By Javira Ssebwami, Janat Masibo and Nabayunga Immaculate
Uganda’s tourism largely rides on her natural endowments which give an edge over many of the popular tourist destinations in Africa.
Location of some of the popular tourist destinations in Uganda
Uganda is also home to the source of River Nile, the longest river in the world, Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa and Mt Rwenzori, the legendary mountains of the moon, the only mountain in the world with a snow cap on the equator.
The country has 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves, 10 wildlife sanctuaries, 5 community wildlife management areas and 506 central forest reserves each with unique endowments: For example, Murchison Falls National Park is home to the lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes and lots of other species, and the spectacular waterfalls while Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts of big fie, the spectacular Kazinga Channel and climbing lions.
Uganda’s rich culture is also something to explore, from the captivating dances to exquisite cuisines in the different parts of the country, as well as the friendly and hospitable people.
A Prezi presentation of popular tourist attractions in Uganda
Uganda stands out in Africa because the country has more than 50% of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas among other species
Despite the increasing number of foreign tourists, the number of local tourists has either remained constant or dropping according to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) statics and here is why local people distance themselves from engaging in local tourism activities.
Here is why Local people have distanced themselves from tourism activities
What experts say
However the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities have trashed allegations that tourism is expensive for the local people saying the money is still not enough. Ms. Patricia Agasha the Public Relations officer for the ministry says people are simply “ignorant” about the sector.
Are Ugandans ignorant about tourist attractions?
According to Ms. Agasha, the government has taken the initiative to promote tourism among local people.
What has been done to promote tourism to the local population?
Why should local people visit these tourist destinations?
“It is quite hard to figure out unless you personally organize a visit to some of these beautiful destinations,” says Justine Ahumuza, a tour guide at Kavumba recreation center.
Uganda Museum in Pictures
Kavumba Recreation Center in Pictures
Tourists at Uganda Martyrs Namugongo Shrine.
Challenges private tourist destinations face
Acquiring a working license from Uganda Wildlife Authority
Information Pack according to Uganda world authority
UGANDA WILDLIFE AUTHORITY CONSERVATION TARIFF – PARK ENTRANCE FEES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
||Ugandan School Children (Groups)||
|Ugandan School Children (Groups)||
|All other Reserves Including:- Ajai, Bokora, Bugungu, East Madi, Kabwoya, Karuma, Katonga, Kigezi, Kyambura, Matheniko, Pian Upe||Adults||2,500|
|Annual park entrance passes|
|Family (Maximum 4 Children)||300,000|
|Annual Corporate pass||2,500,000|
|Guided nature walk & Birdwatching|
|Day Nature Walk||10,000|
|Night Nature Walk||15,000|
|Gorge Walk, Mgahinga||15,000|
|Top of Falls walk,||10,000|
|Students Guided Walk (per 6 people)||10,000|
|Gorilla Tracking Bwindi and Mgahinga||10000|
|Promotion April, May and November||150,000|
|Mgahinga volcano Climbing||30,000|
|Mt. Elgon Hiking||75,000|
KVNP Booking N
|QENP (Ishasha LMNP (Rwonyo) MENP (Kapkwata/Suam)||Single||35,000|
|SNP Bumaga Visitor Camp||Single||52000|
|SNP Ntoroko Visitor Camp||Single||60,000|
|SNP Ntoroko Visitor Camp||Self-Contained||Twin||60000|
|QENP Booking No||Jumbo||8 bed||300,000|
|QENP (Lower Camp)||Bed||20,000|
|LMNP student Center||Bed||20,000|
|KNP Sebitoli Visitor Camp||Single||32,000|
|Category C – Public: with pit latrine/ firewood/rubbish pit/water/fireplace/ thatched shelter||15,000 Min 45,000|
|Education Centers in QENP MFNP, LMNP and MENP||Adults||Students|