VISITORS TO KIDEPO HAVE REDUCED DRASTICALLY PROMOTING TOURISM

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Government has renovated roads leading to Kidepo valley national park as one of its pledges of the 2016/2021 NRM manifesto.
Richard Muhabwe the Chief Warden KIDEPO VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA says access to tourism facilities has been made easy.
Richard recommends that government supports the smooth running of the conservation area because they have been affected by the current lockdown arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ivan Kaahwa reports
Kidepo Valley National Park located in Karamoja sub-region North East of Uganda is well known to habit the largest herds of elephants in Africa.
The 1,442 Sq. Km Park is entirely savanna grassland with a variety of animal family species.
Karenga a newly created district curved from Kaabong is the gate way into Kidepo valley National Park.
Standard Operation Procedures remain emphasized while local visitors access the Park though the number has sharply reduced.
Revenue generated from visitors clears salary, medical care for rangers, veterinary intervention and equipment
Government on the other hand has upgraded with 1st class marram leading to various tourism facilities in terms of accommodation
Accessing the park has its challenges too; some roads are terrible which affects the purpose of enjoying the beautiful sceneries with ease.
Locals are sensitized on animal behaviors in order to live in harmony though armed invasions are registered at the park. ‘’374’’ with guns invasions…
Rangers have been provided with shelter as they closely monitor the Kidepo conservation area.

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