Uganda Wildlife Authority July 2011 eNewsletter

New tariffs, UWA and Buganda Expo, New Habitiated gorilla families..........

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July Newsletter

Uganda Wildlife Authority honoured for support to Buganda Tourism effort

Lady Silvia Naginda receiving a Picture of her Totem Musu (Cane rat)

Uganda Wildlife Authority acting Executive Director Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya has been honored by the Buganda government for continued support to the annual Buganda Tourism Expo in the last three years.
Dr. Seguya received a royal shield from the Kabaka of Buganda his majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi on July 1, 2011 at the Lubiri grounds during the official closure of the weeklong event.
The Buganda minister of state for tourism Mrs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said Dr. Seguya while at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) was very supportive to the organization of the annual event, a gesture he has continued to exhibit at his new place Read more....

UWA offers a trip for two to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In its continued pursuit of Corporate Social Responsibility, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) through its department of Tourism and Business Services has offered an all expenses paid trip for two Ugandans to tour the Queen Elizabeth national Park in south western Uganda.
The offer was announced by the acting Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya during the July 1, 2011 Marketers’ night held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

The winner of the trip was identified as Rukiya Lwanyaga, an account manager with Vantage Communications Group after she displayed rare strokes during a mini dancing competition during the event.
The event was organized by Marketing Africa with the guest speaker being Mr.Steve Hales ,the Global head of Synovate  Qualitative Research  on the topic ”The right tools for meaningful brands”

Birding Tourism Receives a big boost
A group of 50 bird guides, 21 of them from Uganda Wildlife Authority have recently completed a three week intensive birding guiding course with enhanced skills that are expected to promote bird watching in Uganda.
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NEW TARIFFS as the new financial year begins
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has new tourism tariff for tourists visiting the National Parks which will take effect on 1st July 2011.
According to the new tariff, tourists will pay US$35  Read more....

Batwa trail Launch restores the Forest peoples' glory

“A Tourism product of the century” was the phrase used by the commissioner for Tourism Ms Grace Aulo as she ceremoniously cut the ribbon to officially launch the Batwa Cultural Tourism Trail at the base of Muhabura range in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kisoro district on June 7, 2011.

The event where drums rhythmically beat, flutes sang and spectators held their breath ,was graced by the likes of Eugene Rutagarama (IGCP) Kigali, the Royal Netherlands embassy diplomats, the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Core Secretariat senior staff, USAID-STAR Chief of Party,Mr. Kaddu Sebunya, international media including China’s Xinhua ,UWEC acting ED ,Kisoro District Local Government political and civic leaders, Batwa representatives from all over the region among others. Read more....


Law enforcement beefed up

With a total of 204 energetic and enthusiastic rangers trained and recruited by the Uganda Wildlife Authority recently, protection for the wildlife, guarding against national parks encroachment and improved tourist security are guaranteed.

The strong force was passed out in early June after over three months of training at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi (NALI).The staff were recruited from areas around all the ten national parks in the country  last September  and have since been posted to different conservation areas including the headquarters. Read more....

UWA showcases her unique tourism products at TZ at Karibu Tourism Fair

The Uganda stand showcasing a variety of unique tourism products was the centre of attraction during the three day Karibu Travel and Tourism fair held in Arusha, Tanzania in June 2011.

The fair is jointly organized by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, the Tanzania tourist board and the ministry of natural resources and tourism. The event was hosted at Magereza grounds in Arusha Municipality between June 3-5th attracting over 300 exhibitors marketing various products and services and offered a rare opportunity for stake holders in the tourism, hotel and travel industry to interact with their potential clients, visitors and business partners. Read more....

Two BABY GORILLAS born in Oruzogo family
The planned launch of Oruzogo mountain gorilla group for tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,has received a great boost t following the birth of two new babies in the family last week.
Oruzogo Mountain gorilla family named after the local name of a common plant in the home range of this family, has been under habituation and will by the end of 2011 be launched by Uganda Wildlife Authority for Tourism.

Currently successful mock tourism visits have been made with the gorillas showing no signs of vigilance of fear grants at their human friends.

Tibirikwata the dominant Silverback made sure his family is viable and a formidable force in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ahead of the approaching season when hundreds of human friends flock to south western Uganda to meet their closest cousins.
Information from the forest indicates that the proud mothers are the cute adult females Birungi and Mutesi although the sex of the two babies is yet to be established. The new babies join the Read more....
UWA names Rwanda Mountain gorilla
Uganda Wildlife Authority was effectively represented at the June 18,2011 annual Kwitizina (Gorilla Naming ceremony) in Musanze Rwanda .
The acting Director for Tourism and Business Services Mr. Stephen Masaba who represented the acting UWA Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya was accorded the honor to name one of the 22 infant gorillas. He named one ISANGANO which means cross roads and assured the Rwandan nationals and conservationists that the new infant was always welcome to Uganda without any conditions like a passport or visa.

Besides Rwanda belonging to the same economic bloc (East African Community) with Uganda, the mountain gorillas are known to exist in the Virunga massif shared by Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC which are their excusive range states.
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