Promoting domestic tourism through Mountaineering

By Scovia Kyarisiima
It was another amazing trip hiking Mt Muhabura on 24th June 2017.   A total of 50 guests from all over the country participated in the Mt Muhabura hiking. It has been evidenced perfectly well that Ugandans can make great contributions towards domestic tourism and supporting to promote Tour and Travel Operators.
It’s all about Uganda tourism sector giving them that special care and value that they deserve. Uganda wildlife authority {UWA} has done it all. We were given special treatment, protection and care. Mghahinga UWA staff led by Mr Pontius Ezuma and Mr Masaba has contributed to making us love tourism. I will live to thank you greatly!
 Mountain hiking is not an easy thing that everyone can just jump in the morning to do. It’s a challenge that takes only strong courage, determination, passion and love life health exercise. It’s in addition a challenge that takes high interest by citizens who are determined to explore and discover the beauty of our Uganda. That is why I must salute everyone that turned up for this challenge.  This is the best way Uganda tourism can be promoted by involving Ugandan sons and daughters. Last year I had a team of 30 guests, while this year it was a team of 50.
That means; the guests of last year did a lot of work and spread the good news about Mt Muhabura hiking. I can easily predict that in five years to come, I will be hosting over 200 guests coming to do the Mt Muhabura hiking.
 Among the guests I had from all over the country; included two political leaders led by Hon Jogo Kenneth; Chairman Rubanda district,  Hon Kyomugisha Catherine; district youth representative kabale district  and Hon Agrey Bandebaho; district youth representative Rubanda district. I want to thank these leaders with all my soul. I hope other leaders will borrow a leaf from them and develop the spirit of getting involved into activities that promote our country.
More so, another interesting hiking guest was a Church leader; Fr Arineitwe Ignatius; a priest from Kisoro Catholic Church. He left us all speechless when he moved with us like a real shepherded of God. He made it to the Peak of Mt Muhabura with the team and also sloped down the hill as the last person behind us, to ensure no one was left in the mountain. What do you Ugandans learn from this?
We need to get up and make our country proud of us. Let’s get up! Mt Muhabura hiking is an annual activity that takes place every year in June.
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