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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:20

Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla

Mgahinga Gorilla national park is located in the southwestern Uganda on the border with Congo and Rwanda. Covering an area of about 33.7 sq kilometers, the park is a habitat for man's closest, the mountain gorillas which roam about the whole forest in search for food. This park is one of the few places in the world where the endangered mountain gorillas live and it attracts people from different countries to come on Uganda Gorilla Safari. There is no doubt that Mgahinga Gorilla national park is one of the leading tourism sites in Uganda since it harbors these rare primates.

One may wonder why gorilla Safari should be done in Mgahinga and not other places but the secret behind it is that this park has a thick rain forest with a wide variety of tree species and gorillas are known to be vegetarians. There is enough food for them in the park and this is the reason why some even migrate from Congo and Rwanda to this place. Though not in large numbers, gorillas of Mgahinga are easily seen in their natural habitats and this makes tracking more easy compared to other parks.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 06:38

Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern Uganda on the border with Congo and Rwanda. Covering an area of about 33.7 sq kilometers, the park is a habitat for man's closest, the mountain gorillas which roam about the whole forest in search for food. This park is one of the few places in the world where the endangered mountain gorillas live and it attracts people from different countries to come on Uganda Gorilla Safari. There is no doubt that Mgahinga Gorilla national park is one of the leading tourism sites in Uganda since it harbors these rare primates.

One may wonder why gorilla Safari should be done in Mgahinga and not other places but the secret behind it is that this park has a thick rain forest with a wide variety of tree species and gorillas are known to be vegetarians. There is enough food for them in the park and this is the reason why some even migrate from Congo and Rwanda to this place. Though not in large numbers, gorillas of Mgahinga are easily seen in their natural habitats and this makes tracking more easy compared to other parks.

Your ballooning adventure begins early in the morning when you leave your camp or lodge to get to the meeting point at the Kasenyi gate of Queen Elizabeth NP for 5:30am. This early drive in the dark is a chance to see nocturnal animals that live in and around the park. On arrival to the Kasenyi gate, you will follow the ground crew to the site that has been chosen for lift off. The specific location changes daily based on current wind and weather conditions.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has partnered with local lodges, operators (Friends of Queen Elizabeth National Park) and the USAID-STAR program to promote an innovative new traveler experience, The Hippo Census, which took place in February and March. The idea originated with QENP park wardens who suggested a program where visitors can be involved in real conservation efforts by helping count hippo populations alongside the rangers and research/monitoring wardens. 28 seats were available and all the fees collected directly supported the hippo census activity.

In other places this activity is called “citizen science”, but in QENP they refer to it as “experiential tourism”. These activities give visitors a behind the scenes look at how research is helping conserve biodiversity and monitor ecosystem health in QENP.

Video is courtesy of Jennier Krauser, a destination development and community tourism specialist working with the USAID-STAR program in Uganda.

The UWA asked USAID-STAR to help their team develop a product around the Hippo Census and a marketing strategy that UWA could use as a guide for this and future Hippo Census’, as well as other experiential tourism activities like lion and mongoose tracking. UWA and USAID-STAR also developed a short film that generated further interest about the activity.

Many thanks go to partners GeoLodges Uganda, Mweya Safari Lodge and The Far Horizons for supporting and promoting the census:

Monday, 07 May 2012 21:04

Welcome to Uganda

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is rich in all the African species you have ever dreamed and of many you have never heard of. This East African nation is home to the highest concentrations of primates and birds in the continent with safaris and other nature experiences that will live in your memories for life.

The wildlife sightings blog will inspire you to explore the 10 national parks of Uganda and take you to some of the most unique wildlife encounters. Enjoy exploring and we hope to see you in Uganda’s National Parks very soon!

Please send your personal wildlife experiences through video, photos or stories to us so we can post them on the Uganda Wildlife Sightings Blog: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 17:44

UWA gets a new Board of Trustees

bot cake-webA new Board of Trustees for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) comprising nine eminent Ugandans with proven managerial and professional background, has been inaugurated by the minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, Professor Ephraim Kamuntu.

 The new board to serve for the next three years is headed by Mr. Benjamin Otto, a former permanent secretary in the ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry. The other members include Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusooka, the chief executive officer of Conservation Through Public Health and former veterinary officer at UWA, Mr. Mani Khan the director of operations at MARASDA Group of companies which manages a chain of lodges in various national parks and Captain John Emily Otekat a former deputy director of operations at UWA and an honorary Wildlife officer .

 Others are Mr. Boniface Byamukama, the chairman of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and executive director of Lake Kitandara Tour and Travel company, Mrs Grace Aulo Mbabazi, the commissioner for Tourism in the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage,Hon. Janat Akorimoe Akech a former member of Parliament who will represent the communities neighboring protected areas.

 Mr. Michael Aliyo, a senior economist in the ministry of Finance is the new representative of the ministry of on the board while Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya who is the acting Executive Director UWA, will by the virtue of his position sever as the board secretary.

 He stressed that Wildlife is a major component of the sprawling Tourism industry and charged the new board to promote the sector for the general good. He cautioned the new members to distinguish between the areas of management that generate conflict. He said the technical operations of the organisation are vested in UWA as a designated implementation agency while the board is to provide guidance.

 The minister challenged the new board to restore confidence in the organisation among the staff and partners which had been eroded by various previous inquiries, urgently address the challenge of human resource gaps by filling vacant posts and regularizing several in acting positions as well as considering a proposal to improve staff remuneration in line with the rising cost of living.

He also implored the new board to address the issue of finance integrity of UWA and the Human-Wildlife conflict.

In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the new board Mr. Otto assured the minister of the total commitment to serve the authority to the best of the members’ abilities. He pledged that the board will operate effectively and efficiently.”The board comprises of people who are tried and tested with long experience who need no long period of induction before serious work. We shall hit the ground on day one and our operations will be guided by the UWA act and relevant laws which I will strictly follow as a civil servant” said Mr. Otto.

 The acting Executive Director UWA, Dr. Andrew Seguya praised the staff for having kept the fire burning during the board absence adding that the authority had registered a positive revenue growth trends.

Monday, 02 April 2012 18:02

Cultural Encounters in Semuliki

The Batwa’s hunter-gatherer lifestyle means they have always been dependent on Semuliki forest for food, shelter, medicine and tools, though this is beginning to change as a result of interaction with other local communities.

Friday, 30 March 2012 23:26

Hot Springs in Semuliki

Hike through the monkey-filled forest to these boiling, gushing springs, and cook your eggs and plantain in the bubbling waters!

 

Friday, 30 March 2012 23:25

Game Drives in Semuliki

Three tracks cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Friday, 30 March 2012 23:25

Hiking and Nature Walks in Semuliki

The 13km KirumiaTrail runs through the heart of the forest to the Semuliki River. This 8 hour round trip starts at 8am and is perfect for birders.