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February
2017
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PEARL OF AFRICA TOURISM EXPO 2017 ENDS ON HIGH NOTE AS AWARD WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED

The end of the 2017 edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo - POATE was marked with a gala dinner at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel to give hosted buyers and international travel media a befitting send off but also to celebrate excellence in the country’s tourism industry. Guest of Honour was no other than ...

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February
2017
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A Quick Escape to Ssese Islands, Uganda’s Lush Archipelagos

Kampala is such a busy place for business and politics that one can barely find a place to lie down and enjoy nature. Quite frankly, there are facilities in the city that give the semblance of it, the truth is the city’s vibe is quite intense that sometimes you just need to go to a ...

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February
2017
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Milege World Music Festival, Uganda

The Milégé World Music Festival is a non-profit initiative whose main objective is to promote and grow the appreciation of cultural music in Uganda. Although it is not up to ten years old, the Milégé World Music Festival is fast growing into one of the biggest festivals in Uganda outside of the capital, Kampala. Organized ...

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February
2017
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012.                 REUTERS/Mark Blinch (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

City Icon: Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)

“People got inspired. I was now being compared with John Akii-Bua, a man I never met but only got to know from my teachers in primary school that he was a very strong man.” Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich won the gold medal of the marathon event at the 2012 Olympics in London, the first gold ...

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February
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Curried Potatoes – Uganda

Hello foodie family! How has the week been so far? Have you been practicing the various recipes? We hope you have. We are in East Africa for our Recipe Wednesday this week and more specifically the city of Kampala. Kampala is home to the world’s second largest freshwater inland body, the majestic Lake Victoria welcomes you into ...

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February
2017
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Uganda: Why it’s a must visit

Choosing an African destination can be daunting if one wants to explore a country that captures the essence of this enormous and diverse continent. Add a desire to experience something unique – beyond what you see in films and documentaries – and you cannot do better than Uganda. Uganda is relatively small in relation to …

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January
2017
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Festival: MWAKA KOGWA, Zanzibar

Settling Scores with Banana Stems! The ushering in of a New Year in many parts of the world is often marked with great fanfare and festivities as the people look forward with excitement and great expectations that the coming year will be a lot better than the previous one. These festivals usually feature music, dancing, ...

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January
2017
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City Icon: Fatuma binti Baraka – Zanzibar

Our city icon for this week is no other than Fatuma binti Baraka (c.1910s – 17 April 2013)  also known as Bi Kidude. She was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music and was inspired by Siti binti Saad. Bi Kidude was born in the village of Mfagimaringo and was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. …

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January
2017

Zanzibar Island – Africa’s Best Beaches and Street Food

Zanzibar Island is an enchanting island located off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. Its multicultural layers of history and beautiful island lifestyle make Zanzibar one of the most incredible island’s to visit in the world! In this Video Guide of Zanzibar, Mark Wiens cruised around the island, ate some delicious Zanzibari food and explored …

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January
2017
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7 Reasons You Should Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar produces the world’s largest cloves, and as a place I fell in love with while on my honeymoon there many years ago—it is a perfect destination if you are looking for fresh air, clean stunningly perfect beaches, unique culture, and delicious cuisine specially spiced with cloves! Yes, Cloves – those uniquely warm, sweet spice …

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January
2017
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My Day in Mombasa

They say you only live once and if you live it right, once is just good enough. The sentence gets apt after you hit a goal and you find a need to give yourself a good treat in a novel experience. I was in that shoe a couple of months ago after my call to ...

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January
2017
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Mombasa Carnival: A Multi-Cultural Street Party

If you know the history of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, then you will be able to understand and appreciate its rich multicultural diversity. Persians, Chinese, Arabians, Portuguese, Indians, and Europeans have made contact with and left their cultures and imprints on Mombasa. Throw into the mix the local African culture, then you can begin to ...

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January
2017
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City Icon: AYUB OGADA, Mombasa

“I am not sure as to why many love or chose my music but my approach is simplicity.” – Ayub Ogada Folk songwriter, percussionist and musician, Ayub Ogada is considered today as one of the greatest Kenyan artistes of all time. A descendant of the proud Luo people of western Kenya, Ayub was born in ...

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January
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Khatta Bateta- Mombasa Snack

This week for our recipe Wedenesday, we will be attempting a homemade version of the Mombasa style snack of sour potatoes known as Khatta Bateta. Given the strong influence of Asian cuisine in Kenya’s gastronomy, it is not uncommon to find Asian street food with a Kenyan twist to the taste. African recipes, especially street …

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January
2017
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Top 10 Beach Holiday Destinations in Kenya

I love to describe Kenya as a land of beautiful contrast, consider its deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains and the blend of modern vibe and colourful tribal culture that characterises its capital, Nairobi, and you will understand why. The world knows Kenya for its classic savannah safari, its other attractive side—though less ...

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January
2017
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10 Incredible Things About Mombasa

Literally, the Indian Ocean defines the beautiful scenery of Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa.  Remarkable for its white sand, palm-lined beaches, history, and ancient architecture, this beautifully hot town welcomes tourists in huge numbers annually. Here are 10 incredible things about Mombasa that everyone loves to explore: 1. Mombasa Old Town The charming old town is …

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December
2016
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Top Destinations in Africa to be This New Year’s Eve

After celebrating Christmas, the whole world turns its attention to ushering in the New Year. You should make your new year’s eve a memorable day as you craft those New Year resolutions and ponder on what the aging year has brought forth. There is no better place to be than Africa. This wonderful continent comes …

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December
2016

Family Christmas in Africa

Mike Corey and his family spent last Christmas on a trip to Kenya and Tanzania. He put together a little overview of the trip as a gift!

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November
2016
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Recipe Wednesday: Bananas with Split Green Peas

Hi Folks!!! Another recipe Wednesday is here and we’re excited. This week we are in the bustling lakeside city of Cyangugu. Cyangugu is indeed a fast-growing holiday destination in Rwanda, thanks to its tourist-friendly people and resources. Recreational activities such as boat cruising, swimming, mountain hiking, shopping and lots more are some of the many ...

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October
2016
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Afro Tourism at the Opening Ceremony of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2016 (#MKTE2016).

The City of Nairobi Kenya came to a standstill today, 12th October 2016 as the Magical Kenya Travel Expo kicked off at the Kenyatta international convention centre, Nairobi Kenya with the theme: Tourism for all: Explore Endless Travel Possibilities.   During his opening speech the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Kenya, Hon. Najib Balala said the government has ...

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October
2016
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Recipe Wednesday: Bhajia Za Dengu – Battered fried potatoes

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’ve had a great start to the week and here’s hoping you smile all the way to the end. This week we will be making Bhajia za Dengu, an appetizer of battered fried potatoes, not famously known but delicious nonetheless. Our destination for this week takes us to Mombasa, the second largest ...

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October
2016
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10 Holiday Options to Choose from in Kenya

Imagine a place with a perfect blend of beautiful coastline, awesome wildlife, nice mix of ancient practise and modern vibes, all in a scenic and serene environment. You’ve just pictured the magical Kenya. I haven’t met anyone who visited Kenya on holiday and return with regrets. Of course, there might be the usual culture shock ...

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August
2016
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How to Experience Ugandan Lifestyle in Entebbe

In Uganda, the thrill starts at the airport. The country’s only international airport is at Entebbe, a former capital city and presently its third largest city. Entebbe is a verdant town just 45 minutes’ drive away from Kampala—on a traffic free day. I consider it a perfect chill-out place in Uganda because of its disarming, ...

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July
2016
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Mekatilili Wa Menza Festival, Kenya: In Honor of a Heroine

Every society has its hero. An individual who has exhibited a certain quality which the society recognizes as being exemplary and of great benefit to its preservation. In remembrance of such a hero or heroine, society often dedicate certain honor to preserve their legacy, so that future generations can be inspired. Mekatilili Wa Menza festival is …

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