Uganda Wildlife Authority Facts/Roles – Uganda National Parks –Reserves Safaris
Uganda Wildlife Authority Facts/Roles : Uganda Wildlife Authority is recognized as government body responsible to all the ten National Parks, twelve wildlife reserves, five Community wildlife management areas and 13 Wildlife Sanctuaries. However, the ten National parks include; Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, Semuliki, Rwenzori Mountain, Mount Elgon, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Furthermore, its responsible of updating the park’s entrance fees, activities, rules and regulation of the park as well as securing the park and the creature. Above all, these national parks display the best adventure in East Africa. Due to Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forest make scenic and dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.
More so, the Uganda Wildlife Authority is one in charge of conserving the country’s natural heritage that includes; animals, plants, natural features and ecosystems and all these features can be seen displayed in national parks.
Uganda wildlife Authority also implements diverse strategies to conserve and sustainably manage wildlife species that is to say; Community participation in wildlife management, revenue sharing, collaborative management, problem animal management, wildlife use rights and Conservation education and awareness.
As we see all big organizations and new ones have their company or organization vision and mission for their feature aspects like for that of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Vision; ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority their vision is to be a leading self-sustaining conservation agency with healthy eco-system that transforms Uganda into outstanding ecosystem destination in entire world.
Mission; There mission is to conserve economically and be able to manage the wildlife and the protected area of Uganda in partnership with neighboring communities and other stake holder for the benefit of the people of economy and the global community.
Roles of the Uganda Wildlife Authority
Below are the roles played with ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority the only governing body on behalf of the government of Uganda that is in charge of wildlife conservation and also plays outstanding role in the development of Uganda Tourism.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is a body that addresses conservation challenges in national parks such as poaching, encroachment and illegal grazing through strategies like placing patrols in all protected areas to save our lovely creatures like Mountain gorillas are on high risk of being poached. The same body that arrests people who occupy park’s land without permission from the Authority.
Uganda Wildlife Authority also re-unity with communities around protected areas to address other challenges between wildlife and humans around the area like human wildlife conflicts among others. Through wildlife benefit sharing programs have contributed a lot in achieving the government’s aim of poverty eradication and improved community livelihoods.
Furthermore, Uganda Wildlife Authority is a Uganda’s Government agency responsible for the management and protection of wildlife in and outside protected areas. The agency is supervised by the Ministry of tourism, wildlife and Antiquities.
The body also manages the agency that is responsible for the development of the tourism industry in such a way of creating fertile soil for the private investors. It also a good body in encouraging the local private investors like the tour operator and others.
Uganda Wildlife Authority also generates in marketing online through marketing of the scenic views of the country like online marketing, brochures attending trade shows, flyers among others.
It also creates jobs for locals through recruiting the game rangers and other offices at Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The same body where booking of Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking permits of individuals are booked from by the tour operator.
Below are the Uganda’s National Park – ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority manages basing on; Park entrance fees, activities fees, Permits, Security and Updates of park’s Rules;
Queen Elizabeth National park
The park is the second largest and top visited national park that lies in southwestern region of Uganda, covering an area of about 1,978 square kilometers of its low land. Queen Elizabeth cross the equator line which is a monument on either side of the road mark where it crosses latitude 00. Moreover, it was founded in 1952 as Kazinga national park and was renamed after two years to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth 11.
Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s most visited tourist safari destination, because, of diverse ecosystem which harbors sprawling savanna, shady, humid forest, sparkling lake and fertile wetlands thus making inhabitat for big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
The park gives spectacular view of Kazinga channel with its banks lined wildlife species such as hippos, buffaloes and elephants as well as endless Ishasha plains where fig trees are as many that hide tree climbing lions to pounce on herd of Uganda kobs. On visit, you can also visit the local communities and enjoy their impressive storytelling, dance, music and more.
Activities to do in Queen Elizabeth national park include; Game drive, Night game drive, Boat cruise along Kazinga channel, Guide game drive, Nature walks. Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge among others.
Accommodations in the park include Ihamba lodge, Hippo Hill Lodge, Bush Camp, Ishasha Jungle Lodge among others.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Bwindi Impenetrable national park home of half world’s population of Mountain gorillas which was gazette as a National park in 1991 and listed as World Heritage site in 1994.The park is positioned in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the rift valley and is one of the oldest and most biologically diverse rain forest, a home to primates.
Activities done in Bwindi include; the main Gorilla trekking experience and habituation, birding, nature walk, Batwa trails experience among others, Uganda Wildlife Authority Facts/Roles.
Accommodation to stay in while at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest such as Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge, Rushaga Gorilla lodge, Engage lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi lodge among others.
Murchison Falls national park
Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s oldest and largest with a total land of about 3893 square kilometers where you can see the most powerful water fall in the world famously know as Murchison falls and home of diversity of animals with over 76 mammal’s species and 450 bird species among more. The park is located in northwest, approximately 4 to 6 hours’ drive from Kampala to main destination. All the activities done here are charged by Uganda wildlife Authority such as hiking of the top of the falls, Game drive viewing, sport fishing, chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest, birding, boat cruise along Victoria Nile.
Accommodations in the park include; Red chills safari lodge, Parkside safari lodge, paraa safari lodge, Pakuba safari lodge among others.
Kibale National park
Kibale national is located in western region of Uganda, a main destination for chimpanzee tracking since it’s a world’s capital of primates with more than 1500 individuals of chimpanzees and other small species.
Activities to do by the tourist include; Chimpanzee tracking and habituation, birding, nature walk among others.
Other Uganda’s national park under the Uganda Wildlife Authority managements include; Semuliki, Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley national park the untouched park, Rwenzori mountain and Mount Elgon National Park and some many protected and visited reserves the pain upe many more.