Tourism is basically a set of activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes. The term usual environment is intended to exclude trips with in the area of usual residence, frequent and regular trips between domicile and the work place and other community trips of routine character. People have been undertaking safaris to Uganda on such purposes thus leading to tourism development in the country.
Interestingly to note is that currently, tourism is the leading export earner for Uganda taking over the traditional earners like remittances from abroad and coffee as per the August 2014 monetary policy statement by the Bank of Uganda. This automatically shows that there has been substantial increase in the number of those undertaking Uganda safaris. The tourism sector generated $1.4bn in the financial year 2013/14 rising from $1.1bn fetched in the year 2012/13. The other earners like remittances followed with $800m while coffee followed with $415m. This ranking in turn shows the potential of the tourism sector as a great economic treasure for Uganda.
Considering all spheres, Uganda is a beautiful country dotted with amazing hospitable people and their cultures over 65 tribes, great scenery like the snowcapped mountains of Ruwenzori and the Albertine rift valley, rich fauna including the endangered mountain gorillas that pull great numbers of gorilla trekking safari undertakers, chimpanzees which form the basis for Chimpanzee trekking safaris, golden monkeys, tree climbing lions, white rhinos, savannah and African elephants, impala, zebra among others which form the basis for wildlife safaris. The remarkable flora that range from the Savannah landscapes of Kidepo, Murchison, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth to equatorial forest landscapes of Kibale, Semuliki and Maramagambo, Afro montane lowland forest landscapes of Bwindi without forgetting the montane flora of Rwenzori, Elgon and Virunga volcanoes stand to surpass the expectations of Uganda safari undertakers. Remember, Uganda is a center where the East African Savannah meets the West African jungle.
However, it should be noted that despite this great potential, little has been realized so far compared to other destinations like Kenya. This therefore, necessitates a combined effort particularly to do with investment in the tourism sector. Infrastructure has to be developed to the standards of those undertaking safaris in Uganda while marketing efforts have to enhanced, policy and legislation has to be favoring the tourism sector while political stability should be given priority. With these, the tourism sector has the potential to even surpass the fore thought gains from the oil industry.
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By Siima Simon Peter.