We supported seven women to attend commercial passion fruit farming training and have supplied them with land, seedlings and support to start their business.
Lake Nkuruba is one of the few volcanic crater lakes that has retained its biodiversity-rich forest. Our forested Nature Reserve was once part of the larger Kibale Forest and remains as a stunning, ancient forest fragment that supports four primate species, including the endangered Uganda red colobus.
The Nature Reserve was established in 1991 as a community-based conservation project, following the principles of ecotourism. Ecotourism is defined internationally as 'responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people'.
Our founding principle is therefore to ensure our local community protects this ancient forest and its beautiful wildlife. In the past the local community depended upon the forest for firewood and timber but by establishing Lake Nkuruba as a tourist attraction and Nature Reserve, the local community now benefit from the forest in a different way. They gain employment as staff, tourist guides, carpenters and service providers. Their children attend the local, subsidised Nkuruba Community Nursery School, built by the Reserve in collaboration with the US Embassy and UNICEF. The youth benefit by entertaining guests with Ugandan cultural dance performances (please ask about booking a performance from Nkuruba Development Youth Group).
In keeping with supporting local farmers and businesses, the majority of food and drink you order while visiting is purchased locally. Nkuruba also supports training in Income Generation Activities such as bee keeping and hand craft production. These traditional Ugandan hand crafts are available for sale within the Nature Reserve - please buy some crafts and support our local community.
Our vision is to ensure the conservation of Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve for future generations. We therefore continue to be committed to the principles of ecotourism by ensuring that tourist revenues benefit the conservation of our Nature Reserve and also improve livelihoods and wellbeing in our local community.
To support our aims, we have been heavily involved in increasing the standard of our accommodation and facilities during 2017-18, and expanding our range of guided walks and cultural activities. We hope this will help our guests feel even more at home within the Reserve, and allow them to spend time experiencing our traditional Ugandan culture.
During 2018 we've been planting more tree saplings in our forest to provide more habitat for our primates, in particular our increasing population of Uganda red colobus. As we move into 2019 we will be focused upon more tree planting and practical conservation of the Nature Reserve. This will include scientific research to understand our primate and bird populations and help inform future conservation management of our Reserve.
Thank you for your kind support in all that we do. It is so important as it allows us to continue to develop and expand our conservation and community initiatives. We really hope you enjoy your visit with us that you come back again!
Over 60 local women have attended training on the business of hand crafts and 'natural dye preparations', supported by Nkuruba.
Ecotourism at Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve
Combining Nature Conservation & Community Wellbeing
Tel: +256 (0)7732 66067 or
+256 (0)7829 72756