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Wildlife chief wants Ugandans to visit animals

By Christopher Bendana

Added 19th June 2018 08:54 AM

Local pay sh100,000 for a full package of chimp trekking, nature walks and bird viewing at KNP compared to $150 (550,000) for foreigners.

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Local pay sh100,000 for a full package of chimp trekking, nature walks and bird viewing at KNP compared to $150 (550,000) for foreigners.

Nelson Guma, the conservation area manager area of Kibaale National Park wants more Ugandans to visit national parks. 

Speaking to local journalists tracking chimpanzees in Kibale recently, Guma said the number of local visitors to the park was very low despite the huge package at a minimal cost.

Local pay sh100,000 for a full package of chimp trekking, nature walks and bird viewing at KNP compared to $150 (550,000) for foreigners.

There are other attractions such as the Sempaya hot springs, game drives and boat rides in Semliki National Park.

Kibaale National Park has about 1,500 chimps of the 5,000 in Uganda and it is referred to as the Primate Capital of the World.

Richard Alicwamu, a guide at the park said like humans, chimps play music using tree when excited.

The drive from Kampala to Fort Portal takes about four hours. The park is 40km from Fort Portal town. Visitors are advised to move with a jacket as a park is a tropical paradise so it can rain anytime.

An umbrella and rough walking shoes for the slippery landscape are also recommended.

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