Uganda wildlife Authority is the government of Uganda agency mandated with conserving for generations the wildlife in the country. UWA as is commonly known is charged with conservation of wildlife both inside and outside the protected areas. It is currently charged with running the 10 national parks, 13 game parks and some community conservation areas.
With the Covid19 outbreak, Uganda was not spared and the president imposed a lockdown that went on until early June 2020. The airport and borders were closed for non-essential travel and therefore tourism was at a standstill. This posed a challenge to conservation because people in communities had no access to incomes that often come from tourism activities and they were not working. Some of them were tempted to get into poaching which did not end well for them.
The president re-opened airports and tourism was able to re-start albeit limping. Locals started traveling as travelers from outside the country were few and the restrictions of quarantine on return home kept many away. As the world waits for availability of an affordable vaccine, we happy to see people start traveling again and happy that UWA has responded to this by slashing their rates for activities starting from 1st Dec 2020 to 31stMarch 2021; this is much needed breath of fresh air for tourism recovery.
- There will be a 50% discount on park entrance fees for Lake Mburo NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kidepo Valley NP, Murchison falls NP, Semuliki NP, Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Katonga wildlife Reserve, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.
- 50% discount on birding fees
- Reduction on gorilla and chimpanzee tracking fees
Gorilla trekking permits
- East African Citizens – from UGX 250,000 to UGX 150,000
- East African Foreign Residents from USD 600 to USD 300
- Foreign Non Resident from USD 700 to USD 400
Chimpanzee trekking permits
- East African Citizens – from 150,000 to 100,000
- East African Foreign Residents from USD 150 to USD 100
- Foreign Non Resident from USD 200 to USD 150
If you have wanted to trek gorillas and chimpanzees but your Uganda primates safaris has been on hold due to the rates, here is your opportunity to travel and enjoy the sights of these great apes in their natural habitats. #VisitUganda