• Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | In the midst of urban parks and landscapes dominated by concrete, glass, and asphalt, a yearning for nature often emerges. The appeal of a serene forest with its lush trees, vibrant flowers, and melodious bird songs is undeniable.

Studies have shown that spending time in nature, even for just a few minutes, can bring quantifiable mental and physical health benefits.

However, in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, which includes Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, and Mpigi Districts, public parks are disappearing at an alarming rate, leaving city dwellers with few places to connect with nature.

Amidst this concern, a few visionary real estate investors have begun to recognise an investment opportunity in bridging the gap between urban living and natural surroundings.

These investors are transforming large parcels of land into forested havens, creating recreational parks for city dwellers yearning to escape the concrete jungle.

Lweza Forest Resort: An Exemplary Urban Park

One such successful park is the Lweza Forest Resort, located just 500 meters off Entebbe Road near Kajjansi.

Spanning 14 acres, the resort features a mix of untouched indigenous forest and carefully landscaped areas. The natural beauty of the forest takes centre stage, with architectural structures designed to complement rather than dominate the landscape.

The resort offers an ideal setting for relaxation, parties, and even photoshoots, attracting a diverse clientele seeking solace in the embrace of nature.

Proprietor Robert Begumisa initially intended to build a tourist lodge on the property, but he noticed that the locals expressed a keen interest in the serene environment.

To accommodate both tourists and Ugandans, he transformed the lodge into a place that serves the community, offering an affordable, exclusive hospitality experience.

The property also houses cosy rooms for those seeking a temporary retreat immersed in nature, a perfect environment for creatives seeking inspiration.

Challenges and Rewards

Operating an untamed forest within an orderly framework poses challenges. Contending with mosquitoes and snakes necessitates fumigation while serving large crowds in a 14-acre forest requires significant staffing.

Despite these hurdles, the investment proves lucrative due to the high demand for such spaces.

The Quest for Regreening

Denis Obbo, the Ministry of Lands spokesman, acknowledges the lack of parks in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area due to haphazard suburban development.

However, the recently approved National Physical Development Plan (NPDP) aims to change this landscape.

The plan encourages local governments to procure land specifically for parks, and private investors subdividing large pieces of land for home development will be required to allocate communal green zones.

The Value of Urban Parks for Children

Beyond the economic aspects, urban parks play a crucial role in children’s healthy development. Research has shown that children who engage in nature play experience improved hand-eye coordination, emotional stability, and enhanced mental health.

The emergence of urban parks as a real estate investment opportunity could be a game-changer in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.

These green spaces not only offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life but also provide tangible health benefits to urban residents.

As private investors continue to create recreational havens, the regreening of the cityscape may well become a defining aspect of urban development in the years to come.


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