what the government of Uganda should not claim from you once you have finally sunk your hard earned cash into that tourism business idea.
The 4 Reasons why you might invest in Uganda Tourism.
Uganda Tourism has unique untapped potential in the form of eco-tourism, bird life, contrasting scenery and substantial game populations.
You will find Uganda’s tourism resources modestly exploited and less commercialized than Kenya, South Africa or Tanzania thus giving the tourist a true African safari without the disruption of too many other tourists.
Your competition in the sector is likely to be less intense than in other countries.
We have many unique attractions that you can market both as a long haul tourist destination or as part of a regional tourism package including other East African countries.
What makes Uganda Tourism Unique
Uganda is a comparative newcomer to today’s international tourism scene, which has benefited both the country’s natural environment and the tourism experience it offers. We have avoided the trap of courting the mass market and have instead followed the path of eco-tourism.
This approach has ensured that growth in the visitor numbers is sustainable and that industry development is not detrimental our natural environment and local culture.
Uganda boasts of some the most stunning scenery on the continent from shimmering lakes, lofty mountains, mysterious forests and game parks teeming with game. National parks contain a wide range of habitats, while the private sector is setting up new safari lodges, sympathetically built to blend in with the surrounding scenery.
The Ugandan people are traditionally hospitable. Our population is united in providing a warm welcome to foreign guests. You will find that even in the smallest of villages local people will go out of their way to make you feel at home.
The attractions of Uganda were identified by Sir Winston Churchill, in his book ”My African Journey“, who wrote of the country:
For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale… Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.
The History of Uganda Tourism
Uganda Tourism began in earnest in the 1950s with the gazetting of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park.
The principal attractions were the superabundance of animals and the incredible diversity of scenery.
By the 1970s, we had hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers flooding into the country.
In those days Uganda was an integral part of the famous East African Tourist Circuit, which also covered Kenya and Tanzania.
During the 1960s Uganda Tourism was the third largest foreign exchange earner in the country, after the traditional cash crops cotton and coffee, grossing up to US$ 19 million in 1970.
The sector as with other sectors of the economy, however, suffered tremendously from the years of political turmoil in the
period 1970 to 1986.
This period saw a major deterioration in the services offered by hotels, neglect of game parks and reserves in addition to the incessant political turmoil, a deterrent to Uganda Tourism.
Today, animal populations are no longer what they were but these have shown a remarkable recovery rate.
Though still not as highly competitive in the market segment catering to the Long Haul tourists seeking the ”big five“,Uganda has repositioned itself to focus on new markets and attractions.
This strategy is being coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and implemented by Uganda Tourist Board.
As part of the regional cooperation efforts through the East African Cooperation, players in the sector have also launched efforts to market the region to enable tourists benefit from the biodiversity offered by each of the three countries.
Uganda Tourism Resources
The Uganda Tourism focus in recent years has been the rare mountain gorilla.
The success of these tourism initiatives have caused the Demand for Gorilla viewing permits to significantly exceed supply.
Uganda is now moving away from over reliance on the mountain gorillas in order to hedge the tourism industry from political factors such as was the case with the 1999 Bwindi Massacre.
The Uganda Tourist Board with assistance from the European Union have identified the following new Uganda tourist products:
Avi-tourism (bird watching)
Primate tracking (Gorillas, Chimps and others)
Walking and trekking
White water rafting
Uganda National Parks
Uganda’s wildlife is concentrated in its protected areas, categorized as
Wildlife Reserves, and
These areas are Conserved and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry
the Uganda Forestry Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Uganda has 10 established National Parks where you can enjoy the African wilderness.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
The largest National Park in Uganda covering approximately 3,877 sq km and one of the most spectacular in Africa.
At the Murchison Falls, the Nile River plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40-metre drop.
East of the Murchison Falls within the park, are the Karuma Falls, where the Nile River cascades over a breathtaking
23 km of rapids. The scene creates one of the most exciting white-water rafting opportunities in Africa.
Your cruise upstream the Nile to the Falls is would definitely be an unforgettable experience.
On the banks of the Nile River you will find prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and
birds can be observed.