Safaris to Uganda are on an increase due to Libya and Uganda having signed a memorandum of understanding to boast trade and tourism among the two nations especially safaris. The partnership was signed during the visit of Libyan Roving Scouts to Uganda last week will also boost networking between scouts in East Africa with their counterparts in Libya.
Idris Elahalafi, the deputy general manager, Tropical Bank said that “As we recover after the revolution, we want to send a ray of hope to the youth in Libya through such cultural exchanges that there can be peace and reconciliation after war. He continued to say that more Libyan tourists would visit Uganda once an ambassador is appointed.
“Just like in many other nations, there is still no official Libyan ambassador to Uganda, but we are optimistic that soon this issue will be sorted out so that we can boost trade and cultural exchange visits among the two nations,” he said. This will help in increasing Gorilla safaris as well since most tourists who come to Uganda mostly wish to view the Gorillas.
Moses Engadu, the director resource mobilization and capacity building at the Uganda Scouts Association, said the cultural exchange and camping was geared towards enhancing the three fundamental aspects of scouts; peace, environmental sustainability and development. All these are strong pillars in promoting tourism in any destination.
Richard Okello, the executive secretary of the Uganda Scouts Association, said the Libya scouts visited Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa, Queen Elizabeth National Park and other heritage and cultural sites across the country. “We wanted the scouts from East Africa to learn more from their Libyan counterparts, he added that the Libyan scouts are to learn more from the east African scouts.