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With effect from 31st, August 2021, guests wishing to engage in activities at Uganda Wildlife Authority’s national parks will use the cashless method to pay to access its activities. The cashless mode of payment has been rolled out to enter and access services and products in the national parks. This has been implemented to ease transactions with four payment options now fully available. These options include Payment through the payment portal on the website, Direct Bank Transaction, Payment through Points of Sale Machines situated at selected gates and Mobile Money.  This measure is hoped to increase efficiency and also protect our clients and staff from the dangers of carrying cash to spend on activities within the protected areas. The four payment options were fully accessible as of 1st July as detailed below;

 

ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM

The online payment system can be accessed through Uganda Wildlife Authority website https://www.ugandawildlife.org/.The payment system online can accept payment cards in Uganda Shillings (UGX) and US Dollars (USD). Once the payment is completed, a receipt will be auto generated from the portal and sent to the client’s email detailing the activity and park of choice. Clients will use the auto generated receipt at the gate to get the official receipt from the park accounts system.

 

BANK DEPOSITS

A client can make payments through Direct Bank Deposits in the following banks;

ABSA

UGX – A/C Name: Uganda Wildlife Authority   A/C No. 6006760021

USD – A/C Name: Uganda Wildlife Authority   A/C No. 344020914

STANBIC BANK

UGX – A/C Name: UWA Collections   A/C No. 9030006237338

USD – A/C Name: Uganda Wildlife Authority   A/C No.  9030008172993

CENTERNARY BANK

UGX – A/C Name: UWA collections   A/C No. 3110400021

CITI BANK

UGX – A/C Name: Uganda Wildlife Authority   A/C No. 100160021

USD - A/C Name: Uganda Wildlife Authority   A/C No. 100160064

Clients are advised to make bank payments based on the most current UWA tariff for all activities they wish to undertake and present the bank payslips at the gates for receipting.

 

POINTS OF SALE (POS) MACHINES

The points of Sale Machines are positioned at particular gates that have access to internet and power. From the POS machines at these gates, payments can be done through direct payment from cards. The gates below in the respective Conservation Areas will only have cashless transactions through the POS machines or any of the payment methods as noted. In these gates, payments can be done through direct dedication from the cards.

The gates noted below will only have cashless transactions from any of the payment methods as rolled out;

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kabatoro, Kasenyi, Mweya information centre, Katunguru, Ishasha

  1. Mgahinga National Park

Kisoro office, Muhabura, Ntebeko,

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija

  1. Murchison Falls Conservation Area

Bugungu, Chobe, Kichumbanyobo, Mubaku, Northern Bank, Tangi, Wangkwar

  1. Mount Elgon Conservation Area

Mt. Elgon head office, Budadiri

  1. Kibale Conservation Area

Kibale information office, Fort portal office, Isunga

  1. Lake Mburo Conservation Area

Nshara, Kinyashara, Sanga, Lakeside

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

Apoka, Nataba, Kalukudo, Lokumoit

  1. Rwenzori National Park

Rwakingi, Sempaya

 

On the POS machine, there is an option to transact by use of mobile money on the client’s phone. This service is only available on the ABSA POS machines and will attract a charge of 0.75% of the transaction value and the payment will be effected off the POS machine.

 

The Mobile money can also be used as an option to pay for UWA services. The transactions of mobile money will be for only selected activities and this will be by use of USSD codes.

 

We look forward to serving you better as you explore the great nature and beautiful sceneries in the Protected Areas across Uganda. Remember to observe the approved COVID-19 standard operating procedures which are also accessible on our website.

 

The court in Fort portal presided over by the Chief Magistrate His Worship Kule Moses Lubangula has sentenced Denis Livingstone, 32 years and Mwesige Joshua, 25 years to nine years in jail for illegal entry into a protected area and killing a protected wildlife species.

 

Livingstone and Mwesige are residents of Kabende village, Kijura town council in Kabarole district were arrested by UWA rangers on August 3, 2021 in the area of Kandita in Toro Semliki Wildlife Research. They were found in possession of a dead Uganda Kob, a machete and two spears.

 

The two were arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s court on August 5, 2021, where they pleaded guilty to illegal entry into a protected area, killing a Uganda kob, as well as unlawful possession of dangerous weapons capable of killing and injuring protected wildlife species.  

 

The UWA prosecution team led by Shisha Alex told court that much as the accused persons did not have any previous criminal wildlife record, poaching affects negatively the tourism industry and because of vice, wildlife resources are fast being depleted especially during this critical time of the corona virus pandemic. He prayed that court gives a deterrent sentence to a send a strong signal to any would be offender in order to save the country’s wildlife from depletion.

 

In his judgement, the Chief Magistrate reasoned that because of the beautiful sceneries and amazing wildlife in the region, communities have greatly benefitted from tourism. He noted that Fort portal town was partly upgraded to a tourism city status because of the economic benefits associated with tourism and therefore needed to be protected by the community. He therefore sentenced the offenders to pay 13 million shillings each or in default to serve 9 years in prison.

 

The UWA ED Sam Mwandha welcomed the sentence saying it is a clear manifestation that whoever does not adhere to protection of wildlife and goes venturing in protected areas will be dealt with by the long arm of the law. “The public should join in conservation of wildlife because its benefits when protected outweigh the personal short-term gains. When killing a kob, think about employment of community members, revenue to improve infrastructure, increase in human wildlife conflict because more lions will now have to venture outside to look for food,” he stated.

 

Mr. Mwandha encouraged all Ugandans to see wildlife as their own not only a mandate for UWA.

 

Uganda has launched the first electronic permitting system to regulate trade in wildlife and wildlife products in the Country.  The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Tom Butime commissioned the e payment system on on July 29, 2021 at Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

The electronic permitting system aims to control legal trade in wildlife and prevent illegal trade of specimens through the issuance of electronic permits and licenses for trade (import, export and re-export) in specimens that are listed and not listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Uganda now becomes the 8th country on African continent to develop an electronic CITES permitting system and the first in East Africa.

 

While launching the system, Hon. Butime noted that Uganda like many other countries has been using a paper-based system of certification and permit issuance, which is prone to forgeries, takes more time to process and verify and in the advent of COVID19, movement of documents may be a risk for disease transmission. “With the electronic system, various CITES focal points and law enforcement agencies will instantly verify a permit and share real-time information on wildlife trade,” he said. This will prevent illegal wildlife trade that threaten populations of some of the most iconic wildlife species like elephants thereby undermining Uganda’s tourism revenue and national security.

 

As the CITES Management Authority, Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities is mandated to ensure that trade in CITES-listed and other wildlife species is sustainable and legal. This is done among others through the issuance of CITES permits on recommendation of Uganda Wildlife Authority for wild animals, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for ornamental fish and the Ministry of Water and Environment for plants of wild origin – the CITES scientific authorities whose responsibility is to ensure that trade in particular animal or plant species is not detrimental to their survival of the species in the wild.

 

The development of the electronic permitting system has been made possible with support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Uganda Combating Wildlife Crime (CWC) activity. USAID is supporting efforts to combat wildlife crime in Uganda by collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.

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Main Tourism Activities

Uganda Wildlife Authority offers various Activities and attractions in the Protected areas and the major ones are Gorilla Tracking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, Habituation experiance, Game Drives. Boat Launch Trips, Nature Walks including Birdwatching, Sport Fishing and Mountain climbing