FC Barcelona Legends tour Uganda, go gorilla tracking
The Barcelona stars are here as part of the campaign to promote Uganda as the preferred tourism destination. Uganda Tourism Board, are the major sponsors of the trip.
“Tourism is now one of the major drivers of foreign earnings and the Government of Uganda is investing to grow both tourism numbers and investments. Sports is one of the vehicles we are using,” says Stephen Asiimwe the CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board.
“Uganda is a great country – the Pearl of Africa - and we know the Barcelona Legends will enjoy it. When Kluivert visited Kampala a few months ago, he said he would come back. The team is now here.”
He adds that the exhibition match is an opportunity for Ugandans to see their stars play at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole just outside Kampala.
Beginning off their tour, the #FCBarcelona Legends are tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Of the 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, over 400 are found in Bwindi. After tracking gorillas, the players will then fly north to the Murchison Falls National Park where they will go on a game drive safari, boat cruise on the Nile and a hike at the Murchison Falls. Murchison Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the world. At this point, the Nile squeezes through a six meter wide gorge as it journeys to Egypt.
After the safaris, the #FCBarcelona Legends have a number of engagement in Kampala including a dinner hosted by the First Lady of Uganda in support of UNICEF.
The highlight of the tour is an exhibition match when #FCBarcelona Legends play against the Uganda Cranes on 12 December. President Museveni is expected to kick off the match at Namboole.
Match tickets are going for UGX30,000 ordinary and UGX150,000 for VIP. These can be purchased at all payway outlets around the country.
While in Uganda, you could also visit Bwindi National Park in Uganda home of the endangered mountain gorilla, spend a night on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, visit Queen Elizabeth National Park where over 1000 bird species have been recorded. Further north, you can go to the Murchison Falls National Park where the mighty Nile squeezes through a narrow gorge, only 7 meters (23ft) wide, before plunging 43 meters (141ft) below. If you are into fishing, the River Nile is a great area for sport fishing. Still north you can enjoy the hidden gem of Kidepo National Park.
Away from the wild, you can enjoy the vibrant life of Kampala – the entertainment city of East Africa that never goes to sleep. Going east, you can travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa where the Nile begins its journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The ashes of Gandhi, the great leader of India, were sprinkled at the source of the Nile in Jinja where they too began their journey to the rest of the world.
Wherever you go in Uganda, you are sure to enjoy the best of the people—with 56 languages and dialects, you will sample as many cultures, foods, lifestyles – all linked by the smile and warmth that defines the people of Uganda. It is a nation that bring together all peoples and probably that is why Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes were sent to the world from here at the source of the Nile.
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