Uganda is uniquely blessed with various attractions especially national parks which can reward a lot when fully developed. Among these national parks are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park which lie in the Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi is surely blessed with the highest numbers of the rare mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is part of the Virunga Conservation Area that spreads over to three countries namely, Rwanda (Volcanoes National park) , D.R.C (Virunga national park) and Uganda’s Mgahinga.
Rwanda has been the leading gorilla trekking destination a many tourist opt to trek the apes in Rwanda compared to Uganda and Congo. This is because of several reasons that may include; the ease to spot the gorilla during the trek, the short distance drive from the Airport to Volcanoes national park, Gorilla and cultural experience in Rwanda, among others. That’s not all! Rwanda has resorted to commercial Advertisement by using the Arsenal jerseys that read “Visit Rwanda”, to attract more trekkers into her country. In fact Arsenal club has an estimated viewership of about 3.5 million people being targeted by Rwanda. The country also has improved on her infrastructure, making it luxurious such as Lodges, Conference centers and Hotels which attract luxury visitors and tourists. The country raised gorilla trekking permit from USD 750.00 to USD 1500.00 and she will soon reap from the benefits of improving her gorilla trekking experience. Well! Most of the tourists prefer coming to Uganda which Is cheaper than Rwanda and more secure than Congo.
How to improve gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.
Now that Uganda remains affordable to Rwanda, it is most likely that Uganda will be more visited in 2019-20 and so there is need to improve gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park.
Uganda should begin providing a cup of tea as well as having organized cultural dance troops performing for clients before they embark on their mountain gorilla trek. This makes them to enjoy and feel the value of their money spent on the trekking experience. This is one of the things that Rwanda over to trekkers in her country that excite them hence attracting many visitors.
Accessing Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks is so uneasy as the roads are too muddy when it rains and dusty during the dry season. The Government of Uganda should put an effort to work on these roads especially the ones closer to Rushaga and Ruhija sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
With the price of the gorilla permits kept as low as USD 600.00 per person per trek, the trekking experience will attract more trekkers in to the country and a lot will be reaped from gorilla tourism.
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