At Protea Hotel, on 1st March 2011, new tariff review consultative meeting for the stakeholders was held. The meeting was attended by registered tour operators, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Uganda Tourist Board (UTA) and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI) .
The new tariffs will be valid with effect from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2013 though the tour operators disagreed with the system because they had so many clients that had booked tours from August onwards which meant they will not be making any profits but loses.
A lot of changes were made in the new tariffs like the park entry fee that was at 25$ was changed to 30$ per person, the chimpanzee permits for Queen Elizabeth park were changed from 30$ to 50$, Kibale National Park from 70$ to 150$, chimpanzee habituation for one day was changed from 150$ to 225$, launch cruises in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison National Park was changed from 15$ to 25$ and all the above changes are for foreign non residents. Others that were changed include the gorilla tracking permit that was at 500$ was changed to 750$ but due to the over complaining of the tour operators, it remained on 500$, the camping sites in the park were changed, ferry crossing at Murchison Park, aircraft fees, guided nature walk, volcano climbing, boat entry fee, sport fishing permit and golden monkey tracking.
Every after a period of two years, UWA releases new tariffs though the one that was to expire on 30th June 2010 was lengthened to 30th June 2011.The main reason for the assessment of tariffs is to give a chance to the travel members to reflect on the market trends and to also improve the financial position of Uganda Wild life Authority.
During the reviewing of the tariffs, new activities to be introduced in the country were mentioned and they include Ride for A woman in Bwindi Impenetrable Park, mamgoose, predator tracking, hippo.
Compiled by Jackie