Advantages of Gorilla Tourism
- September 13, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
In Uganda, Gorilla tourism started in 1993 and today we look at the advantages of gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It was in 1993 when Mubare gorilla group was tracked by tourists and since then, gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has gone on to grow in terms of the way it is handles, number of habituated gorilla families among others.
Analyzing the advantages of gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The main advantage of gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been generation of revenue. This has been done through the sale of gorilla permits to tourists. Gorilla permit price is currently at USD600.00 per person and with over 100 permits available every day, some good money is being raised and sent to the national treasury. Gorilla tourism is a big component that earns foreign exchange to Uganda since gorilla permits are sold in dollars or the prevailing exchange rate. More to advantages of tourism include those employed in tour companies as safari consultants, tour guides who package and guide tourists to see these gorillas.
Advantages of gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include creation of employment opportunities in different forms. Direct employment for Uganda Wildlife Authority staff is the most significant. UWA employs many people who in turn invest in other business or looking after their families. This has led to the improvement in the standards of living. Lodges that have been constructed to accommodate tourists also employ many people and also provide market for products such as food, vegetables among others.
Among the advantages of gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is community development. The community around bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been able to work as porters and also benefit from revenue sharing from UWA. Through this schools, hospitals, road etc have been constructed in and around bwindi.
Advantages of gorilla tourism also include the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Through revenues collected, gorilla doctors and other developments, mountain gorillas have been able to increase in numbers thanks to gorilla tourism.
Encounter Africa safaris organizes gorilla tours to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and for more on the advantages of gorilla tourism and tour packages, do give us a call or write us an email