This week, billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, his wife Jyotsna and several of his Asian friends and their families descended on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a lifetime...
You have worked hard all year long. The festive season is a time to be together with your loved ones, rekindle the love and toast to the year’s joys as you usher in the New Year with gratitude. But you don’t have to break the bank. Speke Group of Hotels, Uganda’s largest chain of hotels with a portfolio of luxury and budget hospitality facilities has put together special packages for you, to make this festive season a memory to behold.
According to the Tourism Sector Annual Performance Report FY2017/18), 80% of Uganda’s tourist arrivals are from Africa with Rwanda and Kenya sharing 31% and 24% respectively. Outbound tourism from Africa to the rest of the world, has been growing from 9.8 million in 1990 to 42.1million in 2017, according to UNWTO 2018 Tourism Highlights). Again, according to United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNWTO), the largest majority of international travel takes place within travellers’ own regions (intraregional tourism)- 4 of 5 tourists travel within their own region. As such Africa remains a strategic tourist market for Uganda.
The 4th Kampala Cocktail Week is upon us. It will run from Wednesday, 27th November – 7th December 2019. For a full 10 days you have a chance to try as many new signature cocktails as you can at any or all of the 30 participating bars at UGX 15,000. No Tickets, No Vouchers, No Bookings. You simply walk-in to any of the participating outlets for an ultimate #KLACocktailWeek is best experienced with friends!
To celebrate Uganda Waragi, the headline sponsor for the last 5 years, Pearl Kitimbo Elisabeth, our Lifestyle Reporter, has handpicked 20 of the many cocktails that will be on the menu. The event is organized by Pearl Guide and co-sponsored by Radio City.
Uganda’s 10 highest paid music artists bag nearly a combined UGX600 million (USD162,000) a month in largely performance fees, a study done by CEO EA Magazine shows. This however does not include earnings from other hard to establish platforms such as celebrity endorsements, royalties by radio stations, discotheques and telecom companies who use their music as call back tunes.
Even though there is quite some competition in Kampala’s hotel space- with average occupancy rates standing at about 58% (a hotel needs about 40% occupancy to break even), with key noticeable names like Sheraton, Speke, Marriott, Serena, Hilton and Protea, all jostling for guests, Latitude 00 has also decided it has what it takes to compete with the big boys. And yes, they have put up quite a marvel of a property. Our lifestyle reporter, Pearl Kitimbo, gave them a visit and brings you quite some fascinating reviews!
Luwombo is a traditional delicacy that originates from the Baganda in central Uganda. It is a meal prepared in banana leaves and gets ready by the steam from water. The dish comes from as far as 1887 during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga. However, since then, the dish has been adopted by many traditions in Uganda and it is majorly served to important guests on functions. Here is how you can learn to prepare Luwombo on your own.
On their website, this is how Latitude 0° describe themselves: “We are more than just a hotel with 47 guest rooms and suites, a 24-hour front desk, and fast airport transfers. We are two restaurants and three bars with culinary delights and a wide variety of drinks from all corners of the world. We are a haven for relaxation and fitness through our spa, gym and swimming pools. We are a socialising and networking centre with lounges, rooftop bar, private dining and entertaining spaces, and a calendar filled with music, art, fashion and business events. We are a co-working hub with private workspaces, meeting and conference rooms. A unique African lifestyle hospitality, blending modern urban Africa with a cosmopolitan twist.
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