Uganda Tourism

Investment Opportunities

Investing in Uganda’s Tourism & conservation

Current Investment Opportunities

To support the growing tourism industry and provide better customer services within the parks, UWA has identified opportunities for investment in services, products and infrastructure and accommodation facilities.

There are opportunities for development of new ecotourism products and services, within and outside the national parks, by the private sector or through public-private partnerships.

H.E. President Yoweri Museveni has called on investors that promote responsible investment and sustainable development to partner with Uganda in rehabilitating the protected conservation areas.

The Opportunities include

Luxury tented camps and cottages

House Boats, Cruise Launches on the Nile and Sport fishing on the Lakes Victoria, Albert, Edward and George

Walking Safaris in the wilderness areas and the volcanic craters

Canopy Walkways in tropical forests and sky trams

Development of Lodges and other types of accommodation to suit the various categories of visitors

Nature walks, game farming, game ranching and sport hunting on private property (private wildlife reserves)

House boats and other water based activities
Mountaineering packages for Rwenzori, Elgon and Mgahinga Mountains

Internal air transport services to the national parks and other domestic touristic hubs.
White water rafting on the Nile
Hot springs baths and supporting facilities
Stop over facilities en-route to the national parks along major tourism circuits e.g. Kampala – Mbarara – Kasese – Mubende – Kampala; Kampala – Masindi – Gulu – Kitgum



Concession Guidelines

Procedures For Award Of Contracts

Identification of Investment Opportunities

Management has prepared General Management Plans (GMPs) for all the main protected areas. Theses GMPs, which are written after lengthy consultation with various stack holders, identify and recommend investment opportunities within the various PAs (Protected Areas). This approach has led to a better appreciation of the number, type, size and location of the various investments within the PAs. It also saves the PAs from the demand for unplanned structures.

Procedures for Award of Contract

Management has adopted and now applies Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets, (PPDA) regulations and guidelines, which stipulate that all investment opportunities have to be advertised and all potential bidders given an equal opportunity to bid for these opportunities. The process is fair and transparent but rather lengthy. Management regularly advertises these opportunities in the media

Determination of Concession Income

The old concession agreements provided for the payment of 5% of gross revenue to UWA as concession fees. It was hoped that as revenue from tourism activities increased, UWA’s share of the same would also increase proportionately. In practice however, the determination of investor’s gross earnings was cumbersome. Currently concession fees are charged based on visitor bed night numbers (or visitor boat rides for boat concession). Management can now determine concession revenue more accurately, as the number of visitors to the facility (activity) can be easily verified. This and other measures have led to increases in concession income over the years. The level of fees paid per investment is determined competitively during the bidding period, and revised periodically as per terms of contract. The approach may be revised from time to time

Periodic Review of Terms of Contract

The concession agreements provide for periodic reviews of terms of the agreements.

Download the PDF for more information on Procedures for Award of Contract, Current Concession Investments and Investments Under Consideration.