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This is the online business and interaction page of Shiyaya Tours and Travel Uganda - a private tour operator based in Kampala, Uganda.

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The Shiyaya Travel Journal

Uganda is completely abuzz with excitement over the Pope's visit from November 27 - 29 2015 and understandably so since this is the first visit that Pope Francis will be making to Africa as a continent.

With the thousands of expected visitors coming for this event plus the already 3 million city residents, at Shiyaya Tours, we have all the resources to make your (group or individual) visit memorable and will cover accommodation and transport requirements to ensure you are there for all the Pope's public events.

During this monumental visit, it is expected that Pope Francis will visit the Namugongo Minor Basilica (also known as the Namugongo Martyrs Shrines), a cultural site built in honour of the Uganda Martyrs who died for their faith, in 1886. Pope Francis will be the third Pope to visit the Shrines, after Pope John Paul II in 1993 and Pope Paul VI in 1969. As Namugongo is located 15 Kms from the capital city of Kampala, we shall  greater attractions for our tourists. Next to the minor Basilica is a small lake that many pilgrims have drawn water from and testified to its miraculous powers just like the hot springs in Kitagata in Bushenyi District close to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you find the unique tree climbing lions.

Your stay in Uganda, will be made even more enjoyable if you visit one of the many national parks and commune with creation as God intended. Come see the beautiful waterfalls in Murchison Falls National Park or the might River Nile as it sets out of Lake Victoria. Be calmed by the communities of the gentle gorillas in the Bwindi National Park or thrilled by the elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Explore the magnificent, untamed wilderness of the Kidepo National Park and then go whitewater rafting at the Nalagala Rapids. Visit man's close relatives - the chimpanzees and see the most beautiful birds and butterflies in Kibale National Park.

Uganda is a country with a vast array of attractions and travelling around the country is now relatively easy. From the moment you arrive, we shall cater to your needs for complete satisfaction and an excellent experience. We at Shiyaya Tours and Travel are committed to ensuring your visit to Uganda as grand as the Pope's visit is to the country..

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The Award-Winning Uganda Marathon Is Back - On June 5 in Masaka, Central Uganda

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 Visitors running in Masaka, May 2015 - photo taken from

Visitors running in Masaka, May 2015 - photo taken from

MANY of us missed this Marathon (or Race) last year because it didn't take place in Kampala and wasn't televised live with politicians on either end of the lane, but it went ahead to win some much-coveted international recognition at the 2016 UK Running Awards.

And where last year's inaugural race gathered runners from every Continent on earth, this year Uganda will host over 200 international runners all converging in Masaka for the June 5, 2016 event, alongside at least 2,000 Ugandans.

The prizes for winning participants are small, just as the entry fees are (Ushs10,000 - US$3 - for non-students and Ushs5,000 - US$1.5 - for students), but the race proceeds will go towards the support of community based organisations in the greater Masaka area. Projects beneficiaries range from disadvantaged children, unemployed youth, disabled individuals, people affected by HIV, street children and the elderly. To ensure sustainability of the projects, the funding is used to support the creation of income generating programs.

The Uganda Tourism Board is backing the race, as it tends to bring in large numbers of enthusiastic, sports-loving tourists, and we applaud them for doing so. Last year's race raised £74,500 for projects in Masaka - and this year should yield much, much more.

We believe the runners that fly in to participate in the race will get taken out to the many great spots we have for bird watching, game viewing drives, sport fishing, boat rides, mountain climbing, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, and more.

Contact us to arrange YOUR fun package: or +256 200922210, +256 700 222101, +256 792222101.

Tugende Masaka! (Let's go to Masaka!)