I am greatly humbled and honored to be a recipient of nine Awards since the start of my Journalism career in 2008. Seven of these have been given to me for dedicating my career to promoting sustainable tourism and conservation in Africa…
This includes the Best Tourism Journalist Award of 2015, an award given to me by the Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards. Organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities-Uganda through the Uganda Tourism Board, the tourism Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of the tourism industry, giving recognition through the awards program as a way of showing appreciation for the hard work and dedication to individuals and companies that have led to the tremendous growth of Uganda’s tourism over the years. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all who nominated me for the respective awards. I did not make the journey here alone. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far.
It is easy to get over many exciting things, but not a face to face encounter with lots of enormous sharks in their natural setting. Imagine yourself surrounded by beautiful Blacktip sharks, dusky sharks, Zambezi sharks and Sand tiger sharks. Two months back, I and eight friends went shark cage diving in the warmer waters of Aliwal Shoal, a rocky reef approximately 5 km off the coast of KawZulu Natal Province. Precisely, the adventure entails observing aquatic species of the Indian Ocean from a square cage. For better views and safety, we were to wear diving masks. Among the mentioned species, the dominant was the sand tiger sharks. They had sharp, pointy heads, and bulky bodies. For folks who derive pleasure from fright (like me), this face to face experience wasn’t good enough. Fortunately, I was at liberty to go scuba diving for an up-close and personal experience with them. As hoped, the new challenge was more fulfilling; I guess this was because they were far. I mean, things ceased to be funny the minute one of them noticed I was around. With its small eyes fixed on me, it started to propel itself towards me. At once, its jaws dropped thus exposing three rows of its sharp edged teeth which are perfectly aligned to bite effortlessly. Afraid for the worst, I would panic stroking the water upwards only for reality to hit me hard. I didn’t know how to swim. Guessing my day to cross the divide had come, I attempted to say a last prayer with my eyes open just to be sure my prayers were working. Alas, they were not. On the contrary, the more I worshiped the giver of life, the closer my uninvited visitor got to me. The most unbelievable part of the story is that as all this happened, the crew I had dived with were all just looking on, ready to capture the moment with their cameras. As it turned out, they weren’t worried one bite because the shark had only come to play. However seeing to it that I was terrible company, it turned tail and went where the fun was. Ooh, what a day!!! That said, I cannot recommend Aliwal Dive Center and Lodge enough. It is the agency we went for the adventure with. An agency I remember for being very professional and paying attention to safety. For more options of where you can go shark diving, visit South African Tourism.
Nestled in the Albertine Rift Valley, between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodgeis a destination of diversity, energy and culture. From the fancy colours that burst open in its blue skies, to a charming sunset that leaves many of its visitors at a loss of words, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is a touristic facility where you can explore the wilderness and be pampered in splendor. Views The lodge is named after a crater lake it overlooks, a stunning beauty that nature created over 10,000 years ago for you to enjoy. The lake owes its beauty to a warm friendly weather and geologic luck of the draw.
Beyond writing for travel magazines, I analyze the latest trends of destination marketing. This enables me make a fully informed decision as I create content for safari lodges and safari companies striving to penetrate the U.S & U.K travel market. It’s cliche to say it but it’s true, it’s a joy and honour to create original content that can effectively drive tourism traffic. For me, it’s not about numbers, it’s not about making as many websites as possible or about being busy busy busy. It’s about quality that speaks for itself, it’s about being able to give your website my all, it’s about leading a life that’s full of adventure, growth and inspiration.
Brands that have entrusted me with creating for them content
Nestled in the Albertine Rift Valley, between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is a destination of diversity, energy and culture. From the fancy colours that burst open in its blue skies, to a charming sunset that leaves many of its visitors at a loss of words, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is a touristic facility where you can explore the wilderness and be pampered in splendor. Views The lodge is named after a crater lake it overlooks, a stunning beauty that nature created over 10,000 years ago for you to enjoy. The lake owes its beauty to a warm friendly weather and geologic luck of the draw.
Gazelle Safari Company organize tours in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Seychelles, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Thailand.
It operates in Uganda & Rwanda organizing tailor made day tours for all budgets, age groups and nationalities at affordable prices.
Kazinga Tours is a specialist in tailor made safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Track the gorillas and chimpanzees. Great safaris. Their aim is to give their clients the best African experience possible, based on each individual’s special interest, time scale, budget and other requirements.
Umoja Motherland Tours was founded by Agnes Mirembe and Julio Brathwaite. Agnes is a Ugandan native and Julio is from the Bahamas. They both have a love for Tourism, Touring and People. Their collaboration has made UMOJA a unique tour company.
They specialize in a wide variety of tours that will suit your budget. Whether it is the African Wildlife Safari’s, Gorilla tours, Coffee experiential tours, Cycling tours, Community based tours, Eco tours, Cultural tours and last but not least, adventurous tours across Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.
UMOJA guarantees a 100% satisfactory experience. Our relationships across East Africa allows us access to the best partners in the Tourism, Tour and Travel industry.
Agandi Uganda Ltd is a social eco-tourism company founded by people who share the same passion for the Pearl of Africa and the same vision for an inclusive eco-tourism in Uganda. In addition to having a safari lodge, they have a safari company that organises tailor made safaris for once-in-a-lifetime experience in The Pearl of Africa.
They are committed to promote the diversity of Uganda to visitors who want to experience what Uganda has the best to share in terms of culture, traditions, landscapes and wildlife.
If you love adventures off the beaten path, Stone Path Tours, is your priceless ticket to heartwarming Ugandan adventures of that words can’t describe. They are a Ugandan Safari company that is licensed and supervised by Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. The company is founded by a group of four adventurous friends, James, Clare, Patricia and Sylvia, all of whom are indigenous Ugandans.
Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall and Dianne Fossey(RIP), Primate Trails Africa leads the way in eco-friendly holidays and eco-tourism tours. It offers dream come true adventures to multi-award winning destinations that offer the healing power of nature in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Choose from gorilla trekking, chimp habituation, conservation, hot air balloon tours, boat rides, horseback riding or head off to track tree climbing lions, go bird watching or sport fishing on the world’s longest river, River Nile.
Around this time last year, CNN flew into Uganda to profile how my travel journalism career is positively impacting on the growth of Uganda as a prime eco-tourism destination. In case you missed out, here is one of the episodes CNN profile of Solomon Oleny . For more, NewVision-Uganda’s National Newspaper brings you the full story here on its website
In 2012, my second year at University I woke up to the realization that I needed money. That I needed a real solution for survival as opposed to eying handouts from family. And that triggered many a thought. And like many educational theories dictate, I made an analysis of myself. My skills, weaknesses, strength, that ilk. And among the many, one memory came into play. The fact that I had a writing history.