This type of tourism involves tourists visiting fragile, pristine and undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial tourism. It involves responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment and improving the well-being of the local people. Ecotourism`s purpose is to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities and to foster respect for different cultures and human rights.
Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Hence ecotourism is intended to offer tourists an insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
The Major Eco- Tourist sites in Uganda include the following;