African Diplomats to Tour Queen Elizabeth NP

The Uganda High Commission, Kigali in collaboration with African Diplomats Club (ADC) has organized a 3-day tour by the African Diplomats accredited to Rwanda to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda.

The trip will be from September 29 to October 1, 2017, and it is part of ADC’s efforts to promote regional and international cooperation as well as, trade and tourism.

The event is expected to attract Heads of Missions and International organisations plus other diplomats from 15 African countries, according to officials.

Some of these countries are: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Burundi, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo (Brazzaville), Morocco, Ethiopia, South Africa and Libya.

Officials in a statement said “so far 34 Diplomats have confirmed attendance.”

The High Commission has negotiated with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to offer concessions for the team which has been agreed upon.

“This tour by African diplomats poses a good opportunity for Uganda to showcase her beautiful landscape, wildlife and crater lakes. It will also help other Diplomats to learn more about Uganda so that they can advise aspiring tourists from their countries of origin,” reads the statement in part.

It should be noted that Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife including; buffaloeshippopotamicrocodileselephantsleopards,lions, and chimpanzees.

It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 600 species of birds.

The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes.

The park extends from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes.

The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.

The group intends to undertake game drives and also visit all the 54crater lakes.

Available literature on Queen Elizabeth National Park reveals that visitors are spoilt for choice in terms of activities, with the Park offering boat trips on the 40km Kazinga Channel, a tour of the spectacular volcanic craters, lion viewing on the Kasenyi plains, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge, walks in the Maramagambo forest and game drives in the remote wilderness in Ishasha.

The team will set off from Uganda High Commission, Chancery on Friday September 29 at 12pm and return on October 1 in the evening.


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