Leading conservationists, tourism industry gurus, development partners, legislators and representatives of government agencies on 30th August, 2013 converged at Kampala Serena Hotel to celebrate success stories in conservation and growth in tourism industry.
Recognition of prominent women who have exhibited exemplary leadership in the conservation field was among the key highlights of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park on 22nd August,2013 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
In her continued efforts and innovations to serve her clients more professionally and conveniently in line with World class practices, Uganda Wildlife Authority has rolled out a new payment system for visitors to access her national parks and activities therein by introducing a wildlife card.
Uganda Wildlife Authority will never be the same again without Lillian Nakato Nsubuga who diligently and passionately served the authority for close to decade as a Public Relations Manager. Some referred to her as the UWA publicist, others as UWA spokesperson, conservation icon, voice of tourism, Love a Gorilla all of which described the amount of energy she selflessly exerted for the sake of the voiceless wildlife.
Celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park and the commissioning of the first ever Uganda Wildlife Authority Intelligence ranger force were the key highlight of the month of August 2013.
On a sad note however, death robbed the authority of her long serving publicist, friend and voice, the Public Relations manager Ms Lillian Nakato Nsubuga, Ms Christine Achan Oryema a personal secretary to the Chief Conservation Area Manager (CCAM) as well as other field staff Mr. Ambrose Mujurizi, Francis Kato and Julius Musinguzi. May their souls rest in eternal peace.
Still with tourism, Kidepo Valley National Park made it to the list of nominees by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the leading national parks in Africa, the head of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) retained his seat as Secretary General while leading female conservationists were recognized for their leadership in conservation.
The new payment system using a wildlife card was successfully piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and at UWA headquarters and will soon roll out to other national parks. More affordable accommodation and restaurant facilities managed by UWA have come up in Moroto, Mbale and Mweya (Queen Elizabeth National Park) with the revamped picturesque Tembo canteen facing the Kazinga channel and the lower camp accommodation facilities fully functioning.
We thank our partners, visitors and all stake holders for the continued support as we together conserve for Generations.
Up Coming Events
7th September: 18th Coronation anniversary for Toro King
11th-13th September: Parliamentary Tourism committee to Murchison Falls National Park
15th-23rd September: Royal hike of the Rwenzoris by the Toro Royals
23rd-27thSeptember: Tourism Exhibition in Fort Portal
The current efforts to conserve biodiversity are overwhelmed by the adverse impacts of growing human economies. Spending on protected areas remains deficient and undervalued ecosystem services are being eroded.
Mr. Taleb Rifai has been re-elected to the position of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary general for another four years. Mr. Rifai who made his maiden visit to Uganda in June 2013 during which he met Uganda leader President Yoweri Museveni and other tourism stake holders, was the only sole candidate for the position.
The development could not have come at a better time than when Kidepo Valley Park made 50.The nomination also comes on the heels the same pristine protected area having scooped an accolade from the CNN Travel site as the third best national park on the African continent.
A total of 80 rangers have been commissioned to constitute Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first ever Intelligence Unit to prevent and crack down on the illegal activities against wildlife in and outside the protected areas of Uganda.
“We are upgrading our financial systems. Since members of staff have been carrying large amounts of cash in the past and being exposed to danger, we are introducing the smart card to reduce the use of cash. All you have to do is swipe to pay instead of carrying cash as has been the case. It is also meant to improve service delivery as it simplifies payment for entrance and boat rides.
Tourists have always booked hotels while in their home states like the UK, and this will have the same effect- using technology to make transactions simpler and more convenient.”
UWA RUNS IN ANTI CANCER MARATHON
Hundreds of Uganda Wildlife Authority Staff on August 24th ,2013 joined the Rotarians and other philanthropists to run for several kilometres during a campaign to raise funds for a cancer ward at Nsambya Hospital.
During last year's marathon (the first edition of this run), UGX 300,000,000 (three hundred million) was collected. The last year's (and this year's) fundraising drive was/is aimed at constructing/completing Rotary Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya-Kampala.
UWA SUPPORTS ORPHANED CHIMPANZEES
The Board of Trustees Members for the Uganda Wildlife Authority and top management on August 31st ,2013 joined the conservation fraternity at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel during a fundraising dinner to support the feeding of rescued and orphaned chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust(CSWCT) commonly known as the Ngamba island.
WORLD TOURISM DAY FOR FORT PORTAL
Uganda’s cleanest town of Fort Portal will play host to this year’s World Tourism Day on September 27th,2013.The event will be preceded by a four day exhibition by government agencies including Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Private sector representatives like the Uganda Tour operators and neighbouring National Parks like Kibale,Semuliki,Rwenzori and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Among the planned activities is the Royal hike of the Rwenzoris by the Omukama of Toro His Royal Highness, Oyo Kabamba Iguru. During the same month on 7th September, all roads will lead to Fort Portal for the 18th coronation anniversary of the king.
Mgahinga National Park in Western Uganda is a major tourist attraction. This year the park is treating tourists to a captivating experience of tracking mountain gorillas in the wild and picturesque landscape.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park, Uganda
"My Friend Max" is a documentary about the wild chimpanzees of Kibale Forest in Uganda . They are under threat by poachers. Some, like Max, have lost hands and feet to snares. We follow the local people trying to save them and their precious rainforest. Featuring Dr. Jane Goodall.
"My Friend Max"
This music video celebrates the wildlife of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – and highlights the links between the park and local communities.
Released to coincide with World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 'Imagine Bwindi' is by Ugandan musician Richard Kawesa.
The music video is part of a communications programme developed by the NGO PCI Media Impact in partnership with the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (U-PCLG) to celebrate the beauty and natural resources of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and its links with the surrounding Batwa communities.