Is Uganda Safe for a Safari? Is it Safe to Travel to Uganda?
Is Uganda safe to visit for a safari? Well, Uganda is generally very safe to travel for visitors with plans to visit Africa for a holiday post covid-19. Whereas Uganda has had a dark history, it still features among the few safest countries in Africa. It is a stable state and Ugandans are warm welcoming! Ugandans are generally hospitable, upon visitor arrival, you definitely get that warm welcome or anywhere you pay a visit to.
Are Uganda Safari Parks Safe for a safari?
Uganda safari parks and other popular destinations are concentrated in western Uganda and partially in the North (East). But the most significant side of it is that they are all safe for a safari. The protected areas (all national parks and wildlife reserves) are under protection of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) rangers. The tourism sector plays a significant role to country’s economy and there is tourism police force to ensure visitor safety while on Uganda safari holiday.
Uganda is a magical safari destination with 10 national parks. These include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Security in these conservation areas has been boosted by well-trained park rangers who also work together with other security agencies.
Is Kampala city safe to visit?
Kampala which is the capital city of Uganda is also very safe to visit. Over 99% of the visitors on Uganda safari come and depart the country safely. However, it is essential to read through the different newspapers to get to know more about any safety problems.
Like other cities or developed towns, the petty cases that are usually registered in Kampala include theft, credit car scamming, over charging but all these can be avoided by dealing with the right tour operator. Moving at night to some people is enjoyable but it is not safe when you are in a new destination like Kampala. Avoid walking alone at night while in Kampala capital city. Always keep safe your valuables and where possible, leave them back at home/hotel facility you spent a night.
Safety in Accommodation
The accommodation facilities (including lodges, guesthouses, hotels, back packers) are well protected by well-trained security personnel. As you head to the banks, bars, restaurants, shops, they also have security personnel. All these are intended to ensure safety of visitors while on safari in Uganda.
The travel restrictions and advisory in Uganda
On 1st October, 2020, H.E. Y.K Museveni officially announced re-opening of commercial flights at Entebbe International Airport and all the border areas. Domestic travel ban in Uganda was lifted in August but there are strict measures to be observed.
Some of the measures travelers should observe include sanitizing, temperature screening, maintaining a distance of 2-4m from each other, wearing face masks, tourists plus other business travelers must provide negative PCR Covid-19 test results conducted 72 hours prior arrival into Uganda.