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NILE VALLEY VOYAGES TO PROMOTE TOURISM IN OBONGI

A lady bathes a baby in River Nile at Aliba landing site where Nile Valley Voyages has planned to station a tourism ferry. PHOTO BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

OBONGI: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2021 

Nile Valley voyages ltd, a local tour company, has unveiled plans to promote tourism along the Albert Nile with the main station at Obongi district.

Former Obongi County Member of Parliament, Kaps Hassan Fungaro, who has insider knowledge of the operations of the new company, says the aim is to tap into the virgin tourism and hospitality industry of the region through development of professional services.

He said the company has already acquired a piece of land at Aliba sub county for a landing site and an agreement with Uganda Wildlife Authority has been reached to construct a zoo, a lodging facility and wildlife education centre at Ofu in Adjumani district inside the East-Madi wildlife reserve.

Kobs, Orbi, sitatunga, warthogs, bush pigs and baboons and monkeys are some of the common wildlife in East-Madi wildlife reserve.

A hotel, beach resort and museum will also constructed in Obongi where the company will station its own ferry and boats to navigate the Albert Nile up to Fola Falls in Nimule, South Sudan.

Women huggle over fish with a fisherman at Aliba landing site. The site is slated to become a tourism beach resort. PHOTO BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

The ferry is reportedly being fabricated at Matuga in Kampala and reports indicate that it should be marine worth by the end of December.

“This venture should open a whole new window of employment opportunities for the youths because tourism is a chain,” he said.

Information from a Nile Valley voyages official indicates that the Ministry of Tourism, wildlife and antiquities has already furnished the company with guidelines on how to establish professional tour operations in West Nile.

Fungaro said the company is partnering with the local governments of the districts bordering the Albert Nile from Pakwach to Moyo so as to ensure mutual benefit from the venture.

The local governments hope to earn revenue through local service tax and royalties once the venture materializes.

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