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.

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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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A Vacation For The Soul



 

It’s quite amazing how we think there is very little we as human beings can do alone. You do not picture yourself taking adventures and having fun without your family or friends.

You do not give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you will enjoy your own company and not miss other people, because you are so used to doing a lot of things with others.

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Before you embark on anything you should know that, there is a difference between lonely and being alone. One can only be lonely because they do not feel the presence of those they love in their life. While alone is something you choose to do; being away from people. As human beings, it is important to embrace being alone, it cannot be avoided. You will not always be surrounded by people you love, there are times when you will not have them around you. And that is not a bad thing.

 

Every once in awhile, we all need to get away. We need time all to ourselves and not because we can’t stand the ones we love or our jobs. But only because, we need some “me time” to appreciate the most important person in our lives, ourselves. You can choose to do it for a day or even go as far as flying out of the country to some island to discover new things for yourself. Getting away from everything does not necessarily mean that you have to pack your bags and run away. It means giving yourself enough time to grow you.

 

As adults, we spend our lives going through the motions; graduate, get a job and everything becomes scheduled for us. We forget how it feels like to take time off and breath without worrying about the next problem or those we love. But once you take a moment to breath, give your mind and heart time off to just relax and get there, your body appreciates you for it.

We never appreciate the free time we had when younger till the years seem to be rushing by.

So why wait for the later years to celebrate your life? Do it now; go for that road trip, try new things, go dancing, spa day, read those books or even try something extreme like kayaking and give your soul the vacation it deserves.

 

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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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Ugandans Need To Do Better In Promoting Uganda


As the International Associations of Athletics Federation World Cross-country event that was held over the weekend unfolded, there was so much noise about what could have been done to promote it even better than we did. The event falls under the sports tourism section that Uganda neglects when it comes to promoting what the country offers.
An event of such heavy magnitude brings so many nations in one country with some of the biggest media houses camping in the city to get ready for the final day.
Away from covering the city with Ugandan flags like we do during independence week, what more could have been done?

Publicity
Maybe most people do not understand how PR is for events and marketing, but without it most campaigns are not relatable to the masses. Well planned PR strategies give a human face to whatever you try to market. Sheilah Nduhukire, a journalist with NTV Uganda, remarked on Saturday how it is important to not assume the media is an extension of your PR department. If you do not make effort to reach out and give them a storyline, how are they going to help you create a big cloud of publicity? You do not put up banners, billboards and street pole advertising for a big event just days to the d-day.
Journalists are there to carry 10% of your marketing but you are supposed to do the heavy lifting. The PR plans and how to execute them should be something worked on for months before the campaign kick-starts. Do not expect journalists to be there ready to take whatever you throw at them, they have many companies and issues in the country to cover.

Teamwork
The whispers and meeting about the IAAF event started at around December 2016, although the actual planning started in January 2017. Yet, it didn’t look as well planned. According to someone involved in the planning, the event was a battle of wills of who of the major bodies is above the other when it comes to execution. With cards held close to their own offices, how do you expect to jointly use a huge event to promote the country when everyone wants to take individual credit.
Actual Branding
When you looked at the track where the athletes were running from, all you saw were placards of the Ministry of Education And Sports, Tourism Uganda to mention but a few. Everyone knows that sports fall under the Ministry of education and sports so why not put up well branded pictures of what the sector has done to promote sports in the country? Happy children running track in a stadium or maybe the cranes playing ball? Something that speaks work and the brand the ministry is supposed to advertise. Instead of Ugandan Tourism banners, why not throw in beautiful pictures of the scenery. The commentator subtly promoted Uganda more than most Ugandans did at the event. This is evident in most of the international events that Uganda hosts, we have not become creative with branding yet we have so much to play with.

Artistry
We usually use these huge events to promote our vast cultures with the Ndere Troupe always ready to show some Kiganda/ Kigisu or Kikiga dance for the guests; but why not go even further by promoting the other artistry? The ushers could have been dressed in something sporty made by one of our designers in the country. If you had looked closely you could have noticed the beautiful ladies handing over medals to the guests were dressed in gorgeous heels. Why weren’t those ladies wearing some of those well made heels with Ugandan fabrics on them? Some of these small things people pick up on when looking at the TV when the event is dragging.

Planned Tours
Yes we are very good at showing people around our country but we need to do a well planned tour for the visitors. When most people travel to new countries, some of the first things they want to try out is the local cuisine. Yet, the athletes were being sent fast food restaurants when the local food ones were just in close proximity.
If the athletes can’t make it to the countryside to see the animals plus the lush greenery of the hills. Bring it to them, all those beautiful visuals of the country would have worked well around the track.

History
How can a country that has such a rich history neglect cataloguing and taking care of it. The Uganda museum is now a place you don’t want to sit in for longer than 20 minutes. Most of the beautiful relics are dusty and left to rot while the toilets leave you wishing you didn’t drink all that water. We can do better than just blankets and wine at the Uganda Museum. It should be part of our most valued sites in the country, it should be respected and protected.

 

That being said, congratulations to Jacob Kiplimo for that Gold win. You made history.

 

 

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Kibuli Mosque: More Than A Beautiful View


 

 

Towering over 1,211 above sea level, Kibuli hill is among the several hills that make up Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The hill is located a few minutes from lake victoria, and if you are at the top you get a beautiful view of the lake shores as well as the city center with its towering structures.

The biggest chunk of Kibuli hill land was owned by the late Prince Badru Kakungulu who later donated the hill to the Uganda Muslim Council where the current Kibuli Mosque, hospital, and schools stand.

 

The Kibuli Mosque is one of the few old structural landmarks that still stand tall in Kampala, and is also deeply rooted to the history of Islam in Uganda. Islam is said to have come to Uganda in 1844 and was easily embraced by Kabaka Suuna II, who was the then King of Buganda. Kabaka Suuna II encouraged Islamic teachings throughout his kingdom and in no time, the numbers of believers grew. When Kabaka Mwanga II ascended on the throne, there were a few disagreements on some of the teachings and in the long run the kingdom and Islamic leadership were split.

 

Prince Badru Kakungulu, donated 80 acres of land to the Uganda Muslim Council for the construction of a mosque on Kibuli hill in the early 1930s and the construction commenced around 1937. When the Aga Khan visited Uganda in 1941, he started a campaign to raise UGX 250, 000/- for the construction of the mosque and was able to match up what was contributed which led to its completion.

The mosque was opened for prayers in 1951 and has been standing strong since then, watching over the rest of Kibuli like a guardian angel.

 

Although not as overwhelming in size as is the Gaddafi Mosque, the Kibuli Mosque has a classic feel to it. The mosque’s architecture will blow you away with a beautifully white washed exterior that seems to glow when the sun hits it just right. The towering minarets shaped like a well sculpted beacon stands tall adjacent to the aged but beautiful army green dorm that is almost covered with early morning mist before the sun rises.

As expected of most Mosques, you will find intricate and well made mosaic design with verses from the Quran strewn on the walls throughout the Kibuli mosque.

Inside the mosque is the prayer area which is called the Musalla, a spacious but bare part of the mosque where the faithfuls come to worship. The Musallah is kept bare because Muslims do not need chairs during prayers but you will find a few shelves alongside the walls. The shelves are known as Rihal and they usually house books as well as Qurans for those who do not have their own.

 

The most beautiful part of the Kibuli mosque or all mosques is the Mihrab. There is a way it looks like someone took time to paint and make it stand out from the rest of the prayer hall. A mihrab is an indentation that looks like an altar that marks the direction of the Qiblah for the faithfuls to face during prayer. Mihrabs are usually shaped like a doorway and give you an overwhelming sense of calm when you stand near it. The Mihrab at the Kibuli mosque has a sky blue color to it and is a little larger in size compared to most. It has a small passageway with a mat that is usually reserved for the person leading prayers and above it a round window like opening that brings in sunlight.

 

Due to the opening of the Kibuli mosque, other busy structures were constructed on slopes of the hill. Although within the same compound, you will find the Kibuli hospital which is one of the biggest in the country and just on the right is a nursery/primary school.

As the sunrises on the city after the last call of the Muazzin, there is a sense of closeness to The Almighty as you stare down at the suburbs of Kampala from the verandahs of the Kibuli. It is a feeling of contentment and peace knowing someone is looking down on you and protecting the city you call home.

 

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Foodie-cation Guide To The World


 

 

A foodie is any person that loves food. Everyone in the world qualifies to be one, but an actual foodie is that who will go the extra mile for good food as well as willing to be adventurous with the tastes of the world.

There are countries whose cuisines are a delight to the tongue, so what better way than to travel the world and discover the delectable goodness it offers?

 

China

There are very few countries you go to and do not find a Chinese restaurant or take- out place. The Chinese have a cuisine that has registered its place on the foodie map. Visit China and let your taste buds tour the big provinces from the hot spice of the Sichuan & Hunan cuisines to the light fresh sea and mountain cuisines of the Fujian province. China is an adventure waiting to unfold.

 

Jamaica

You might know Jamaica as the headliner for reggae, dancehall, and ragga music or the home of legendary musician Bob Marley; but is also one of the best destinations for foodies. The best way to experience Jamaican food is visiting the country and visiting some of their best local food eateries. The hot and spicy flavors in jerk chicken or pork, commonly known as the “national dish.” Or maybe try the spicy seafood platters, Ackee & Saltfish made plus delectable sauces made with local fruits from the island.

 

Nigeria

Probably one of the most famous African countries and for very many good reasons, one of them being the good cuisines. With Nigeria, food is an extra hot adventure and it is not just about fufu and jollof rice. Start with the delicious edikagikong, add some agbono, pepper soup with moimoi and top it off with egusi or lla alasepo to mention but a few.

 

Thailand

If you have never tried Thai food, it is very important that you hand in your foodie card. Thai food is among the most healthy foods in the world with fresh ingredients and little or no frying. Some of the best dishes you will need to try out are gang jued, a clear vegetable soup with pork strips; delicious comfort food kai jiew moo saap, and of course some street foods like moo dad diew and gai yang.

 

Italy

First thing that comes to mind when you think of visiting Italy is pasta and Pizza. Yet the country has a vast food basket ready to be explored once you visit. Taste your way through cities with their prized dishes such as ossobucco alla Milanese from Milan, panzanella from Tuscany, Focaccia from Liguria, and top it up with Pizza Napoletana from Naples or Friuli.

 

India

Where else will you get authentic Indian food but in the country itself. Although most people assume all Indian food is hot and spicy, traveling through the regions will give you a new taste of India. Try some thali when in Gujarati, seafood in Kerala, biryani in Hyderabad and when you get a chance, stop by someone’s home for the best home cooked Indian food.

 

Uganda

Recently named one of the most welcoming countries in the world, you have not lived till you try some of the best food on the African continent. Ugandan food is a mixture of cuisines representing the different regions of the country. You will be mesmerized by the many dishes ranging from ataapa, malewa, malakwang, matooke, eshabwe, katogo, and many green vegetable stews like egobe and bisunsa. While in Kampala, make sure to try the street food too such as the rolex and muchomo.

 

Mexico

Well, what is a foodie-cation without authentic mexican food? Travel to the country with one of the most famous foods around the world. Sit in local restaurants and enjoy some of the best enchiladas, tostadas, tamales, all the best made guacamole, chiles en nogada, chilaquiles and of course do not forget to try the elote. You will love it.

 

When you choose to visit other countries for their cuisines, make sure to document it so that everyone else gets a chance to see how good and delicious the food is. You might inspire another foodie while eating your way around the world.

 

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Plan Ahead For Your Easter Holidays


 

 

Easter is around the corner, that means there are going to be many deals popping up for the holidays just for you to travel. So why not use this long holiday to get away or do something with the family. We bring you some of the best travel packages for your Easter season around Uganda and discover some gems.

Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge

For Easter, the rates for Ihamba are going down in weeks before the holidays. The lodge offers private accommodation consisting African styled rooms with extensive living areas overlooking the magnificent Lake George. Each room features an en-suite bathroom, a pair of slippers, a working desk and a private deck. The bathrooms boast of large glass windows, offering a unique game viewing of breathtaking Lake George. Since its a drive from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, your Easter might consist of game drives and boat rides on Lake George.

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Imperial Resort Beach Hotel

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Long drives to the village can get tiresome sometimes, so why not spend your Easter in a little gem off of Lake Victoria in Entebbe? The resort is a walking distance from the Uganda Wildlife Education Center commonly known as the Zoo filled with wild animals. You can book one of the spacious rooms overlooking the Victoria before Easter at a huge discount.

 

 

Simba Safari Camp

Treat your family to a relaxing trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park this year and catch a glimpse of the famous tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Simba Safari Lodge is located near the national park making it easy for you to have those game drives and forest walks. The lodge has cottages, ensuite family rooms, dormitories with enough space for your loved ones to be comfortable during your stay.

 

Wild Waters Lodge

If you are looking for a wild thrilling weekend on the Nile, this might just be your place. One of the most visited lodges in the country will give you a rush with the roaring waves of the Nile right next to your room and poolside. For activities, you can choose to go white water rafting, bungee jump over the Nile or maybe just relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature around you.

 

TV and Order In

And if you are one of those people who have decided that Easter is for “me- time,” you can also catch up on your TV programs and stay relaxed with food being brought at your doorstep. Sometimes all we want is a long weekend indoors with the ones we love or alone shedding off the stress of the first quarter of the year.

 

About Town

For those who will not be traveling, there are a lot of Easter plans happening through Kampala. From concerts, to Easter egg hunts at hotels like the Kampala Serena and discounted movie offers at the Cinemas. Go to the spa, visit a couple  of friends/ family and enjoy every bit of you the holidays.

 

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Tips For Traveling While Pregnant


Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful miracles of nature and with a bundle of joy on the way, you are always going to be handled with care.

 

Of course, just because one is pregnant does not mean they should not go about their business, it only means now you have to do everything else with extra sense of care. It is now common for most expectant couples to go for a “baby moon” before the baby comes; meaning there will be traveling involved. So how does one travel with special cargo on board?

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Opt Domestic Destinations

Especially when you are a few weeks away from delivery, traveling near home is a better plan than flying off somewhere further. Traveling within your country means that when the baby makes a surprise appearance, you know where to rush off to during the emergency.

 

Stay Hydrated

Being that temperature levels in pregnant women always seem to be a little higher than normal, it’s important that you hydrate wherever you go. Carry water or juice on you but avoid fizzy drinks since they usually contain caffeine which is not recommended for pregnant women. Good hydration is essential in helping to replenish amniotic fluids and breast milk production.

 

Time Your Travel

If you are going to travel, plan it according to what stage of the pregnancy you are in. The first trimester usually comes with crazy storms that leave you too weak but it varies in many women. Use the second trimester to enjoy yourself, plan a trip and relax before you become too heavy to move about.

 

Choose Your Destination Well

If you are jetting off to a far off place or just traveling within, make sure the destination has emergency medical services at all time. Ensure the weather is also suitable for you and your pregnancy (not too hot or too cold). You need to weigh if the trip is worth it and why you are going to that destination in the first place.

 

Plan Ahead

In case you are in your last months of pregnancy, be ready for anything. Not all babies arrive at their scheduled time, some come early and others a little later. Carry your prenatal card with you, and a few baby things to be on the safe side.

Snack Away

Do not be embarrassed to snack your way through the holiday. Everyone knows that you are eating for two or more so, pack healthy snacks to keep those hunger pangs and cravings away.

 

Stretch

Don’t restrict yourself especially when you are flying since you need to stretch. Leave the window seat and take the one next to the corridor since it gives you legroom and doesn’t inconvenience your neighbor during those frequent bathroom runs.

 

Slow Down

Before you got pregnant, you might have been engaging in a number of activities. This time, do not mind sleeping through the day by the pool or just doing yoga whilst everyone else is off doing something adventurous. Enjoy this lone Mummy and baby time.

 

Enjoy Yourself

Whatever holiday you choose, enjoy yourself. Look for activities that will work well with your condition and make memories.

 

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With the rapid growth of technology every passing year, many developments in different sectors of the economy emerge; creating employment opportunities and ease of which some of the work is done.

Online Travel Agencies are part of a wave of e-commerce businesses that solely operate online but usually have partners they work with in the travel and hospitality industry all over the country or the world.

OTAs are travel websites that offer travel planning sources and booking services to travelers. Some agencies can focus on hotel or flighting booking and at the same time there are others that for more than one service; flight, hotel and travel packages for the countries they are in.

 

Depending on the countries they are centered in, OTAs have had a major increase in business when it comes to the countries they are based due to; internet growth, liberal and suitable company/ tax laws, good political environment among other factors. The reverse is also true, in that some companies will fail due to low technological growth, high taxes or lack of investor incentives, poor management etcetera.

Travelers prefer using OTAs whilst planning their sojourn due to some of these reasons:

 

  • Huge Database

Most OTAs especially the commonly used ones have a big database of hotels, airlines that you can easily browse through according to the destination you want to go to. This makes it easier for you than bookmarking several hotel websites or waiting to book on arrival.

 

  • Price Comparability

The good thing about having several hotels/ airlines on one site is being able to compare their prices for the same services offered. So instead of rushing to booking without checking for other affordable options and hence helping you make a less costly decision.

  • Discounted Packages

Most online travel agencies such as Jumia Travel usually have different travel packages on the site available to travelers and at times with huge discounts. Even better, you can ask for tailormade packages when you do not find one that suits your needs and if possible the OTA gets them for you.

 

  • Real Customer Reviews

It is always best to look through hotel/airlines reviews from some of the guests/ flyers who have been there before you book due to the wallet friendly prices. The good thing about OTAs is that users are able to post a review whether glowing or harsh about the advertised airline or hotel.

 

  • Flexible Dates

Instead of stressing about getting another booking after your travel dates change, all you have to do is change your dates on the site. The agency will handle the rest; call the hotel and reschedule your check in date or find you another place within your budget.

 

  • Good For Planning

It is easier to make a budget and plan for your itinerary when using OTAs since they have most of what you are looking for on one page. You get to book a hotel, book a flight, and schedule activities.

 

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African Music Festivals That Are Worth Traveling For


 

Music is an art that brings souls together. It is what binds hearts, speaking the deepest of languages that is understood by thousands around the world.

Now, imagine mixing music and travel, the two will give you adventure and joy. Although music festivals are not that big of deal to some people, they create one of the most diverse interactions for so many people across the globe. They travel from wherever they are just to attend some of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Clear your calendar this year for some of Africa’s biggest music festival.

 

  • Bushfire Festival- Swaziland

The festival supported by MTN is going into its 11th year of being one of the most celebrated festivals across Africa. Bushfire festival has a line up of over 100 artists reportedly coming from over 45 countries all over the world. Each with a diverse genre of music for the revelers to enjoy. The festival lasts two days and gives the proceeds of the event to charity in Swaziland. This year, the Bushfire festival will take place from the 26th – 28th of May which will mark 11 years and growing strong. The event brings together arts, food, and music for people who attend.

 

  • Mawazine Festival- Morocco

The festival which takes place in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, attracts some of the world’s biggest artists such as Wyclef Jean and Christina Aguilera. The festival has been running for over 16 years and is founded by Maroc Group. Its name “Mawazine” means Rythm of Music and this year it will be happening from the 12th – 20th of May with five stages for different genres of music where one of the stages allows revellers to attend the concerts for free.

 

  • Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumabo- Ivory Coast

The festival was created in 2008 and since then it has grown to attract crowds beyond the West African nation of Ivory Coast. The festival takes place in Anoumabo, a site that is in line with the founders (Magic System) of the festival whose history is rooted in the area. FEMUA as it is commonly known will take place from the 19th – 24th of April with artists representing the best of French speaking Africa.

 

Sauti Ya Busara- Zanzibar

Meaning “sounds of wisdom” the festival came into inception in 2014 and is organised by a Non- profit Organisation called Busara Promotion with the goal of promoting East African music. 11 years later, it has grown to hosting artists from all over the world and showcasing the beauty of live East African music. Although the event already took place this February, you can still plan for it next year.

 

  • Enkuuka Ya CBS- Uganda

You might laugh it off as just an event you wouldn’t attend but this is one of the biggest music festivals to come out of Uganda that promotes some of the country’s talent. You have artists from Afrigo, Ronald Mayinja to Navio and Keko all performing courtesy of the Buganda Kingdom. The festival attracts thousands of music enthusiasts all over Uganda for over a decade and happens every 31st of December.

 

  • International Jazz Fest- South Africa

In the heart of Cape town every year, is one of the grandest festivals on the continent. The jazz festival attracts some of the biggest music acts in the world to grace the industry all performing live on five different stages. The show boasts of a diverse attendance of music lovers from all over the world as well as catering to acts from South Africa. The jazz fest will take place from the 31st – 1st of April this year in Cape Town.

 

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