In its continued initiatives to support and work with journalists who have exhibited passion for tourism reporting, the management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority has offered free gorilla tracking permits to the two winners of the Sustainable Tourism Media awards in the print and Television category.
The offers will go to Gerald Tenywa of the New Vision and Craig Kadoda of Nation TV. Announcing the offers during the second Sustainable Tourism Media awards on September 16, 2011 at Kampala Serena Hotel, the Chief Executive Officer of UWA, Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya observed that the authority is very supportive of efforts to encourage journalists in their work, and has over the years worked closely with various media organisations to promote tourism and wildlife management in the country. He urged the winning journalists to take advantage this opportunity to experience the tourism attractions first hand and subsequently provide visibility for the parks.
The acting Executive Director also appreciated the frequency of reporting on tourism related stories both in the print and broadcast media and pledged continued support to the Tourism Media awards.”We do appreciate the building of awareness and creation of interest in our national heritage. As you are aware, tourism in Uganda is largely nature based,” Dr. Seguya said .
Local and international tourists have one and a half months of discounted gorilla permits to track the much sought after mountain gorilla groups of Kahungye,Oruzogo,Mishaya and the historical Mubare family of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park .
Mr. Stephen Masaba,the acting director of Tourism and Business Services at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) confirms that Ugandans will be offered a permit at a mere 100,000 shillings, Foreign Residents with a 24 month express visa at 250 US dollars and Foreign Non Residents at 350 dollars a permit.
UWA management explains that the permits for the other gorilla groups remains at the reigning rates stipulated in the conservation fees/tariff. Oruzogo group located in Ruhija sector, Kabale district and Kahungye which has its home range in Rushaga, Kisoro district are the recent additions to the habituated families and are currently the most popular with their exciting individuals exhibiting unique features and positive behavior.
Mishaya on other hand is the group that seceded from Nshongi, the world’s largest habituated mountain gorilla group last year and is being tracked independently. Initially with nine individuals , it has acquired more members from the wild groups to become one of the most viable families.
Mubare group in Buhoma retains its unique status as the oldest habituated group in Bwindi and one of the easiest to track. The offer is valid until the end of November ,2011.