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Solar Eclipse: Foreign Tourists Dominate Gulu Guest Lists :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Solar Eclipse: Foreign Tourists Dominate Gulu Guest Lists

Hotels in and around Gulu Town are already fast filling up with tourists visiting the northern part of the country, a week to the famous hybrid solar eclipse on November 3rd.

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Hotels in and around Gulu Town are already fast filling up with tourists visiting the northern part of the country, a week to the famous hybrid solar eclipse on November 3rd.

 

Foreign nationals have dominated the lists of most hotels. Most of the bookings done by Gulu Tours, a Safari and Accommodation Agency are for Americans, Germans, Austrians and British visitors with few Ugandans. 

 

Okello Anthony, the Director of Gulu Tours says his company has already booked more than 100 tourists in Gulu, Pakwach, Paraa Safari lodge and other villas.

 

Okello says the visitors mostly adults are combing the region visiting heritage sites and touring the Murchison Falls National Park as they wait to view the solar eclipse on November 3rd.

 

When this reporter, visited Acholi Inn hotel with 80 rooms, new bookings falling over the weekend of November 3rd could not out rightly be confirmed.

 

Accommodation charges in Gulu town range from 122,000 Ugandan shillings, an equivalent of 48.3 US dollars onwards.  At Acholi Inn hotel, a night goes for 50 dollars excluding 18 percent value added tax charged on all transactions.

 

Five star hotels are not the only forms of accommodation overwhelmed with demands. Guest Houses too are fast filling up. At Larem Guest house located in upper Churchill Drive in Gulu Town, all six rooms have been fully booked.

 

Irene Ochan, the Manager of the Guests House said her booking has also been dominated by foreigners. She said security at the facility has been tightened.

 

Walter Odokorwot, the Paraa Community Conservation Warden, says Paraa Safari Lodge is also receiving overwhelming numbers of guests. He said Uganda Wildlife Authority has been compelled to set up tents on orders.

 

Okello urged Ugandans to utilize this opportunity and visits the national park after viewing the Solar Eclipse. Scientists say the hybrid Eclipse will best be viewed from Pakwach and Gulu. The Ministry of Tourism says it is expecting 30,000 tourists to jet into the country for the Eclipse.

 

The Ministry of Health has warned of blindness for those intending to view the scientific occurrence with naked eyes. The warning has driven the cost of dark shades in Gulu town to 6,000 Ugandan shillings from a paltry 3,000.   

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