SIRâ€” If the road from Kabale to Bwindi via Hamurwa and Ishasha Park, Uganda would get more foreign exchange from tourism than she gets from exporting coffee by the year 2006.
This is said by most of the tourists who visit the sites around that area like Bwindi Impenetrable Park for viewing the mountain gorilla.
The 12-km drive from Kabale to Hamurwa gives tourists a choice to see the terraced hills popularly known as the Switzerland of Africa.
On Hamurwa Bridge, just after the road toll, tourists have a chance to see the volcanic soil burning they have only heard about. Climbing the hills towards Rutenga forests, they get a glimpse of the Muhavura mountains and the Rubanda terraces. Mafuga forests welcome them with their cool breeze, climbing snakes and birds make tourists regret why they brought few films because every sight is worth storing for memories.
Before you reach Mafuga Road, there is a breath-taking natural bridge which is a stop for most tourists.
Within the Kanungu Municipality is the Kibwetere Shrine which has of recent turned into a must-top-over for most tourists; then to Kirima, a home of over 4,000 different bird species.
In Kanyantorogo, we find Ishasha river with all types of shaped stones, most tourists mistake them for gems and usually carry some back home. Then Kayonza houses Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, famous for the mountain gorilla, then Kihihi subconty that houses Ishasha Park which has more animals than most zoos.
All the mentioned tourist potentials are not fully exploited with the bad transport as the major cause. Tourists hate the bad roads with sharp and narrow corners which put their lives in danger and are not worth their money.
If the Kabale-Bwindi road is tarmacked, Kabale, Kisoro and Kanungu districts will generate more foreign income than ever before and will be the Malaysia of Uganda.
George K. Rukara
Kigezi, Kisoro can be Ugandaâ€™s Malaysia!