Kisiizi Falls Tourism Project in Uganda Successfully Completed
Within the framework of ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty), UNWTO provided support to the Ministry of Tourism of Uganda in the implementation of the Kisiizi Falls tourism project. The Kisiizi Falls are located on the Rushoma River, on the way to the main National Parks in Western Uganda and in an area managed by the Kisiizi Hospital.
The project aimed at enhancing tourist activities at Kisiizi Falls and helped build a visitor center, toilets, hiking trails, viewing points, a monument, a lagoon, a zip line, a hanging bridge, road signage and information boards. In addition, the project mobilized the community and provided training in guiding skills and hospitality services.
As a result of the project, Kisiizi Falls is experiencing increased visitor traffic (7,856 visitors during the first half of 2017) and community enterprises are benefiting through the sales of tourism products and services. Entry fees to the Kisiizi Falls generated 9,146,000 Ugandan Shilling (UGX) in income during the first half of 2017 and profit from the sales of tourism products reached 2,577,505 UGX during the same period. A part of the income generated from tourism goes to the Good Samaritan Fund that caters for the health costs of disadvantaged community members, who otherwise would not be able to afford medical care.
The Kisiizi Falls tourism project was implemented through the generous contribution from the Korea Tourism Organization and the ST-EP Foundation, and successfully completed at the end of August 2017.