Tourists touched by the magical Budongo Forest life

It is chimp tracking in Budongo Forest for the hosted buyers and travel media in Uganda for the 3rd edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2017). The expo runs from 17-19 Feb at the Jubilee Park (formerly known as the Sheraton Gardens) in Kampala.   

The safari in the Pearl of Africa started Monday 6th February with a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) where the guests had the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the place fondly known as the zoo.

They were later to move to Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. They have also been to the Kyambura Gorge, and Kibale National Park.

The visit to the unique Budongo brings tourists into a close encounter with the great apes. Budongo Forest is located on the escarpment northeast of Lake Albert not far from the Murchison Falls National Park. It is known for its former abundance of mahogany trees as well as being home to a population of chimpanzees, which were first researched on in 1962.  

Tourists tracking chimps in Budongo Forest have the opportunity to see some of the 360 bird species, 290 butterflies, 130 moths, 465 trees, and 24 mammals, of which 9 are primates.

For German tour operator Claudia Dane, what she has so far seen is simply amazing: “This is among the best countries I have been to in Africa. It is beautiful.”

UTB has invited international hosted buyers and travel media to participate in the tourism expo. Ugandan businesses that have registered as exhibitors now have the opportunity to do business with firms they may not have had the chance to meet. The arrangement makes it cheaper for business to business engagements for Ugandan operators.

The internationals also have the opportunity to see what Uganda offers and what they can include in their packages. Apart from the game viewing, the operators and media shall also visit the accommodation facilities in the parks, Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja. This will form their knowledge base from which they will promote the country in their respective regions.