The discounted gorilla tracking permits promotion initiated by the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to enable East Africans and Foreign residents to enjoy the same gorilla tracking experience at reduced rates successfully ended on May 31, 2013.
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Maria Mutagamba on Friday March 15, briefed the media on Uganda's participation at the just conclude International Travel Berlin. Below is her statement.
For visitors wishing to visit the parks but don't have as much to spend, their worries have now been resolved by Uganda Wildlife Authority. In the last 3 months UWA has renovated some of its former staff houses into modern affordable accommodation where, one can stay and enjoy a tour around the parks, within their means.
The first set of 4 houses, neighboring the visitor centre and the Albertine Rift Hhostel, have been fully renovated and refurnished to offer affordable and comfortable stay for visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Each of the bungalows contains 3 and 4 big bed rooms, a fully furnished kitchen, a sitting lounge and a dining area, which are carefully furnished with African style furniture. The facilities offers spacious environment for relaxation, meeting and work, if you may. And there can't be any, any better setting than the scenic view of the park from this location.
The Visitor information Centre is just a stone throw away, while the Parka Lodge, The boat launch and Albertine Rift Hostel are easily accessible from here.
It is ideal for families, corporate and even wedding delegations.
The 3 bedroom house costs sh. 250,000 per day while the 4 bedroom house goes for sh. 300,000.
In addition, UWA management has also commenced renovations of other staff houses popularly known as "Lower camp staff houses". The initial phase of 20 rooms is under renovation with over 10 rooms already available for use. These rooms are conveniently located near the Tembo canteen which will be reopened very soon. It is hoped that tourists staying in the lower camp houses can have their meals at Tembo canteen, which is located less than 100 meters away. In total, there are about 40 rooms that will be renovated and improved with inside toilets and showers.
Each bed costs costs about sh. 20,000 to sh. 30,000
The effort to improve and provide more accommodation in the parks, is part of Uganda Authority (UWA)'s strategy to increase domestic tourism, which is consistent with country's vision to transform the economy through optimal exploitation of its own resources.
You may recall that last year, The Chairman of Board of Trustees, Mr. Benjamin Otto, inaugurated this project, which is already bearing fruit.
The blocks which formerly housed the staff of the organization in the Mweya Peninsular which is the hub of the tourism activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park, were renovated and improved with internally generated revenue.
To book any of these accommodations, please call
- Reservations Office on 0414 355 000, 0312 355 000
- Queen Elizabeth National Park 0392 700694.
It is advisable to book in advance. And for more information about what you can do in the park, visit The Park microsite
UWA in partnership with Africa Wildlife Foundation will be implementing a project which is funded by USAID in LMNP, KVNP and MFNP. The project will be implementing conservation and tourism strategies as identified in the specific GMPs. The first stake holder’s workshop was held in Chobe Lodge which involved different stakeholders to sensitise them on the project.
It was a lifetime experience for Uganda Wildlife Authority's twelve interpretive guides specializing in mountain gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, when they closely interacted with the playful chimpanzees in the undisturbed Budongo forest reserve.
MIKE (Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants) subregional support office for East Africa Mr. Edison Nuwamanya handing over some GPS (Global Positioning System) units to UWA's Chief Conservation Area Manager to assist rangers in recording data on Wildlife and illegal acitivies in the Parks. MIKE has been supporting UWA to monitor the illegal killing of Elephants.
Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority in Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA) are battling a herd of elephants that crossed from Nimule National Park in South Sudan last Friday into Uganda in the villages of Pagirinya and Mukoyoro in Adjumani District. The villages which lie in the wildlife corridor are remote and sparsely populated.
Following increased vigilance by Uganda Wildlife Authority to fight illegal trade in wildlife products, another consignment of 42 poisonous snakes and 147 chameleons was this week impounded at Entebbe International Airport in what is yet more evidence of the need to strengthen the UWA presence at Entebbe Airport and other border outlets.
A consignment of 62kg of ivory was On Sunday night confiscated by Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers following a tip off from a security operative at the airport.
The ivory which was parked in two blue leather suitcases had already been cleared by airport security and the various organizations involved in clearing cargo for export before a whistleblower alerted UWA.
Fifty six senior officers of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Saturday passed out after completing a three week course in leadership development and basic military training at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi.
The pass out ceremony was presided over by the minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Mrs. Maria Mutagamba who was flanked by the director Tourism Mrs Grace Aulo and the commissioner for Wildlife Mr. James Lutalo.
Mrs. Mutagamba said the course was not only a fulfillment of a constitutional requirement under Article 17 which requires all able bodied Ugandans to undertake military training, but also a re-tooling and re-energizing step for UWA officers to refocus and manage resources more efficiently .
She urged the participants in the course to use the acquired skills to maintain the cohesion and implement the best practices in the running of the organization. The minister promised to address the challenges facing wildlife conservation and the tourism sector."We have the determination to address the challenges in tourism for us to claim our fair share in the global tourism market," she remarked.
Mrs Mutagamba argued that tourism sector has a potential to employ more Ugandans and increase its contribution to the GDP from the current 9% .
A member of the UWA Board of Trustees, Captain John Emily Otekat said the new board is determined to ensure to continued capacity building and morale for the for the staff .He called for discipline and determination for the staff to achieve their personal career aspirations and organizational objectives .
The acting Executive Director UWA, Mr. Stephen Masaba said the course was vital for leadership, management and practical skills while aiding one to appreciate own country. He revealed that UWA intends to recruit over 350 rangers to improve on the protection of the protected area integrity, curb illegal activities and improve tourist security. He also said the board had approved construction of more accommodation and establishment of an intelligence unit.
The deputy director NALI, Major Peter Ajoket said political education is the pillar of the National Resistance Movement with the purpose of harmonizing perception on what to do and how to do it. He said during the course duration, the students had tackled Political Education, Skills at Arms, Foot arms drills, Field craft, basic intelligence and patriotism among others. He said the overall performance was good and hooped the students would become dependable agents of transformation
The function was graced by the UWA Law enforcement Coordinator Colonel Charles Tusiime, the UWA Director Conservation Mr. John Makombo, the acting director finance Mr. Yunus Musisi and the Human Resource manager Mr. Chris Mwesiimo.