Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] on Thursday announced they were relaxing their re-schedule policy for Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits.
This revelation was made by Mr. Sam Mwandha, the executive director of UWA in a virtual press conference from the UWA headquarters in Kampala.
“Our tour operators and clients can now re-schedule their tracking permit up to 2 years’’ said Mr. Mwandha.
This move Mr. Mwandha said is meant to give Tour Operators and clients more flexibility to avoid loss of business.
“It also benefits those who have only paid 30% of their permit fees.’’
Currently, foreign residents pay about $600 per person, and Ugandans citizens pay 250,000 shillings for gorilla tracking.
The UWA ED, added that amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in Uganda, they have continued to operate, but with minimal efforts as all the wild-life protected areas are currently out of bounds for both the public and tourist.
In a bid to prevent Human-animal conflict, Mr, Mwandha said they have continued with putting electric fence at Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park.
UWA with support from Uganda Conservation Foundation have also set up a Joint operational command center with high speed internet connectivity at Murchison falls
The center will help fighting the problem of poaching in the park which had posed a big problem for the tourism sector in a long time.
A report from the annual Tourism sector performance shows that Uganda earns about $ 1.6b [5.8] trillion shillings in FY 2018-19 making it the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country for the fifth year in a row.