Richard Ndagije and Marvin Ayebare were this past week treated to an exhiralating weekend after winning the Nile Breweries domestic tourism campaign dubbed ‘MyUgandaMyNile.
Ndagije, an executive at Next Media Digital and Marvin Ayebare, a student at Makerere University -- spent two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge, participated in a game drive around Murchison Falls National Park and a soothing boat ride on Victoria Nile, scoring an opportunity to drink in the foot of Murchison falls and a variety of water creatures.
To this amazing tours, the two winners were allowed to pick three of their friends to tag along.
The group set off on Friday morning aboard Matoke Tours’ Safari vans for a 7-hour drive to Chobe in Nwoya District.
Along the way, they explored different cultures; from Baganda in the Central region, Banyoro in the Bunyoro region and the Acholi in Acholi sub-region.
Several stops were made at a number of locations like River Kafu for roadside muchomo; at Karuma Bridge, they viewed the frothy waters of the Nile and some animals including baboons, warthogs, giraffes and multiple species of birds.
At Chobe, a late lunch was served. Winners checked into their rooms and experienced exciting treats at the lodge: swimming in a state of the art pool, luxurious rooms and a buffet dinner.
The day was crowned off with a campfire where they joined other visitors as they enjoyed Nile Special beer at the bank of River Nile.
After a heavy breakfast at Chobe, MyUgandaMyNile winners took on a game drive around the iconic Murchison Falls National Park which covers 3,893 square kilometers of land.
They were able to see and learn about different animal species like the Jackson’S hartebeest, the favorite prey for lions, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and many bird species.
The most exciting of the birds were the white backed vultures which were found feeding on a dead hippo while it’s orphaned baby looked on. This was nature in its fullness.
After the game drive and lunch -- which was served at Paraa Game Lodge, they headed to the main event of the day: boat ride to view Murchison Falls.
It’s 17 kilometres from Paraa Game Lodge to the foot of the falls.
While on the water, the winners spotted a crocodile which was resting at the river bank, classes of hippos, many species of water birds and the scenic Murchison Falls before heading back to Chobe later in the evening.
Day three, being the final day of the excursion, it was majorly to give the travelers an opportunity to tour and experience Chobe Safari lodge, a five-star lodge that hosted American rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian while they visited Uganda.
“Since domestic tourism was allowed, I've been trying hard to find a way of traveling my country and #MyUgandaMyNile campaign came as a blessing to me. Throughout the trip, I learnt a lot about the wild, had fun on the game rides, the boat cruise to the waterfall, the food was so delicious, basically everyone and everything on the trip made it interesting and I want to thank Nile special for this opportunity,” Marvin Ayebare, one of the winners said on departure day.
Richard Ndagije, who travelled along with his girlfriend said; “It was a fantastic road trip and I would like to thank Nile special for the high level of organization exhibited. The Trip's program was really fantastic and I enjoyed every bit of it.”
The MyUgandaMyNile campaign is still running and the next round of winners will be travelling to Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda to visit Sipi Falls National Park next weekend.
How to become a winner
To score a trip through this campaign, you will have to buy and chug Nile Special, snap yourself with the beer and share the picture on social media using the hashtag #MyUgandaMyNile.
Two posts with the most engagement will be selected and the winners will enjoy one of our trips with three of their friends.