Summer 2017 was filled with beautiful scenes and experiences for dozens of Nigerian school students and adults who visited three countries within the continent from August 14 – 28.
The trip was fashioned to showcase the young tourist to the ripe potential of African tourism and the rich cultural experiences offered in the visited destinations – Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, General Manager of Goge Africa Nneka Isaac-Moses explained shortly after the group arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. “Majority of the destinations were carefully selected by the tour desk of Goge Africa bearing in mind that
majority of the kids on this summer tip to Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Kampala were used to visiting Europe and America during their summer vacations,” said the seasoned traveller and tourism stakeholder. “This time, the Goge Africa tour package for the aforementioned countries had more fun and excitement.
The Addis Ababa leg of the trip took participants to several destinations and sites in Ethiopia including the Ethiopian Aviation Training School, where the travellers perused Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet of plane and also learnt basics of the airline giant’s operations. Immersing in Ethiopian culture, the travellers enjoyed Ethiopian cuisine at Yod Abbysinia, an international cultural restaurant in Addis Ababa. The five-day trip to the Horn of Africa couldn’t be complete without a taste of folk music and stops to the city centre, Ethiopian Museum and the African Union’s Nelson Mandela Pienary Hall, where decisions concerning the continents are made.
Reluctantly, the energetic lot departed Addis Ababa to Nairobi full of expectations. A trip to the Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi was among first sites visited. Later, the travellers visited the famous Massai Market and the very intriguing Lost Paradise cave. Feeding a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi appeared to be a highlight of the Nairobi trip for the enthused young travellers and their guardians. Infusing educational opportunities, there was a stop at Nairobi’s Museum of Natural History. What’s life without some shopping? The participants took a break from the itinerary to satisfy their touristic appetites with locally made colourful Kenyan arts and crafts.
Nairobi was fun but Kampala was equally as exciting with the peak of the Kampala leg being a visit to the Kampala was (UWEC) Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre. The children and teachers alike were educated on different species of animals at the center. At UWEC, the tourists to East Africa had the opportunity to observe the Lion, Leopards, Cheaters, Elephants and lots more at close range pumping adrenaline in no small measure. The chimps were not left out of the excitement hooting and howling on seeing a lot of children and visitors in their domain. They fed the Lion, the elephant, and the giraffe.
“Goge Africa believes that Africa has not tapped fully into her tourism potentials and as such not reaping the full dividend of tourism.” Mrs. Isaac-Moses said. “As Goge Africa continues to spotlight the destinations in Africa, Africans would begin to spend their disposable income in Africa and the industry would grow in leaps and bound and thus develop our tourism infrastructure.”
Being a bigger employer in the labour market, nations on the continent must develop their tourism products to meet and possibly surpass international standards, the Goge Africa MD, explained.
“Tourism is life,” she said. “Investment into tourism surely gives return on investment,” she added.
Several trips to locations across Africa are being planned.