Kiwanda resorts to bungee jumping to attract tourists


Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi (MP), the Hon. Minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, will go bungee jumping as part of Busoga region “Tulambule” tour.

Bungee jumping is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The thrill comes from the free-falling and the rebound.

The Tulambule domestic tourism drive running under the theme is “Unlocking Uganda’s Tourism Potential”, is one of the ways we are encouraging Ugandans to explore and experience the beauty of their country, through a weekend escape every last weekend of the month.

By July 2017, Kiwanda hopes to have toured all the regional tourism clusters in Uganda.

The first leg of Tulambule to Ankole region was a success with visits to; Lake Mburo National Park, the Eclipse monument, Kitagata hotsprings, home stays and cultural centres like Igongo, Ishanyu and Nshenyi, Buhweju hills, and educational tourism like the visit to Ntare School and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

The second leg of Tulambule goes to Busoga region, which comprises ten (10) districts including Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda.

On Friday 28th of this month, His Excellency the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi will flag off CHOGM grounds behind Parliament.

The tourism drive to Busoga region will include stops at Najjembe in Mabira forest for some roasted delicacies, and at the Jinja Nile Bridge.

On arrival in Jinja, Kiwanda will hold a press briefing at the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute before heading to Kamuli district.

In Kamuli, he will meet the Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who will tour with us as we climb Kagulu hill.

That evening, the team will meet some cultural leaders in Iyingo and Kagulu and enjoy the Kamuli night life at the market.

Those who will stay in Jinja on Friday night will also experience and enjoy the Jinja night life.

On Saturday, there will be a tourism bicycle race from Jinja town to Masese Fishing Village will be in the morning, and the winners will get big prizes.

On that Saturday night, the team shall have a mega street bash at Queen’s Palace Iganga road.

This time in Jinja, Kiwanda will launch the monthly art and craft street market commonly known as the Basket Market—the local people will be able to display and sell their crafts to both local and international tourists.

On Sunday morning, the team will gather at Bugembe and pray for the safety of Uganda’s motorists on the roads where it will be joined by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and religious leaders of all faiths to sensitise the public on proper road use under the Fika Salama campaign.

“I will participate in bungee jumping,” Kiwanda says.

He says this popular activity has been heavily discounted by Adrift, and now anyone who wants to go bungee jumping on that Sunday can do so for only UGX80,000/=, instead of the usual UGX270,000/=.

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