Africa tourism

Why group travel is the real deal

Solo travel, much like group travel, allows you to slow down or pace your mind and body according to what nature has to offer. In Uganda and East Africa, you can get calm and soothing attractions as well as adrenaline-pumping ones from both sides of the world.
Memories are created and retained. Tourism enthusiast Aisha Nabwanika says her most memorable group trip was to the Pian Upe Game Reserve in northern Uganda.
“We traveled with eight friends, all young tourism enthusiasts, especially photographers and videographers. We connected and shared a lot en route to and at our destinations. We made memories, shared laughs and learned lessons as a team,” she says.
Irene Nalwoga’s most memorable trip was the one she took in 2019. The traveler who runs Women Tour Uganda, which only takes women on trips, is happy when her clients are happy with the experience.
“They were grateful for all the work they did, never complained about anything. The guests had the best attitude you could find in the world and guess what nature rewarded them overwhelmingly. In every national park we went to, they saw all the rare animals,” says Nalwoga.Even when they had a flat tire, the guests were so patient and understanding.
She continues: “Group travel allows tourists to get along, respect each other and have fun. Remember to be in the moment and control your ego.
Once the party leader wins, everyone in the party will have fun.
On a recent trip, Hannington Segirinya, a Rotarian, expressed his admiration for Uganda’s beauty, and therefore the need to boost the marketing of Uganda as a destination to Ugandans.
“We have a beautiful country. We had a great time in Murchison Falls State Park where we saw lots, networked, and saw friends. We haven’t done it for a while because of Covid-19 which we won’t forget, but we have to live a new life and support each other,” says Segirinya enthusiastically.
He was one of 45 Rotarians who participated in a trip organized by Adventure Vacations Safaris with the support of the Uganda Tourism Board and MasterCard Foundation through the Private Sector Foundation Uganda which subsidized the travel package for attract local travelers to the national park.
Rotarian Phyllis Kwesiga was happy to be part of the group. The experience was breathtaking. She observes that travel is something everyone should experience first hand.
As such, Kwesiga says she cannot adequately put her experience into proper words, pictures or videos. “I liked the outdoor shower then the falls and the trek. You can leave Kampala on Friday and enjoy a weekend. There is so much beauty that we don’t explore,” she adds.
“So many Rotarians are CEOs and business people with money. They have traveled the world, but 75% do not know the beauty of their country. Uganda has beautiful landscapes. I would say the Covid-19 outbreak has been a blessing in disguise because when we were cut off from the rest of the world, we had to discover the beauty of our country,” says businessman and new district governor, the Rotarian Edward Kakembo Nsubuga.
Bradford Ochieng, deputy chief executive of UTB, says that if the government agency capitalizes on group travel that uses companies such as Rotaries, more Ugandans in the income brackets will be incentivized to spend in the local attractions instead of traveling regularly to foreign destinations.
Nalwoga says to leverage and leverage group travel work with hotels to provide affordable accommodation rates that will attract numbers.
“Once hotel rates are low and the quality of service is very good, group tour operators will also sell their entire tour package at lower rates. Good tour prices with quality products will always attract large numbers,” she explains.
Traveling in a group can mean inside jokes, great stories, learning more about how to travel, and top it off with laughs.

hot tip
Keep the groups small as this allows the organizer to pay close attention to the needs of each guest.
She adds, “Plus, the traveler won’t feel like they have to deal with so many personalities during the trip.”

Nabwanika argues along the same lines, adding that in addition to keeping numbers tight, making short trips with a maximum stay of two to three nights, for example operating weekends, is ideal because many employees of company have holidays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on their working hours to let their working tools down.