By Mike Ssegawa

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has acquired three brand new leisure boats to increase experience of tourists in game parks with water bodies.

The boats that have been acquired with support from the World Bank’s Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP), will be distributed in three game parks namely; Lake Mburo, Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth) and Murchison Falls.

The three parks have lakes or rivers surrounding them and riding on water would increase the experience of tourists in those parks as they can see more animals as they go downstream to drink water.

Minister of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda shared the good news on Tuesday with this website, saying, he was glad tourists, foreign and domestic can enjoy more in the national parks courtesy of these boats.

Uganda Tourism Board’s deputy Chief Executive John Ssempebwa in December told Watchdog Uganda website that leisure boats was one of the top 10 areas tourism investors can put their money and can expect to reap big.

Uganda is one country with almost 20% of its area covered in water, which can be tapped for water spot.

The executive director of UWA Dr Seguya has introduced numerous innovations including building low cost shelter for tourists who cannot afford high end lodges in the national park.

The boat acquisition by UWA has been lauded by tour operators.

Geoffrey Baluku who runs www.africagorillatreks.com says, “Boats rides spice up the tour/ safari experience as seen from the boat rides in Lake Mburo, Kazinga channel and down the Nile River in Murchison as one enjoys the wonders of nature.”

The current boats in Queen Elizabeth National Park were bought by Amin Dada and break down many a time. Now the parks need rescue boats (smaller) in case of unfortunate eventualities.