One and a half years after Uganda’s most artful hotel, the Great Lakes Museum swung doors open, the Pearl of Africa was blessed with an impressive attraction in form of a precious towering emerald statue.
The soaring statue, later christened ‘the tree of life’ is perched with action-packed gestures that reflect the day-to-day hassles that go on in a typical African setting, as people struggle to make ends meet. It is effortlessly striking from all angles; arguably dwarfing the Eiffel Tower in splendor and doubling the Ugandan independence monument in terms of height.
Yet that is only half the story! The tree of life is just one of the many masterpieces that the Great Lakes Museum, a one-stop regional tourism facility, offers. Like the tree of life tower, there are bandas and rooms constructed with great attention to detail.
Each room; dormitory, budget room or executive cottage, has an edge when it comes to scenic views of the surrounding hills. They never let you forget that you are in the pearl of Africa.
In an otherwise cold region where average temperatures are 14 degrees Celsius, each room (priced between Shs60,000 & 75,000 for full board) is served with a heated shower to cool off the day’s steam after a day-long adventure.
Each room is tailored to offer travelers the much-needed rest after a long day’s safari and fixed with an LCD TV screen and Wi-Fi connection to ensure connectedness with the rest of the world.
If camping is a better way to crown your day, they have a camping yard with an organized picnic area and a self-catering kitchen.
Other experiences to expect include guided biking in authentic Ankole villages, hill climbing challenges, and traditional storytelling, of course among others.