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.
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.
Seen in the photo extreme left is Dr. Seguya and extreme right is Prince William
The Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority Dr. Andrew Seguya who is also a board member of the Uganda Tourism Board,on May 21st,2013, was among the Ugandan delegation that attended a meeting hosted by his Royal Higness the Prince of Wales The meeting also attended by the commissioner for wildlife in the Ministry of Tourism Mr. James Lutalo sought to discuss action areas of potential collaboration and partnershipsto combat illegal wildlife tradeand related products. The UWA boss also utilized his visit to hold meetings with the Ugandan embassy staff to discussissues pertaining to the promotion of Uganda Wildlife Authority and visit tourist sites and businessesin London.
Murchison Falls National Park in May hosted a number of high profile visitors including the Sri Lankan President HE Mahinda Rajapaska.The Sri Lankan head had a boat ride to the bottom of the falls,the Delta where Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert,a game drive and also visited the top of the falls.
Uganda Wildlife Authority's Chief Conservation Area manager (CCAM) Mr. Charles Tumwesigye is the proud winner of the 2013 National Geographic Society/Buffet Award for Leadership in African Conservation. Mr. Tumwesigye becomes the second UWA officer to win the prestigious award after his predecessor Mr. John Makombo who is currently the Director Conservation (DC)in 2010.
This is a new, exciting, and challenging way for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to add diversity to its tourist industry, bringing everything together that Mgahinga strives to achieve – research, conservation, protection, and tourism. This new product for visitors to the park will allow them to have an insight and a better understanding of what it means to research, conserve, and protect an endangered species in the 21st century and the many challenges faced everyday by the team out in the field.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Conservation fees (tariff rates) will effective January 2014 be running on a two year calendar basis as opposed to the financial year. According to management, this move is meant to improve customer service and ease bookings for tour operators who book permits in advance for their clients. This will reduce the uncertainty and speculation on possible changes in the middle of the calendar year. Management of UWA has accordingly resolved that the current Conservation fees for July 2011-June 2013 will be valid until 31st December, 2013. More details can be accessed on our website and the conservation fees booklets available at the UWA headquarters, National parks and offices of the tour operators.
The Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon Maria Mutagamba, inaugurated a new Board of Directors for Uganda Tourism Board for a 3 year term running May 2013 to May 2016.This was at a function held at the UTB offices at Plot 42, Windsor Crescent, Kololo on Wednesday 14th May 2013.
The famous month of May did not augar well for the famous Makara Silverback of the the popular Habinyanja Mountain gorilla group in Bwindi when he sustained serious injuries inflicted from a fight with a wild family in Bwindi forest.
A new report on wildlife conservation has warned that wild animals in protected areas are likely to be wiped out if there is no quick intervention to address the increasing consumption of game meat in Uganda.
Members of the planning committee for the Uganda Wildlife Authority Board of Trustees (BoT) visited Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve for orientation to appreciate the issues and challenges of the reserve before they could consider the draft General Management Plan for the Reserve.
Kibale Conservation Area staff took off time from their busy schedules of protecting wildlife and guiding chaimpanzee tracking visitors,to participate in bench marking tour of their counterparts in Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Areas. During the visit,the staff tracked the coveted mountain gorillas,went for nature walk and the Batwa cultural experience.In Mgahinga they walked the Batwa trail and tracked the golden monkeys.
From Kidepo Valley National Park,the staff from tourism and conservation units also visited Murchison Falls National park on a study tour where they enjoyed a game drive,boat ride and marveled at the great water falls. The KVNP Warden Law Enforcement warden participated in a cross border security and planning meeting as part of the Uganda (Kabong District) delegation with South Sudan in Torit and Kapoete inside South Sudan. The meeting was to discuss security issues between the two countries .
The newly constructed Semanya Marine Ranger post near Pakuba in Murchison Falls National Park recently received another boost in form of a Marine Container with all accessories required for a Marine station.
The international recognition of Uganda's signature park,Queen Elizabeth Protected Area as a top performing entity by millions of travelers across the globe through Trip Advisor the world's largest travel site,was the main highlight of May 2013.
Uganda's protected areas managed by UWA are not strange to international accolades since Kidepo,Rwenzori,Bwindi have recently just been crowned as premier tourism destinations and must vist areas. Renown for its avi-fauna, tree climbing lions, topis, underground forest, craters, two large fresh lakes connected by a channel teeming with wildlife which provides unrivaled water cruise experience,all products enjoyed with guidance from professional staff,tour drivers and guides,it is not wonder that the travelers find it a Queen of the parks.
As we enter the peak season,the UWA management would like to thank our thousands of visitors who made use the promotional permits to track our coveted mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla parks particularly in April and May.Records indicate that the East African residents and Foreigners resident in the region(FR) enjoyed a hustle free time to interact with their close relatives at highly reduced rates.
We thank the partners like hotel owners,transporters and tour operators who cooperated in making this promotion a resounding success. Elsewhere,the gorilla families were graced with many babies,Murchison Falls NP blessed with the visit from prominent personalities including the President of Sril Lanka,the French ambassador and the Queen of Bunyoro. Plans to implement the smart card system are on the right course,Guiding staff in Kibale boast of new housing units closer to the Kanyanchu tourism site while our sister body,the Uganda Tourism Board got a new Board of Directors.
UWA sympathises with the communities neighbouring the Queen Elizabeth and Rwenzori National Park who were hit by the floods but would like to assure our clients that the infrastructure in Rwenzori mountains is intact and the park accessible and safe for tourists. Enjoy the peak season!