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Cassia Lodge – Best View in Kampala

This is a review of Cassia Lodge, in Kampala, Uganda. Continue reading

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Murchison Falls Continues to be Museveni's Punching Bag (or Punchline)

Can this really be happening? Murchison Falls National Park seems to be Museveni’s punching bag. First, it was opened up for unlimited oil drilling, and now he is demanding that the Madhvani Group, the owners of Paraa and Chobe Lodges, be allowed to build a golf course within the park. Clearly he does not take the concept of “National Park” seriously.

I think building a Wal-Mart or a 24-hour Nakumatt at the Top of the Falls would be a reasonable next step. Continue reading

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Yes, Northern Uganda IS Safe AND Amazing

Northern Uganda is no longer a place of war – it is a place of potential. Sure, it still has its challenges, but one of the things it needs most is to be more integrated with the rest of Uganda. What that will take is more people traveling there and seeing it as a living, vibrant part of the country rather than a mythical land of warfare and abductions. Continue reading

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Sport Hunting Suspended in Uganda

According to the website of Global Sporting Safaris, sport hunting has been temporarily suspended in Uganda.  Their source here said the suspension is largely based on questions around the ability to set appropriate quotas.  This is in line with the … Continue reading

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The Serengeti at 60 (mph)

The government of Tanzania has reopened discussions about building a tarmac (paved) highway across the northern part of Serengeti National Park, cutting directly across the path of the annual wildebeest migration. This highway has been proposed in the past, and … Continue reading

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The Permit Wars

I really don’t know where I come down on this issue.  On one hand, you have a monopoly over six of 48 gorilla permits on offer in Uganda each day.  On the other hand, you have a creative public/private partnership … Continue reading

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Conservation Can Reduce Poverty

Recently, a team commissioned by the International Institute for Environment and Development looked at 400 studies on the effects of conservation efforts on poverty around the world. They were trying to determine if there are any interventions that have a lasting positive effect on rural incomes. Continue reading

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Would you pay more for sustainable travel?

When you travel, do you try to travel responsibly? Do you really know where your money ends up? In the article below, the head of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators makes the case that more of the benefits of tourism need to reach the local people in order to truly have their support and to develop the tourism sector in Uganda to its full potential. He’s right. Continue reading

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