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The East African : Mar 23rd 2015
The EastAfrican II t≥avel This Easte≥ head to Uganda’s finest tou≥ist getaways Desc≥ibed as the Pea≥l of Af≥ica, Uganda o≠e≥s nume≥ous tou≥ist gems f≥om safa≥is to lake excu≥sions, w≥ites MICHEAL WAKABI Pineapple Bay Reso≥t There are two ways to get to Pineapple Bay Re- sort — an eight minute flight from either Entebbe or Kajjansi airfield to Bulago Island; or a 45 minute boat ride from either Entebbe or Munyoyo, nine kilometres south of Kampala. In a landlocked country, this is one place where you can go barefoot on the sandy shores, lounge on a Lamu bed, or charter a fishing-boat and head off with rod and tackle to fish. This 500-acre island has it all: Rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, tropical forests and sweeping grasslands. It also happens to be a birdwatchers’ paradise, being home to hundreds of birds. For total relaxation, you can plunge into the dark blue pool or accompany the chef to the organic gardens and choose your own pineapple, avocado, or vegetables for lunch. All eight rooms are luxury and have wi-fi. Ac- tivities here include fishing, nature walks, bonfire evenings on the beach and children’s art and soft outdoor activities. MAGAZINE MARCH 21-27,2015 Chobe Safa≥i Lodge The lodge has 36 standard ensuite Apoka Safa≥i Lodge, Kidepo Two hours by air from Entebbe airport or a 12-hour road trip from Kampala will get you to Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park. Set among jagged hills dotted with wildlife, this is Uganda’s remotest park. It was voted 3rd Best Park in Africa by CNN Traveller in 2013. Rustic but opulent, the rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen. Ten expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah. With inside sitting rooms and private verandas, there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl. The rooms are furnished with big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets. Step outside onto a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family. rooms with private balconies with a view of the Nile River, three Special Nile suites, a family cottage, presidential cottage and 21 luxury tents ranging from standard to super deluxe with big rooms and up close views of the Nile. Chobe Safari Lodge, in the Murchison Falls National Park 272 kilometres north of Kampala, is one of those places that offer ultimate luxury in an unspoilt setting. The breathtaking panoramic views, cou- pled with the sounds of the Nile’s magnificent rapids, set the scene for an adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors. The River Nile is the focus from the architect’s perspective, and so all the rooms and luxury tents have balconies and terraces facing the river. Mweya Safa≥i Lodge, Kazinga Located in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, on a peninsula on the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes Edward and George, the property is 415 kilometres from Kampala using the northern route past Fort Portal and the legendary Rwenzori Mountains or 425km if you opt for the southern route that goes through Mbarara and Lake Mburo National Park. The drive takes about six hours but is just one hour by plane from Entebbe airport. The Rwenzori Mountains tower over the lodge to the north while to the east, is the slope of the western Rift Valley separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Offering 32 standard rooms 12 deluxe rooms, two suites, and a choice of four luxury safari tents, a presidential cottage, queen’s cottage and two family cottages, the lodge offers game drives, a trip on the Kazinga Channel, great birding or chimp watching in the breathtaking Kyambura gorge — a a natural forest habitat for hippos, monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants and buffaloes.
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