Uganda's Tourism Board has committed to focusing less on its primates and more of the array of other tourist attractions, across the country.
Following September's African Primatological Society conference, leading experts and stakeholders have called for more diversification of tourism products, in order to take the pressure off Africa’s primates. The event attracted researchers, policymakers, tourism stakeholders, government agencies and diplomats from over 30 countries.
Lily Ajarova, the CEO of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) said: "We have divided Uganda into 13 tourism areas and looking at the key features in each. We will be promoting water-based activities, culture, mountaineering and sports, among others, highlighting diversify."
Here are just a few examples of alternative attractions. Whilst some of them may be niche, it does highlight the diversity of activities on offer in 'the pearl of Africa' :
Ankole Cattle The picture above shows Ankole cattle, which have always provided great photo opportunities for visitors. But now, its possible to help herd, feed and even milk these amazing bovines.
Lake Victoria, Crater Lakes and The River Nile Uganda has a number of water-orientated attractions, including the world's second largest lake - Lake Victoria, as well as the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile. Activities include kayaking, white-water rafting, boat trips, fishing and much more. For example, in recent weeks, a stylish new cruiser has been launched on the iconic Kazinga Channel.
Equator Uganda provides the opportunity to have one foot in the Northern hemisphere and the other in the South. The Equator passes through the country, with a famous circular sign as the landmark. This has long provided a "must take" fun photo opportunity for tourists, who are entertained by locals showing how water drains in one direction in the north and the opposite direction in the south.
Coffee & Tea Plantations Client can now visit coffee and tea plantations, run on fair-trade terms by local cooperatives. This is a vital and sustainable income for the local communities.
Tourists will have the opportunity to learn about the process from seed to cup, including plucking a few tips for themselves...and maybe even have a quick taste!
Cycads Ever heard of a cycad? It may be new to most people but this plant species is in fact believed to be have existing since prehistoric dinosaur times. Considered living fossils, the species has remained largely unchanged for 200-300 million years, with some confusing them with palms.
Mpanga Gorge in Western Uganda, is believed to be the largest Cycad colony in the world. Uganda is home to three types, which can be used medicinally and ornamentally. Mpanga is located close both Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Parks.