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Scenic Road Opens Up Tourism

First section of Kabale-Kisoro road completed in Uganda

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Oct 24, 2010

UGANDA (eTN) - Last week saw the handover of the first section, approximately 50 kilometers long, of the road from Kabale to Kisoro from the contractors to the Ugandan government. The road, one of the most scenic in the country, will open up the tourism and farming areas around Kisoro to the rest of the country with much greater ease, as the old Murram road made travel by car difficult, to say the least.

The new tarmac road will now allow Kisoro residents to ship their produce to the markets in Kabale, Mbarara, and Kampala at reduced cost and greater speed, while tourist visitors, both local and from abroad, can drive to Kisoro and enjoy the often breathtaking scenery along the route, especially when seeing the distant volcanic mountains progressively coming nearer or when driving through the bamboo forests and alongside the rivers and wetlands, which still make up much of this part of the country.

The new road construction, after long and at times inexplicable delays, started in early 2008, but owing to the terrain and often adverse weather conditions, which caused repeated landslides and other damage to the new road bed, the handover of the new road was delayed until now. The remaining section of nearly the same length is due for completion and handover in late 2011 at which time the full rehabilitation and widening of the Kampala to Kabale highway should also be complete.

Travel by road, which at times could take 14 or more hours between the capital and Kisoro ‚Äď located in the border triangle with Rwanda and Congo DR ‚Äď will benefit from these developments, and it is expected to reduce the time on the road to between 8 to 10 hours. Time to pack the car and visit that beautiful part of Uganda once again soon!

First section of Kabale-Kisoro road completed in Uganda
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