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By Ellington Safaris 

Are you contemplating how to spend your weekend out of the city? Well that is a good plan because there is no place you’d rather be. Your friends have probably suggested a few interesting places but Ellington safaris has a better idea.

What if your itinerary could read like this: White water rafting and hot air balloon at the source of the great river Nile, Rhino tracking, birding and spot fishing at Murchison falls, game drives and bush breakfast at Queen Elizabeth National park, boat cruise, beach fire, and a luscious tilapia meal at the Ssese Islands!

Think about it. The source of the world’s longest river, the most powerful waterfalls in the world, the largest savannah game park in the country, and the most beautiful fresh water islands in the region all to be explored in a single itinerary package!

Explore the Great River Nile in Jinja

1 day jinja Tour by Ellington safaris

The great river Nile is Uganda’s most prized tourist attraction. The mighty river starts its journey at Lake Victoria somewhere in Jinja, flowing northwards through six countries into the Mediterranean Sea.

There are more than twenty interesting experiential activities at the source of the Nile in Jinja. After a brief photo shoot at the source of the Nile and sightseeing at Bujagali Falls, guests retreat to a safari pleasure of their preference. For the tourists that have a passion for the waters, activities include; White water rafting, Kayaking and canoeing, boat cruise, and Bungee jumping. Maximum safety is guaranteed since all the companies that offer these activities are licensed by the safety organization. An equally enthralling experience awaits you on the undulating terrain at the banks of the Nile. Top things to do here include; Quad bike riding, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature walks and sightseeing, waterfalls viewing, and cultural site visits.

The Nile rapids stretch for a distance of about 24 Km from its source. This means four full hours of rafting and kayaking pleasure! The waters are warm and pleasant with an average temperature of 27 degrees. Experienced rafters will tell you that a pleasure like this cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa.

Then there are house boat safaris! You and your friends have the opportunity to sit on a boat with all house facilities and sail the Nile for hours. The boats are self-contained with toilets, bathrooms, and a kitchen. This is the perfect idea if you want to explore the Nile in the gentlest and most comfortable way. Another equally thrilling boat activity is the Sunset cruise. You do other things, wait for the sun to retire, and then get on a boat to sail on the wondrous river at the most beautiful time of the day.

You may also want to ride a horse on the banks of this famous river, or get on a Quad bike and ride the night away. These are some of the cheapest but most enchanting activities to take part in. An hour on a quad bike will cost just 40 US dollars. Three hours is 80 dollars. If these don’t interest you, you still have fun options like visiting the Bujagali, Rippon and Kyabirwa waterfalls. The sights are incredible and a nature walk is not a bad idea. You can also choose to visit one of the beaches on the shores of Lake Victoria, or the islands closest to Jinja. The Nile tour also offers incredible birding and fishing opportunities.

Cycling and Biking. If you are an avid cycler and mountain biker, you can also hire a bike for a few hours, or half the day, and take a ride into the villages for an unforgettable cultural encounter with the locals. You will be amazed to learn about African culture, beliefs and superstitions. Don’t forget to ask about Jaja Nabamba Budhagali- the acclaimed Witch doctor who is believed to be the custodian of the ancestral spirits that ‘guard’ the Nile. If African traditional religions interest you, you may spare some time and visit the man himself at his spiritual shrine in Bujagali.

You will be tired and worn out after all the fun, and Jinja has the best lodges and hotels for you to spend the night. The safari lodges range from budget facilities to midrange and high-comfort options. If your pocket is heavy enough, you may choose any of the following high-end lodges to spend the night:  Jinja Nile resort, Nile river camp, Holland park, Nile perch Camp, Roots Safari Resort, King fisher safari resort, The Haven, Explorers river camp, The Nile village hotel, Victoria forest Resort, Hotel paradise, Signature hotel Apartments, Nile river camp, and so many others. Feel free to contact Ellington safaris for the best choice of accommodation. We will help you choose a hotel with the best services, the best facilities and, of course, the most spectacular views of the Nile.

The best lodges to us are those that have all, or nearly all of the following facilities; Swimming pool, Sauna, Spa and health club, In room massage service on request, Bed and Breakfast, deluxe self-contained rooms, a terrace overlooking the river, indoor games, conference facilities, wireless internet, well stocked bars, and more!

Bring all your friends if you can. Jinja city may not offer much if you are a lone traveler. Imagine sitting on a kayak alone for hours! Or Rafting the Nile with no one to share the fun with!

Discover the marvels of Ssese Islands

When people speak of Lake Victoria in East Africa, attention is focused primarily on the volume of its waters and its reputation as an inland sea; the source of the great river Nile and the world’s second largest lake shared by three countries. Little praise has been sung of the stunning geographical features found in this immensely attractive fresh water lake. Within Lake Victoria lie a host of breathtaking islands with beautiful sandy beaches, great swimming spots and perfect fishing zones.

Northwestern Lake Victoria hosts an unusual cluster of 84 islands with different sizes and attractions. Together, the islands are referred to as the Ssese islands. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Ssese by ferry from the mainland at Entebbe. Ssese is located is located along the equator. It blossoms with the most clement tropical climate in Uganda, and the country’s most attractive beaches. These quietly magnificent islands have been a favorite chilling place for the royals of the Buganda kingdom and are quickly gaining reputation as one of Uganda’s top safari destinations.

Ssese Islands receives more honey moon visits than any other place in Uganda. Its balmy tropical weather, relaxed white sandy beaches, and perfect location in the heart of Lake Victoria are its most charming attributes. Tourists have been fascinated by the beauty of its beaches, and the abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and spices in the local markets.

Given that Uganda is a landlocked country, Ssese Islands remains one of the top destinations for Swimming, boat cruising, quad biking, bird watching, canoeing, and wind surfing. Fishing is the most enthralling of all the must do activities at Ssese. Beach fires are a cherished custom at the islands and a meal of roasted tilapia and Nile perch is only escapable by allergy.

Accommodation is improving fast at the island.  An impressive range of new hotels, lodges, guest houses and camp sites have been constructed in the past three years to cater for tourists of all budgets and preferences. For the best camping experience, visitors may spend a night at   Ssese habitat resort, Mirembe resort beach, and palm garden beach. Other luxury hotels in the area include; the Ssese islands beach hotel, philo leisure gardens, Ssese islands beach hotel, Brovad sands lodge, Explorer’s hub, Ssese Palm Beach resort, Bukasa Island Retreat, the Luxury resort, and the Islands club. Facilities offered at these deluxe hotels and guest houses include; free internet, camp fires, conference facilities, spa and health club, international and local cuisines, saloon services, and airport transfers. Extra activities are organized and differ from hotel to hotel. The commonest activities offered are; canoeing, spot fishing, nature walks, and biking.

Make your bookings now. Send us an email at info@ellingtonsafaris.com and let us plan the holiday together.

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Jose Chameleone joins Bobi Wine’s NUP

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Singer Jose Chameleone and now mayoral hopeful has today announced joining a new political party NUP a year after initiation into the Democratic Party. Chameleone who has long preached joining the people’s side has made it official today at NUP headquarters in Kamwokya.

In his statement through his spokesperson he made it clear that while it was also his desire to join NUP, it was also the party’s intention to subscribe to NUP and as a member he could only oblige.

“Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone as a member of DP block does not defy his party policies and decisions. When DP block decided to join NUP he was obliged.” Stuart Kagoro speaking for Chameleone posted.

Jose Chameleone still eyes the mayoral seat even more vigorously than ever and as the elections get nearer he intends to intensify his awareness campaigns, he said.

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Marcus and Karitas; Nxt Radio’s “agemates” with an infectious chemistry

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Uganda’s undisputed Queen of Radio, Karitas Karisimbi, will be one of the very few entertainment personalities that will have some reasons to look back at the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ever since she started co-hosting Nxt Radio’s “Morning Zoo” alongside the fellow veteran Marcus Kwikiriza, Karitas has been on an upward spiral, with her crazy sense of homour.

In a sit-down discussion we had with her, she dished out on the gist;

“I’m officially starting my second month as the Morning Zoo co-host. I love the show; it is a mature place (is that a dig at Ronnie McVex, with whom she fought while they worked together on Nxt Radio’s Transit?). I jell well with Marcus because I’ve known him for a long time, and the fact that we’re agemates, work is more than fun. Its morning laughs and more jokes during those 4 morning hours. It’s one great way to start my day every day,” Karitas said of her transition from the evening drive show to the early morning show.

Nalongo, as she is popularly known, smilingly hinted that waking up early is a challenge she looks forward to conquering.

When Nxt Radio first announced the move to pair the Old Skool duo, there was excitement among Nxt Radio’s online fans that had occasionally demanded the duo. Its therefore likely that the move was provoked by audience feedback and brought to life by the General Manager, Marcus that it a good move to make mornings on radio more fun.

Karitas, just like Marcus, is an experienced media personality, mostly remembered for her hugely successful stint as host of the then-famous `Showtime Magazine’ on WBS TV in the early 2000s.

The past month the morning duo have spent together has provoked chemistry with a cocktail of humour and fun, a litmus test we are looking forward to taking after 100 days of the Morning Zoo with Marcu and Karitas. The innovation has been of a brain thinking outside the box. In the past 30 days, we noticed the duo hosting the show on Fridays’ from the luxurious Mestil Hotel amidst delicious breakfast snacks and suspected expensive “teas’ with Italian names.

The “Morning Zoo” has introduced what they have called “Fro-Back Fridays,” playing some of the best old school music to kickstart their audiences’ weekends, with different guest-DJs playing every week.

You can catch Marcus and Karitas on the “Morning Zoo” Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 am on Nxt Radio 106.1 FM, or StarTimes Channel 234 (this is part where you can watch the duo live on air). Alternatively, you can stream them LIVE via the Nxt Radio app or through nextradio.co.ug/live.

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Meet Beckie Johnz, a talent to reckon with

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Talented, Beautiful, Modest, these three words describe singer/songwriter Beckie Johnz perfectly. Born in Ethiopia and mostly grew up in Kenya and came to Australia in 2005 when she was 15 years old. In her early teens, Beckie grew up in a Christian family, whereby she went to church and was involved in a choir. Beckie looked up to her choir masters and even though she was shy as a child, this gave her the confidence to want to use her God given talent to pursue a career in the music industry. Beckie started singing at a very young age even though her family members weren’t supportive of her.

Up until when she arrived to Australia, Beckie always kept in the back of her mind that if she were to be presented the opportunity to pursue her passion that she would always take that chance.Growing up, Beckie has always been inspired by music legends such as Nyankol Mathiang Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, usher Raymond, Alicia Keys and Toni Braxton, Keysha cole as well as the Destiny childs. She says that “at a young age i used to sing while playing with my friends but as soon as I reached home I would stop because my cousins would make fun of me saying “you’re a girl you shouldn’t sing”. At the age of 13 Beckie started taking singing more serious, although she was a very shy child. Over the years she started to come out of her shell more by letting the music guide her. Johnz speaks alot on her insecurities as she grew up.

She experienced bullying from distant family members who put her down, furthermore affecting her self esteem. This experience is what eventually inspired Johnz to turn to music. Music became my therapy” states Johnz. It lifted me up and guided me through my painful and dark days, so this was my way of expressing myself”. Beckie studied music in high school without the knowledge of her mother,and over the years Beckie strengthened her vocal skills and paid her way through vocal coaching. Through her performances Beckie met with an artist and producer Marvelous under the label BMC that would work with her to present an awesome demo and help take her career to the next level. Through those musical relationships,Beckie was connected with the duo Mavelous B producer and recorded a mix tapes of “that could be us” by Maino and” nothin on you” by B.O.B ft Bruno Mars.

Beckie Johnz took a long break (5 years) from music due to personal issues that she was embarking on, however Beckie remembered how music made her feel and why she should continue to use her God given talent. She moved with her family to Melbourne, Australia in 2016 where the music is very versatile and undeniablely wide. She knew best to continue to do what lifted her soul up from the beginning ” I want to pave way for my young south Sudanese female up coming artists, who are afraid to rise up,simply because of the lack of support. I knew best to be a role model in the male dominant industry within our community. Beckie Johnz has released her first ever EP (Just the Beginning) and first music video now available on all music platforms. She is working on her first album date to be announced soon. Stay Tune!

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Fatboy returns to the airwaves

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By BigEyeUg Team

Former employee of 88.2 Sanyu FM, James Onen aka Fatboy is set to return on radio after almost two months of unemployment.

Fatboy was fired in June this year after reportedly masterminding a sit-down strike at the Kampala based ‘urban music station’.

This sent the radio management despairing for Fatboy’s quick replacement in the Sanyu FM Breakfast Club show and it’s perfect choice landed on comedian Patrick Salvado Idringi and RadioCity’s Miss Deedan.

The good news for Fatboy’s fans is that he has now new commitments with Reckless Radio.

His services will be in ‘The Fat Boy’ show airing from Monday to Friday, 6AM-10AM.

“The Fatboy Show” is a top quality 4-hour daily entertainment radio show hosted by James ‘Fatboy’ Onen, veteran radio presenter who for over two decades has been a dominant voice on morning prime time FM radio.

Joining him is Olive, a soft-spoken intellectual with a background in news, and the attitude of a soldier.

Reckless Radio is a Uganda-based digital radio station created by James ‘Fatboy’ Onen that aims to serve the needs of a growing class of media consumers who are looking for high quality radio content.

Congratulations FatBoy!

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