Kampala, Uganda – Property mogul, Sudhir and wife Jyotsna Ruparelia have today tracked the famous Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
Sudhir, renown not just for his business acumen, but also for his love of tourism and efforts towards conservation in Uganda, tracked the Habinyanja group in buhoma sector.
Speaking to Africa Tembelea, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia could not hide his excitement, he said, “Gorilla trekking is an experience like no other”
“it’s a must do activity for anyone who loves tourism and conservation,” he added.
Sudhir who stayed at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge was happy to see that facilities in the countryside had greatly improved. With its dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is truly one of Africa’s unique lodges.
The Ugandan billionaire’s trek comes a few months after it was confirmed that the Mountain Gorilla population in Bwindi Forest had increased to 459 in 2018 from 400 in 2010.
While releasing the results, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu (former tourism, wildlife & Antiquities minister), noted that these latest figures when combined with results from an earlier study in nearby Virunga Massif, suggests the global population of the primates has grown to 1,063.
PHOTOS: Sudhir and Jyotsna Ruparelia’s Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Forest
– Sudhir Ruparelia –
Born in Kabatoro, Kasese District in the Western Region of Uganda, Sudhir Ruparelia is the chairman and majority shareholder in the companies of the Ruparelia Group. His investments are mainly in the areas of banking, insurance, education, broadcasting, real estate, floriculture, hotels, and resorts.
The Ruparelia Foundation that he over sees alongside Jyotsna Ruparelia and other directors, also works to improve and promote health, education, sports, general welfare, poverty eradication, improve livelihoods, support the welfare of wildlife and preservation of the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, corporations, with the government, non-governmental organisations and individuals.
Going by Ruparelia Group’s motto of, “serving to grow and growing to serve,” the Ruparelia Foundation in March 2018 offered to become guardians to a baby chimp at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for life.
In honour of the support, one of the chimps was named “Ruparelia” as a way of acknowledging and thanking Sudhir Ruparelia for his efforts towards tourism, wildlife and conservation.