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In Uganda, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

In Uganda, The Lion Sleeps Tonight David Farley Oman was disappointed we didn't see a lion – almost as if it was a reflection of his masculinity. "Maybe tomorrow," he said, a tone of defeat pervading his voice, as he swung our jeep back toward the lodge. I was spending a couple days at Kyambura Lodge...

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda David Farley, AOL Knowledge, as they saying goes, is power. True. It also leads people to become annoying know-it-alls, Nobel Prize winners, dictators and/or plumbers. For me, though, it just made me a coffee snob. Let me explain. I've always appreciated good coffee but I...

New Long Distance Hiking Trail To Open In Africa

New Long Distance Hiking Trail To Open In Africa Julian Monroe Fisher If you've already crossed the Appalachian Trail off your bucket list, hiked the length of New Zealand along the Te Araroa and walked through the Alps on the Haute Route, then I may have found your next big adventure: a new long-distance hiking trail...

Unusual Event: Uganda's Royal Ascot Goat Races

This weekend, Uganda will be hosting their Royal Ascot Goat Races. Held at the Speke Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria, this annual tradition has been going on since 1993. According to BBC Travel, it came to be when a local sailing club decided to put on a quirky...

A Writer Returns To Uganda Without Ever Leaving

A Writer Returns To Uganda Without Ever Leaving I'd been looking for an excuse to leave Kampala for a several weeks. After our guard stole my roommate's bankroll and the security company asked us to decide whether he should be fired or pistol-whipped -- we settled on the latter after both protesting and soliciting...

Build your own adventure with the Africa Safari Planner

Build your own adventure with the Africa Safari Planner The Africa Safari Planner, a newly launched website from adventure travel company Natural Habit Adventures, gives travelers the ability to create their own custom trips to the African bush. The site, which launched earlier this week, provides options to visit nine different...

New travel philanthropy partnership helps children in Uganada, Africa, through their "$1 for the Future" campaign

New travel philanthropy partnership helps children in Uganada, Africa, through their Beginning this month, Marasa's Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, Africa, launched their "$1 For the Future" campaign in conjunction with USAID's Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift Program (USAID-STAR) and the Uganda Community Tourism...

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species This year in Africa, the fight between law enforcement and poachers of endangered species has flared into a war. In the first two months of 2011, nine poachers were shot dead in South Africa. Despite this, poaching is up. In that nation alone, 333 rhinos were killed in...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common...

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot For years Black Tomato has delighted old travel hands with its inventive, bespoke itineraries to various corners of the globe. The company is especially good at showcasing beautiful destinations not yet well-known to most travelers beyond the surrounding region. Among...

Mountain gorillas making a comeback

Mountain gorillas making a comeback In the latest in a spate of good news about wildlife conservation in Africa, BBC Earth reports that mountain gorillas have increased their numbers on Virunga Massif, their core habitat stretching across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From a...

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life Ethiopia suffers from a bad image thanks to the war and famine of the 1980s. As my series on travel in Ethiopia showed, however, this is a land of friendly people, beautiful nature, and fascinating historic sites. Infrastructure is slowly improving and the Ethiopians are...

Uganda hotels to charge less for locals

Uganda hotels to charge less for locals Uganda's hotels are facing tough times. Despite their country having top attractions such as Nile rafting trips, the Great Rift Valley, and safaris in the many national parks filled with wildlife, the average hotel is running at only 50 percent capacity. Adding to this...

Uganda defies terrorists and remains open for business

Uganda defies terrorists and remains open for business Way to go, Uganda. A week after a bomb ripped through a crowd watching the World Cup, Uganda has thumbed its nose at the terrorists and declared it is open for business. The country's tourism minister says they've beefed up security at public gatherings and are...

Uganda expands gorilla safaris

Uganda expands gorilla safaris Uganda has started work on habituating another mountain gorilla group to humans in order to expand safaris in its famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Habituation involves gradually exposing gorillas to humans in order for the highly territorial groups to get...

Uganda: the latest not so gay-friendly destination

Uganda: the latest not so gay-friendly destination While every city council and national tourist board seems to know the equation gay + traveler = big bucks, the central African nation of Uganda wants none of it. A controversial bill may soon pass that would not only outlaw homosexuality, but would also impose the death...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

The Catch-22 of Adventure Travel and the Environment

The Catch-22 of Adventure Travel and the Environment When it comes to adventure travel, the terms "sustainability" and "eco-friendly" get tossed around a lot these days. In some cases, these are just buzz words in a travel brochure designed to help travelers feel good about themselves before they head off to exotic locations....

12 great safaris from Nat. Geo.

12 great safaris from Nat. Geo. Thinking of heading to Africa on your next big trip abroad? Planning on going on safari while you're there? Then you're in luck, because National Geographic Adventure has a list of the 12 best safaris on the continent, with some amazing suggestions on where to watch...

Sustainble Farming Program in Uganda Offers Hope and Help

Sustainble Farming Program in Uganda Offers Hope and Help Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in Uganda is well-known throughout the world as the home for nearly half of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. However, gorillas are no longer the only entity on Uganda's endangered list. Bwindi's local...

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