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Murchison Falls is most visited National Park in Uganda – UWA

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Gorillas, one of the biggest attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Gorillas, one of the biggest attractions in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park received the largest number of visitors in Uganda last year.

This has been revealed by UWA Senior Managers who are currently in Jinja for their quarterly meeting.

According to UWA, Murchison Falls National Park was visited by 104,000 visitors and was followed by Queen Elizabeth National Park with over 84,000.

Generally, the number of visitors to National Parks grew by 10% from 303,000 in 2016/17 to 344,000 in the 2017/18 financial year.

However, it is feared this number could decrease should the government go ahead with its plans of constructing a hydro electricity power plant near Murchison Falls.

Meanwhile also revealed was the number of gorilla permits sold in the last financial year.

Gorilla permits sales increased from 30,000 to 43,000 with peak season sales over 100% and with an average of 73% throughout the year.

It is thus not surprising that there has been a nominal increase in gorilla permit prices from $600 to $700 per permit.

The increment comes incentivized with the opportunity for free park entrance to Semliki and Mt. Elgon National Parks for one day.

Also increased is chimp tracking fees in Kibale Forest National Park from $150 to $200 per permit.

Other changes include a huge reduction in professional fees for filming of gorillas from $4,000 down to 30% of gorilla permit fees, a 50% reduction for nature walk fees, and reduction in entrance fees to $50 in Mt. Elgon National Park.

Gorilla habituation experience remains unchanged at $1,500 per permit.

The UWA officials are in Jinja to discuss key issues concerning the New conservation fees and Tariffs, Human Wildlife Conflict and forthcoming strategic Plan.

They will also review the performance of the Authority last Financial Year and come up with strategies to improve performance in this Financial Year.

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