going to Uganda or Rwanda for studies
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2013 8:42 AM Last Post By: homestayuganda
Nov 6, 2012 11:55 PM
I am studying anthropology at the moment and next year I have to do research for three months. I want to do research on tourism in Uganda or Rwanda and hope to find some small locally owned tour operators or cultural tourism, because I am interested in the interaction between locals and tourists and how locals want to represent their culture.
Since I haven't been to Uganda or Rwanda, I would like to have some advice.
It seems Rwanda is safer than Uganda, what are our views on this?
In which country are there more locally owned tourism organizations?
Has anyone noticed something interesting, about tourism, in one of these countries?
What about speaking English? I have read about Uganda that English is well spoken, but about Rwanda I have read different things.
Are there many tourists in Uganda or Rwanda and what kind of tourists?
I hope you can help me, because I find it very difficult to find out what there is and decide upon my research topic/area.
For anyone who has read my other posts, sorry I haven't been entirely honest, but I was just trying to find out about tourism in these countries.
Edited by: neej
Nov 7, 2012 5:17 AM
1hello again Neej
Rwanda is probably safer than Uganda but Uganda is not unsafe and if you take Kampala out of the equation then they are both much of a much ness. Like anywhere you need to apply normal precautions but you can safely travel around both (I am not talking about the driving!)
Getting around both countries with only english is no problem
I would say that there are not many tourists in both countries but there are some
Numerically I would say there are more locally owned tourists outfits in Uganda but this probably reflects the relative sizes of the countries and the fact that there is probably a more developed tourist market in Uganda.
Nov 8, 2012 8:14 AM
2Rwanda is certainly safer than Uganda, with people driving much more cautiously, moto-taxi drivers wearing helmets and carrying one for their potential passengers, and with much less accounts of pickpocketing and fraud of all sorts. But, all things considered, Uganda is really safe as well, so safety shouldn't be the issue upon which you base your decisions for this trip.
Uganda's tourism infrastructure is much more developed (and you see more tourists there), although Rwanda is slowly getting there. And the opportunities are more varied in Uganda (that also goes with the size of the country and the variety of the landscape). You'll see more backpackers in Uganda, Rwanda's hasn't fully tapped into this potential market yet.
Ugandans speak many different languages and dialects, and their common language is English, so you can expect almost everyone to speak a fairly good level of English. This is not the case in Rwanda. Kinyarwanda is spoken by everyone, so the second language is not as necessary as in Uganda. However, many of them speak fairly good English or French.
Considering your objectives, I think I would go to Rwanda. I think it would be much more interesting to study something that is just starting. Amahoro Tours (http://www.amahoro-tours.com/index.html) is the tour operator I immediately thought of when I read your post. They are very involved in the community and are very dynamic in developing all kinds of projects.
And if you decide to go to Uganda, you should look into the Lake Bunyonyi area or the Sipi Falls area, there seems to be some interesting community-based tourism there.
Nov 9, 2012 3:31 AM
Nov 25, 2012 8:26 AM
4Having lived in both countries, I would definitely recommend Uganda. I think you'll have much better luck with research there, as the people are much more open and willing to have conversations with foreigners. The government is really pushing tourism in Rwanda, but there's more to study in Uganda and I think more of it has been developed as a local/grassroots level.
Apr 4, 2013 8:42 AM
5The definition of "safer" you get for Rwanda is merely in the sense of being "more strict" as in laws there definitely get enforced... but i would say both countries are equally safe for your purposes... but you will be better served if you choose Uganda.. not just for the English language aspect but also for variety and options it will offer your research
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