By Sarah Kagingo/SoftPower Communications

Tulambule Uganda was launched last year by the Minister of State for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda to promote domestic tourism by creating awareness about the country’s tourism products and adventures.

“Be part of this great team to tour our country. Tourism starts with us, we are the ones to tell our country’s story,” said Kiwanda.

‘Tulambule Wild’ organized by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was launched at Paraa Safari Lodge this week by the State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda and the Executive Director UWA Dr. Andrew Seguya along with district leaders and members of parliament whose constituencies border Murchison Falls National Park – Masindi, Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryadongo, Nebbi and Oyam.

The Minister said by the end of the program, the drive shall have promoted 10 National Parks, game reserves and other major tourism attractions of Uganda.

“I encourage all Ugandans to support domestic tourism. Travel with your families and friends to any of the park across the country,” he said.

Dr. Seguya told the meeting at Paraa that targeted National Parks include; Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla, Kibale and Lake Mburo National parks.
Other parks Ugandans can visit are Mt. Rwenzori, Semuliki, Mt. Elgon, as well as the various game reserves such as Ajai, Bokora, Bugungu, Kabwoya and Kyambura among others.

What is involved?

According to Dr. Seguya, park entrance for Ugandans is charged in Uganda Shillings while foreign tourists pay in US dollars. Ugandans and the rest of the East Africans pay UShs 15,000 as entry while tourists from elsewhere in the world part with USD$40.

For Ugandan school children in groups, are charged UgShs 2500 per child. Ugandans can also pay the annual entrance park fees that stand at UgShs 150,000 for singles and UgShs 200,000 for couples. Ugandans who ride to the parks pay UgShs 10,000. Saloon cars pay UgShs while minibuses are charged 30,000. School buses pay UgShs 50,000 while lorries are charged UgShs 150,000.

Why visit the parks?

Lots of activities at the parks ranging from game drives, nature walks, birding, gorge walks, Top of falls view, gorilla tracking, volcano climbing, mountain hiking, chimpanzee and lion tracking as well as sport fishing, video filming and shooting.