The potential for development of farm tourism in Uganda: A case study of Buwama Crocodile Farm in Mpigi District
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The study was carried out analyze the tourism potentials of Buwama crocodile farm in Mpigi district. It was guided by objectives; to identify tourism resources at Buwama crocodile farm, to examine the tourism opportunities that can be developed at Buwama crocodile farm and to establish the challenges associated with at Buwama crocodile farm. A semi structured questionnaire was administered to 60 randomly selected respondents and structured interviews were held with farm managers and local leaders who were selected purposively. Findings were later analyzed with the aid of a computer package for social sciences to attach the meaning. The study established that Buwama crocodile farm has various tourism attractions such as crocodile, Lake Victoria, Kitebo pier, accommodation facilities like bandas among others. The study too revealed the various tourism opportunities available at Buwama crocodile farm that have not yet developed and identified are; boat cruise at the lake, bird watching, picnic viewing and rapidly expanding infrastructures most especially accommodation. Lastly the study established challenges associated with the farms which among others include still competition, limited markets, lack of knowledge about crocodile farming and diseases which affect the health of the crocodiles. Based on these findings , the study recommends the need to develop more tourism products in and around Buwama crocodile farm to increase on the number of tourists visiting the farm , Improving the management of crocodile farming aiming at producing good quality products from the farm, and establishing pattern ships with other countries, are considered essential in providing crocodile market and a call for farm management to partner with the association of Uganda Tourism Board and tour companies in increasing visibility.