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(eTN) – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) advertised last week for expressions of interest via international tender of joint ventures to construct, re-construct and/or rehabilitate accommodation facilities and sites presently owned by them. Among the opportunities is the destroyed Grand Katarum Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park, which has been an inoperative ruin for the past 30-plus years, while other projects are named as two sites in Lake Mburo National Park, Rwonyo, and Kigarama and a site in Semliki National Park near the hot springs.

Further opportunities have been advertised in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, inside the national park, as well as new facilities in both the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the central park area. Murchisons Falls National Park also has been earmarked for a new lodge, prompting this correspondent to point out that the derelict Pakuba Lodge is still awaiting reconstruction for the past 15 years, where several wannabe concessionaires tried their luck and failed so far.

The Wildlife Authority has also pointed out that lodge developments in Murchisons and Queen will have to take place in accordance with the approved management plans, which are available for purchase as well as in soft copy from UWA.

Bids are being accepted on an international level. For more information regarding terms and conditions, bid documents, and deadlines for submission of bids, contact [email protected] or visit .

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