Uganda Tourism Board hosts Directors of Toughness


The Uganda Tourism Board and partners recently hosted a team of videographers from Columbia Sportswear.

“This is a pretty special trip for Zach and I,” said Lauren Steele, “I can’t believe I’m standing on the banks of the Nile.”

Her partner, Zach Doleac, said: “At our last international trip, Columbia [Sportswear] turned over the reins to us and said, so where do you want to go? So Lauren and I basically spun the globe, and what we decided upon together was Uganda.”

And with that, these “Directors of Toughness” flew to Uganda in search of wildlife on the plains of Africa while testing gear.

Here, the Uganda Tourism Board shares a video link by Columbia Sportswear of their recent visit.

Meeting eyes with a silverback mountain gorilla across a misty jungle, after an arduous hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, leaves everlasting impressions of arguably the best wildlife safari in the world.

But there’s much more to Uganda.

Rich in nature, it’s an outdoor sanctuary of crater lakes, white-sand beaches on lake islands, thundering waterfalls and national parks. A top highlight is Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, where rescued and orphaned chimpanzees live out their days on an island in Lake Victoria. Visitors can cross the equator by boat there, slicing through Africa’s largest lake.

What’s new? The Pope’s landmark visit is spurring plans towards Uganda 2040, when it aims to become a middle-income nation. Infrastructure improvements are part of the plan.

“While the crowds are in the Serengeti or Masaai Mara, you’ll find a lush country with fewer tourists in Uganda,” says Thornton of Intrepid Travel. “Mountain gorillas are the main attraction but the countryside offers many activities.”

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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