The Local Communities in Uganda Continue to Realize the Benefits of Gorilla Safaris
Uganda is one of the very few gifted countries in the world that have great counts of Mountain gorillas that are critically endangered which in turn has attracted a range of world travelers to undertake gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda.
To trek gorillas in Uganda, one needs a gorilla trekking permit.
A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda goes for $600 for foreign nonresidents and for long the amount of $5 dollars from each permit sold would go to the local communities surrounding the gorilla trekking destinations to support approved community development projects.
It is such a moment of celebration to hear that this amount will be doubled.
The Uganda Wildlife Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya noted that starting from the 1st of July 2015; the amount that has been given to the local communities from the permits that are sold to travelers’ on gorilla safaris in Uganda would be doubled.
In the previous year, a total of 266 million Uganda Shillings was generated thus doubling this money would eventually generate over USD 500 million in the year 2015.
The increase in this money is seen as a positive step to the development of the local communities that surround the park such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The amount is expected to enhance the local livelihood in terms of better clean water provision, educational and health services and income generating projects that would be self-reliant with a startup capital from Uganda Wildlife Authority funds which eventually will increase the local peoples’ appreciation of gorilla tourism and Mountain gorilla conservation.
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