Lake Albert Safari Lodge Introduction
A first of it’s kind in Uganda; a tri-partite Contractual Agreement has been established between the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Hoima District Local Government and Lake Albert Safaris Ltd for the management of the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. Through this agreement, Lake Albert Safaris Ltd will manage the reserve through tourism, for the purpose of restoring the wildlife populations, conserving vegetation resources and generating revenues for the benefit of the nation and local communities.
The Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve has great significance, as it is part of the Albertine Rift of Uganda, which is famous for its’ variety of landscapes and ecosystems and biological diversity. This diversity is maintained in the continuous string of forest reserves and wildlife protected areas. The areas extend from Mgahinga National Park in the south to Murchison Falls in the north.
However, with expanding human population in western Uganda, the integrity of these areas is increasingly threatened. Forests are being destroyed and wildlife populations are intensively hunted for bush meat. These threats are particularly acute in the central part of the Albertine Rift along the escarpment areas adjacent to Lake Albert.
The Kabwoya-Kaiso Wildlife Management Area is a significant protected zone within these disrupted ecosystems of western Uganda. It comprises a 200-sq.km shelf of land between the Albertine Rift escarpment and Lake Albert itself. It is the only ecologically intact area of savannah along the 200 km stretch of Lake Albert shoreline between Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in the south and Murchison Falls National Park in the north. In it’s position in the Rift and in it’s proximity to the large Bugoma Forest Reserve, the Kabwoya-Kaiso Wildlife Management Area is of great importance in maintaining corridors for genetic flow in the Albertine Rift.
Through recent and ongoing conservation efforts by Lake Albert Safaris Ltd a significant number of wildlife has returned to the area – these include Ugandan Kob; waterbuck; oribi; duiker; warthog; leopard; buffalo; black-and-white colobus monkeys; chimpanzees and the olive baboon. Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is popular with birders with an un-official count of up to 460 species.