Kidepo nominated in coveted World Travel Awards

Kidepo nominated in coveted World Travel Awards

Uganda’s Kidepo Valley Nationwide Park has been nominated in the coveted Earth Journey Awards which rewards and celebrates excellence throughout all crucial sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. 

Kidepo, positioned in Karamoja, northeastern Uganda, is one the 10 countrywide parks in the Pearl of Africa. It is well-liked for its rugged savannah, chook species, wildlife, sprawling hills with ranges that give some of the most effective sunsets and sunrises.

The park has been nominated along with Central Kalahari Match Reserve in Botswana, Etosha Countrywide Park in Namibia, Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and Serengeti Nationwide Park in Tanzania. 

According to the General public Relations Officer of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Bashir Hangi, Kidepo is a gem, a legitimate wilderness encounter. 

“It is future to none. Mention any places where you get the feel of tranquility, peace of mind and an astounding experience of the jungle and Kidepo will beat them. Verify the remarkable magnificence of Narus Valley with a range of animals these types of as  cheetahs, elephants, Buffalos, zebras, Giraffes amongst other people. It is mother nature at its ideal in Kidepo Valley Countrywide Park,” UWA’s Hangi describes. 

UWA Uganda’s Govt agency dependable for the management and protection of Wildlife in and outside the house protected areas. As another person who has been to Kidepo many occasions and will be there once again in a few weeks’ time, Jonathan Benaiah, a conservation photographer and filmmaker states each and every time he closes his eyes and thinks of Kidepo, he sees it as a location for people who are fatigued of the crowds. 

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“Those drained of the noise. Those people who are drained of the hurry to see the very same animals everyone else is observing. People who have found it and completed it all. Individuals in research of a new and additional intimate practical experience. A concealed gem in Uganda’s safari scene. Kidepo for me is an possibility for guests to knowledge a breathtaking landscape that shields various wildlife and is neighbored by some of the truest and most unadulterated cultural heritage,” Benaigah elaborately explains.

He adds that the sunsets and sunrises are not talked about ample. It is not the to start with time the park is nominated in this very same classification and that speaks volumes, especially with how highly rated the other parks in this classification are. 

The photographer provides, “I am not amazed but I am absolutely thrilled by the news. For me, this is a huge achievement and a testomony to the challenging get the job done and devotion of all all those remarkable individuals associated in the conservation and advertising of this wonderful African wilderness. Hopefully, we can all vote to bring the award residence this time all around.”

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), a statutory organisation mandated to encourage and popularise Uganda as a feasible getaway vacation spot both of those domestically and internationally, welcomes the recognition of Kidepo Valley National Park as well as the other entities in Uganda’s hospitality market. 

“Uganda is not only attractive but also closely gifted with a assortment of sights. Uganda’s variety of points of interest are not only minimal to wildlife but other elements like society and heritage, sceneries, food and agro tourism and a great deal far more,” explains Gessa Simplicious, the Pro of UTB.

Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Nationwide Park. PHOTO/COURTESY

The recognition, he provides, also displays that the place is producing huge development in advertising and marketing Uganda throughout the globe. 

He even more factors out that over the very last decade until now, there has been noticeable improve in nominations of Uganda’s amenities and points of interest with maximize in the country’s visitation. 

Gessa even further says, “UTB has from time to time altered strategies on how this place is marketed, adapting to the most present methods of reaching out to the broader community by means of embracing technology.”

In accordance to the publicist, such efforts and use of partnerships with the personal sector to showcase the Pearl of Africa is obviously spending off. “With the new brand name of check out Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, we have every single hope to feel that these recognitions and visibility of the region is only heading to raise,” he more explains. 

Voting is now open for organisations in Africa, Asia, Indian Ocean and Oceania of the Entire world Travel Awards 2023 programme. Field professionals, the media and buyers around the world can vote for their favourite vacation manufacturers. Voting for Africa and the Indian Ocean runs until eventually 30 April, whilst Asia and Oceania closes on 23 July. 

According to Entire world Travel Awards, the nominee gaining the most votes in a class will be named as the winner in the landmark 30th anniversary year.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA explained: “With voting now open for our important locations of Africa, Asia, Indian Ocean and Oceania, momentum for our landmark 30th anniversary is now constructing. It is time for you to select the organisations that are boosting the bar of journey excellence.” 

Nominees this 12 months deal with a wide spectrum of types such as Aviation, Tourist Attractions, Automobile Retain the services of, Cruise, Places, Resorts & Resorts, Conferences & Occasions, Vacation Companies and Tour Operators. Kidepo was gazetted into a national park in 1962, the similar year Uganda turned impartial. It hosts around 75 species of mammals and 470 species of birds.

  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve –  Botswana 
  • Etosha Nationwide Park –  Namibia, 
  • Masai Mara National Park –  Kenya 
  • Serengeti Countrywide Park  – Tanzania
  • Kruger Park  – South Africa