Friday night was the proverbial D-Day for Uganda’s first ever guide application, as The Pearl Guide launched their brainchild at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Available for download through Google Store it is also available via Apple Store and direct download through www.thepearlguide.co.ug/our-mobile-app/ for visitors coming to The Pearl of Africa with a smartphone. The new way of finding out whats on and where and when it is on in Uganda is thought to be a shot in the arm of promoting Uganda’s attractions and sights, as visitors on business as well as leisure travellers can finally get all the information they need with the push of a few buttons or touches on the screens of their phones.
The Pearl Guide described the features available to this correspondent when sending the invitation for the launch, showing a great array of features:
★ A detailed sights section with all the attractions of Uganda.
★ Complete background information on Uganda and traveler requirements
★ Explore by Map
★ Filter the map to show you only the facilities you’re looking for near you (Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Car Rentals and so much more)
★ Smart listing of Points of Interest: See photo and description of place, Tap Phone Number to dial, Tap Email Address to send email, Tap Website to view site and further info and tap Map Pin to see Map Location.
★ Eating out section with Uganda’s best restaurants.
★ Discover the nightlife of Uganda! Bars, Nightclubs, Cinema, Cultural Dance and much more.
★ Find services fast using the comprehensive search section! Car Rental, Currency Exchange, Tour Operators, Cabs and more.
★ Smart mini apps! Phrasebook, Trip Journal for sharing experiences, Expense Tracker, Bus Fare Finder and Find A Tour tool that gives you tour options depending on your budget.
The development of the ‘app’ and the launch was made possible through the support by USAID, the African Wildlife Foundation and the partnership with the Uganda Tourism Board www.visituganda.com and the Uganda Wildlife Authority www.ugandawildlife.org with the latter two expecting to become major beneficiaries of the new technology in promoting the country and the national parks and game reserves.