Arne Doornebal is a Dutch freelance journalist working out of Kampala, Uganda. For Club Africa he shares his experiences living and working as a journalist in Africa
The boda boda entrepreneur
How Walter turned a small job into big business
Exploring the city by boda boda
Kampala is a beautiful city, but due to the choking traffic jams that normally goes unnoticed. Tourists never spend longer than strictly necessary here, because there aren’t any highlights that most of them would want to spend hours touring. “That is a shame, Kampala has many beautiful sites,” says 25-year-old Walter Wandera. “They are just too far apart. On our boda boda (motorcycle) tour we take visitors to several of these places in just one morning.”
Community tourism increasing
Uganda is in the lift. Lonely Planet, the ‘bible for backpackers’, put the country at number one of –one of the various- lists of top-destinations for 2012. Yet the country is hoping for massive influxes of travellers. The large numbers of young Europeans and Americans already roaming the streets suggests that a good summer season is just around the corner. One youth guesthouse owner told me his place is already fully booked for the coming two months.
The modern tourist, and certainly the young one, wants more than to be driven around national parks looking for elephants. They want authentic things, local initiatives, contact with the ‘native’ population so to speak. When Walter started setting up his boda boda tours he managed to tap right into that emerging market.
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