Gone are the days when the visitors had to travel all the way to Kidepo and Lake Mburo National Parks to sight the beautiful herds of zebras. Through her veterinary Unit, Uganda Wildlife Authority has completed the first phase of restocking Katonga Wildlife Reserve which is part of the Kibale Conservation Area in Western Uganda with zebras and impalas.
To Mr. Jon Howell, the Tourism Development Manager at UBM Live- Routes, the gorilla tracking experience was simply incredible. Richard Bodin the chief commercial officer at Fastjet in the UK, agreed with Jon but remarked that to say the experience was amazing is simply an understatement.
It is one thing to spend an hour with the chimpanzees of Uganda it is another experience to be with them all day long. Most people do not realize that they have a choice between chimpanzee tracking and a Chimpanzee habituation experience. People come to Uganda for the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee tracking.. There are 4950 chimpanzees within Uganda, Kibale Forest alone has the most with almost 1500 Chimpanzees.
History has been re-written! Today Uganda boasts of resident zebras in three protected areas with Katonga wildlife reserve being latest addition after Kidepo and Lake Mburo National Parks. The Impalas are also no longer a preserver of Lake Mburo National Park but are available in Katonga Wildlife reserve thanks to the recent successful translocation exercise by the Veterinary Unit of the UWA in Mid July. Eleven zebras and 68 impalas are now part of Katonga Wildlife reserve and already attracting hundreds of local and international tourists. Another milestone has been the completion of the Strategic Plan which has been purely developed by the UWA staff without the help of an external consultant. Thanks to the planning team, heads of Conservation Areas and representatives from departments. For the first time, this Strategic Plan boasts of a Monitoring and Evaluation framework to help us gauge whether we are moving forward or in circles. The board approved this on June 18th, 2013. The peak season has come at the right time with Uganda Wildlife Authority having renovated a number of accommodation facilities mostly for mid level visitors in Queen Elizabeth, Elgon and Kidepo National Parks. The Tembo canteen in Mweya is functional while the lower camp offers affordable accommodation on top of the self catering houses overlooking the picturesque Lake Edward and Katwe. Celebrations to mark Kidepo at 50 are on the right course, the General Management Plans (GMPs) for Pian Upe and Kidepo have been printed, a number of promotional materials including national park maps are available in our curio shops.
We are grateful to all our visitors including delegates from Routes Africa, the French Embassy, American embassy and other areas for regular visits to our attractions. Together we conserve for Generations.
Up Coming Events
August 22nd Kidepo at 50: Celebrations at Kampala Serena Hotel
August 31st Pass out of the UWA Rangers at Muhoti Barracks in Fort Portal
Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area in July was honoured to host the United States Ambassador HE Scott De Lisi who visited the National Park and tracked chimpanzees at Kyambura Gorge. This is his second visit to the park in less than three months having previously visited Ishasha Sector and enjoyed company of tree climbing lions.
Murchison Falls National park is the largest National park under protected areas managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. It is 3,893 Sq.km and was gazetted in 1952.The park is bisected by the River Nile that divides the park into two sections; the Northern and southern Bark. The River Nile starts its journey into the park from Lake Victoria near Jinja which is currently believed to be the source of the Nile. It snakes out into the park entering the Lake Albert and continues its noble journey that is close to 4000km till when it enters the Mediterranean Sea after passing through South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt.
Officials from the Agency Francaise de Developpement (AFD)" Headquarters in Paris in mid July ,2013 made field trips to Lake Mburo and Bwindi National Parks to explore the possible areas for support and cooperation with Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA). The officials including Guerard Sabrina the country representative AFD in Uganda, Marie and Yves were accompanied to the protected areas by UWA's Partnership coordinator Mr. Samuel Besigye during which they enjoyed a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park and tracked the much sought after Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
All roads led to Kabale Municipality on July 20th ,2013 as the Banyakigezi community resident in Kabale,Rukungiri,Kisoro and Kanungu districts showcased their various talents in indigenous knowledge, traditional dance and drama,crafts,costumes and food.
Jackie Kemirembe Rubuubi is a Tours and Travel consultant for over a decade and has been to all continents but never experienced a challenging adventure like scaling Rwenzoris until early July this year. Inspired by desire to promote tourism through improved facilities investments in the Rwenzoris, Jackie set out to hike the mountain through the new Mahoma trail which is an alternative to the existing Kilembe and the central circuits leading to the peaks. She was accompanied on her expedition by her partner plus the Uganda Wildlife Authority's director for Tourism development and Business Services Mr. Raymond Engena among others.
Bwindi-Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA) with support from International Gorilla Conservation Program(IGCP) this month hosted the three Districts of Kabale, Kanungu and Kisoro with the parent ministries to discuss the experiences, issues and challenges of implementation of physicals plans in the district local governments. In 2005, the Kanungu District Local Government together with Uganda Wildlife AuthorityWA- BMCA approached International Gorilla Conservation programme (IGCP) to develop a physical plan for Buhoma tourism area. IGCP obtained funding from USAID to develop the Buhoma Physical and Landscape plans that to do date had not been approved by the national authority and are apparently not implemented.
The guides here fondly refer to him as Butcherman a name that was popularised by a physically challenged but talented artiste in Uganda's music industry. The lion derives this name from the time one of his legs was amputated by the vets following a life threatening poacher's snare that alsmost claimed his life in 2011.
Miss Tourism Uganda Pageant is back on the Uganda Tourism calendar 20 years after it was last held.As part of the activities to celebrate this year's World Tourism Day which falls on 27th September, the Tourism fraternity led by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) has launched a Miss Tourism Uganda 2013 pageant, a website, logo and a theme song. During the occasion to launch the pageants at Tamaria Hotel in Kampala on July 30,the minister Dr. Maria Mutagamba called on stake holders to "Journey with us and be part of the transformation of Uganda through Tourism Uganda Pageant 2013which will support tourism growth and improved livelihoods"
Hundreds of conservationists, tourism promoters and partners on Friday July 26 congregated at the Uganda Wildlife Authority head office, Plot 7 Kira Road to join the management and staff in celebrating the Chief Conservation Area Manager (CCAM) Mr. Charles Tumwesigye's award for leadership in conservation.
For their passion for mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda, the members of the Routes Europe which is part of UBM Routes (England) have made a kind donation of GBP 1,793.37 to the Gorilla Organization for the conservation of the endangered great apes.
A new strategic plan for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)has been approved by the Board of Trustees The strategic plan aims at achieving the following overall goal: "To have sustainably managed wildlife areas that are providing enjoyment, supporting community livelihoods and contributing to National development".
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) staff were elated to join their colleagues from Mgahinga Protected Area for the cross visit to Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area(QECA) and Kibale national parks. The team composed of 24 rangers headed by their tourism and community conservation wardens embarked on the adventurous trip to learn what happens in other parks surrounding Bwindi. The choice of emphasize were the savannah park of Queen and the chimpanzee habitat of Kibale. Many of these staff had not travelled anywhere outside their Conservation Areas (CAs) since they commenced work with UWA. They could not visibly hold back their excitement and anticipation to venture into the world unknown.