KAMPALA – The new normal brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic saw innovation being brought to play in the way events are held.
As it continues to evolve, annual events like Roast and Rhyme had to adjust since the country now lives in a world where we have had to make incredible sacrifices to stay safe, letting go of many of the things that we have grown to love.
While they waited for the situation to go back to the way things used to be, organizers of Roast and Rhyme decided to give the event a spin that whilst not the same as before, would still allow a few people to safely enjoy the beauty that Uganda has to offer, with a touch of Swangz magic.
Through a largely scaled down event with unconventionally strict safety measures, organizers presented to a small number of our loyal fans, ‘The Wild Roast and Rhyme’ at Murchison Falls National Park.
Guests departed from the National theatre at 9am with 40 people in two 40 seater capacity buses (half their capacity in line with the Covid-19 SOPs safety guidelines).
Other guests used their own private means to access the venue.
Prior boarding, all guests’ temperatures were taken and only one traveler was turned away after registering high temperatures several times before departure.
The guests received a complimentary pocket hand sanitizer with a free new mask each day of the weekend.
Friday evening is when most guests arrived and spent the evening around a campfire at Villa Kazi camp site. Here, they were treated to light acoustic entertainment and roasted meats, before early retirement.
The highly anticipated wild game drive on Saturday morning set off at 6am for a good four hours. Guests got a chance to view a range of wildlife from giraffes, antelopes, elephants, buffalos and more. Revelers were joined by Swangz Avenue’s Winnie Nwagi, Azawi and some prominent media personalities among others at these game drives.
The exhausted tourists later wrapped the day at Heritage Safari Park to an even bigger roast and some light entertainment.
Much as some visitors were at times irritated by the strict health restrictions, they mostly looked relaxed and happy to unwind.
The last day of the tourism gateway started with some guests taking to the wild in nature walks before checking out of their rooms. The guests were treated to an All White Brunch at the swimming pool area of Fort Murchison to wrap up the weekend before they hit the road to return to Kampala.