Safari Home Stay improves Health tourism through Organic farming
By Alex Gahima
Health tourism also known as the Wellness industry is a trend that has been adopted by many developed nations and has since gained momentum across African continent, including Uganda.
Due to the rising demand for food to feed nearly 7.9 billion people in the world, food producers have found it necessary to use genetically modified crops alongside chemically engineered fertilizers and pesticides, to the detriment of the consumer.
According to research findings published by Research Square on use of Pesticide in Vegetable production in Kabale district, south western Uganda in 2020, indicates that, due to indiscriminate pesticide use and poor application practices can leave pesticide residues in food rendering it unsafe for consumption.
According to the World Health Organization report on food safety, pesticides are potentially toxic to humans because they may induce adverse health effects including cancer, effects on reproduction, immune and nervous systems.
It is important however to know that not all hope is lost. A section of farmers have decided to intentionally return to the farming ways of old by going organic.
What is Organic Farming?
Organic farming can be defined as an agricultural process that uses biological fertilizers and pest control acquired from animal and plant waste.
Organic farming was actually initiated as an answer to the environmental sufferings caused by the use of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Safari Home Stay birthed from Organic Farming
Safari Home Stay Foundation, located in Maziba, along Kabale – Kisoro highway, as you head to Bunagana Town Council is home to an 8 acre organic farm along with accommodation, secure parking and food.
Safari Home Stay Foundation belongs to one Safari Innocent, a farmer and businessman.
Upon arrival, you are warmly welcomed by Staff who assure me that any order I place will be locally sourced from the farm.
All meals are prepared in under 45minutes but as you wait, you are given a Home Stay special which comprises of Watermelon, Passion fruit, beetroot and Pineapple.
“We discourage the use of white sugar at Safari Home Stay because we believe a healthy body is a healthy mind”, Safari explained.
Safari explains that his family, from his grandfather, the late Gabriel Sebutale who was Kigezi region’s first agronomist, the late Safari Sebutale John, a Sub county Chief of Nyarusiza were farmers who wished to add value to everything they did.
“I was inspired by them to follow in their footsteps. When I started Safari Home Stay, my target was to have as many people enjoy the resting accommodation and eat Organic food straight from the garden”, Safari noted
The establishment that has five African cottages and four self-contained rooms can be accessed at $29 (UGX100, 000) and $22 (UGX80, 000) respectively.
Safari explains that clients, both local and International clients who visit the establishment have an opportunity to experience a real home setting.
He further points out that residing clients have an opportunity to go to the farm and pick out what they wish to be prepared for them.
“It is relaxing to know that you can be somewhere that reminds of home. We do not have television here but Wi-Fi services can be provided, we offer peace and quiet and an opportunity to eat and sleep health”, Safari exclaimed
Who is Safari Innocent?
Hobbies: Nature Walking, Hiking
Clothing Options and Why: Jeans, because am always at the farm
Reading Material: Business Section, Adverts of New Vision Newspaper
What other Services do you Offer: Vehicle hire 4WD, Bookings for Gorilla tracking, Mountain Hiking, Nature Walks, Corporate events
Future Plans: Expanding Accommodation facility, Bigger gardens for corporate events.
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