October Newsletter

Discounted Gorilla permits, Gorilla Census and new Birding Trails for Murchison falls National Park

UWA offers discounted gorilla tracking permits for 2 months

Local and international tourists have one and a half months of discounted gorilla permits to track the much sought after mountain gorilla groups of Kahungye,Oruzogo,Mishaya and the historical Mubare family of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park .

Mr. Stephen Masaba,the acting director of Tourism and Business Services at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) confirms that Ugandans will be offered a permit at a mere 100,000 shillings, Foreign Residents with a 24 month express visa at 250 US dollars and Foreign Non Residents at 350 dollars a permit. Read more

Gorilla Census a success

The combined team of partners and UWA staff that has been combing the thick forests and steep ridges of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during a mountain gorilla census finally wound up the exercise on October 22.

Uganda Wild Authority (UWA) acting Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya joined his colleagues from the IGCP, ITFC, CTPH and Marx Planks Institute to mark the formal end of the exercise meant to determine the current population of the gorillas in Bwindi.

Bwindi impenetrable National Park is known to have more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The Teams comprising of rangers and wardens from the three countries from Uganda, Rwanda and Congo Read more

New Trails constructed in the National Parks

Over eight separate trails specifically meant for birding in Murchison Falls National Park have been opened to promote avian tourism in Uganda’s largest conservation area.

According to Patrick Tushabe the Product Development Executive at UWA, the trails are situated on both the northern

and southern banks of River Nile in the open savanna grassland and the forested area. Murchison Falls National Park boasts of hundreds of birds species including the most sought after ones like the shoe bill.

A principal Wildlife Officer from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, Mr. Akankwasa Barirega who walked along some of the new trails on the Big Birding Day in late September, applauded the management of   Read more

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From the Editor

The last quarter has been an eventful period for Uganda Wildlife Authority with several success stories registered in the area of Wildlife conservation and improved tourism.

The visitor numbers to the national parks have gone up as has the revenue generation and population of animals although some elements of poaching are still persistent in our protected areas. New products have been developed and launched including the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while more are in the pipeline. Several kilometers of new trails have been opened and maintained making nature walks and birding more attractive.

UWA has also participated in various events including awareness creating exhibitions and supported a number of initiatives promoting tourism like the Sustainable tourism media awards, free entry permits to the Buganda Tourism Expo fans, World Tourism Day events in Gulu, Source of the Nile Agricultural and Trade Show in Jinja, Western Uganda Trade Fair and the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association Trade fair at Lugogo show grounds.

UWA was represented at the Uganda North America Association (UNAA) convention in Denver, USA and will actively participate in the World Travel Market due in London, UK. We are also working with partners including Rotarians to promote domestic tourism through attractive packages and discounted rates and gorilla tracking permits for a limited period.

Uganda Attractions showcased in various exhibitions

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has its awareness campaign by actively participating in various exhibitions where nature based tourism products and services are showcased.

The authority conspicuously supported and participated in the third Buganda Tourism Expo in late June, the 19th Source of the Nile National Agricultural and trade show in Jinja between 18th-24th July, the World Tourism Day exhibitions in Gulu September 22nd-27th and the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) Trade fair Read more

New Tourism plans developed for Rushaga and Ruhija.

Development partners and the Uganda Wildlife Authority have finalized plans for development and transformation of Ruhija and Rushaga sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)as sprawling tourism destinations not only for mountain gorillas but a diversity of products.

According to Rob Hicks, a consultant with Robford Tourism, Gorilla tourism has been a success story in Uganda but more needs to be done to turn the country into a good value for money destination. He says the new plans will address inadequate accommodation facilities, the guiding services, explore new tourism attractions like the  Read more

Two journalists win free permits to Track gorillas

In its continued initiatives to support and work with journalists who have exhibited passion for tourism reporting, the management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority has offered free gorilla tracking permits to the two winners of the Sustainable Tourism Media awards in the print and Television category.

The offers will go to Gerald Tenywa of the New Vision and Craig Kadoda of Nation TV. Announcing the offers during the second Sustainable Tourism Media awards on September 16, 2011. Read more

The Kampala version of the Batwa Cultural Experience Trail has been tentatively set for December 8, at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. It will premiere a documentary on the Batwa culture and dances as well as their old forest life.

Ugandans living in North America under their umbrella organisation the Uganda North America Association (UNAA) had a rare opportunity of interacting with the UWA chief executive Dr. Andrew Seguya in September at their 23rd annual convention in Denver. The acting ED made a presentation about Uganda’s natural attractions and new products.

Plans are under way to launch three new mountain gorilla groups of Kahungye,Oruzogo and Mishaya thereby increasing the number of tracking permits per day by 24.

Service delivery and professional customer care is set to improve as UWA plans to recruit more reservation officers and the Reservation office headed for a more spacious office in the former Adrift office with a new look re-branded corporate attire.

UWA is set to participate in the Inter forces sports competition slated to officially open on November 6th The authority has become popular for dominating the fields of Range shooting and athletics, besides being voted the most disciplined force for the last three consecutive years.

The acting Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya, acting Director Tourism and Business Services (DTBS) Mr. Stephen Masaba and the Warden Tourism, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Agnes Nakidde will represent Uganda Wildlife Authority at the World Travel market in London, UK, between November 5th-10th.They will have opportunity to meet and interact with Tour operators, travel agents and potential tourism clients.

Over 50 UWA staff from all the protected areas national parks are gathered in Kibale National Park for a professional guiding course and customer care training set to last for three weeks.

UWA has bidden farewell to the two FK participants for 2011 namely Steven Kamerino and Jack Marubu from the Kenya Wildlife Service. At the same time UWA’s Gertrude Namakula and Amusa Chemonges will be returning to Uganda after a nine months exchange program in Kenya. The duo will be replaced by Aggrey Aturinde and from ICTU and Daisy Nanyonjo from the Reservations unit of Tourism Department.

UWA in partnership with USAID –STAR has developed a snapshot board game promoting Wildlife conservation.

Uganda Wildlife Authority Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya P. O. Box 3530 Kampala, Uganda Tel: +256 414 355000, +256 312 355000 Fax: 256 414 346291
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