Just like Jewel safaris, other stakeholders in tourism fraternity in the pearl of Africa-Uganda too received a notice from the body in charge of the parks in Uganda, Uganda wildlife authority in regards to conservation tariff reforms.
The document that was issued and signed by the Executive Director, Sam Mwandha on 7th August 2019, elaborated tariff reforms on key activities, introduction of more fun filled activities and all were effected for exploring as soon as possible.
Taken by surprise, as usual we anticipated to receive the announcement publicly on 31/08/2019 when Uganda wildlife authority was being expected to unleash the two years comprehensive visitor tariff reforms for 2020/21.
Today, Jewel safaris is proudly breaking the news that Uganda wildlife authority has officially declared new products/ activities ready to be consumed by our dear visitors/ clients. New rates have also been effected for some products listed below like gorilla tracking tariff. New fines have been put across too.
Among the many proposed amendments, the increment in the price for the permit to track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for both foreign residents (FR) and Foreign nonresidents (FNR) caught my eye first.
The recently changed fee of USD 600 has been applied for the past 4 years. The fee for East African Citizens, however, will not change from the current 250,000 Uganda Shillings (UGX) and they were not mentioned changes effected on gorilla habituation experience as US$1500 charged for mountain gorilla habituation experience.
The mere fact that Ugandan gorilla trekking price for Ugandan nationals was not changed, they stand a chance to explore this activity more than anyone else. It is obvious that the increase will ensure that Uganda collects a slightly bigger amount of funds which she will use for various efforts for further conservation of these endangered species of great apes as well as the aggregate contribution to the local community in UWA’s revenue-sharing scheme like schools, hospitals, and several community projects around Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Before 30th November 2017, Uganda had low season gorilla tracking permits however, post that date, everything changed. This was main intended to boost tracking gorillas during a quieter period in the months of April, May, and November.
Filming prices also succumbed to the tariff reforms. Commercial filming fees for Uganda’s protected areas have been insanely subsidized.
So apparently in line with Uganda wildlife authority tariff reforms, Jewel safaris charges as per the reforms effected by Uganda wildlife authority for instance USD 700 for all its clients intending to do gorilla tracking.
Below is an extract of official document displaying some of the tariff revised. Click here to download the whole document.