Why was Reality Excursions founded and what does it stand for? Uganda’s #1 industry is tourism, and it has been growing steadily over the past few decades. In fact, Uganda is often ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world (was #1 on Lonely Planet’s Best Countries to Visit in 2012). Most of these tourists visit national parks, the Source of the Nile, the Equator, and other sightseeing destinations throughout the country; however, they experience very little Ugandan culture and learn next to nothing about Uganda. When one stops and looks at Uganda’s economic, health, and political situation, it is evident that Uganda is underdeveloped. Uganda’s GDP per capita lies in the bottom 25 of the World ¼ of the country lives on less than $1 per day. There are high rates of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Political turmoil has been ever-present since the country’s independence 50 years ago. Through our Reality Excursions, we have decided to create short visits for tourists to learn about Uganda’s development. These visits are aimed at bringing tourists to the field to hear stories from local communities, learn about a specific topic (such as traditional medicine, refugees, slums, or grassroots development), and have a meaningful experience as an impact tourist. And in so doing, we hope to bring some tourist money to communities and NGOs that rarely, if ever, gain much from tourism.
Through our Reality Excursions, we offer you the opportunity to learn about development in Uganda. We have organized 3-hour visits with the partnership of local communities and NGOs designed at bringing tourists to the field, giving tourists the opportunity to hear the stories of Ugandan people, and allowing tourists to have a meaningful and impactful time in Uganda. The 4 primary goals of Reality Excursions: To: EDUCATE tourists about development in Uganda, To: INSPIRE tourists to take a bigger stance on social issues in the developing world, To: BRING revenue and employment to local communities and To: SUPPORT Ugandan NGOs.