Thursday, 15 December 2011

Day 99 – 13.7.2011 Good by, Uganda!

On a very good road we drive to the Murchison Falls National Park, having only a short stop at a MTN shop to unlock our SIM Card for the internet. At the entrance of the park, we discover, we should pay $ 150 for the car and $ 70 park entrance fee for us, which would be U.S. $ 290 without camping fees. Per day! We ask the young lady if she is not mistaken, we do not have a truck, that would be more than we payed in the Serengeti or the Maasai Mara, even without camping fees? But today is not Friday the 13th but only Wednesday? And also not the 1. April?

Yes, per day, from 1. July 2011 the fees did go up and she shows us a brochure, there is actually $ 150 for a 4x4. Truly per day? Yes, truly per day, she tells us. And the new fees will apply to all parks of category A, we want to visit. We would spend our money,
which was planned for 4 or 5 weeks, in 6 days . So more or less we would have a day per park. So great may not be any park in Uganda to pay more than at Serengeti or Masai Mara. The young lady is standing there with her mouth wide open when we leave.

We decide to boycott these fees and we will leave Uganda. We drive back to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, they also did hear nothing about that increase. As a consolation, we treat ourselves once again with a great three-course meal, as we talk with our hosts, what the price increase is likely to have consequences for Uganda's Toursimus. Too bad, but now we'll spend our U.S. $ not here.

Later, when we investigate in the internet, we get an email message from the UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authorities), the fee for the car is only to pay once per stay per park what is not shown on the brochure or somewhere on the website of the UWA . What can I say? We are disappointed on the one hand, happy, on the other side, because now do not need to make the three-day trail along Lake Tanganyika on the way back, that saves us time and we continue on good tarred roads to Kenya and Tanzania, we have both had enough of bad roads .

186 km, 5 hrs, 28 °, cloudy,
U.S. $ 10 in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakitoma, 3-course menu $ 20 pp

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, UWA, Uganda Wildlife Authorities, Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Murchison Falls National Park, Masindi, Nakitoma

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