Gorilla War

The Ugandan government is working to diffuse a bitter row between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and local tour and travel operators over the country’s most lucrative tourist attraction, Mountain Gorillas.

The local operators, through their body—the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) are not only opposed to UWA’s initiative to have Gorilla viewing permits sold online, they have also objected to a proposed increment in the fees for the permits from the current $500 (about Shs 1.3 million) to $650 (about Shs 1.7 million).

Ronald Musoke’s article in Uganda’s The Independent summarises the arguments on both sides.

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