Mbarara Kampala Bus Travel Experience

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Kampala Mbarara Bus Experience with Global Coach, the good and the bad experience

Mbarara district is found in western Uganda, the second city of Uganda, Ankole region call it the land of milk and honey, with very beautiful happy people. When you get to this region, drinking water stops and we start taking milk in all forms.

Five years consistently using Global Coach Buses

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Mbarara to Kampala is a four-hour drive, and so very easy to think about getting on the road. However, it hits you had when you think of how to get a bus ticket. The whole struggle of getting one gets you lazy and almost tempts you to cancel the journey. So, I wake up early morning to travel to Kampala for a meeting, day one its very swift with Global buses and my mind concludes that global is the best bus company. Time goes on as I use the coach since I was using it minimally four times a month, I was to able to make friends working with the company and this sometimes made my booking easier since I would only make a call and find my seat reserved. This went on for a while, and soon I started getting discounts off my transport fair. First time I was given a discount I was shocked because I had even never requested for it until the guy gave me my receipt.

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The company even got better when they brought the executive buses that were two sitters, the conductor (EMMA) made sure we pray before starting the journey, he helped us learnt how to use the seatbelts, introduced dustbins for the bus he was the conductor, he would provide us with serviettes whenever we reached the points where the buses stop for the passengers to go on short call and grab something to eat, toothpicks were always next to him. Am sure this attracted very many customers for the company. Personally, I find it hard to use another bus company.

The good experience with global outweighs the bad experience.

I remember some other time in 2017 when I had a meeting in Kampala at 10am , so as usual I woke up, so early to start my journey, forty minutes into the journey at the first check point from Mbarara town, the bus gets a mechanical problem, I got so disappointed since I was now  thinking of how I was going to get late for the meeting, I got so excited when in a very short while I saw another Global bus come to take us off  for the journey, thank God we were using Global otherwise if were another company we would have spent there a day waiting for the mechanics.

Now let me talk about a normal journey, get to the bus park in Mbarara, and when you are lucky to find the buses available, the hustle won’t be a lot, you will get your ticket at the doorway of the bus, and in a few minutes the bus will have set off. What disturbs me are the constant different inspectors that come asking for the receipts, four hours is not a short journey so while you try to catch some sleep, the inspector is next to you asking to check your receipt.

Putting the nagging bits aside, the journey is honestly interesting.  Uganda being the pearl of Africa has a number of interesting features that will always attract your attention. I remember on one of my travels seeing a herd of cattle with the same colour, the cows looked beautiful and made me stay awake the whole journey so that I could get something else that would catch my eyes.

The beautiful vegetation itself attracts you to get under the tree and take a fresh and cool breeze. Sometimes there are zebras along the roadside, ooooh those pretty animals. I actually forgot to tell you that Mbarara has one of the National parks and that is Lake Mburo National park.

Get to Masaka there is some gonja for you to eat, get a drink and some muchomo (roasted meat), continue the journey meet the Equator and take some photos if you are using private means while us on the bus stop at the excitement.

I wish there was a system that offers tickets and seat numbers so that they don’t have to disturb us while we travel, it makes some of really feel bad. Maybe such a system would help the bus company know its regular customers so they could actually give them attention. And again, the system could help in the booking process, and this would actually eventually increase the numbers of customers.

My last journey was in early February this year, the bus park was full of people and luggage since it was reporting time for students. We stepped on each other, people pushed one another, the turn boys were bribed by the people to get tickets, it was generally not a nice experience. Imagine paying for a bus that has not yet arrived so that by the time it arrives, you are already in the line to enter the bus. It’s at this point that if there was a clear system, the constant customers would have felt rewarded.

@Global Coaches, by the way, thank you for thinking about Bakuli bus terminal, we have enjoyed Kampala really

I must say Global bus company still bits them all, my wish is that they continue bettering their services every day.

By TUSH | March 20, 2018

Rachel Tushabomwe, born of Kanungu district, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She is a Certified Insurer & member of the Insurance Institution of Uganda, working with Jubilee Life Insurance. She loves travelling and has a rich experience in sales and marketing of services.

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Tulambule the Pearl of Africa

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Time check reads 7 am in Kampala, it is slightly chilly but the sun will be smiling upon us in the next two to three hours. Today we are taking a long and adventurous trip to western and south-west of Uganda.

The journey begins from the bustle and hustle of Kampala city, the busy, exciting and majestic heart of Uganda, and of course like the saying goes the early bird catches the worm so you want to see it all, wake up early and catch it all, plus you also don’t want the Kampala sun downing on you before you see anything at all!

Our journey is going to take us through various towns; the best way to enjoy this trip will be on wheels, bus wheels and what other than the Uganda Wildlife Authority Tulambule bus? Spacious and complacent interior, charging ports, as much luggage space as you need, all you have to do is snug as a bug in a rug and enjoy the artistry and elegance.

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Not so far away from Kampala, in Kayabwe along Masaka road you meet the poster marking of the Uganda Equator, here you can stop for refreshments and souvenirs from the craft shops around the equator and please don’t forget a photo shoot, who wouldn’t want to keep memories of having reached the spot where the equator crosses through Uganda? Oh, and something you need to know is that at the equator you are actually 3% lighter in weight, isn’t that amazing. How that happens is a discussion for another day, we got to keep going.

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From the equator we proceed to Masaka, the cool breeze and freshness will usher you into the Katonga Swamp, located on the outskirts of River Katonga; here lies the mouth of the great water body as it pours into Lake Victoria, the lush green vegetation of papyrus reeds will give you a fresh feeling. Along the mighty river lies the Katonga game reserve, home to various bird species and a number of animals.

Our next stopover from Masaka is Mbarara, the town of milk; here, you can drink as much milk as you want, why drink plain water when the Ankole cow has gifted you with a better option? While in Mbarara you can visit the great Lake Mburo national park, home of the wild, in the middle of a spectacular view of planes lies this masterpiece of savannah grasslands, home to over 350 bird species and the region’s herbivores; the horse’s first cousin zebra is a popular site here; the gracious Uganda kob, buffalos among others. However, don’t be fooled that this is a home of only the grass eaters, the king of spots lives here too, and the pretty looking monkeys, you will not run out of activities to do here, bird watching, a walk through the beauty of nature, fishing, boat riding across Lake Mburo are some the things you can do here.

Before you leave this beautiful town, endeavour to visit the Igongo Cultural Centre, here you can see and learn about the rich and exquisite culture of inhabitants of this part of the country.

In the south lies more beautiful gems but here we take a turn to the west and go to Bushenyi district, it is from here that you will first meet the half of the enormous Queen Elizabeth National Park the home of the big cats, but before the big cats I should tell you about the Kyambura gorge along with the annexed forest reserve, south of the Kazinga channel this beautiful place is a must visit if you want to see chimpanzees and other wild game.

South of this town lies the Kitagata hot springs which are believed to have healing power by the locals. Other sites such as the heavenly blue crater lakes of Bunyaruguru are a must not miss if you are a visitor to this town.

And back to the home of the big cats, the tree climbing lions of Ishasha are a great sight if chanced on.

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We continue to the highly sought-after town of Kasese, home the cement industry, cobalt and Kilembe mines. This part of the country boasts of sheer beauty and nature, too much for one town? Hey. The Queen Elizabeth National park continues its occupation canvassing the town in its alluring savannah grasslands. As I told you earlier on, this is the home of the wild, the jungle of the felis leo and other big cats, hippos and crocodiles along the Kazinga channel, elephants, birds name it.

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More in this phenomenal town is the Rwenzori National park, draped in bamboo and colourful mosses and blooms; this is the surrounding of the mountains of the moon. The name Rwenzori means “rainmaker” and the mountain can be notoriously muddy and tiring to climb. Here, you get a chance to explore both fauna and flora and also get lucky to see the magnanimous sight of the ranges of the mountains of the moon, host to Africa’s third highest-summit, Maragherita, mind blowing waterfalls and unbelievably but true snow along the equator. Birds and colourful blooms are inseparable creating a dreamlike enthralling whimsical and captivating sight.

Rwenzori-Mountains

If you are a good climber, hiking to the peak of Maragherita is a bonus for you!  S’amuser  et bon voyage a’ la maison! 

#CulturalTourism #visituganda #PearlofAfrica #tourismuganda

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How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing industry

How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionising industry

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been heralded as transformational, by offering hitherto unparalleled levels of growth opportunities and efficiencies

For industries of all kinds – from farming to aerospace – harnessing the use of connected devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and big data is creating a revolution that will cut production times, reduce inefficiencies through predictive maintenance, boosting outputs and increasing revenues.

Also known as Industry 4.0, the benefits of the IIoT are being adopted by an ever-increasing number of companies, and its use and application is expected to explode in coming years.

Indeed, research by Business Insider UK suggests that the installation of manufacturing IoT devices is projected to grow from 237 million in 2015 to 923 million in 2020 and that by then, global manufacturers will invest $70 billion in IoT solutions, up from $29 billion in 2015.

More complex IIoT applications are already beginning to emerge, and autonomous robots and augmented reality are likely to become more commonplace soon. But what other ways can the IIoT be applied? We take a look at just a few…

1. Game of drones

Drones are seemingly everywhere these days. But far from being the latest tech fad, their unique ability to access hard to reach places and collect vital data could see them make a massive impact in a wide variety of industrial applications. Sensor-packed drones are fast being harnessed by the construction industry in particular, as well as companies as diverse as UPS, the US military and even UK farms.

2. Farmer’s friend

Speaking of farming, the IIoT is arguably at its most potent in this sector and is making a big impact on farms across the globe. Farmers are using high-tech farming techniques such as sensors in fields that provide data on soil acidity or topography for example. Being able to monitor equipment performance or livestock feeding via a smartphone is another useful capability, and by collating the data provided by connected devices from across their farms, farmers can make more accurate predictions and react more speedily than ever before.

3. A dusty future

It might sound like a concept dreamt up as part of an 80s Hollywood sci-fi movie, but the smart dust can be used in an almost endless range of applications. Made up of microscopic sensors just a few millimetres wide, smart dust particles can measure things such as vibration, temperature or chemical components and relay that data to a connected device. And because of their tiny size, they’re able to be used in situations where no other form of sensor could.

Predicted by Gartner to be a major emerging technological trend, potential smart dust applications range from agriculture and factory manufacturing settings to oil exploration, neurosurgery and even the exploration of new planets.

The High Costs of Free SDKs

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In this day and age of massive data collection, data security and privacy are top of mind for many enterprises and consumers. The concern centers around the collection and use of Personally identifiable information (PII) / sensitive personal information (SPI).
iOS-androidEnterprises that ship mobile apps need to be careful which third-party libraries and SDKs are included during the development stage. The issue is that many tools are available for free, but end up harvesting user data in order to monetize it through targeted advertising. The vast majority of the time this is against the legal policy of the enterprise, as well as the end user license agreement (EULA) between the company’s software and its end users.Developers often have no idea this is happening behind the scenes for two reasons:

  1. SDKs are black boxes, so the harvesting of the data is hidden from the developer; and,
  2. to download the SDK, the developer signs up and agrees unknowingly to terms and conditions (click-through agreements) permitting the practice.

The realization that developer freeware is exposing your customer data causes alarm. To prevent this from happening, digital leads should audit which service providers are in use, especially those that do not require payment or a subscription fee. Any third-party code or SDKs that did not receive sign off from legal should be removed immediately. Your legal professionals should review the terms and conditions.

EU & COPPA

This practice is even more problematic for global enterprises, as well as enterprises that may have end users under the age of 13.
The Data Protection Directive outlines movement of personal data within the European Union. The replacement for Safe Harbor, EU-US Privacy Shield, still under legal scrutiny, outlines the transfer of that data to the US. Free tools will often try to get around the EU restrictions by requiring the developer to prompt the end-user for permission to release their personal information. In practice, this almost never happens for the reasons mentioned before: developers do not read the terms and product managers aren’t aware of the requirement. This puts enterprises out of compliance with data privacy laws in the EU.
Finally, companies that collect data from minors must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). Companies that harvest user information behind the scenes are not COPPA compliant. Parental consent must be given, along with many other requirements, in order to collect PII/SPI from minors.

Summary

While it can seem daunting to keep up with the latest regulations regarding data security and privacy, enterprises can deploy a proper vetting process to get ahead of any issues with their apps. It is recommended that you review the third-party tools embedded in your apps, make sure your team is educated on the legal requirements, and ensure you’re in compliance with local regulations.