The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has bought three state of the art tourist boats to boost tourism in three national parks in the country. The Three National Parks are Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Murchison Falls National Park.
Total Number of Visitors to National Parks, 2009-2013
Uganda has twelve national parks and three active game reserves. These offer a wide range of tourism products including gorilla tracking, nature guided walks, village walks, butterfly and bird watching, rare fauna and flora species.
Since 2009, there has been a positive trend in visitor numbers to the 12 National Parks and 3 game reserves. The number of visitors to the national parks has increased from 151,818 to 213,950 between 2009 and 2013 representing a 41 percent.
The Tourist boats were purchased from a leading boating firm in China and will be shipped into the country before the Easter Period. Uganda has seen a large increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the country in the last few years with numbers increasing from 945 tourists in 2010 to 1,266 tourists in 2015.
The pricing for boat cruises at the three parks will however not change and remain the same; Foreign Non Residents & Foreign Residents – US $30 and East African Citizens – 30,000/= for 3 hours as has been at Murchison Falls National Park.
The country is expected to earn as much as US$ 1,366 million (UGX 3,549.3Bn) in revenues from tourism alone this year. Uganda was also voted the 4th best tourist destination for 2017 by rough guides a leading publisher of travel and reference guides.
Uganda’s National Parks, Wildlife Reserves and Forest Reserves are conserved and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and the Uganda Forestry Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources.