Tips to Save Money on Gorilla Tour

Tips On Saving For Your Next Gorilla Tour in Uganda

If you have ever had a trip to Uganda, you will concur that gorilla trekking is the most adventurous and fulfilling safari activity but also the most expensive. However, did you know you can actually save a lot of money on that Uganda wildlife and gorilla tour that appears expensive to undertake? Well, it is not rocket science but just a matter of following the following workable and proven tips;

  • Give your expected budget to the tour operator you intend to book with

Much as most tourists are always hesitant to give their target budget for the whole safari to the tour operator, it is sometimes important if you wish to save some money on your gorilla trekking safari. This allows the booking agent to look for the best deals especially when it comes to transport and Safari Lodges/Safari camps/Hotels at the budget you have given thus allowing you to save.

  • Plan in advance

It is obvious that last minute bookings can lead to booking for more costly accommodation facilities and the safari as a whole because demand certainly exceeds supply; hence it pays to book in advance. Most tour operators have long standing relationships with good Lodges, meaning with that, a facility can be booked on your behalf in advance.

  • Conduct the safari during the low season

Much as the discounted gorilla permits for low season (April, May and November) were scrapped off (by the end of 2017), some Safari Lodges  still offer discounted rates for rooms hence you can be able to save on your gorilla tour in Uganda.

  • Plan how you will travel around the country

If you find a cheaper means of transport to travel within the country, there are high chances that you will save a lot of money while on your gorilla tracking adventure. Possible means to move around Uganda include public means, whereby, you can connect from one destination to another by Buses. For example, you can use a bus from Kampala to Kisoro near bwindi gorilla national park and Mgahinga national park. Alternatively, you can cheaply rent a 4×4 car like Toyota Rav4, Nissan xtrail or Toyota Prado and drive your own gorilla adventure to the gorilla parks.

  • Long stay rates

Someone who spends more nights in one Hotel or safari lodge is likely to spend lesser money than someone who spends nights in two or three different hotels because in most cases, you may end up paying three instead of four nights spent. Surprisingly, most of these deals are not indicated on the Hotel websites thus it would be good to ask the tour operators.

  • Target specific Brand name

Just like you always pay more money for a particular brand of shoes or jeans, the same applies to the Safari Lodges thus tour operators always know good places at relatively lower rates.

  • Book with one Tour Company

This usually applies to Companies that also own Hotels/Safari Lodges because there are chances that companies having three or more accommodation facilities can offers discounted rates for longer stays at their facilities.

  • Travel in a group

Another important tip for saving during your gorilla safari is by traveling as a group with friends or family members, especially when it comes to transportation around the country or spending overnights at a Safari Lodge.

  • Mix up some of the Accommodation Facilities

We all like the best products but sometimes you may not enough money to spend nights from certain Safari Lodges, thus you can always mix the facilities up by getting the expensive an cheap ones during the safari. Also, being cheap doesn’t mean that they are of poor quality or not nice but you will be surprised that cheap accommodation facilities offer comfortable facilities.

  • Keep watch on your Traveling

In most cases, if you intend to explore many destinations in the country, you might end up spending a lot for the flight costs and other additional costs for transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport thus you would rather land at Kigali International Airport and proceed for gorilla trekking within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because it tends to be shorts and more convenient than Entebbe Airport. With this, you will be able to save a lot of money during your gorilla tour in Africa.

Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary

Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary is a Community-Based Project found close to the lush Kibale Tropical rainforest, within Sebitoli area. Established with the help of Fort Portal’s Kabarole Tours, this ecotourism site definitely preserves a beautiful 13 square kilometer valley that would have otherwise been encroached by the surrounding tea Plantations.

Even with its small size, a number of bird species (totaling to over 230 species) that been recorded within this wetland Sanctuary and some of them include the white-spotted flufftail and the Jameson’s wattle-eye. This Wetlands Sanctuary also offers tourists with perfect chances of seeing extraordinary primate species especially the Red Colobus monkeys as well as other mammals such as the spotted-necked otters.

Things to do within Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary

Activities to enjoy within Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary include guided forest walks (charged only Shs 25,000 per person). The local guides are trained by the Kabarole Tours based in Fortportal (initiators of the Project). These walks sometimes lead tourists through parts of the surrounding villages and their farmlands at the edge of the Forest and the woodlands that cross the Swamp area.

Bird watching (at also Shs 25,000) is conducted within the patches of the Kibale Forest and offer chances of seeing several species of birds such as Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Western Citril, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, Western Nicator, Great Blue Turaco, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Green-headed Sunbird, Grey-headed Nigrita, Common Waxbills, Red-headed Bluebill, black crowned night heron, White-spotted Flufftail, African Blue Flycatcher, Brimstone Canary and many others.

When you cross over the lush swamp and through the Papyrus vegetation, you will encounter the Dusky long-tailed cuckoo, the white-winged warblers, Black-faced Rufous warblers, the Masked Apalis and Lizard buzzards among others. If you leave the swamp and walk back through the verdant tea plantation that is bordered by some trees, you will encounter the collared sunbirds, green-throated sunbirds and the Olive-bellied sunbirds as well as the long-crested Eagles among others.

Tea plantation and factory tours (costing Shs 25,000 per person).

There is a tea plantation around the wetland Sanctuary and tourists can always tour to see how tea is harvested and also drop by the factory to see how the leaves are processed into the fine product that we always enjoy.

Besides that, Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary is a wonderful site for butterfly watching due to the numerous beautiful species of butterflies found in the area.

How to Access Kihingami Wetland Sanctuary

This wetland Sanctuary is situated at about 15 kilometers East of Fortportal Town, just before reaching the Sebitoli section of Kibale Forest National Park.

Therefore, Kihingami wetland Sanctuary is a site where the open canopy and wetland species of birds and butterflies can be spotted alongside majority of the same species inhabiting the surrounding Kibale Forest National Park. There are several species of birds and butterflies worth exploring during tours in the area.

Packing List for Camping Safari in Uganda

Are you planning to go for camping but you do not know which items to carry? Camping safaris have remarkably become one of the most sought after experiences by most travelers on safari in Uganda. With camping safaris, visitors come very close to African wilderness. Camping tours in Uganda are one of the adventurous experiences that give you opportunity to explore most of the country’s stunning national parks and other tourist sites. Most of these tourist sites are well preserved and conserved campsites free from wildlife raids and destruction. If you are looking for the most successful budget camping safari, it is highly recommended to rent a car in Uganda with camping gear from credible car rental agency. There are key equipment that you have to put into consideration as can be seen below;

Tent

When it comes to camping safaris, tents should be considered. Camping tents give temporary shelter for visitors while on safari. Try to check out how most tourists are traveling and know the size of tents you feel will help while on safari. They range from one sleeper to as many as 10. A sleeping tent saves visitors from hush weather especially rains and a lot of sunshine visitors can just be in a mobile house compared to setting up a tree branch as shelter. Find out from a car hire agency that you are dealing with more on the sleeping tents and their capacity. You can choose between normal tents and Roof Top Tents. Additionally, a tent comes with camper chairs and table for maximum comfort on your safari.

Camper Tent

Bedding supplies

Even when you have a tent as shelter, you won’t sleep on a tough and rough surface, request for a provision of a simple camping mattress and if it is possible to carry your personal sleeping bags for safety and pillow to have a comfortable night sleep. Sleeping materials are of great value, you wouldn’t need to get up with a cold after an entire night with no warm bedding or painful muscles after sleeping on tough and hard ground. A full camping gear includes bedding supplies like Mattresses, Sleeping bags and Pillows but some tourists may prefer carrying their own sleeping bags.

Kitchen Ware and Cutlery

When you are packing for your camping safari in Uganda, make sure you have cups, spoons, focks, plates, chopping board, storage box and cooking materials especially saucepans, frying pan, gas cylinder / stove, otherwise you will end up hungry or even spend more than what you thought on food in restaurants. You need a handful items to assist you, simple cups and may be cooler box to keep the drinks cold. In case you are interested in a barbeque set, then let the company know about it earlier.

First aid

There is no one who knows more about your life than you. Your health and safety should come on top and this means you need a first aid along with you. Note that setting into the wilderness involves meeting insects that can bite, bruises, snakes bite, mosquitoes, cut out of falling sticks and others. Items in first aid kit come with blades, cotton wool, gauze and clean wipes.

Food and water supplies

Prior staging a camping site, ensure that you have adequate food in stock for the number of visitors who are going to camp and water supply. Most camping sites are in remote places with no shops for you to purchase any food stuffs and this means you have to get what can take you throughout your camping experience in the destination. Water supply at your campsite is also vital whether you are near to a river, lake or constructed water supply point.
With the above camping items we believe that you will have a wonderful camping experience. Uganda has several camping grounds for you to set your tent and you enjoy African wilderness at a close range.

Guidelines to Plan and Book a Tour in Uganda

In whichever event one would want to engage in, he/she has to plan for it. Planning is the act of organizing and putting in place activities and items in order to implement a certain project with an objective of attaining success. Planning also applies when someone is going to for a trip to have a good time with his/her colleagues, family or partner.

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

It is important to plan for a trip to any tourism destination whether in your home country or foreign one. Trip to a foreign country, one has to spend money on items like air ticket, car hire, accommodation, meals, tour guiding so you have to make a budget on how to spend the money on those facilities.

In most cases people use tour companies to plan for their vacations. The tour companies make an itinerary for the client and come up with the summation of the money one has to pay for a certain trip and how one is going to visit various tourism destinations in a fashioned way to make the experience of the tour so tremendous. The length of the itinerary depends on one’s interests (places you want to see), time and budget. For instance, if one’s interest is mainly gorilla tracking, the suitable package is the 2 nights / 3 day Uganda gorilla tour.

Biking Tours in Uganda and Rwanda

Biking Tours in Uganda and Rwanda

For example, in Uganda tour companies organize trips for wildlife safaris where one is able to view the exotic animals in their natural habitats, city tours around Kampala, excursion to the beach or other interesting places like the source of the Nile, Mabira ecotourism sites to mention but a few.

The tour company makes booking for the accommodation facilities, ground transportation car hire, gorilla permits bookings and entrance fees on behalf of the client. The tour company also advises the client on what to carry on the trip like the clothes, camera, medication and other tourism related equipment.

Uganda Wildlife - Buffaloes

Uganda Wildlife – Buffaloes

The traveler only needs to plan for the days he/she would wish to visit Uganda, the payment for the air transport fares, visa fees and travel insurance and also send the money to the tour company to cater for the itinerary items for the trip as agreed upon making an inquiry for a certain type of the trip.

It is also important to note that one has to plan for the trip earlier than the time he/she is supposed to travel. It should be at six (06) months before making the trip. This gives the traveler time to get the full requirements and resources needed for the trip. In fact, if you plan your trip a year in advance, you have high bargaining power with the travel agency / tour company for the best quote. In other words, you have ample time to contact different tour companies for goo rate.

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda - Queen Elizabeth

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda – Queen Elizabeth

However planning for the trip is no longer a complicated thing since the inception of the tour companies that almost make the planning and booking for the various items one is going to engage in, all the traveler needs to do is have the money to cater for the trip.

Best Places to See Chimpanzees in Uganda & Rwanda

Chimp trekking is the second popular activity in Uganda and Rwanda. It is the second thought for activity after Gorilla trekking.

Chimpanzee trekking is cheaper than Gorilla trekking in the two countries but worth undertaking. Rwanda and Uganda are neighbors countries and tourists can easily cross from one country to another to trek chimpanzees among other activity.

NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK IN RWANDA

It is the only chimp trekking destination in Rwanda. It is a primate sanctuary because it hosts 13 primates including Chimpanzees, Mona Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Ververt Monkeys among others.
Nyungwe is among the virgin tropical forest in East Africa. Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest stats at around 5am and the finishing time is determined by the movement of the chimps in their natural habitat. Of course there are many other things to do see along the ways, plants, and flowers such as orchids in season, trees and various birds and butterflies.

Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK IN UGANDA

Meeting chimpanzees in Kibale forest is guaranteed. Kibale is a tropical forest situated in the western Uganda (6-7 hours) drive from Kampala. The forest protects more habituated chimpanzees than those in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Park. The forest also hosts exotic birds, countless of butterflies, mammals such as forest elephants, forest buffaloes, a place where while chimpanzee tracking you can also see five or six other species of primates. There is also full day chimpanzee habituation where visitor receive comprehensive study about chimps.

Kibale National Park Chimpanzee

Kibale National Park Chimpanzee

BUDONGO FOREST IN UGANDA

Budongo Forest is part of Murchison falls national Park- in other words, it’s a game reserve. You can even do a one day chimpanzee tracking safari here. Budongo forest is only 3.5hours drive from Kampala and is the nearest of the chimpanzee tracking destination. So while a one day gorilla trekking safari is almost impossible, you can make advance booking at Budongo Eco Lodge.primate

KALINZU FOREST

Chimpanzee trekking – The forest reserve is located in Bushenyi district in the Southwestern part of Uganda near Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo forest. There area six different Species of Primates found in Kalinzu Forest Reserve including the Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys and Chimpanzees.There area over 220 Chimpanzees, 70 plus chimpanzees have been habituated cna be tracked here at Kalinzu Forest Reserve.That is not all, 262 Butterflies, 97 Moths, Reptiles and Flowers can all be seen here.

KYAMBURA GORGE IN UGANDA

Kyambura Gorge is part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can do game drive and chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national Park. Kyambura gorge is a home to many other primates like red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons as well as vervet monkeys. Tracking chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge is 3 hours well spent, and the chimpanzee permits here are usually cheaper than those for Kibale forest.

TORO-SEMLIKI IN UGANDA

Toro – Semliki wildlife reserve is situated along Semliki National Park- in other words; it is part of semliki N.P. The chimpanzees are found in the Wildlife Reserve and have been studied for years by researchers from Indiana University – it also one of the lowest price chimpanzee tracking experiences in Uganda. One could easily track Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest -Kalinzu Forest – Kyambura Gorge – and the Toro – Wildlife Reserve in just a few days and never drive any great distances. When it comes to chimpanzee trekking, Uganda is superb in East African community.chimp

All chimpanzee destinations mentioned above can be explored on  guided or self drive trip around Uganda. Self drive trips have become very popular, interesting and good for saving huge money. Contact Rental Cars Uganda for reliable 4wd cars for hire in Kampala and Entebbe Airport.

Characteristics S Of Baby Gorillas

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Picture of baby Gorillas (Twins)

The mountain gorilla is one of Africa’s most endangered species of animals, with fewer than 900 individuals left in the whole world (Gorilla census report 2011). Half of this poulation is found in the Virunga ranges, a chain of volcanic mountains shared by Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park), Uganda (Mgahinga National Park) and Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga National Park).

The gorills multiply slowly and their gestation period is about 37 weeks. It is difficult to tell if a female gorilla is pregnant since her stomach is large to begin with (for food digestion). However, some females have swollen knuckles temporarily during pregnancy. Gorillas have large round stomachs which makes. When they give birth, they take care of their young ones. They live in groups / families headed by the male silverback. Taking a Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi National Park or Rwanda gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park offers you a agreat opportunity to safely watch these gentle giants in their natural habitat, and the baby gorilla are most enjoyable! Below are the characteristic of baby gorillas;

A baby gorilla behaves just like human baby. Baby Gorillas cling on their mothers, horse around their father -make a mess with their food, yet still like their mother’s milk the best.

The genetic similarity between humans and apes is at a remarkable 98-99%. Some allegations claim that baby gorillas learn faster that their counter human babies.

The Gorilla gestation period is 8.5 months which is very near to that of human being of 9 month.
Gorilla mothers usually wait three to four years between births because that’s how long infants stay with them – Smart move. They also only have about three babies in their lifetime. Gorilla females mature at 10–12 years; that’s when puberty kicks in for girls; male apes and boys hit it at 11–13 years.

New born baby weighs 3-4 pounds as compared to 6-8 pounds of human baby.

Baby Gorillas are nursed up to 2.5 years just like human beings.

Baby Gorillas are out much earlier than human babies. They crawl at about two months while the latter only sit upright at around six months.

Baby Gorillas walk before nine months old. At the early stage, baby gorillas move faster. But until then, similar to human babies, they try to cling to their mothers as much as they can. Gorilla babies learn to grasp their mother’s fur to ride on their backs at the age of four months and seem to have a blast doing it. They stay there and even eat and sleep on their mother’s back.

Once weaned, baby gorillas leave their mothers sleeping nests and construct their own.
Baby Gorilla starts communicating at early stage. They communicate via an intricate system of sounds and gestures – a clue as to how early humans may have communicated.

Like human babies, baby gorillas have 5 toes on each foot and 5 fingers on each hand.

Our Charismas Trip to Murchison Falls National Park

wildlife-murchison-falls-ugandaI had worked for 6 years as the head of IT department in a Tour and Travel Company called African Jungle Adventures LTD and I never got a chance to travel and tour different place of my country till in November 2015 when we decided to organize a trip to the southwestern part of Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. The company offered 70% of what everything needed for our trip and it gave us a vehicle with fuel and also catered for our accommodation in the park.

We set starting date of our departure on 24th / December/ 2015 and we wanted to spend the Christmas in Murchison Falls National park. At around 08:30AM the entire IT department gathered at the office and we transferred to the west and at around 10:15AM will pass the famed Luwero Triangle. This place shows the remains of the guerilla war of the 1980s that lead the NRM government into power. From there we continued and got en-route stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where we participated in rhino tracking expedition and then lunch. Then after we continued to Murchison Falls and visit the top of the falls for a wonderful scenic view of the Nile as it squeezes itself through the narrow gorge. We took some photography of the breathtaking Victoria Nile that plunges itself down the high cliff. After that amazing experience we transferred to Sambiya River Lodge for dinner and overnight.

The second day on 25th was the most interesting day of our trip as we wakeup early in the morning and transferred to the Northern part of the park for a morning game drive. Here we got a great opportunity of seeing the early risers as they emerge from there night hide outs. During this drive we got a chance of seeing different wild animals like; lions, leopards, giraffes, water bucks, elephants, hippos, bush bucks, to mention but a few. Then after we returned to the lodge for late day breakfast and head down for a boat cruise this gave us a chance of seeing more animals as they gather down at the Nile banks. Schools of hippos spill up the water forming a fountain and crocodiles busk in the sun with there mouth open. We enjoyed the cool breeze as you sail on the Nile water and then returned to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

On 26th waked up very early in the morning for breakfast and we transferred back to Kampala with en-route lunch in Luwero reaching Kampala in the evening.

It was really an amazing trip and now we are organizing to visit Queen Elizabeth national park the Uganda’s most visited park.

The Batwa Group Of People In Uganda

The Twa or Batwa are pygmy people who have lived in the Albertine Rift Valley region since immemorial time. They are great story tellers and dancers. The Batwa are nicknamed as the “keepers of the forest” because they spend most of their time in the forest. In Uganda, Batwa have their origin in the impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga which is dating back nearly 60,000 years, making them one of the oldest groups of people inhabiting the earth. Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga National Park are best two Uganda safari destinations famous for gorilla tracking, Batwa Experience and Batwa trail. Traditionally, the Batwa are hunter and fruit gatherers for survival.

The Batwa people are also found in Rwanda, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. However, to conserve the forests, the Batwa were removed from the forest and given no compensation, making them like refugees. They have relocated in areas far from the forests and many of them have found new sources of income as others became destitute. By the year 2000, the number of Batwa was about 80.000 people distributed in different countries.

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Traditional way of making fire by the Batwa

It is unfortunate that the Batwa have little access to formal education and their communities have limited representation in local and national government. The following Batwa cultural activities are true cultural experiences which link conservation and development as an eco-tourist project.

The Twa Cultural Experience in Bwindi Forest, south western Uganda:

The Batwa Cultural Experience is a 100 acre forested site next to Bwindi Forest in Uganda, the best destination for gorilla trekking in the world! This is an ecotourist site created by the Batwa Development Program (BDP), a registered organization founded primarily by donations of Kellermann Foundation. The project was created with the objective to educate the children and to sensitize the world to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Batwa. Moreover, it generates income through ecotourism activities.

Traditionally, batwa people have unique performance in music, dance and drama which is enjoyed by tourists who visit Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks for gorilla trekking safaris. We have what we call “The Batwa Experience” in Bwindi and the “Batwa Trail” in Mgahinga National Park where you spend a day with the Batwa people, learning more about their cultures and historical ways of life.

The Batwa or Twa trail of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda:
Mgahinga National Park is found in the far south western Uganda at the boarder of Uganda and Rwanda.

Batwa Lived in Nests

Batwa Lived in Nests

The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the two volcanoes Muhavura and Gahinga, a forest containing rich biodiversity including the endangered mountain gorillas. Led by local Batwa guides, visitors experience the forest through the unique perspective of the Batwa. Moreover, this activity has relaunched the small and little known Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is only 33.7 square kilometers (and therefore the presence of gorillas cannot be stable in this small area).

During cultural encounter tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate bamboo cups. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, a 200 meter-long lava tube beneath Mountain Gahinga that was once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. This is truly a unique experience for visitors to learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous people.

The role of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Tourism Sector

Uganda is a paradise of wild animals, birds, drainage and beautiful topography. The logoUganda Wildlife Authority is one of the governing bodies that regulate wildlife conservation in Uganda. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000.

Uganda Wildlife Authority is mandated to supervise and control all wildlife activities with in the protected areas like National Park and Reserves – plus those in unprotected areas. In other words, all wildlife in Uganda whether in your home belongs and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and they can take it any time.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is entitled to fight against poaching – illegal killing or hunting of wildlife and whoever caught is taken to court – serious penalty is given to whoever caught in an offense. Strict control of wildlife poaching is aimed at preserving the countries wealth.

Uganda Wildlife Authority’s role in managing the country’s tourism industry and attracting investors to the sector has been a significant one.

It also manages five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. The challenges facing the management and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Uganda are myriad, and they include poaching, competition in the regional tourism market, human wildlife conflict and wildlife crimes.

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Game drive Car for Uganda Wildlife Authority

Uganda Wildlife Authority offers employment to the jobless Ugandans – this aimed at upgrading the standards of Ugandans. One of the strategies to stop poaching is by employing the people around the wildlife reserves – this is aimed at engaging them to fight against poaching.

Uganda Wildlife Authority manages Uganda’s ten national Parks and twelve game reserves. Uganda’s national Park includes Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo National park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semliki National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mountain Rwenzori, Mgahinga National Park and Mountain Elgon National Park.

To ensure that the integrity of the reserved areas is properly maintained – constant patrolling is done to secure wildlife.

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Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers

To identify areas which should be designated and gazetted as protected areas so as to ensure adequate protection of Uganda’s major eco-system, nature habitat and biodiversity.

Explore the possibilities of increasing benefits to local communities living within or adjacent to protected areas.
To exploit wildlife potentials to generate revenue for individuals and government.

Ensuring timely and appropriate response to reported problem animals, in collaboration with the concerned communities and respective local authorities.

Enhancing economic benefits from wildlife management through promotion of tourism.
Implementing relevant international treaties, conventions, agreements or other arrangements to which Uganda is a party.

The are many Uganda and Rwanda safari companies affiliated to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA and among these we have safari companies Like Abacus vacations, Volcanoes safaris, African Jungle Adventures, Thousand Hills, Primate safaris, Africa adventure Safaris, gorilla Trek Africa and many more. You will ask your self why and how Rwanda safari companies can be affiliated to Uganda Wildlife Authority?! The reason is simple, it is because these 2 countries are near to each other, and they are the only 2 safe homes of mountain gorillas in the world. Therefore, Uganda safari companies freely operate in Rwanda, likewise, Rwanda safari companies freely operate in Uganda. And many tourists love a combination of gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.