The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities together with the Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Wildlife Authority and KCCA have unveiled what they named as the Wildlife street in Kampala.
The street located along Old Kiira road has 11 sculptures from Mulago roundabout to Kira road police station of the animals of the world that can be viewed while you visit Uganda for tourism escapades.
Speaking at the function, the Minister for Tourism, Col.Tom Butime said the initiative will go a long way in promoting tourism in the country.
Butime also applauded government agencies for the concerted efforts to initiate tourism development projects that he said would fast-track the recovery of the tourism sector greatly hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Uganda Tourism Board CEO, Lilly Ajarova underscored the role of the sculptures in the promotion of tourism.
“The sculptures are a near-life representation of the abundant wildlife. I encourage Ugandans to learn and experience them from Kampala city as well as in the wild; National Parks and other tourism destinations. Next time you’re on the Wildlife Street,”Ajarova said.
The UTB CEO however asked the public to not only take selfies with the sculptures but also go out and visit the wild animals in their natural habitats in National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.
About the Wildlife street
A total of eleven sculptures were procured by Uganda Wildlife Authorities and these represent wildlife animals which can be found in Uganda’s National Parks (NP) and Wildlife Reserves (WR).
They include; the Grant’s Zebra from Lake Mburo NP, Nubian Giraffe from Murchison Falls NP, Eastern Chimpanzee from Kibale Forest NP, the Grey Crowned Crane from Katonga game reserve and Lake Mburo NP, African Elephant from Kidepo and Queen Elizabeth NP, Hippopotamus from Murchison Falls and Queen NP, African Leopard from Pian Upe game reserve, African Lion from Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley NP, Shoebill Stork from Tooro Semuliki game reserve and Murchison Falls National Park.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago recently said Kampala ought to be a tourism city where tourists can get a glimpse of what Uganda has to offer in terms of tourism.
He said by looking at these sculptures, visitors can be persuaded to visit the various tourism sites to visit the various attractions.