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See Uganda through “The Amazing Race: Who wants a Rolex” episode

The latest episode of The Amazing Race has been named one of the best so far. It took place in Uganda, the pearl of Africa.

The Amazing Race is an American reality competition show that is viewed by an average of 10 million people every season. It is a show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. The race is generally split into twelve legs, with each leg requiring teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show.

Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs, while the first team to arrive at the end of the final leg wins the grand prize of US$1 million. Since the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001. Numerous international versions have been developed following the same core structure, while the U.S. version is also broadcast to several other markets. The most recent season, season 31, which was filmed in 2018, premiered on April 17, 2019.

It is The Amazing Race 31 and episode six, that had contestants exploring the beauty of The Pearl of Africa, Uganda, as they raced through a few of Uganda’s top tourist sights. The contestants would be flying in from Dubai to Entebbe Airport following their previous episode.

The arrival of the Amazing Race in Uganda

On arrival, the contestants dashed through Entebbe airport and headed for the Uganda National Mosque where they would get their first clue.

At the National mosque, they would dress in Islam wear to gain access to the mosque and climb a tall tower (minaret), counting the number of steps along the way.

The 50.5-meter

The front view of the National Mosque (popularly known as the Gadaffi mosque)

Minaret, who’s top gives tourists a 360-degree view of Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) turned out to be a bigger challenge than contestants had anticipated. The challenge was to count the number of steps on climbs to reach the top of the minaret but instructions stated that some steps had been left out by the organizers. Although it takes 340 steps to get atop the Minaret, contestants were supposed to count 272 steps to get the clue to the next challenge. Many indeed failed. Recounted the steps up to 3 times.

Who wants a Rolex

TrevorNoah eating rolex in Uganda Africa
A photoshopped photo of Trevor Noah, host of a popular American TV show, The Daily Show

This was the first roadblock- and the most exciting. Titled “Who Wants a Rolex?” contestants were supposed to rush from the National Mosque, head over to Owino market (Uganda’s biggest and busiest market) from where they would find instructions to the next roadblock – which included shopping for ingredients and preparing a Ugandan local snack called Rolex.

Unlike what most contestants thought – a Rolex is a watch, they were astonished to discover that a Rolex is a popular food item in Uganda, combining an egg omelet and veggies wrapped in a chapati.

Enough of the text now, here is the video.



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