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Is Uganda Safe for Travel amidst Ebola pandemic?

Uganda safaris amidstebola pandemic

YES, Uganda safe and open for travelers who want to explore the Pearl of Africa. Despite the existence of Ebola pandemic in some districts of Uganda, the country has not been closed for those who are coming in for Uganda safaris. Travel and movements have only been restricted in Mubende and Kassanda districts were Ebola was spreading at a high rate. The two districts have been locked down for close to 2 months now in order to contain the spread of the deadly virus to other places. Entebbe International airport and all land borders are all open for travelers.

What of Covid19?
Uganda successfully contained the deadly Covid19 and we can confirm that the Pearl of Africa is now free from covid19. However, travelers are advised to observe the standard operating procedures on their Uganda safari

Tourism in Uganda

Tourism is one of the busy industries in Uganda, which bring in foreign exchange into the country. The country is naturally endowed with green sceneries, wildlife, birds, lakes, rivers and hospitable people among others. Travelers take part in different experiences both adventure and relaxed depending on the traveler’s choice. The list of things to see and do in Uganda is pretty long! However, the listed below are the popular travel experiences you should not miss

Mountain Gorilla trekking
Done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, mountain gorilla trekking is a once in a lifetime experience you cannot dare miss on your Uganda safari. The pearl of Africa shelters over 450 gorillas, which make half of the world’s total gorilla population. Over 40% of travelers coming to Uganda come purposely to trek the endangered gorillas. You must buy a permit to allow you see these primates. Each permit costs $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda shillings for East African citizens. Uganda gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority and it’s advisable to book as early as 6 months before the trekking date. Uganda gorilla includes 1 Day Bwindi gorilla trekking, 4 Days Uganda double gorilla trekking and many other safaris, which combine gorilla trekking and other wildlife experiences. Altogether, Uganda has 22-gorilla families 21 dwelling in Bwindi Forest and 1 in Mgahinga. For a more experimental gorilla encounter, book a customized gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga sector of Bwindi costing $1500 per permit.

Chimpanzee trekking
Enjoy guided chimpanzee trekking to meet up with the close relatives of human beings “the chimps” in their natural habitats. Kibale Forest National Park is the prime destination for trekking chimpanzees in Uganda. The park is also known as the “primates capital of Africa” being home to the highest number of primates. There are 13 primates in Kibale Forest, which include chimpanzees, Vervet monkeys, Blue monkeys; Red tailed monkeys, Baboons, L’Hoest monkeys, Grey cheeked mangabey and black and white tailed monkeys among others. Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls Park and Kalinzu Forest are the other places to see chimpanzees in Uganda.

Game viewing
Uganda offers the best game viewing experience for travelers visiting savannah parks in different parts of the country. Game viewing is best done during game drives in the morning and evening hours when wild animals are active. The best places for game viewing in Uganda include Murchison Falls Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Kidepo Valley Park and Lake Mburo National Park. You are assured of seeing various wild animals, which include Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Buffalos, Elephants, Zebras, Spotted Hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Elands, Topis, Warthogs and cheetahs among others. Our experienced guides help you spot these animals as well as explaining the key features about each.

Bird Watching
Explore the rare birds of Uganda on our birding safari with Africa Adventure Safaris. With over 1035 birds recorded in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa offers you the best birding experience. Visit to see the rare shoebill stork at Mabamba swamp and many other birds some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Birding can be done in any of the numerous birding areas found in different parts of the country. Among the notable birds to see in Uganda include Shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Grey crowned crane, Black headed lapwing, Senegal thick knee, Silver bird, African Jacana, Goliath Heron, Giant Kingfisher, Black billed barbet, Paipaiac, African Qualifinch, Palm nut vulture, African Green Pigeon, Crowned Chested bee eater, African Harrier hawk, Mountain masked apalis, African broadbill, Collared pratincole, Pal nut vulture, African hobby, Crab plover and Spotted redshank among others. Birding in all destinations can be done all year round. Migratory birds are best done between November and April.

Cultural Tours
Experience Uganda’s culture and embrace the unique traditions, norms, customs and beliefs of local people. Made up of roughly 54 tribes, Uganda is diverse in culture. The popular visited tribes in Uganda include the batwa pygmies in southwestern Uganda and the IK people in northeastern Uganda. Different tribes perform different dances and songs. In most cases, cultural tours in Uganda are combined with other wildlife experiences such as game viewing, gorilla trekking, bird watching and many others to make a complete Uganda safari
In conclusion, Uganda is free and open for tourism despite Ebola pandemic. Book your Uganda safari today, come and experience the beauty in the Pearl of Africa

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