Uganda Wildlife Authority Scraps Viewing Fees for Sempaya Hotsprings

Ben Oleni Ntale, enjoys the scenic views at Sempaya Hotsprings. /COURTESY PHOTO
By :
AT Team

Kampala – Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has ceased charging fees for guided nature walks to view the Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki National Park.

This move comes after the UWA Board of Trustees reviewed the fees for access to the hot springs at Sempaya and decided that the fees should be scrapped.

The UWA Executive Director, Mr. Sam Mwandha says the scrapping of the fees is aimed at improving visitor experience in Semuliki National Park.

“This measure will greatly improve visitor experience in the park we hope even the nationals will now find it more convenient and exciting to visit the park since they will no longer be required to pay separately to view the hot springs” said Mwandha.

The hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley over the last 14 million years.

With this new measure, visitors to the hot springs will now only be required to pay the park entrance fees. Other products such birding and nature walks will be paid for as per the Uganda Wildlife Authority tariff.

Semuliki National park, gazetted in 1993 is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals.

Dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri forest of the Congo basin, the Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori.

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