We saw the picking, drying, grinding, pressing, sorting and packaging of tea while the intoxicating aroma filled our senses inside the dark and bustling factory.At the end of our tour, we were warmly greeted with the finished product: a hot cup of tea with animal crackers to enjoy.
All the delegates, laughed, screamed and yelled in unison with the chimps.Our tour guide told us about the tea making process and how the younger tea leaves are the best for making tea.He took us into the factory where we met local workers who gladly and proudly showed us how they process the tea.Delegates gathered on a hillside above the Eastern Bank of the River Nile, near the point where the river begins to flow from Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, to the Mediterranean Sea. Uganda Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Dr. Bouba Bello Maigari, Minister of State, Ministry of Tourism and Leisure Republic of Cameroon.
In a gesture towards sustainable development and in line with ATA’s Annual Tree Planting Ceremony at the World Congress, the Uganda Tourism Board gave each delegate a sapling to plant on the river bank.
Delegates boarded a caravan of cars and mini-buses and traveled 90 kilometers east through the Ugandan countryside.