It is not by accident that the Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park is known as a Medley of Wonders.
The country's second largest and one of the oldest protected areas managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in May 2013 received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award, an accolade, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.
It is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew Seguya could not hide his excitement on receiving the positive news. "Queen Elizabeth National Park is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,"he remarked adding that as UWA
, "We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor."
"TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience," said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award provides
top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most - their customers."
According to Mr. Nelson Guma the Conservation Area manager for the coveted park, QENP is Uganda's most popular and second largest national park famous for its tree climbing lions. "It is also the country's most scenic and diverse park enjoying a fabulous location on the floor of Albertine Rift Valley, 914 meters above sea level".
The park boasts of over 600 bird species and 95 mammal species. The 40 km long Kazinga channel connecting lakes Edward Ad George, open savanna grassland, acacia woodland, closed forest and vast wetlands are home to hundreds of game.
The park also offers boat trips on Kazinga channel in the centre of the park, to the scenic drive between the Volcanic craters in the north, chimpanzee tracking in the deep gorge of Kyambura gorge, walks in the dark Imaramagambo forest and the game drives beneath the vast skies of the Ishasha wilderness in the south, the Katwe salt mines, all offer a
visitor a memorable experience.
Lake George Wetland, a RAMSAR site that hosts rare birds and breath taking panoramic views of the park in the rift valley from escarpments and various vantage points and Immaramagambo forest where the forest dwellers find solace. These unique attributes characterize the destination regaining prominence.
Excited by the back to back achievements, some of the senior UWA officers managing other parks had this to say.