Uganda artifacts to showcase at Egypt’s Nile Museum
Uganda is joining other Nile basin countries at the opening of the Nile Museum on the banks of the River Nile in Aswan, Egypt. Uganda is represented by a delegation of officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, and the Uganda embassy in Egypt.
The new museum, which features the history or irrigation in Egypt’s modern history, is opening this Sunday, January 10, 2016.
“The Nile Museum is a testament of the cooperation between the Nile River basin states and it shows the great potential of tourism in the development of our individual countries,” says Dr. Maria Mutagamba, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. She adds that Uganda’s part display in the museum will be a permanent connection to the country with the world’s longest river, the Nile, begins its journey.
A part of the museum has been dedicated to the Nile Basin states to showcase artifacts representing the Nile’s impact on their customs, heritage and daily life. Uganda, which is the source of the Nile, is showcasing artifacts from and by the people living along the Nile.
“The Nile Museum comprises of two main buildings; the first features artifacts and manuscripts related to the construction of the 1902 Aswan Dam and the High Dam. It also sheds light on the history of Irrigation in Egypt during the Mohamed Ali Dynasty (1805-1952),” says Egypt’s Irrigation Minister, Hossam Moghazy.
The museum’s second building features the cultures and traditions of the peoples of the Nile Basin countries, Moghazy adds.
River Nile begins its journey to Egypt from Lake Victoria at Jinja 80 kilometers east of Kampala, making its way through Lake Kyoga before bursting through a 6-meter-wide gap in the Murchison Falls National Park. The Murchison Falls is considered to be the most powerful waterfall in the world. This national park is also one of the most visit by both local and foreign tourists.
On Sunday, ambassadors of 11 African countries will attend the Nile Museum inauguration ceremony.
While in Uganda, you could also visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda home of the endangered mountain gorilla, spend a night on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, visit Queen Elizabeth National Park where over 640 bird species have been recorded. Further north, you can go to the Murchison Falls National Park where the mighty Nile squeezes through a narrow gorge, only 7 meters (23 feet) wide, before plunging 43 meters (141 feet) below. If you are into fishing, the River Nile is a great area for sport fishing. Still north you can enjoy the hidden gem of Kidepo Valley National Park.
Away from the wild, you can enjoy the vibrant life of Kampala – the entertainment city of East Africa that never goes to sleep. Going East, you can travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa where the Nile begins its journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The ashes of Gandhi, the great leader of India, were sprinkled at the source of the Nile in Jinja where they too began their journey to the rest of the world.
Not far from the airport, join the party at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and get the opportunity to feed the animals. Or take a speed boat to Ngamba Island to meet one the chimps of the 100-acre island. Get close up with the chimps at their meal time. If you have time on you before your flight, go fishing (catch and let go) with the Ngamba team before taking your speed boat back and checking in.
Wherever you go in Uganda, you are sure to enjoy the best of the people – with 56 languages and dialects, you will sample as many cultures, foods, lifestyles – all linked by the smile and warmth that defines the people of Uganda. It is a nation that bring together all peoples and probably that is why Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes were sent to the world from here at the source of the Nile.