The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that promotional rates and discounted gorilla and chimp trekking permits will be extended until June 30, 2021, with the option to extend the low season rates until the end of 2021.
The discounted park entrance permit rates had been planned for December 2020, January, February, and March 2021.
Gorilla trekking permits are 57 percent off, Chimpanzee monitoring permits are $50 off, birding fees are $50 off, and all park entry fees are 50% off in 2021.
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The suspension of ecotourism during the coronavirus pandemic meant that wildlife conservation lost its primary source of revenue.
Some residents in the local communities who depend on visitors, in their desperation are likely to resort to poaching in the protected parks.
While the wildlife parks are set to reopen in October 2020, it won’t be all roses right away because visitor numbers aren’t expected to increase instantly.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on traveler spending, with most frequent travelers postponing leisure travel.
UWA has revised fees for Uganda’s most popular attractions in an attempt to rapidly reverse the impact of the coronavirus on the country’s tourism.
These Uganda wildlife promotional prices couldn’t have come at a better time, with domestic tourism being promoted more than ever.
Uganda discounted gorilla permits would cost less than half of what Rwandan gorilla permits cost (Rwanda’s permit is $1500 and the DRC gorilla permit is $400) during the promotional time.
Non-resident gorilla monitoring licenses will be sold at face value for $400 per person (reduced from $700), birding fees, and park entry fees will all be reduced by 50% for the promotional period, which runs from December 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.