Investing in Uganda’s Tourism Sector | Dr Andrew G. Seguya | Ag. Executive Director, CEO | Uganda Wildlife Authority

Posted July 6, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Business ~ 14,907 views


This presentation has been modified but formed the bulk of Dr. Andrew Seguya’s discussion on investment opportunities in Uganda’s National Parks during the Uganda Canadian Business and Social Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tourism – the second highest FOREX earner ($560mn in 2009; $662mn in 2010; over $890 million in 2011) Wildlife protected areas contribute 80-90% of this income. Gorilla tourism alone contributes more than 80% of the wildlife tourism

Uganda’s  Advantage.
Untapped Potential in the form of eco-tourism, birdlife, contrasting scenery and wildlife
Tourism resources are modestly exploited and less commercialized than competing destinations
Unique attractions, can be marketed both as a long- haul destination and as part of a regional package including other East African countries.
Labour is plentiful and Inexpensive
International Access is by air via Entebbe International Airport
Most major towns in the country have air strips.
Telecommunications have a wide coverage country wide.

There is A One Stop shop for investors, The Uganda Investment Authority. Bureaucratic processes have been eased
Tourism and Hospitality Training Institutions
Tour, Travel operations and charter planes
In Product Development, i.e. tourism attractions, theme parks, heritage parks, casinos and entertainment centers
Water Transport, Angling/ Sport fishing, Water Rafting and other sports on river Nile.
Game ranching, butterfly/ostrich/crocodile farming, Sport Hunting, etc.
Ship/Boat cruises, House boats on Uganda’s lakes for leisure activities
Handcrafts, souvenir enterprises and Foreign exchange Bureaus
Hospitality/catering facilities such as Restaurants
Localities To Investment

Eco Tourism in Uganda.
Ten National Parks, 12 wildlife reserves, 13 wildlife sanctuaries, 5 community wildlife areas
BINP and RMNP are UNESCO world heritage sites
QENP and MGNP and Man and Biosphere reserves
BINP – voted one of the 20 top places in the world to visit before you die – National Geographic
BINP – number one birding destination in the world, QENP being sixth overall
RMNP – voted the top 15 hiking spots in the world 2011
Ishasha mountain climbing lion voted the number one picture in the world – Nov 2012, National Geographic

The Big Five plus unique two (Mountain Gorilla + Chimpanzee)
Lake Victoria – the second largest fresh water lake in the world
17% of the worlds’ entire biodiversity
11% of the worlds’ large mammal species
1057 bird species – Bwindi voted birder’s capital
54% of the mountain gorillas of the world

Presenting a big picture.
Implementation of the East African common market protocol: big potential market – Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Northern Sudan (over 200 million people) Eco-based tourism is the highest growing sector and will be increasingly crucial in the protection of our wildlife heritage. The equator, the centre point of the world, Lake Bunyonyi – deepest crater lake, Land of Historical cultural self governance – in Kingdoms and 4 RAMSAR sites

Investments opportunities in Uganda’s National Parks.

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hot air balloon
5-star Lodge
Tented camp
Stopover facilities
Equator crossing
Nabajjuzi swamp (home of the Shoebill Stork)
Retailing at the new access gates – Nshara and Sanga

Bwindi National Park
Transit lodge/ motel at the Muko forest
Bush camp facility at or near Kihiihi Township
Stopover facilities to Bwindi National Park
Negotiations are underway to open up developments inside the park

Mount Rwenzori National Park
Accommodation facility at the Kilembe side
Accommodation facility at Kasese side
Cable car
Helicopter tourism

Kibaale National Park
Canopy walk
Tented campsite and water sports at Ntoroko-Lake Albert
Up scale accommodation at Ndali crater region (Top of the World).
A High-end hotel facility in Bigodi township
Accommodation at Sebitoli sector

Semiliki National Park
High end accommodation at the hot springs with provision for natural spa bath for clients
Over 450 species of birds in one small place (West African) The land of the famous Shoebill stork and others
Uganda has 2 of the top 10 birding spots in the world: Bwindi and Murchison Falls

Murchison National Park
Walking safaris
Luxury Tented camps (oil areas)
Purongo –Up market accommodation facility and gateway
Safari bush camp within Kabwoya and Bugungu wildlife reserves
Campsite with catering services at Murchison Falls
Kafu River Bridge Junction- Restaurant, wash room, Curio/crafts shop

Kidepo National Park
High end and midrange accommodation
Hot air balloon tourism
Walking safaris
Night safaris

Mount Elgon National Park
Upgrade and management of Kapkwai cottages and camp as the hub in trekking Mt. Elgon
Refurbishment and management of Suam guest house
Invest in UWA Mbale Plot for high class accommodation and office block

Dr Andrew G. Seguya | Ag. Executive Director, CEO | Uganda Wildlife Authority
Tel: 0414355000| Cell: 0772 722210 | Fax: 0414346291 | Plot 7 Kira Road Kamwokya
P.O. Box 3530 Kampala Uganda | Email/Web – |

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    Rev. Nnakabaale Kaasa

    Webale okutuweereza conferences naye nkwewunya nnyo okulaba bulijjo nga EMYOLESO gyona egibeera e Mengo togiwereza ba Uganda. Ekitegeeza nti website yo Abaganda baboolwa. Bwoba nga totekamu bya Buganda nzija ku mailing list yo. Akanyomonyomo bakogera.
    Awangaale Ssabasajja Sseggwanga


    Great job but do more especially to drive transformation of masses

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