Uganda’s Top Birds That Will Wow You With Their Beauty

From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira, right through the impenetrable Bwindi and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable.

Being located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation; making it easy for several species to flourish throughout the country’s green including the city.

There are over 1,000 bird species including those that have not be documented for tourism, but among those are some that are most sought after by birdwatchers and well known to the local population.

Grey Crowned Crane

Commonly known as the Crested Crane, this bird is a national treasure and can be spotted on the Ugandan flag and coat of arms. The Crested Crane is a subspecies of the Crane family; there is elegance in their movements and can be found around swampy areas, lake shores or other wetlands in the country.

Due to constant poaching and ritualistic purposes, the population of Crested Cranes in Uganda has dwindled over the years. They are a sight to behold when ascending to flight, their wide spread feathers shimmer with color.

Shoe Billed Stork

This bird might confuse several scientists on which family it should belong to; Ciconiiformes or Pelecaniformes. The shoebill is one of the top sought after birds in Uganda. The bird’s unique feature is its large shoe shaped bill that it uses to forage food at the same time helps it stand out uniquely from its other stork relatives, shoebills are only found on the African continent.

Shoebills in Uganda can be found around the marshy- swampy areas of the country; they mainly feed on tilapia and lungfish even if shoebills are considered to be piscivorous.

Karamoja Apalis

Though not much is known about these birds, they are part of the Cisticolidae family/Warbler family and were first spotted in Karamoja in 1919 which explains their English name.

You have probably heard them sing the first and last song of the day out in the shrubs when you visit the village. They tend to nest in low thorny thick shrubs and can be easily spotted around the savannah in the national parks of Uganda, although they are more common in the North Eastern part of the country. The Uganda Karamoja Apalis is usually grey in color and almost the size of a small fist.

African Green Broadbill

This bright- green with a blue throat bird has a small bill, quite unlike those of the other broadbills. The African green broadbill is also known as Grauer's Broadbill and can be identified by their leafy green color with a light blue breast/ rump and short but protruding tail. They can be found in the Albertine region of Uganda, especially in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. They are classified as vulnerable due to constant degrading of most of its habitats.

Great Blue Turaco

The Great blue turaco is one of the largest species of the Turaco bird group that is found in Uganda; they are common in dense tropical forests such the Mabira. Their physical characteristics make them look like a cross between the great eagle and the peacock. They have very beautiful bright colored feathers; blue body with a yellow breast and red- yellow beaks. The Great blue turacos are reducing in number, since they are hunted down for meat and for their feathers.

Doherty’s Bush Shrike

The Bush Shrike is a bird from the Malaconotidae family and is found in the shrublands of Uganda and forests on and around the slopes of Mountains. They have bright colors; black, yellow, red and a little grey that almost make them look like they are wearing the Ugandan flag on their feathers. They are among the most common birds one can find in the country when birding and their population is mostly stable.

Black Breasted Barbet

Lybius Rolleti is a bird indigenous to Africa but are usually rarely to find, they nest in thick vegetation areas and known to be very solitary birds. They are plump-looking, with large heads and their heavy bill is fringed with bristles. Black Breasted Barbets feed off of fruits such as guavas and mangoes plus small insects and vertebrates. Fruit is eaten whole and indigestible material such as seed pits regurgitated later. African barbets are quite similar to the American barbets which also belong to Piciformes.

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What You Didn’t Know About The African Lion

Uganda has over 500 Panthera Leo also known as Lions living in the National Parks, reserves and habitats in the country; Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Park among several others.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is known to have the biggest number of Lions which are also famous for their tree climbing antics.Do you think you know a lot about Lions? Here are a few facts you might not be aware of.

Habitat

The African lion will not be found in the jungle, but you will definitely find it slinking in the underbrush of the savannah patiently waiting for the right prey and they easily blend in away from the eyes of the innocent targets.

When in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is easy to spot the Lions lazily sprawled on low hanging tree branches or under a tree and dense bushes in the heat of day.

Pride Rules

Lions live in groups called Prides, which comprise of males and females. Within the pride, there is always one Alpha male; one that heads the group and when he grows older the younger males will fight with him in order to become the Alpha.

Lions as their smaller domestic cousins, tend to enjoy licking, head rubbing, touching and purring at each other when they are resting. They always keep in touch with each other by roaring from wherever they are so that the others can hear them.

Lioness Power

The female Lions are the ones who are usually in charge of the hunt, they will move miles through the habitats looking for easy prey. They usually hunt in packs for the whole pride although in the end the males always get the biggest share of the hunt. The males take charge of the pride’s safety.

Thirsty Cats

Lions are known to drink water everyday so they usually stay near a water hole, although they can go up to 4 days without water especially during the dry season or when they are migrating or hunting for food. They obtain the necessary moisture from the stomach contents of their prey.

Nurturing

In a pride, sometimes two lionesses give birth at the same time and raise their cubs together. A lioness can raise cubs that are not her own, they tend to allow the cubs to suckle her milk when their mother is not able to feed them.

The litter are usually nurtured from birth till when they can fend for themselves, although when food scarcity hits the pride, some mothers might abandon their cubs.

Lazy Pride

Like it is in most cats, lions are lazy; they can sleep for over 20 hours a day since most of their other time is spent hunting and protecting their territory. That’s why sometimes when you go to parks or the Zoo, you will find that they are always lying down or not as interested in your activity as you would expect.

Lone Wolf

Some lions choose not to live among the Pride, they usually wander off alone especially young males that have come of age. They leave the pride for a number of years living as Nomads and getting stronger looking for a pride of their own to take over.

Others are known to join other prides as nomads, this is usually the male that was toppled by a younger one. Although, lone lions do not get mates and are easily prone to poachers and hunters, making their lifespan short.

Eating Habits

Generally, lions feed on antelopes, deers, kobs, elands, mice, lizards, warthogs and because they have a well organised hunt unit in the pride, they can easily hunt down animals as big as young elephants, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, rhinos and even giraffes.

During the dry season when food is rare, lions can scavenge for food or take over food that has been hunted for by the hyenas, leopards or cheetahs.

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Zikunta Art Exhibition To Examine Multiculturalism In Africa

Wasswa Donald August is back in a solo exhibition for the very first time at Under Ground! He has a new body of artworks he has been crafting since 2015 which include an unusual installation, sculptures and drawings. He is going to transform the exhibition space into one gigantic artwork where the installation, which will involve over 100 models, will be the main attraction.

The exhibition is entitled "Zikunta". Zikunta interrogates the effects of the movement of people. It focuses in particular on the psycho-socio consequences of migration, especially the phenomenon of rural-urban migration.

It also examines the current refugee crises all over the globe and the connect between neo-colonialism in African countries and the search for greener pastures away from Africa. Zikunta finally dissects multiculturalism or the meeting and coexistence of diverse cultures in the areas of religion and thought, and the nature of communication between these two areas.

The exhibition is set to open on 3rd September 2016 at 11:59pm at Nakumatt Oasis Mall Basement with a performance and the installation. The unusual hour, a minute shy of midnight is no accident. It implies how time gets suspended and lose meaning in extreme situations of ecstasy or crisis, such as when people flee their homes and become refugees in a foreign land.

In making his artworks, Wasswa draws from his personal experiences like the return of Asians to Uganda in the late 1980s and 1990s which led to his family having to vacate the Nakivubo Flats in the city center where he had grown up and migrate to rural Kyebando.

The artworks are also informed by the development of Kampala capital city that attracted the rural people to the city in search of better standards of living, and the political insurgencies in neighboring countries that have forced many people to seek asylum in Uganda. The official launch of ZIKUNTA Installation will begin at 11.59pm on Saturday 3rd September and end at 3am 4th September 2016

Getting The Groove On At The Nyege Nyege Festival

There is a growing trend in the events section right now, a sort of ripple effect that keeps people busy almost every weekend with a festival here and there. Over the past few months, there have been festivals ranging from food related, fashion and music. You will not fail to find one that fits in your niche for weekend related plans.

The Nyege Nyege festival is however different from the rest and this is not just about the name; the festival itself is about blending a fusion of several different artists, people and art into one colorful and beautiful show that lasts three days. Nyege Nyege can be loosely translated to “The feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance.

The festival is organized and curated by the Boutiq Foundation, a community based organization in Kampala Uganda, that aims to develop the local arts and culture industry by creating platforms and opportunities for upcoming artists. The festival also aims to connect underground musicians from around the continent with one another and with producers and musicians working with African music outside the continent.

This helps bring diversity to what most Ugandans rarely see in other festivals, experience and feel rhythms and tunes from Europe, USA, West, South and North of Africa; whilst listening to hidden gems of the East.

Last year, the festival was held with a throng of thousands showing up to not only enjoy the music that was being showcased but at the same time, discovering different forms of art from the artists that had gathered in Jinja.

The setting for this year’s Nyege Nyege festival is not going to be any different from 2015. Right on the lush banks of the Nile in the gardens of the Nile Discovery Beach hotel, a little distance from Jinja town and partnering with Jumia Travel gives most of the revellers discounted prices for their hotel bookings in Jinja throughout the festivals.

A number of acts from countries such as the Kenyan and Ugandan underground scene with performances from Blinky Bill, The Dons, EA Wave, Lady Slyke, Albert Ssempeke, Otim Alpha, Tetuni Shani, Yellow Light Machine, Cosmic Homies, Kaya Collective and Shoeshine Bwoy, Blessed San, Undercover brothers and Lawrence Okello.

Many acclaimed international artists renowned for their work with African sounds will also be joining the lineup including Tropical Bass pioneer Daniel Haaksman from Germany, Dub Morphology from the UK, DJ Zhao from China, Tropikal Camel from Israel, Schlachthofbronx also from Germany and the legendary MC Zulu will grace the two fully decked stages with state of the art sound systems. 

Arlen Dilsizian, one of the organisers says, “In Luganda, Nyege Nyege means 'irresistible urge to dance'. The idea of the festival came up because we felt that existing festivals in the region were not paying enough attention to new exciting genres of music that were emerging from across the continent, like Kwaito, Balani, Kuduros, coupe decale as well as to recent trends to fuse African sounds with European dance aesthetics.”

 According to Arlene, whilst there were many urban festivals in the region, what was missing was a festival in Nature where music lovers get away and let loose for 3 days of music, art and culture in an intimate setting. The festival is also a chance for different producers from different parts of Africa and Europe to meet, interact and collaborate.

“We find it crazy that legends of African music like Mamman Sani, the godfather of Electronic music in this continent have in their 30 years’ career played all over the world but not in another African country other than his native Niger,” she adds, noting that the same can be said for young Balani star Luka Productions and afro-futurist Ibaaku from Senegal. They are all playing at this year’s festival.”

The festival happening from the 2nd to 4th of September will also feature a daily screening program of films and documentaries about music, art installations, food from some of the best restaurants in Kampala at great prices and a kitenge corner where tailors will modify people’s clothes. A fun packed weekend for 120,000 UGX and you can buy your tickets on Jumia

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At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

 

 

Let Travel Be Your Therapy

Every once in awhile everything around you will seem so overwhelming, a little too much on both sides that you will feel like you are drowning in a whirlpool. Whenever this happens, most people feel like getting away; taking a breather and forgetting about what is stressing them to the brim but some people do not just feel like getting away, they do get way.

Taking time away from everything, including taking a leave of absence from your workplace to travel, is a proven way in which you can use to relax your brain; in turn acting as a therapeutic dose to your exhausted mind. 

Refresh Button

Just like how all your gadgets start acting up after a certain period of use then you hit the reset button, your body needs that too. The strain you put on your brain because of work and your other personal related issues sometimes takes a toll and unless you give yourself sometime to relax, it might affect your health as well. Take some time off to refresh yourself away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. 

Rediscovery

Once we get older, we lose our sense of wonder and adventure that even the things that used to give us utter joy become mundane and ignored, but traveling gives us that feeling of rediscovery. You learn so much by going to places you have never been to, see things that leave you breathless and make you feel like a whole different person. You will find out your love for so many new different things just because you are experiencing new things. 

New Perspective On Life

It might seem like a cheesy statement many people say after something huge occurs in their life but it happens. In most cases it is referred to as a “Hallelujah” moment when you suddenly start seeing your life in a different light. Traveling as always does that to you, when you experience new things, you either start appreciating your own life and situations or you decide to pick yourself up and make a certain change. We at times neglect to see how important everything we have is, till we see how others are living or the beauty that the rest of the world has to offer.  

Learning

Every time you travel, your mind opens to new things and this helps learn a lot more than you did before. You grow in life by how much you manage to learn from your surroundings; there is always something new to see and discover. But because we are locked up in our day to day routines, we end up not noticing some of the most important life lessons. Give yourself time to learn, you will never regret it. 

Character Building

Studies show that people who travel tend to be more patient and empathetic to others in tense situations. The moment you leave your own home for a place you’ve never been to that does not operate the way home does, you learn what patience is. You learn to be tolerant towards situations that might usually send you into a fit of anger towards those around you. It is important that we cherish the interactions with new people on all journeys because it helps build our character. 

Breeds Space For Creativity

When you rediscover yourself and give you brain a fresh of breath air after seeing many new things and experiencing cultures you never knew you would, your creativity is easily stimulated as compared to before. At times our creativity dies out due to our stifling situations, we reach a point when racking our brain for ideas means taking hours and days of coming up with nothing; yet when we give ourselves a chance to experience new things, everything else falls into place. Nature helps us to release the negative energy we store within. 

People tend to think traveling involves leaving the country, flying out and vacationing in distant lands yet traveling simply involves you discovering new things away from your own home. You can leave Kampala for Mbarara, travel through the hills of Soroti and experience the beauty of Kisoro without breaking the bank. Rediscover your country and create for yourself a beauty within, as you traverse through the lands that you call home. 

 About Jumia Travel

Travel.jumia.com is Africa's No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it.

At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

How The Mobile Wallet Can Make Your Travels Easier

Technology was made to help ease most of our day to day activities and even if there exist a number of cons to using it, it's very important to appreciate the good that has come with it. A Mobile wallet can be easily defined as; apps or functions that have payment functionalities. Most wallets right now incorporate mobile money and online payments such as credit/ debit cards.

For example; in Uganda, you can pay for your bills using Mobile money and transfer funds off of your bank account to your mobile without leaving your couch. So why do you need a mobile wallet during your travels? 

What is Distance

Not every place you travel to is going to be a big city and yet every destination necessitates you to spend a certain amount of money at some point. Meaning you will have to carry money on you all the time, but with mobile wallets you money woes can be easily fixed by a click on an app and everything will be back to smooth sailing as you enjoy your vacation with no worries. 

Bulky Cash Problems

Traveling can become hectic especially when you are carrying huge sums of money that you have to declare to the authorities as to avoid suspicion and legal woes. You want to spend the money but carrying it is an issue yet you can easily access all your finances with a few apps on your phone or maybe send it via mobile money which easily sorts everything out without having to be stopped for carrying huge sums of money. 

ATM Issues

Sometimes even banks have internal glitches that affect their ATM systems and this means that you will not be able to access your accounts for a certain amount of time yet, what you want to do does not need to wait that long. Your mobile wallet gives you access to all your funds at all times including late hours when the banks are closed but you need to make transactions.

Payments Made Easy

It goes without saying that no one wants to line up in a bank every month to make payments for the necessary bills, hotel payments, flight booking and several others anymore. Having a mobile wallet enables you to easily complete all your pending payments without going to a bank or customer care centre especially when you are very far from home. 

Loans and Savings

In Uganda recently, MTN Uganda a leading telecom in the country started a new service that enables its customers get mobile money loans easily as long as they are registered. As an avid traveler, there are situations where you will find yourself of a quick loan especially when you are a little far to collect the necessary documents. Having such a services eases your mind especially when you have taken some much needed time off. As well as borrow loan from your mobile wallet you can use it save money on the side for more of your upcoming adventure. 

Customer Assistance

There are so many banks that are embracing after services for their online customer, this means that even when you are not near their customer care centre; you can still reach out for assistance on their social media or chat with their service assistants on their websites for further help. 

 About Jumia Travel

Travel.jumia.com is Africa's No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it.

At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

Thrilling White Water Rafting Locations In Africa

If there is something the African continent was blessed with, its plenty of everything beautiful. Every country on this continent has something worth exploring, something that will give you an experience of a lifetime.

Across the continent you will find something for everyone, including some of the best white water rapids that any thrill seeker would want to experience at some point on their adventures. 

Blue Nile Falls

Cascading down from the Tana River one of the major tributaries of the River Nile in Ethiopia, the Blue Nile falls give you a spectacular experience with gorgeous views of the wildlife in the area. The rapids are classified as Class V. 

Mangoky River

Madagascar is beautiful, magical and full of many unexplored wonders, the rafting experience will take through an adventure on the bubbly Mangoky River whose surroundings are home to many different species of Lemurs, butterflies, birds and you get a chance to see baobab trees too along the Class II rapids. 

Ahansel River

Up the Atlas highs through Marrakech runs the Ahansel river that gives birth to the Cascade D’Ouzoud a phenomenal waterfall that will cost you approximately 30 Dirhams to paddle through for a good experience near the Ouzoud. 

Orange River

No, the river is not Orange as the name states but the it was named after the Dutch Royal House by Robert Jacob Gordon and has its origins from the Drakensberg mountain. Orange River or Senqu River is the longest river in South Africa and is also ranked among the best locations for beginner or expert rafting experiences right from the Augrabies Falls. You will pay close to Rand 4000 for the full experience. 

Bujagali Falls

The most popular rafting destination in East Africa Bujagali, known to the Basoga (a tribe indigenous to the area) as Budhagali is one of the best white water rafting locations Uganda has to offer. Right on the White Nile with Class V rapids, get ready to be excited and thrilled at the same time. The area is also best for bungee jumping and kayaking. 

River Zambezi

The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa and home to one of the highest falls in Africa. The river is located in Zimbabwe with Class V rapids near the Victoria falls making them very conducive for a thrilling paddle adventure. White water rafting near the falls is very suitable for experienced rafters and not advisable for beginners. 

Rufiji River

Formed by the confluence of Luwegu and Kilombero rivers, Rufiji is found in Tanzania an East African Country with unfound beauty. Though the rapids are rated at Class III, rafting along the river is worth experiencing with the surrounding scenic beauty along its shores. 

There are a number of other other locations you choose from including: Manambloo and Breed rivers in South Africa, Tekeze and Omo in Ethiopia among many others. 

 About Jumia Travel

Travel.jumia.com is Africa's No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it.

At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

 

 

Turning Your Home Into A Bed And Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast or B&B as they are commonly known are usually a private home with extra space that is rented out as a lodging facility. In Uganda, there are a few B&Bs available since most people prefer turning completely into a hotel or motel than staying around.You can easily turn your home into a B&B if you have extra living space that will bring in some income for you, especially if the children have moved out. 

Research

You need to research more on what you require to set up your B&B for legal reasons and regulations to be on the safer side. At the same time, find out what your guests will be needing depending on what clientele you will be hosting over the duration of your business. 

Permits and Registration

Jean Byamugisha, the Executive Director of Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA), says that there are guidelines and prerequisites that one needs to follow/meet to be certified as a fully operating B&B in Uganda. This means that as a soon to be owner of the B&B, you have to obtain a certificate from UHOA and the necessary paperwork from other concerned bodies to start operating. 

Refurbish The Home

It is best to renovate the interior of the home and give it a unique inviting look that will appeal to your guests who will be staying at your house. This means you get rid of all the old stained furniture that will stand out as an eyesore in the spaces that the guests will be given access to. 

Appropriate Facilities

Every B&B needs to be well facilitated. Amenities ranging from bathrooms and toilets need to be modern and updated enough for not to inconvenience your guests. If your budget can afford you providing each room its own bathroom and toilet plus kitchenette, do it. This will help reduce congestion, disease control and tempers inconveniences during the busy season. 

Employees

It might seem like an easy job to run a B&B but you will need some extra hand with a number of chores around the venture. Unless you are a certified chef or added a well stocked kitchenette in rooms, you will definitely need a chef to make sure all the meals are on time. Someone else to help you with the laundry and another extra hand with keeping the compound/ home immaculate for the guests. 

Advertising

Every business needs that extra push to help it reach the target market and you cannot do that without doing some form of public advertising. You will need to create fliers, brochures or use the internet with social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc being easy and free to use.  You can also add your business to booking sites such as Jumia Travel that will help provide you with some of the important visibility. 

Keeping The Books

The biggest pitfall for most businesses is not being good at maintaining the accountability side of  everything. When you plan and make sure everything you spend on is relevant to the business at the same time monitoring what goes and comes into it, you make it easy for you to know if the business is continuing to bring in returns or making losses. Keeping the books makes it easy for you make the important financial decisions that will affect your business. 

About Jumia Travel

Travel.jumia.com is Africa's No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world.Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it.

At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Management Tips For Customer Satisfaction

Over the years, the hospitality industry in Uganda has grown vastly and at a rapid rate; with several hotels, motels, hostels and tent cabins being set up in almost every district in the country. You cannot travel through the country and not find a suitable place to rest up; there will always be a hotel or motel around the corner.

The growth of hotel structures in the country does not mean that the quality of hotel services has improved over the years though. Away from the chain hotels whose services are tailor made to represent the brand name, other hotels do not live up to the expectations. How can the hotel management raise the standards of the hotel services to a more befitting one? 

Well Trained and Professional Staff

You cannot have quality services provided to your guests if your staff is not professional and well trained to do their job. The biggest complaint most people give while booking a particular recommended hotel online, is usually how the staff do not do their job as expected. It is best that the staff hired by the hotel owners are those that are qualified enough to do the job and keep the customers coming back. 

The Customer is King

That might come off as a corny economics line, but in any service based industry, the customer keeps your business afloat. Therefore, the moment you listen to them and provide the best services necessary for them to feel appreciated in your hotel, you will not lose them. It is very easy to lose guests as easy as it is to have them at your hotel.

Hotel Names

Most Ugandan hotel owners name their hotels after a loved one or their favourite verse in the Holy Book and in some instances after a quote which makes for a rough road when it comes to marketing. Like it or not, so many customers judge a hotel by its name and that might deter your booking capacity especially if your hotel has a name that makes them assume it is one of the roadside sleazy lodges just because of the name you gave it. Give your hotel a unique but good name that can help it stand out and memorable enough for your customers to appreciate. 

Invest In The Lodgings

Apart from staying at the hotel because you have to rest up on your journey, the biggest number go to hotels to relax and have a change of environment away from the usual routine of their daily life. No one wants to rest up in a hotel that has messy, creaky beds with dirty floors and no restaurant.

The only way customers will come to your hotel is if the standards of the lodgings are suitable for them. Invest in your hotel; buy the best and affordable beds available; make sure the staff keep the rooms pristine, supply the rooms with everything necessary to keep the customer at home during their stay.

Improvements

Research on ways to improve and make your hotel grow for the best; an example would be if your customers complain about the same thing, find the root cause of the problem and create a solution for it instead of sweeping it under the rag. If you have a competitor who is doing better than you are, do not copy them but look at what makes them more appealing and tailor make that to suite your brand. 

Experiment

If you have good and well trained staff, it means they can be accommodating of any good change you bring at the hotel especially at the restaurant. Try as much as you can to play around with your menu and experiment with new things so that your customers never get bored with what you serve. 

Extra Facilities

What best way to keep the business alive but by adding facilities that many of your customers enjoy? Facilities such as the gym, spa, bar, restaurant, craft shops, swimming pool and gardens for parties will help the hotel keep busy even when the season for lodgings is lower than expected. Keep well manicured gardens, a fully equipped and well maintained gym so that the customers always see the beauty in your hotel. 

Embrace Marketing

Most hotels in Uganda have recently embraced digital marketing which mostly includes visuals and online on social media sites; this is highly improving their visibility to customers who did not know the hotels’ existence. The best form of marketing you can have is partnering with an online booking site to handle most of your bookings. Online hotel booking sites such as Jumia Travel give your hotel free advertising which includes good images of your hotel, pricing (discounts) and online campaigns tailormade at showcasing customers what your hotel offers. 

Good Working Environment

Happy employees make for cheerful service delivery. This means you have to treat your staff well including availing them with good working incentives to keep them happy with their working conditions. Do not reprimand them whilst in  the presence of guests ; respect your staff to make your work easier as the management. 

About Jumia Travel

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At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France).

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Climate Risks: Pastoralists in Kenya Get US$77m From World Bank

The Government of Kenya last week launched Kenya’s component of the US$197m Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP). Over 93,000 households whose livelihoods rely mainly on pastoral activities in the 14 participating counties are expected to benefit directly from the project.

The RPLRP supported by the World Bank Group is designed to help the beneficiaries manage climate risks, develop coping mechanisms against drought and animal diseases that are frequently the bane of African pastoralists.

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) is contributing US$77 million for the Kenya component. Besides Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are participating, and 267,000 households are expected to benefit directly from the project in the three countries.

“Our main focus is on livestock, which we all know, is the single most important asset and the key source of food and income for pastoralists.” said Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya. “Pastoralists face unique challenges because they also live in the most under-resourced areas in Kenya, and this project will help mitigate some of them.”

The project aims to reduce the death rate of cattle by 30%; increase the value of livestock traded in selected project markets by 10%; reduce the number of livestock traded in drought years by about 8%; increase the number of livestock traded in normal years by about 6%, and to also halve the time lapse between early warning information and the response.

A vaccination campaign saw over 15,000 heads of cattle, 10,000 sheep and goats vaccinated during the launch which took place at Muwarak/Posta (PND) in Laikipia County. Major livestock routes converge in the PND area in search of pasture and water in times of drought, and as they head to Rumuruti livestock market. As a result, it is an area that is prone to livestock disease outbreaks.

“The focus on livestock corridors like in Laikipia is based on the reality that seasonal and cross-border movements are a crucial feature of pastoralist livelihoods and coping mechanisms against droughts and conflicts.” Philip Jespersen, Senior Social Development Specialist and Co-Task Team Leader for the project. “The ecosystems from which pastoralist derive their livelihoods often go beyond national borders and counties as do the market networks.”

Reaching the pastoral population and improving their livelihood resilience is key to achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030 and realizing the World Bank’s twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

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