Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ranks first as most-booked park by tour operators
Aptly named the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a country of stunning natural beauty. It is home to 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves and 14 wildlife sanctuaries.
Your African Safari (YAS) polled 700+ tour companies operating in Uganda and asked them what they saw in tourism trends for 2014 and 2015. Roughly 20% responded; the results are below.
Popular national parks in Uganda
The most-booked park in 2014 and 2015 was Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, according to tour operators.
Bwindi is home to roughly half the world's mountain gorillas. A portion of all park entry fees collected from this wildlife protection area is put towards conservation efforts, and these efforts are paying off. The number of mountain gorillas in Uganda is slowly on the increase, with the total number estimated in Bwindi to be between 400 and 450(1).
Of the gorilla tracking permits purchased by tour operators, around 90% were for Bwindi or Bwindi and Mgahinga and 10% were for Mgahinga alone.
Busiest month to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
July is the most popular month for visitors to Bwindi, according to the survey.
Buhoma sector the most-requested area in Bwindi to visit
Around 70% of visitors did not specify a preference for which sector they wanted to visit in Bwindi. Of the people that did request a region to visit in Bwindi, 60% requested the Buhoma sector and 40% requested the Nkuringo sector.
Tourism on the rise in Uganda
Just over 64% of tour operators saw an increase in business from 2014 to 2015, with the average in bookings up 10% from 2014. Tour operators reported that most visitors to Uganda booked a safari ranging between four and eight days, with the majority of safari guests coming from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, in that order.