The year 2013 has seen the Uganda safari business have a great deal that will see the visit to Ngamba Island made easy and shorter.
A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed between the Kajjansi Aero Club (Fly Uganda) and the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust which will involve this flight firm– Fly Uganda carry ing tourists on a Uganda safari to the Lake Victoria island famously known for its chimpanzee conservation, as well as the monitor lizard and a variety of bird species.
Purchased from a Japanese Police Force three years back , this helicopter is yet to be used in Uganda and help boost the Uganda safaris and tours business sector as well as other tourism features of the Ngamba island that include sport fishing and community nature walks as part of eco- tourism.
This chopper carries over four passengers with a return trip going for $980 for all the four full packages, including access up to the island making a Uganda safari to the Island known for her Chimps much faster and hustle free as well less riskier.
To ease Uganda safaris to the island, it has recently been re-furnished and availed with boats as well as motorized vessels only, for the journey lasting an average of 40 minutes. Using a boat, will cost only $80 per person for if you are a minimum of 4 passengers and are foreign nationals as opposed to the $60 paid by East African nationals .
As narrated by Russell Barnes,the director of Fly Uganda , during the signing of the memorandum at Kajjansi,This is a natural extension to get more tourists making several Uganda safaris to Ngamba islands,” A pilot test flight has already been carried out and the resident chimps reportedly react ed positively as they came closer to watch this chopper perhaps in admiration.
Russel Barnes further explained that the longer tourists stay in Uganda, the more money they are likely to spend and have the best Uganda safari experience and the more positive reviews about the Uganda safari experience as well as Uganda as a country at large.
Lilly Ajarova, the executive director of CSWCT ,explained that Ngamba lslands is home to rescued endangered chimpanzees. This helps preserve some of the world’s rare species to prevent cases like that of West Africa, where all chimp s are already extinct in four states.Having them in Ngamba is therefore a blessing to the Uganda safari Indusrty but also to tourists that visist the sanctuary on their Uganda safaris and tours
Ajarova further narrated that these chimps are mostly orphans whose mothers were killed and were brought to the island as babies. Some were brought back from Europe after being traced back to Uganda. There has to be a deliberate move to see they that continue surviving and in turn boost the Uganda safari sector.
This chimpanzee sanctuary receives over 4,000 international tourists who take a Uganda safari annually.
“It is a destination showcasing the magnificent Uganda safari experience because tourists include a lot of other destinations,” said Ajarova.
She further narrated that a monitoring system has been setup to check for any negative drastic effect from the helicopter that can affect the chimpanzees, although the test flight showed there isn’t any so far.
“There have been inquiries for quicker (transport) means to the islands, this will also provide a chance for medical evacuation,” said Ajarova.
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