The first thing that springs to mind when you mention Uganda’s entertainment scene is most likely nightclubs, open rooftop bars, and beach sand experiences, among others. Not outdoor camping, I bet!
If recent developments are anything to go by, Ugandans are embracing outdoor camping experiences. The most popular has been Nyege Nyege, a music and arts festival which held its first edition in 2015 and has since become a staple in the calendars of both local and international festival enthusiasts.
Following in the footsteps of the Jinja-based event comes “Rumble in the Jungle” – a mix of music, color, games, and camping held at different locations over the years.
These include Kaazi, Entebbe, in 2019 and the latest edition – which was held at Nyungu Yamawe Forest Park in Kira, off Bulindo Road last week.
The four-day event, sponsored by Captain Morgan is a clear indication that camping and outdoor activities are taking shape in Uganda and offering an alternative experience to those seeking a good time beyond the usual bar-beach-nightclub cycle.
Rumble In The Jungle’s fourth edition at Nyungu Yamawe was a mixed cocktail of color, music, and everything entertainment including liquor and meat.
The latest information from entertainment circles is that the next “Rumble In The Jungle” experience could be in the pipeline and could take place in either Mbarara or Jinja, although organizers remain tight lipped about the venues.
It was an aura of excitement caused by the serene air at Nyungu Yamawe Forest Park, the outdoor décor and twinkle lights, cool music, and outdoor games like the Ludo board game spiced up the experience.
The local and international musical vibes there that kept flowing throughout the entire stay during the three days certainly were plenty for taste. If you are the artsy type and have attended the event, then you have definitely had fun.
Music filled the air, and the beats by mainly DJs and artists’ performances (on the last day Saturday) lifted the spirits and made the people want to move, jump and sing.
‘Captain Morgan experience’
Captain Morgan was a perfect fit for Rumble In The Jungle. This is simply because of its adventure, the pirate spirit, and heritage.
Immediately after the checkpoint at the entrance, there was a table where free shots of Captain Morgan were served to revelers who enjoyed its smooth tasting rum. Captain Morgan has a secret recipe of spice and natural flavors that are expertly blended with fine Caribbean rum. This creates a taste and color for a smooth and refreshing tasting drink.
The rum was served over ice, with cola and a slice of lime.
The brand as well had a uniquely designed photo both of which most revelers preferred taking pictures. The booth not only gave an opportunity for revelers to capture some of the fun moments at Rumble In The Jungle but also served as a party favor too, which was a perk; it was a time to celebrate being alive and celebrate the wonders of pure artistry.
There was a treasure hunt experience in which revelers got an opportunity to unleash their pirate spirits as they discovered and enjoy a variety of smooth Captain Morgan cocktails.
The Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) Events Manager Herbert Ndugga said the treasure hunt is one of the captains’ traits, and the captain is here to lead the way to it. “The Treasure maybe that new friend, the great music and the like.”
He said Captain Morgan chose to be part of the Rumble In The Jungle as a way of giving people a feel of themselves. “The concept here is to get the fun of you, and the jungle life is what defines that,” said Ndugga.