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About the Uganda Wildlife Authority

The Uganda Wildlife Authority also known as UWA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. UWA was established in 1996 with a mission “To conserve and sustainably manage wildlife and protected areas of Uganda in partnership with other stakeholders and neighbouring communities for the benefit of the people in the country and global community”.

The Uganda wild life authority manages 10 national parks, 12 game reserves and fourteen wildlife sanctuaries. The board of trustees governing Uganda wildlife authority is appointed by the minister responsible for wildlife. Uganda wildlife Authority also provides guidance for five wildlife conservation areas.

The vision of Uganda Wildlife Authority is “To be the leading, self sustaining wildlife conservation agency that transforms Uganda into one of the best ecotourism destinations in Africa”.

The protected national park areas of Uganda managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority include; Kidepo valley national park in the north eastern region, Murchison falls national park in the north western region, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Semuliki river national park, Lake Mburo national park, Rwenzori mountain national park, Mount Elgon national park, Kibale forest national park and Queen Elizabeth national park found in the south western region.

The game reserves managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority include; Bokora corridor reserve, Aswa Lolim game reserve, Ajai game reserve, Semulik game reserve, Katonga game reserve, Bugungu game reserve, Kyambura game reserve, Kabwoya game reserve and Lomunga among the rest.

The controlled wildlife sanctuaries areas include; Ngamba island, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Ziwa rhino sanctuary, Otze forest, Lake Bisina, Lake George, Nyaburogo, Ntoroko-Kanara, Lake Mburo Nakivali, Lake Nakuwa and Lake Nabugabo.

The wetland areas managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority include; Lake Nakuwa, Lake Opeta, Mabamba bay, Lutembe bay, Nabajjuzi, Murchison falls and Sango bay-Musambwa island Kagera bay.

Tourists visiting Uganda can book with Uganda Wildlife Authority and get to any of the national parks or even book mountain gorilla permits through UWA.

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