AS A LOCAL Lodge & TOUR OPERATOR WE LOVE OUR UGANDA AND MAKE SURE THE BENEFITS OF OUR BUSINESS STAYS HERE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PEARL OF AFRICA. We CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE IN UGANDA THROUGH OUR LODGE CHAIN WOODLAND LODGES AS WELL AS OUR WORK WITH REFORMED POACHERS IN THE ISHASHA AREA OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Woodland Lodges impact
The tourism infrastructure in Uganda is still building up and through our lodges we contribute towards increasing the available number of rooms in Uganda. This is an important aspect for the growing tourism business in Uganda, since more rooms are needed to allow for a bigger number of tourists. The tourism industry brings work opportunities to many and tourism contributes with funds to preserve conservation areas to ensure lions, gorillas and elephants have a place to live in the future too.
With Woodland Lodges we create work opportunities both in the construction phase and then later on when the lodges are up and running both for staff and suppliers in the area since we try to buy things locally when possible.
ISHASHA REFORMED POACHERS ASSOCIATION
When we in 2018 purchased land on the boarder to the Ishahsa sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park to start the construction of Topi Lodge we soon learnt more about the issues with poaching in the area. The village located a short distance from our lodge was at that point a center for poachers. Around the same time the Ugandan government introduced even stricter laws for poaching with very serious consequences for anyone found to be a poacher.
Our interest resulted in the creation of Ishasha reformed poachers association and we hosted a big ceremony where the poachers handed over there snares and other weapons to Uganda Wildlife Authority. The work now continues with support to the reformed poachers to find new ways of making a living and we have an action plan for future steps like visits to schools for increased awareness about the benefits of wildlife.