Sunday, October 22, 2017

UGANDA TOURISM DESTINATION IN WORLD



There are many tourist destinations in the world. Why would one choose Uganda?
Uganda has such abundance that we do not know how to handle it. We are on the Equator and our weather is perfect all year round. We have savanna, rain forests, rivers and lakes, mountains, the source of the Nile, more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas and several other globally coveted flora and fauna species. Our country is stable and beautiful, with attractive Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites.
The economy has an easily convertible currency and we were recently voted among the countries with the friendliest people in the world. Uganda has more than 1,000 recorded unique bird species. From every angle, Uganda has supportive people.

What are the challenges in making the travel industry more sustainable?
There is need for practical skills in the tourism industry. Institutions are giving more theoretical training than practical skills and this means the sector needs to be supported to grow. Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) is also challenged by unregulated quack operators in the business.
We do not have tour operator licences which are supposed to be issued by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), but they have not been issued in a long time. The high cost of finance where we lack an actual finance sector to support the tourism industry, also retards our work.

Are there any incentives given by government to local tour companies?
Yes, government has given us incentives for example tax exemption on customised safari vehicles, especially when a company is an AUTO member. However, this is not fully utilised in our case because importing a customised car is expensive. We end up utilising cheaper options within the country such as hiring safari cars.
For the past two years, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has been open has to discounting the gorilla permit, allowing us to market internationally for many more people to visit Uganda.

How are you dealing with the challenges that impede the development of tourism in Uganda?
It has been tough for our members to take up the incentives because it (importing customised vehicles) is too much to bear as there are many demands attached to it. With regard to skilling, the association has opted to train our members, coaching and mentorship programmes. We are lobbying government to regulate the sector through UTB to curb the fraudulent tour operators. We need laws that can give urgent remedies to these problems.

Where are the best investment opportunities in tourism in the country?
There are opportunities in accommodation; especially high-end (accommodation). Also in the meetings, incentives, conferences and events segment of tourism, basically, event’s organisers and sports tourism. We need an improved finance sector and need the government to make ICT, electricity and other important social amenities accessible in remote areas. The skills gap is still wide and needs to be narrowed down through setting up institutions to train people in various skills and languages. The domestic aviation sector also requires work. We need more players in the industry to avoid the long drives tourists are subjected to.


What have been the achievements of AUTO over the years?
We have seen a more united industry. Government now consults us a lot and we work with UTB and UWA. We now sign memoranda of understanding with UWA unlike before when they were less involved.
We have been able to train our members on the different markets and on how best to package themselves and their tours to tap into the market and to appeal to the ever-changing and highly competitive global travel.
AUTO has a clear path of where we have been, where we want to go and how to get there; we launched our five-year strategic plan earlier this year. We have also been saving and are now planning to acquire our own premises. We also have an innovation called the AUTO Cells where the secretariat visits members’ offices to assess the functioning of tour operators, identify their challenges, and devise mitigation measures.


The association also has representation on the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT) where we have a direct voice to the President which helps us lobby quickly for things such as the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on upcountry lodges and tour operators’ packages. We have a binding code of conduct in place and we are also able to account fully to our members because of the clear structures including operational manuals, board committees, audited accounts, and a vibrant and functional secretariat.


Where do you see Uganda as a tourist destination 10 years from now?
We have brilliant baseline surveys and reports written for Uganda’s tourism industry but many of these have not been implemented.
If implemented, we believe Uganda has the potential to become the number one tourist destination in Africa. We have limitless products to offer. Finally, government agencies should play their respective roles to have all this achieved.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Uganda Car Hire Services

Car Hire Services

Gorilla safaris Uganda offers the most competitive car rental rates in town,
We have a variety of vehicles for both town run service and upcountry destinations
Our drivers are well trained with a minimum of 15 years.
We offer
Discount on long term and cooperate rates,
Complementary airport transfers with car hire agreement
Hotel/accommodation consultations and reservations in Uganda
Rates
Type of Car
Within Kampala
Outside Kampala
Airport Transfers
Saloon Car
USD$40
USD$60
USD$35
Land Cruiser(4x4)
USD$60
USD$85
USD$55
Super Custom
USD$60
USD$85
USD$55
Coaster
USD$100
USD$150
USD$100
Note:
- All our vehicles are fully insured
- Rates are subject to change depending on the prevailing fuel prices
- The above rates are inclusive of drivers and their allowances
- Rates are exclusive of fuel except Airport transfers
For car bookings, call: +256-782-744920 or use the form below:-

Gorilla Express Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with gorilla safaris Uganda.


LAKE MBURO NP, GORILLA TRACKING & ISHASHA AND MAIN SECTIONS QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
Six days, five nights
Day 1: to Lake Mburo NP afternoon game drive and boat ride (transit time 1hrs)
Day 2: Early morning walk; proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest (transit 6 hrs)
Day 3: gorilla tracking
Day 4: to queen Elizabeth NP Ishasha (transit time 2hrs) game drive in search of tree climbing lions,         evening game drive.
Day 5: sunrise game drive to Queen Elizabeth NP main section (transit time 1-2hrs) boat ride on kanzinga channel and short evening game drive.
Day 6: sunrise game drive or visit kyambura gorge to track chimpanzee, return to Kampala stop at the equator,
Tariffs in usd,
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
2850
2620
2500
2450
2400
380
Budget per person
1845
1610
1500
1440
1390
100


LAKE MBURO NP, GORILLA TRACKING & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
5days/4nights
Day 01: from kampala to lake mburo national park (3hrs) afternoon boat cruise, evening game drive
Day 02: sunrise game drive, transfer to bwindi impenetrable forest (6hrs)
Day 03: gorilla tracking
Day 04: Transfer to queen Elizabeth national park(5hrs)afternoon boat cruise on the kanzinga channel,        evening game drive
Day 04: Morning game drive, back to Kampala.
Tariffs in Usd
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
2530
2310
2200
2150
2100
480
Budget per person
1650
1430
1320
1245
1210
100


GORILLA TRACKING: BWINDI FOREST
3days/2nights
Day 01: To bwindi impenetrable forest (8hrs)
Day 02: Gorilla tracking
Day 03: return to Kampala
Tariffs from USD
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person.
1650
1500
1460
1420
1390
250
Budget person
1200
1100
1050
1000
975
80


DAY TOURS AROUND KAMPALA
Tariffs in usd
Kampala city tour 
125
100
90
75
50
Ngamba Island
200
150
120
100
85
Jinja/Source of the Nile
270
175
140
115
100
Equator with Mpanga forest and Mbamba forest
270
175
140
115
100
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
270
175
140
115
100
Birding in Uganda
270
175
140
115
100








White water rafting    $125 Usd Per person
Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Gorillas,QE and Lake Mburo National park
9days/8nights
Day 01: to Murchison falls NP with rhino tracking to the top of the falls.
Day 02: Sunrise game drive, Afternoon boat cruise to the base of the falls
Day 03: Proceed to kibale forest (7 hrs).
Day 04: Chimpanzee tracking in kibale forest, drive to queen,
Day 05: sunrise game drive, afternoon boat cruise on kanzinga channel
Day 06: chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge, drive to bwindi national park (5hrs).
Day 07: Go for gorilla tracking
Day 08: drive to lake mburo national park (for 6 hrs), afternoon boat cruise
Day 09: sunrise game drive, transfer to Kampala stop over at the equator.          
Tariffs in USD
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
3810
3445
3260
3150
3080
500
Budget per person
2620
2260
2070
1960
1890
200


Queen Elizabeth National park.
3days/2nights.
Day 01: to queen Np(6hrs) evening game drive.
Day 02: sunrise game drive,kanzinga channel boat cruise,
Day 03: forest walk , chimps tracking in kyambura gorge, drive to kampala
Tariffs in Usd
Group size
2
person
3
Persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
950
810
730
675
650
80
Budget per person
710
560
490
450
390
50


Murchison falls, kibaleforest, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo
7days/6nights
Day 01: To Murchison falls NP with rhino tracking, to the top of the falls,
Day 02: Sunrise game drive, afternoon boat cruise to the base of the falls
Day 03: proceed to kibale forest (7hrs)
Day 04: chimpanzee tracking in kibale forest, drive to queen Elizabeth National Park,
Day 05: sunrise game drive, afternoon boat cruise on the kanziga channel
Day 06: chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge, drive to Lake Mburo (2hrs).
            Afternoon boat cruise and game drive,
Day 07: Morning safaris walk with armed ranger, after return to Kampala.
Group size
2
Persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
2570
2270
2130
2050
1990
290
Budget per person
1730
1430
1290
1210
1150
150


Murchison falls National Park
3days/2nights
Day 01: Drive to Murchison falls NP, rhino tracking at the top of the falls,
Day 02: sunrise game drive, afternoon boat cruise on the base of the falls
Day 03: chimpanzee tracking, drive back to Kampala,
Tariffs in USD
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
965
830
760
715
685
80
Budget per person
740
600
530
485
460
40

                                       
Kibale forest,Queen Elizabeth and lake mburo  parks              
5days/4nights
Day 01: To kibala forest(5hrs), chimpanzee tracking
Day 02: To queen Elizabeth NP (3hrs) kazinga channel boat cruise
Day 03: sunrise game drive, afternoon game drive
Day 04: To Lake Mburo NP (2hrs) afternoon boat cruise, game drive.
Day 05: sunrise game drive, transfer to Kampala.

Tariffs in usd
Group size
2
persons
3
persons
4
persons
5
persons
6
persons
SRS
Luxury per person
1800
1590
1480
1420
1380
200
Budget per person
1160
945
840
780
735
80