Left: Ponsiano Ssemwezi, the former director of Uganda National Parks at Paraa Education Centre in Murchison Falls National Park.
Right: The Soft Power Education refurbished Paraa Education Centre in 2007.
Our Murchison Memories Exhibition aims to highlight social, historical and cultural attributes that impact current conservation issues. Through photographs, artifacts, stories and contemporary art the exhibition is designed to allow local school children and overseas visitors alike to learn more about conservation and the challenges both the national park and its surrounding communities face.
In the 1960s Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) was a premier tourist attraction that received up to 60,000 tourists a year. Since then, decades of national and regional turmoil ravaged the park’s lodges and other facilities, leaving Uganda’s tourism industry in a dismal state. Today, tourism in Uganda is booming. We believe that it is vital that people maintain an appreciation of the reasons why Murchison Falls National Park is the way it is.
The exhibition is still a work in progress but watch this space for its imminent relocation and reopening!