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UCOTA Runs Two Test Tours to Prepare Communities for Pearls of Uganda

UCOTA has run two separate test tours for many of its new member products around Queen Elizabeth National Park to approve them as new members of UCOTA and for integration into Pearls of Uganda. The test tours are meant to prepare community tourism enterprises to practice handling guests and the operational processes of running a small tourism enterprise.

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Conservation and Culture Weekend Promotes Sustainable Tourism

The Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) held a pair of events to celebrate “Conservation and Culture” this past weekend at MishMash in Kampala.The weekend was focused around dual events: a stakeholder forum to announce the Pearls of Uganda Program’s Sustainability Leaders as a culmination of the sustainable tourism criteria program and a public festival that invited Pearls communities to perform, sell crafts, and hold workshops. Read more

UCOTA is featured on a Documentary Radio Piece called “A Walk in the Village”

Our network of community based enterprises in featured in a radio piece entitled “A Walk in the Village” where Manchán Magann is taken on a very welcoming but also unusual tour of the Ugandan village of Bigodi. Follow Manchán Magann and his tour as he discovers traditional quotidian village life, encounters the village locals and hears the most extraordinary of antidotes! 

To hear “A Walk in the Village”, please click here 


            Pearls of Uganda is excited to announce that UCOTA has been regonized by the Uganda Private Sector Foundation! UCOTA has been awarded 1st runner up in development awards.To download a copy of our latest press release please click here

Uganda Domestic Tourism Video Goes Viral

Local artist Aziz Azion along with Mwambe Children’s Choir release “Oh Uganda” domestic tourism music video.  Special thanks to Pearls Supporters: Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge, Pearl:Kikorongo Community and Uganda Wildlife Authority for making it a huge success!

View the music video at this link.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife and Culture Tours

Be sure to learn about Queen Elizabeth National Park’s latest wildlife and cultural tours and download the informational

Africa Investor Awards

Africa Investor Awards
UCOTA is shortlisted in the Africa Investor Awards this year.

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Rwenzori Mountains Named Top Hiking Destination By Nat Geo

Travel with Pearls members to the Rwenzori Region which was named top 15 hiking spot in the world by National Geographic.

Official Launch of the Pearls of Uganda Post

We are thrilled to announcethe launch of the the first issue of the bi-annual Pearls of Uganda Post! This is an exciting time for Uganda and its dynamic sustainable tourism industry! To keep up to date with the Pearls of Uganda collection, our new products, supporters, and developments, or to merely learn more about tourism in Uganda and upcoming events be sure to follow our publication.

To read the first issue of the Pearls of Uganda Post click here

Mweya Safari Lodge Launches $1 For the Future Campaign

$1 For the Future Campaign: Mweya Safari Lodge Partners with USAID-STAR and UCOTA under Pearls of Uganda to Support Local Schools. Mweya Safari Lodge, a part of Marasa Africa, a leading provider of high quality, comfortable and charming lodges in East Africa, are pleased to launch a new travel philanthropy program to support schools and conservation education.

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