is thus irrefutable that the only hope for Uganda’s Agricultural sector is if the global average temperature is kept below the 1.5-degrree Celsius mark. Continuing to firefight with sweltering drudgery farming responsibilities without digging the problems from the roots is a stark chasing the rainbow.

Keeping at 1.5-degree require not one action or sets of action from one big polluter like China, or US but a marriage of actions that curb carbon emissions from all over the world, under the auspices of the 1.5-degree UNFCCC Paris pact we already entered.

 

 

By Boaz Opio

   

Here’s What You Should Know Before Thrill Seeking

Deep down most people love living for the thrill, from childhood the ideas of jumping into lakes from cliffs to swinging on tree branches. We all love the feeling that comes with thrills, the only difference is some people are more daring than others.

Thrill seekers are people who are eager to take part in exciting activities that involve physical risk. They are always aware of the underlying dangers of the activities they will undertake but they will do it anyway. But before you throw care to the wind and embrace danger, here are some of the things you should know or do. 

What Are Your Limits?

Not everyone can handle some activities and just because everyone is doing something does not mean you have to do it too. Everyone’s body has a level of pain and what it can handle so before you do something, understand your body. Understand how flexible you are to swing on cliffs, how strong your limbs are for mountain climb and if your chest can handle high altitudes. Go for checkups. 

Where Are You Going?

For every location you pick, you should tailor it to your body and by this it means you pick a challenge you can handle. If you are a good swimmer, you can choose extreme kayaking or whitewater rafting, it would do you a big disservice to choose an activity that you are not well versed with.

Location research helps you understand what regulations local authorities have on what activity you will be engaging just to be on the safe side of the law. Lastly, when you do research on your destinations it helps you plan properly especially with the budget and what equipment you will need. 

Emergency Kits

Wherever you go, it is advisable for any traveller to have an emergency first aid kit with them especially when headed into remote areas where medical facilities are not easy to access. You can find an emergency kit in medical supply stores or camping gear stores. 

Necessary Equipment

What trip are you planning to have? Where are you planning to go to? This helps get to know what equipment you will need for the trip. The equipment you will need for mountain climbing is different from that for sky diving. You would have to look for it from sporting equipment dealers or stores. To be on the safe side, make sure you look up everything you will need even the small things you think might not be that important. 

Practice Makes Perfect

After purchasing your equipment, you need to get better at using it. Take it for test-runs to get familiar and make sure it works very well. If you have not been a regular mountain climber, try practicing on a small hilly place that is easy for you to scale and with something that can easily break your fall. 

Professionals

People have been mountain climbing/ sky diving or any other thrilling adventure should be the first people you talk to before you do so.Their advice is most important since they know the thrills and dangers that come with that very activity. 

Keep Fit

One thing about most thrill seekers is they are fit enough to undertake whatever activities they know will satisfy their urge for adventure. You can not do things that other people are scared of doing when you are not fit for it. Try taking your body through full body exercises depending on what you will be engaging in, so that it is ready for the strain that will be imposed on it later on. 

Communicate

Always have your immediate family and friends informed about wherever you will be headed to no matter what time it is. Try investing in a satellite phone for locations that make communication difficult.  Incase of emergency, have your IDs and information cards for contacts who can be notified since accidents are very common during such activities. 

Get Insurance

Having the right travel insurance is very important especially if you are frequent traveler. Choose your insurance provider carefully from the packages and what countries the covers are offered. 

Please note that as much as thrilling seeking involves a lot adventure and fun, you are not advised to undertake such activities without professionals. 

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These Are Top Sailing Spots Around Africa

Sailing is when you employ the wind to propel, a boat or any other vessel on the surface of a big water body. The activity has been adopted as a sport for centuries although mostly in European countries and it is gradually picking up in some African countries.

There are so many wonderful destinations in Africa to go sailing, given that the continent is blessed with several big water bodies. Remember to get permission from the concerned authorities to go sailing in any of the different places. Every country has its own laws and of course, for your own safety. 

River Nile Uganda

From the source of the Nile to the peak of the murchison falls in Uganda, the river creates a great sailing opportunity filled with bird watching and beautiful views. Away from the many falls created by the heavy rock formation through many parts of the river, there are many sections that will not give you a hard time. 

Lake Tanganyika

What’s better than cruising on the deepest lake in the world? The lake goes through four countries: Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, and the DRC with Tanzania having the biggest potion. The lake is under a joint governing body called the Lake Tanganyika Authority with reps from each country and you get to sail on the historical MV Liemba, a ferry that has been on the waters for decades. 

Cape Verde

Sail to the wild side through the 25 Cape Verdean islands and learn something new about the fauna and flora on the gem of the continent. You choose to sail through the Eastern sandy beaches or the the volcanic coastline on the west. There are nine out of the 25 islands that people live on so you will find restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine while you sail by. 

East African Coast

Sail across from Somalia on a yacht or cruise ship to the beautiful Zanzibar. When close to the shoreline you can hire out a rustic dhow and sail along the beautiful sandy beaches. Dine at some of the restaurants at the coast and enjoy some delicious swahili cuisines. 

Seychelles

One of the most beautiful locations is also the most eligible for sailing, you get a chance to hop through the 115 islands and enjoy the sights and sounds of  the Seychelles. 

Lake Victoria

Maybe not many people in East Africa use the vast water body for sporting but with the right vessel sailing on the Victoria would be fun. The lake is gifted with many bird species so you can as well use that time to bird watch as well as track marine life. There is a sailing club in Entebbe which has sail boats for hire and if that’s not for you, try the canoes or ferries that take people to the islands daily. 

South Africa

With the biggest parts of the country’s borders in the ocean, South Africa is an ideal vacation spot as well as sailing haven. You can charter a luxury cruise of maybe get a sail boat close to the shores and breeze through the waters while watching the beautiful sunset. 

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A Week Through Kampala’s Favourite Restaurants

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa.” Uganda has many delicious cuisines many of which represent the tribes and cultures served across the country.

Kampala being the capital city and central business hub of the country, has a vast array of restaurants that boost of delicious food with cuisines from all the major cultures of the world. Take a week and visit are a few of these favourite restaurants around Kampala

Bon Appetite

There are many local food eateries around Kampala that cater to the needs of many Ugandans and have stood the test of time but Bon Appetit's still stands out. The restaurant which has been in business for decades still boosts of big crowds during rush- hour; lunch and breakfast. Their katogo is one of the most ordered on Jumia food. The local food menu is available throughout the day just to keep your tummy happy and healthy. 

Cafe Javas

Recently adding an eighth installation of restaurant branches to its portfolio, Cafe Javas holds the top spot for being one of the most frequented eateries in town. The restaurant chain started out as an extension to City Oil petrol stations and has grown into a formidable brand name in the country. Javas serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Indian, European to Ugandan. Drop in for their “big breakfast” combos. All their restaurants adhere to Halal standards set by the Uganda Muslim Council. 

Legends Bar Kampala

Before it was Legends, the bar and restaurant had the rugby crowds thundering loud on the weekends whenever there was a game. Now, Legends thunders with rugby, pulsates with music and serves sumptuous buffets at lunch time. The buffet menu served is local food that changes everyday of the week so as to give your palate a tour of Ugandan dishes. And then when you are done partying through the night, you can try the delicious roasted meats from the grill. 

Chok Di Thai

A little taste of Thailand in Uganda on a cold evening after a long day at work is all you need. Located alongside Moyo close in Kampala, Chok Di Thai opened for business in 2014 and has been serving up delicious Thai cuisines since then. Try the curry or stir fries they might keep you going back. 

Nanjing Restaurant

Chinese cuisines vary in tastes and style of cooking and Nanjing has done well in showcasing what he Republic offers. Nanjing has two branches all easily to access in the Kololo neighbourhood with a view to behold as you dine. 

Bufundas

These are several hidden restaurants around Kampala serving some of the best local food dishes at the cheapest prices. Bufundas is plural for kafunda which can be loosely translated to meaning a makeshift restaurant. They are usually located downtown, construction sites or washing lots around Kampala. Servings in bufundas are sufficient enough to keep you coming back, that is why most people leave their offices at lunch for those sumptuous meals. 

Mythos Greek Taverna

A unique and quite rare dining experience is what Mythos as it's commonly known offers you delicious greek food and tailored cocktails from the in-house mixologist. Mythos has been in business since 2014, the thoughtfulness that went in the interior design makes you appreciate the beauty of greek architecture in the restaurant. Their best moments are during the dinner rush and lest we forget, sundays with the sumptuous Congolese buffet. 

Khana Khazana

Indian food is world reknown to be full of delicious flavours and you will find it all at Khana Khazana located alongside Acacia Avenue. When at Khana Khazana make sure to ask for their signature dish; Khazana chicken curry with naan/bread/ rice. 

Yujo Sushi Bar and Izakaya

Sushi is not just a trend, sushi is part of the traditions and culture of the Japanese people. Yujo Izakaya has a sushi bar where the chef prepares for you delicious sushi bites as you sip on Sake (rice wine). And if Sushi is not your cup of tea, the hot kitchen will entice you with flavours that will take you to the hills and valleys of Japan. Yujo Izakaya is a traditional Japanese restaurant and tavern. 

Holy Crepe

How about breakfast with a view of  Kololo and Naguru? Holy Crepe is a creperie that serves you delicious waffles, fried chicken and crepes. The breeze in Kololo will calm your spirits, as you sip on fresh juice made from fruits grown in Uganda as you wait for your meal. 

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Why Seychelles Should Be Your Next Destination

The Seychelles is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the shores of East Africa. The country is made up of 115 islands which are some of the most sought after tourist destinations in Africa. Seychelles was colonised by the British and attained independence in 1976 from which it has grown to having a high nominal per capita GDP. The capital of Seychelles is Victoria, and the biggest population in the country speaks Seychellois Creole while the rest speaks English or French.

A Ugandan does not need a visa to visit the archipelago and contrary to common belief, you do not have to spend a fortune to visit Seychelles. So why should you visit Seychelles in the first place? 

Guaranteed Relaxation

Every thought of sipping pina coladas on the shores of sky blue water while the wind sways the palm trees nearby conjures up the feeling of relaxation. Seychelles is the perfect picture for relaxation and why not use your vacation time to rest away? 

Safety

Seychelles a relatively peaceful country without conflicts. Being a highly desired vacation destination, you do not have to worry about something abrupt happening to you whilst on your visit there. 

Marine Life

Being located in the indian ocean, the Seychelles islands have unique marine life and fauna to be explored, go scuba diving and snorkeling in the coral-filled waters. You will see animals indigenous to the area such as the Aldabra giant tortoise, saltwater crocodile among many more. 

Year Round Vacation

Seychelles has a conducive year round weather which makes it very suitable as a vacation destination throughout the year. Being located in the latitude, the weather varies from rainy and beautifully sunny year round meaning you do not have to stay indoors when you visit. 

What to do in Seychelles

Of course visiting a new country can be very daunting, so here are a few things you can do whilst visiting the Seychelles. 

Go Island Hopping

Why visit Seychelles and stay on one island yet you can go see what the other islands can offer you? Being that the country is an archipelago, there are 115 islands filled with a lot of adventure for you to explore from La Digue to Cerf or maybe Mahe. Yes, you cannot explore all the islands but you can create time for the nearest few. 

Bird Watching

Although the number of bird species has reduced since human settlement on the island around 1770, Seychelles still has the biggest population of sea bird colonies. As of 2016, the recorded number of species is estimated at 269 including Skuas, jaegers, siskins, storks, flamingos, shearwaters, and Acrocephalid warblers. 

Taste The Seychellois Cuisine

The creole culinary experience in Seychelles will blow you away, so when you visit make sure to try out the local eateries for the food. Dishes are mixture of Asian, British, African, and French which gives you a fusion of different cultures on a plate. The food is mostly seafood and fish based with delicious dishes like; salted fish rougay, grilled fish, ladob, shark chutney, Cari bernique and lots of curry. 

Visit Historical Sites

Every country has those locations that played a part in the history of the people and of course Seychelles has several of those. Make time for them and learn something about the history of the Seychellois people. 

Snorkeling And Scuba Diving

The best way to get a good glimpse of what those beautiful blue waters of the Indian ocean hide underneath is by going under the waves. Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped breathing tube called a snorkel, and usually swimfins. On the other hand, Scuba diving involves having a gas tank as well as wearing wet suits. Whatever is convenient for your experience, do it. 

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How Speke Apartments Is Revolutionizing Hospitality Industry

Uganda’s tourism sector is fast picking up with increased numbers of tourists coming into the country. Global broadcaster CNN ranked Uganda as the fifth best destination in the world putting the East African nation in a good position especially now that energies are being directed at marketing the country to the world.

Domestic tourism is also moving into the right direction especially now that middle income earners in Uganda are fast appreciating their country and beginning to explore it even more. All this is creating a demand for better hotels, restaurants, lodges and leisure places that complete the hospitality industry.

Because of this demand service providers like hotels are left with no choice but to put in place high quality facilities to meet demands of customers. This investment is demand driven. The latest addition to Uganda’s hotel industry is the magnificent Speke Apartments located on Wampewo Avenue, Kololo – Kampala.

Drhuv Pathak, marketing manager Speke Apartments says that their customers want a home-like facility. He explains that such facilities should be accessible, technologically equipped and fitted with luxurious services like health centers.

 “A customer should be able to get all amenities in one place. Therefore property developers in this business try to make the customer’s stay comfortable, affordable and memorable,” the marketing manager explained to journalists recently.

The Apartments are ideal for executives and their families who come to Kampala for a short to medium stay. It combines a great location with a secure, quiet, clean, serviced apartment accommodation spread out over five floors.

The apartment has facilities like one, two and three bedroom apartments with furnished kitchen, gadgets required for a home, double glazed aluminum windows, 52'&32 led flat screen TVs, air conditioned, and spacious with internet. Speke Apartment has 2 swimming pools, spa, 8 penthouses and first fusion restaurant in Uganda. It has a total of 82 units.

Pathak says good apartments that are on international standards should have full housekeeping services with cleaning and laundry services completed by standby friendly security personnel.

Kampala is a beautiful city that was originally built on seven hill which have since expanded to other hills. Speke Apartment is a residential facility that comes with a view overseeing the Kampala city and the iconic Lake Victoria.

“This property opens to a stunning living room with gorgeous furniture fitted with soft padded upholstery, high qualities of fixtures, furnishing, appliances, ready to move in. It comes with three bedrooms each with its own bathroom, a balcony and a dining table with six chairs.” Pathak said.

Speke Apartments is a luxurious facility that gives a complete bouquet of services a tourist, traveler of anybody looking to have fun needs. They are set in their own pleasant grounds a few minutes from the city centre, but away from the traffic. In the garden, there are bar and barbeque facilities that guests may use, as well as a small swimming pool, Jacuzzi & sauna.

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