BATTLE OF SURVIVAL IN UGANDA

For God and my country, I write this article seated in a quite forest worried and confused of the state of the nation called Uganda, A nation where the input is very high but the output is approximately zero, Uganda is believed to be the pearl of Africa in tourism but its turning out to be the next living hell in Africa not only because of the alarming rates of unemployment but when one critically analyses the following situations I wonder the next name they would baptize the once pearl of Africa.

The nation being driven by one man for thirty years assuming that he’s the only man with a vision in the whole country I really wonder if the rest of the people were created with less brains to assume and provide better leadership, anyway were sticking on hope. The nation is sunk in debts from all international monetary organisations which loans are taken to improve the country’s infrastructure but the money ends up on one or two peoples accounts who peacefully swindle and enjoy the nation’s money which is meant to save millions of people they even walk away and untried because there is something called ORDER FROM ABOVE.

STAY ON THE WATCH AS I ANALYSE ISSUE BY ISSUE ABOUT UGANDA IN PHASE TWO.

Till then, I remain
Yours ASASIRA ANDREW
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HAPPYUGANDA 2017

We gladly welcome you all our readers to 2017, its been some time without us posting but we assure you were back in operation full and ready to share as usual. Happyuga

nda has managed to make a number of accomplishments, we turned into a fully functional NGO that provides relevant services to its stake holders with our target group being the child laborers.
As we always do watch this space for more information as were totally back into service and alot of great things are in transitions and plans ready to happen.

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wishing you all the best
ASASIRA ANDREW
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Tourist Attractions in Kampala

Tourist Attractions in Kampala
Visitors to Kampala are able to enjoy access to some of the most exciting tourist attractions in the world. Here’s our guide to help you make the most of the incredible sights on offer including Culture, Architecture, Historic Site, Monument / Statue, Museum, Places of Worship, Markets, and many more
Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda with over a population of 1.2 million (Census 2002). Kampala was founded on seven hills; Kasubi Hill which is where the Kasubi Tombs are found, Mengo Hill where the present Lubiri (Kabaka’s Palace) is and the Headquarters of the Buganda Court of Justice and of the Lukiiko, Bugand’s Parliament(Bulange), Kibuli Hill, which is home to the Kibuli Mosque, Namirembe Hill, home to the Namirembe Anglican Cathedral, Lubaga Hill, where the Rubaga Catholic Cathedral is, and was the headquarters of the White Fathers, Nsambya Hill, was the headquarters of the Mill Hill Mission. It now houses Nsambya Hospital and Kampala Hill, (also known as Old Kampala), meaning “the hill of the impala” and whence Kampala got its name, is where the ruins of Lugard’s Fort were. The city spread to other hills like Nakasero Hill, Mbuya hill making this a beautiful city.
Uganda National Museum

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The National Museum is 3km along Kira road from the heart of Kampala city. It is the oldest in East Africa. The museum was established in 1908 with assortments of item/objects from the different traditional chiefs. The Museum holds items on Uganda’s history, natural historical samples, musical instruments and archeological artifacts.
Kasubi Tombs

These tombs are found on Kasubi Hill and are 5 km on Kampala Hoima Road. This place is the burial ground for kings from the Buganda Kingdom. There are four previous kings buried in this place and these are: Mutesa I ruled from1856 to 1884, Chwa Daudi ruled from 1899 to 1939, Mutesa II ruled from 1939 to 1966 and Mwanga who ruled from 1884 to 1897. The place has a main burial tomb which is the biggest in Africa. The other smaller adjacent tombs are used as resident places for the care takers and houses for some of the kingdoms royal regalia.
What attracts visitors most to this place is the scrupulous architecture of the Large tomb and the other smaller hats, in addition to having a detailed observation of the pictures, regalia and hear stories of the former kings and history of the Buganda Kingdom.
Bahai Temple

The Bahai Temple is situated on Kikaya Hill just 7 km from the heart of the city on Kampala Gayaza road. This is the only temple of the Bahai faith in the whole of Africa.
This temple is of international importance and attracts followers of the Bahai faith from all corners of the world. It also attracts numerous visitors to enjoy the wonderful scenic view of Kampala City. The quiet surrounding environment additionally attracts people to come for prayers and meditation.
Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo

The Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo located along Kampala-Jinja highway and is one of the most distinguished shrines in Uganda and an important site among Christians in Africa. It is believed that, at Namugongo, 32 young Christian converts (Including Anglican & Catholics) were martyred on refusal to denounce Christianity, which was spreading like wildfire in Uganda right from 1870. This angered King (Kabaka) Mwanga II, prompting his to order the execution of the 32 men on Thursday 3rd June 1886.
Rubaga Cathedral

Rubaga Cathedral is located on Rubaga hill, about 5 Kilometers north-west of the City center. The Cathedral is the seat of the Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda. Rubaga hill was formerly a palace of Mutesa I but was donated to Bishop Hirth by his successor Mwanga in 1889. The Cathedral was opened on 31st October 1925.
Namirembe Cathedral

Namirembe Cathedral is located on a Namirembe hill adjacent to Rubaga hill. The hill is the seat of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church (Church of Uganda). The hill was donated by Mutesa I to the early missionaries in 1877. A Church was built at the site in 1880s and the Cathedral was built 1890.
Makerere University

This university lies on Makerere hill, just 3 km north of the centre Kampala City. This is the main higher institution of learning and the largest in Uganda; It was first established as a technical school in 1922. In 1963 it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London. It became an independent national university in 1970 when the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Makerere University. Makerere was home to many post-independence African leaders, including former Ugandan president Milton Obote and late Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere. Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa and current Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki are also Makerere alumni.
Mulago Hospital

Mulago hospital is the only existing referral hospital in Uganda. it is located 3.5km north east of the heart of Kampala City Center, and was initially a treatment center that started in 1913, and later built during the1950s. The major attractions at this hospital are the architectural buildings and research.
Kibuli mosque

Kibuli Mosque is one of the biggest mosques of Uganda with a beautiful view over Kampala; It’s located on Kubuli hill and regarded as the home for Muslims. A Buganda royal and colonial collaborator Prince Badru Kakungulu owned most of the hill. He donated the land atop the 3,973 feet hill where the Kibuli mosque stands today.
Gaddafi National Mosque

Gaddafi National Mosque also known as Kampala Mosque or National Mosque is a mosque situated at Kampala Hill in the Old Kampala area of Kampala, Uganda. Completed in 2006, it seats up to 5,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace will cater for another 3,500. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya built the mosque as a gift to Uganda. But mostly to the Muslim’s in Uganda
Independence monument
Independence Monument is Located along Speke road in Kampala, just opposite Standard Chartered bank, the construction of the Independence Monument was funded by the British Colonial government in the days leading up to Uganda’s first independence cerebrations on October 9, 1962. Depicting a man unwrapping his child and raising it to touch the sky, the towering sculpture signifies a new born country let free from the bondages of colonization. This monument was made from cement, sand, iron bars and wire mesh. It is the work of Gregory Maloba, a Luhya sculptor from Kenya who studied and taught art at Makerere University from 1939- 1965.
Ndere Centre the Home of Cultures

The Home of Ndere Troupe is a very unique architectural feature combining artistic creativity with simplicity and taking, modern African architecture and construction to unprecedented heights. Traditional dance, music and drama with modern arts using traditional instruments
Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sabha

Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sabha is a place of worship for all Gurdwara people. It is a place of fellowship where the gathered hear hymnals and recitals. Through the years the Gurdwara Indians have migrated to different locations in the diaspora, in so doing, they had erected Temples where they could continue to worship. The Sikhs participate in devotional hyms, recitals from the Guru Granth Sahib and fellowship at the community Kitchen known as the Langar.
Lubiri Palace

Lubiri Palace or Mengo Palace is the royal compound of the Kabaka or king of Buganda, located in Mengo, a monarchy that dates back almost 800 years. Mengo has been the main palace since it was first constructed in 1885 by Danieri Mwanga II Mukasa, the 31st Kabaka of Buganda. Measuring 4 square miles (10 km2) in size, the palace is ringed by a six-foot brick fence and has a small airstrip within its walls. They are the official residence of the Buganda
Kabaka’s Lake

The Kabaka’s lake is the biggest manmade lake in the country. It is found in township of Ndeeba close to 5 km from the city center in the west, on Kampala Masaka Road. It was under the orders of the previous king Mwanga of Buganda Kingdom that the lake was dug. The 52 distinct Buganda clans consider it sacred and the clan leaders mobilize their people to have it cleaned.
Around the lake have been constructed several cottages to offer accommodation. Activities on the lake are: boat racing, catering services and pleasure trips.
Sir Albert Cook site
In 1896, when the Church Missionary Society (CMS) sought missionaries to come to Uganda, he volunteered. They took a journey by sea, landing at Mombasa after two months. After a two-month rest at Mombasa, with 500 porters mobilised for the caravan, he started the over- 1,360-mile trek to Kampala arriving after three months. 1897 he established Mengo Hospital, the oldest hospital in East Africa. He married Katharine Timpson, a missionary nurse, in 1900, with whom he had two daughters and a son. Sir Albert Cook site is located in Mengo, Kampala.
Mbogo Tombs
This tomb is the burial ground where the first Moslem from the Baganda tribe was buried. Mbogo a brother to the late prince Kakungulu who was the delegate of the colonial government that was responsible for managing and administering most of Eastern Uganda. The tombs are found Kawempe Division in Mbogo zone.
Muganzi Lwaza Hill
This hill is situates approximately 10m from the heart of Kampala city center off Kampala-Gayaza Road. It has a church and an ancient house. The old house is a house of the Buganda king’s mother. It is presumed that it was the area were mothers of long ago Buganda Kings used to sit ass the watched over the burial grounds of the kings in Kasubi.
Lugard’s Fort at Old Kampala
Lugard’s Fort is found on Old Kampala hill and overlooks the heart of Kampala at just 2 km North West from the heart of the centre of the city. It is national significance and denotes the colonial period under the governess of Captain Fredrick Lugard who was the first governor of this then Protectorate.
Owino market

Owino Market the busiest market in Kampala, which sprawls around the Nakivubo Stadium, near the taxi parks. Here you can find all sorts of goods for sale, but it is most popular for its wide range of second-hand clothes from Europe, Asia and the USA.
Nakasero Market

Nakasero Market is Kampala’s most famous market and located at the foot of Nakasero hill and just below Kampala Road. It sells fresh food, textiles, shoes and cheap electronics. It is divided into two areas, one partially covered, where produce is sold, and another located in an attractive old building, where hardware, clothes and even a few tourist items are on sale.
Old Kampala
One reason Old Kampala also stands out from all other suburbs is its unique architecture and building plan foisted by Indians.
Kampala hill was the nucleus of the city of Kampala. When the city expanded to other neighboring hills, the place began to be referred to as Old Kampala, a name that is still in use today, 123 years later. It has two faces to it; one that looks evidently senile with a rich history of colonialism and the other a fast-growing commercialized town of sorts
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Come and experience our hospitality wherever you go and get in touch with our wide variety of fascinating cultures and local traditions. Our people are ready to show you natural wonders and the beauty of The Pearl of Africa
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Gorilla Tracking, Bird watching, Chimp Tracking/Habituation, Cultural Encounters, Cycling/Mountain Biking, Game viewing and Game Drives, Hiking/Nature Walks, Hot Springs, Launch Trips, Mountain/Volcano Climbing, Sport Fishing, Wildlife Research Tours, Horseback Safaris and riding, Eco-tourism, Rafting, Canoeing and Boat riding, Bungee jumping, Bush Camping, Kayaking, Voluntourism, Honeymoon and a lot more….

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Welcome back to Uganda

Dear our esteemed readers we welcome you back to our web page again its been a while without posting, we had taken off a break  to research more about what we write with an aim of providing you with the best.

we also wish to inform you that happyuganda blog is going to present more about tourism and natural aspects since its the more demanded sector of our readers, clients and most of our stake holders. please don’t for get to read and post a comment because they grately help us provide you more efficient services.

we thank you again for reading our blog.
YOURS FAITHFULLY
ASASIRA ANDREW

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UGANDAN NATIONAL PARKS

A serene and scenic land baptized the pearl of Africa; it’s where the east African savannah meets the Western African jungle with flourishing wildlife cultures and population. Uganda has it all, being a home to two world heritage sites i.e. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. A trip accompanied by the country’s diversified rich cultural heritage will obliviously make your trip memorable such as the famous karamajong pastrolists, pygmies of the Semiliki forest, the Baganda well known for Matooke delicious meal and love of their Kabaka.
With more than 1000 bird species Africa’s friendliest city located at the geographical heart of Africa with more than 30 indigenous languages with the most ancient inhabitants being the Batwa and the Bambuti. Rwenzori foothills being the home to the Bakonjo, the Bagisu of Mountain Elgon which are known for the Imbalu ceremony an individual ceremony to initiation to manhood in their culture
Here we present the most fascinating tour destined National Parks and what they host for the easiness of you our esteemed readers who plan on visiting Uganda for a short or long term holiday trip to Uganda.
1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
It’s a home to over 350 mountain gorillas; one can go for gorilla tracking, elephant views, chimpanzee, monkeys, a small percentage of antelopes as well as 23 bird species in the Albertine rift.
2. Murchison Falls National Park
Here one can have a clear interesting view of many different wild animals such as lions, buffalo, elephants, Uganda kobs, patas monkeys with immense concentrations of hippos and birds
3. Rwenzori Mountains National Park
A simple but miraculous place where people experience world class hiking with slopes designed with patterns of ever green bamboo forests, with giant heathers, lobelias, and groundsels
4. Queen Elizabeth National Park
It serves as a home to wild life including Buffalos, Elephants, and Antelopes with more than 600 bird species this proves the ecological diversity of this park, with unique giant forest hogs and legendary tree climbing lions of the Ishasha sector
5. Mgahinga National Park
A wide range of mountain gorillas which offer full time protection to the active volcano that run along the boarder of Rwanda and Congo
6. Semiliki National Park
With the famous Hun rain forest running up to Congo with a special interest to the Ornithopologists for some 40 Congolese bird species recorded nowhere else in the country with swamp dwelling shoebill at the Semiliki wildlife reserve
7. Kibale National Park
It’s a total primatologists dream, hosts more than 1000 chimpanzees and a half dozen readily observed monkey species with the famous ones being Acrobatic Red Colobus, and the handsome L Honest Monkey.
8. Lake Mburo National Park
Serves as the closest Savannah reserve to Kampala located in the centre of swamp fringed lakes, rich in bird life mostly the African Fin foot with the green Acacia woodland covered by dense Zebra populations, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala not forgetting the scarcely seen Eland which is the largest African antelope.
9. Mt Elgon National Park
Located in Mbale on the Uganda Kenya boarder with the largest base of the extinct volcano in the world. Covered by Afro montane forests, grassland, and moorland habitats thus a great destination for hikers
10. Kidepo Valley National Park
Provides homestead to many dry country species not found elsewhere in the country among them they include the cheetah and the greater kudu with surrounding waters that attract large numbers of elephants and buffalo herds especially the dry season

TRAVEL TIPS IN UGANDA
And finally anyone who travels to Uganda these are the few major tips I thought that are really important to note.
1. Always remember the local time is GMT + 3
2. Always drink bottled water and ensure to check and confirm for expiry dates please
3. Official language is English seconded by Kiswahili with more than 30 other local languages
4. Tourism peaks are mid September to November, and March to May and prices for goods and services tend to be relatively higher than the other seasons
5. Travel with a hat, sunglasses, a rain jacket, and binoculars if you can
6. Always don’t forget Uganda drives by the left hand side

GREETINGS AND WISHES FOR THE BEST FESTIVE TRIPS
ASASIRA ANDREW
HAPPYUGANDA

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BIRD WATCHING IN UGANDA

cropped-lmnp-header1.jpgUganda has more than 1000 bird species with a possible view of over 400 bird species in the western Uganda in two weeks with the amateurs aiming 300 in the same time with the most attracting species being the Great Blue Turraco, Black and White casqued Horn-bill, Green broad bill and more 23 other special species.
Uganda is also the place to see the most sought after African bird Shoe bill noted for its heavy clog shaped bill.
In the west the best bird viewing sites are Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth for a peerless 600 bird species, Semiliki National park for Congo basin endemics, in the central one can have a plentiful full-time view of the Shoebill, Bigodi wetland for the Great Blue Turraco and other colorful forest birds. Murchison fall provides home to so many savannah species such as the Abyssinian ground Hornbill, Red throated bee eater and the popular Denham’s Bastard. A key birding location in Eastern Uganda is lake Bisinia a strong hold for fox’s weavers as well as the papyrus dwellers like the Shoebill and the papyrus Gonolek

Apart from bird watching a trip to one of these places is always relaxing and worth your time

• NGAMBA ISLAND
A community of orphaned chimpanzees most of which lost their parents to poachers and others are confiscated from poachers, a 45 minutes motorboat drive from Entebbe to the islands
• THE NILE
Its Uganda’s major source of Hydro Electricity Power with an astonishing facts about it, to name few of them being the longest flowing river in Africa flowing from Uganda past the Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6000 kilometers downstream, with the Bujagali falls it offers great white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, quad biking, and a 44 meters high bungee jumping from the cliff above the Nile not forgetting game fishing.

As you plan for your trip don’t forget the ten essentials
 Map and a compass
 Water proof match boxes
 Fire starter
 Extra water and food
 Sharp pocket knife
 First aid box
 Flash light with extra bulbs and batteries
 Rain gear
 Extra clothing
 Sunglasses

Wishing you a great trip
ASASIRA ANDREW
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