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Sustainable Tourism the Key for Uganda’s Tourism Industry

Sustainable Tourism the Key for Uganda’s Tourism Industry

  • Posted: Feb 26, 2015
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Uganda has become the number one Adventure destination for many travelers interested in taking ecotours un Africa. From gorilla trekking to birding with tiniest sunbirds, you can easily enjoy wild game viewing in small group tours that are sustainable.

The Wikipedia defines sustainable tourism as a form of tourism attempting to make as low an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping to generate future employment for local people. The main aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and the tourists themselves. Sustainable tourism is an adopted practice in successful ecotourism.

The Key for Uganda Tourism Industry

Uganda’s tourism is based on natural resources. Most all adventure activites that have been developed in Uganda are based on natural resources. From gorilla tourism to birding within the iridescent in the morning light, game viewing of the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, to Uganda safaris featuring viewing of the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, most of the adventure activities are all either based on either nature or culture.

Uganda is one of the top interesting destinations in Africa. There’s the Nile River, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes, the Rwenzori mountains with Snow capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere etc. It’s all here, “That is Uganda and the real Adventure”.

Sustainable Tourism has great potential for driving economic growth in Uganda. Tourism is a mechanism for job creation and image improvement and when combined together with elements of sustainability.

It can also help conserve natural resources including Wildlife green space and national parks. Also it increases the quality of life of Ugandans and more so the participating communities and it protects and sustains local cultures and heritages.

How to Promote Sustainable Tourism in Uganda

As one of the largest and fastest growing sector in Uganda, the continuous growth in tourism in Uganda place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats and indigenous cultures, which are often used to support mass tourism. Tourists who promote sustainable tourism are sensitive to these dangers and seek to protect tourist destinations, and to protect tourism as an industry. From the Uganda Wildlife authority, sustainable tourists can reduce the impact of tourism in many ways:

  • Observing the rules for game viewing while touring Uganda’s national parks
  • Taking locally organised tours
  • Informing tourists of the culture, politics, and economy of the communities visited
  • Anticipating and respecting local cultures, expectations and assumptions.
  • Encouraging travelers to take cultural tours that contribute to intercultural understanding and tolerance
  • Supporting the integrity of local cultures by favoring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values
  • Supporting local communities by purchasing local goods such as souvenirs from the local people
  • Participating with small local businesses
  • Conserving resources by seeking out businesses that are environmentally conscious, and by using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources.