Uganda…Wander and wonder… and then you fall in love!

I remember a story that we were told while growing up, about the Europeans who came to our motherland in the search for colonization. They wandered and roamed our land like butterflies, or at least with little sense of direction. In amazement, our forefathers then referred to them as Mzungu. This Swahilli word is loosely translated as wanderer. Today we still refer to whites as Mzungu.

But as they wandered on, they saw the wonder that is in Uganda. Little wonder, Winston Churchill wrote back describing Uganda as “The pearl of Africa”. This should have been the start of tourism in Uganda.

I never dreamt of showing up as a safari specialist, but the defining moment leading to my current love, was that school trip we took to western Uganda in the Queen Elizabeth national park when I joined the wild life club. We were not wandering but this awakened the inner wanderer in me.

Our first stop was at the Equator, the imaginary line that divides the world into two- the Northern and Southern hemispheres. I stood at this point with one leg on either side of the line. It’s amazing, how one becomes lighter while on this line. Here water runs down in sinks to the clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the Southern hemisphere. The guide called it the coriolis effect… I called it the Equator magic.

Then we were on our way to the queen Elizabeth national park, overnighting in the dorms. We saw elephants in the night by our camp.

In the days that followed, we went to the katwe salt works to see how salt is mined, we took morning and evening game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Queen Elizabeth has a variety of Flora and Fauna and it’s acknowledged to be a habitat for over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds. The various species in this park, has made it a unique park most liked by tourists. It has five levels of vegetation. Namely bushy grassland, Acacia woodland, Lakeshore or swamp vegetation along with forest grassland.

We saw wildlife such as Cape buffalo, Uganda Kob, waterbuck, warthog, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants. Then it was time for us to return home. And this time, we took a train. This ride showed me Uganda. The wonder of Uganda.

Our country is a land of contrasts. In half a day, you can drive from mist shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wild life, serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered giving way to tangled jungle and rain forests with the musical accompaniments of chaotic, cacophonous bird life. It indeed presents Africa in one small place. It is amazing!

At this moment, I realized, promoting Uganda tourism starts with me.

This formed my current opinion of our country and it was from this trip that I was determined to show Uganda to every one willing to visit.

People are very friendly, welcoming and the food is awesome.

I have since travelled the whole country to learn more so as to tell this story. I have indeed wandered this wonderland.

Up north, we have the Kidepo valley national park and Murchison falls. This region is famous for the big five and exclusive lodges. The iconic BIG FIVE – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – have long dominated the list of must-sees on a Ugandan safari.

But that’s not all that Uganda offers. The Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee that have increasingly become a “bucket list” item for many a traveler to this part of Africa.

The adventurers will want to try Bungee jumping and white water rafting in Jinja, horse riding and mountain climbing.

The leisure and honeymooners have the luxury of lazing away at the beaches of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest water body.

Uganda has it all. And our mission at the Uganda Safari Chapter is simple… It is complete understanding of Uganda, why it is as it is. And why it exists as the Pearl of Africa.

As we always say, out of Africa, there is always something new. When visiting Uganda, choose the Uganda Safari Chapter, and lets take you on a Safari. Only with us, it is not wandering like the Mzungu. It is an African Safari full of wonders.


Lets go on a safari!

Peter Mwanja

Managing Director

The Uganda Safari Chapter.



Religious Tourism

With the approach of September and October, Exclusive Services group is getting  ready to welcome in Lebanon series of Pilgrims Tours from Europe, to discover the Country that hosts more than 3500 churches & shrines.

Our guests are coming from Poland, Hungary, France and Spain.




Sailing on grass? Not possible? Yes, it is, but only in Poland!

The Elbląg Canal, constructed in 19th century can accommodate small vessels with up to 65 passengers on board. The difference in water levels approaches 100 m, and is overcome using locks and a remarkable system of tracks between picturesque lakes – the only existing in the world. This unique cruise opportunity gives an unforgettable experience of seeing one of Seven Wonders of Poland. Cruise vessels are modernized, guide service and catering on board can be provided. Private charters available. Sail on grass then and spend a few wonderful hours admiring untouched nature and unlimited possibilities of the human mind. Just an hour and a half drive from Gdansk Airport, well connected with the world.





Marrakech Trendy !

If you want to joy a flawless, impeccable experience. Our trendy dinner must be done …The places are stunning! worth the visit by itself and the fusion cooking is exceptional, words can barely describe the meals with a good Moroccan & international music and amazing show during the dinner.

Savor the enchanting Marrakesh nights !

Palais Jad Mahal










This is a highly colorful, festive place that includes a restaurant, a bar and a stage for shows. The décor wavers between India and Morocco with wide colorful areas.
Service is clever and the cuisine is “world food” style, organized by Damien Durand. It is a place to go for dinner or just to have a drink, listen to live music and admire the talent of the superb Oriental dancers.

Le Comptoir Darna












Comptoir Darna is an important nightlife attraction in Marrakech, which has arrived on the scene in 1999. It proposes a perfect fusion between the orient and the occident. It is « THE » place in the red city where every night is party night. Comptoir Darna is where we live unforgettable moments, where we meet and exchange mutual experiences… It is the house of the traveler, an unavoidable pause on the caravan trail. “Darna” in Arabic means “Our Home”, so: Welcome to your home !

Buddha Bar Marrakech











The Buddha Bar brand, internationally known, moved to Marrakech. The property offers a stylish atmosphere, an Asian menu and a festive atmosphere throughout the evening.

The birth of Buddha-bar was by the imagination of its founder, Raymon Visan, a the great visionary innovative spirit, which was able, through his many discoveries and encounters, make it one of the most beautiful creations in the world of catering Lounge.

Great traveler and lover of the unusual, its founder made the Buddha Bar, a trip around the senses, a discovery of the Pacific Rim influences the movement, a place both off time and present in his time evoking the cultural opulence of distant Asia today’s West.


Our destinations are blessed with many fortresses, castles, and Gothic Chateaus, quite often located in stunning locations, packed with history and heritage. Here a small selection of a few of our favorite options.  



Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire, England

A luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, with fine dining, cookery school, country club and spa and extensive grounds. Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, guests at the hotel enjoy an authentic stately home experience.


Rooms are furnished with antiques and family portraits, with the warmth and grandeur of a traditional English house. 

*Overnight Guests (up to): 60  | *Bedrooms: 32

*LocationSwinton Estate is situated 1 mile from the town of Masham, in North Yorkshire, in its own 2,000 acre walled parkland within the 22,000 acre country estate.





Inverlochy Castle, North of Fort William, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a beautiful 19th century castle surrounded by the luscious green of the evergreen trees and the sparkling blue from the nearby loch.


Being in Scotland’s finest Country Hotel, you will enjoy the holiday of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered and one which you are sure never to forget.

*Overnight Guests (up to): 34 | *Bedrooms: 17

*Location: Inverlochy Castle Hotel is perfectly situated amongst mountain and glen, yet only 3 miles from Fort William town centre.






Melville Castle Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

Melville Castle Melville Castle has been restored and refurbished to provide a comfortable selection of luxury rooms and suites within the elegance of an 18th century castle.


Home to 33 bedrooms and suites, ranging from classic doubles to grand four poster suites, Melville Castle is the perfect place to escape from reality – even for one night.

*Overnight Guests (up to): 72 | *Bedrooms: 32
*Location: Melville Castle is located 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 6 miles from Edinburgh city centre.








Ballygally Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th Century Castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and has uninterrupted views across the Irish Sea.

The Castle has tastefully decorated bedrooms, some have beautiful, original beamed ceilings, while others enjoy stunning views of the sea and mountains. From the beautiful Antrim Suite and new Coastal Deluxe Rooms with their spectacular panoramic views to the Garden wing and the original period rooms, uniquely shaped by the imposing architecture, the Castle is bursting with bedrooms full of character and charm.

*Overnight Guests (up to): 120 | *Bedrooms: 54

*Location: 26 miles north of Belfast and 6 miles north of the Port of Larne on the Antrim Coast Road.

This beautiful Castle is perfectly located for top tourist attractions and has a wealth of recreational activities within easy reach making it the perfect base for exploring the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, Bushmills Distillery, Carrickfergus Castle, Royal Portrush Golf Course, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the popular Game of Thrones Tour.




Ballynahinch Castle, Galway, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels. Voted #1 in Ireland by the readers of Condé Nast magazine.


Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it’s famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range.

*Overnight Guests (up to): 80 | *Bedrooms: 48

*Location: Ballynahinch Castle is located in the tranquil setting of Connemara, surrounded by woodland and mountains overlooking the Owenmore River. Located a short drive from the Capital of Connemara Ballynahinch is the perfect base to explore Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way.





Clontarf Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Clontarf Castle is a unique 12th Century castle hotel offering a perfect blend of Irish history & tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century.


Clontarf Castle Hotel’s newly refurbished guest rooms and hotel suites range from the luxurious to the truly extravagant, with individual and unique designs that mesmerises your senses and all the in room touches you need to ensure the perfect nights rest in great Dublin accommodation with beautiful views of the stunning Dublin Mountains.

*Overnight Guests (up to): 224 | *Bedrooms: 111
*Location: 2 miles, 10 minutes drive from the heart of Dublin city centre.

Hosting an event like royalty in Poland!

Poland is full of magnificent castles, palaces and other monuments, converted into luxurious hotels and venues. Great heritage in outstanding modern costume. A few examples that we are most proud of.



The Royal Castle – most prestigious venue of Poland, carefully raised from ruins after WWII. A must in Poland’s capital. Dine where kings, presidents and prime ministers did…




Pearl of Gothic architecture – Collegium Maius of Jagiellonian University, the oldest in Poland. World famous astronomer was among the first students there in the 15th century. Follow the greatest, while in Cracow…




Truly the most brilliant castle hotel in Poland. Former residence of bishops, who knew very well indeed how to create an unforgettable event. Take a step to heaven…




The perfect hotel choice for both business and leisure travelers that offers stylish and contemporary accommodation for the most discerning guests to enjoy, relax, party and refresh.

This 13-storey hotel with 267 rooms including suites boasts modern architecture and design; alongside two restaurants, 24 hour gym, 4 meeting rooms and a destination rooftop terrace bar with a panoramic view of London’s most iconic skyline.






Opening London March 2018 Swingers West End will take crazy golf back to its seaside roots in a venue that reimagines the faded glamour of the 1920s English Riviera.

Located just off Oxford Circus, step out of the hustle and bustle of London’s busiest streets and into a quintessential British seaside setting of food, drinks and fun, where the sun is always shining. 20,000 square foot venue is packed with a variety of private hire spaces.




The London is a Grade II* listed landmark building that occupies the eastern flank of  The opening of The Principal London will create a hub not only for its guests but also for Londoners who have a passion for great food, fabulous cocktails and memorable nights in the city. It will offer a variety of spaces for drinking, dining and partying that will – much like PRINCIPAL hotels themselves – be distinct from each other and unique in their offering.




Opening London Spring 2018 Vintry & Mercer is nestled at the heart of the City, among the livery halls, guilds and narrow streets that line the banks of the Thames. This is where past and present intersect, where the long traditions of trade and commerce come to life in the contemporary style of the 92 bespoke rooms and suites.






The Original Gourmet Tour Through London

Opening May 2018 Bustronome is the moving terrace of London. A double decker bus offering a panoramic view, which can accommodate up to 38 people.





Corinthia Hotel London announced that renowned Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge will open his first London restaurant at the hotel this September 2018.

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill will be a relaxed brasserie-style dining room with an adjacent bar, open all day.




Opening London September 2018 The social hub on London’s culturally vibrant South Bank is arriving. An intimate six-storey hotel, 161 bedrooms including seven suites, offering genuine hospitality that respects and encourages individuality.






Period details dovetail with modern styling at this enchanting Leadenhall venue.Grace Hall is a versatile multi-faceted events space capable of hosting between 10 and 600 guests across four exquisite spaces.


Ukraine has more than 50 castles and fortresses. The biggest part of them is worth visiting. Some of them, such as Akkerman Fortress near Odessa, Kam’yanets – Podilsky castle, Hotyn became the place for many international festivals and tournaments. Travelers from all over the World are coming to Ukraine to visit museums at Medzhybizh, Palanok, Dubno castle and many others, which definitely are not a waste of time.

The castles, as well as fortresses, are the perfect venues for incentive activities, corporate events and, of course, gala dinners.

The most popular tourist itinerary includes visits to  Olesko, Zolochiv and Pidhirtsi – the small villages famous for their amazing castles. These castles are different – the powerful defensive building of Olesko Castle, the beautiful palace with slender towers and shining mosaic in Zolochiv and mysterious castle from Renaissance with bastion fortifications in Pidhirtsi.



There are hardly any castles in the world that went through such roller coaster transformations – from a royal residence to a hospital, vocational school for farming machinery mechanics, ghost-haunted ruins, museums, crumbling structures in perpetual state of restoration where cows and goats graze on once well-kept lawns.

Olesko Castle is an outstanding architectural and historic monument from the 13th – 18th centuries, once a strong fortress of Old Rus in the 14th century.
Later in the 15th – 16th century Olesko Castle was turned into a palace for aristocracy and remodeled in the Italian Renaissance style in the 1620s. The famous Polish king Jan III Sobieski was born there in 1629. The king often lived in Olesko Castle and collected numerous art works. Afterwards the castle belonged to the Rzewuski family.

After restoration in 1965-1975 Olesko Castle became a museum. Hundreds of unique paintings, sculptures and applied arts can be seen in the museum.
Among them are icons, portraits, still-lives, the monumental picture of the Battle of Vienna, old furniture and wooden sculptures. In the Olesko Castle basement there is a well which also served as an escape passage for the besieged.
A nice park with some modern sculptures surrounds Olesko Castle.

Pidhirtsi Castle is a unique architectural monument in the late Renaissance style dating back to 1635-1640. It belonged to the aristocratic Rzewuski family, was not intended as a defense structure and should be more accurately called a palace.
Pidhirtsi Castle is surrounded by a moat and includes a Baroque church of St. Joseph (1752-1766). It has a wall with a heavy gate and a park with old trees.

Pidhirtsi Castle has been under restoration after years when it was used as a Soviet hospital. It may take many years before it regains its pervious glory.
However visitors are admitted and have to use their imagination when looking at once grand interiors. Visitors to Pidhirtsi Castle will be invited to take a short walk to see a beautiful wooden church of St. Michael from 1720.

Zolochiv Castle was built as a citadel with bastions in the 1630s. In the 17th – 18th centuries the castle belonged to the rich Polish families of Sobieski and Radziwill. In the days of Austro-Hungarian empire, Zolochiv Castle was turned into a prison and later became a grim prison under Stalin. A memorial and an exhibition to commemorate those who perished here can now be seen in the castle as well as a chapel outside the castle walls.

Inside Zolochiv Castle visitors could see a newly restored Chinese palace built to follow European fashion for Chinese art in late 17th century. To the right, there is a larger residential palace undergoing restoration. From the bastions, one could see surrounding countryside and the town of Zolochiv. Tourists would be taken to the old magic stone in the castle courtyard. It has engraved inscriptions in the unknown language and a hole in the middle that will help fulfill your wishes if you put your finger there and turn.