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Is Uganda safe for Australians on a Safari? The No Spin Reality

Posted by on November 3, 2020

Is it Safe for Australians to go on Safari in Uganda?

What about the Australian Travel Advisories about Uganda

Australian Smart Traveller Site: Reconsider your need to travel to within 50 kilometers of Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and the Murchison Falls National Park because of the risk of banditry and attacks by armed groups.

Our Response:  Many Australians have either not read the advisory or have chosen to ignore it. There are no armed groups. There are only gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park and no Guerillas. Guerillas are active across the border in the Kivu province of DR Congo.

For the last twenty years, Gorilla Trekking has been safe and secure in Uganda. The Ugandan Army keeps patrols the border with DR Congo.  There is an above-normal police presence in the villages surrounding both Gorilla Parks supplemented by the Tourism Police.  Armed Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger escort gorilla Trekkers.  We do Gorilla and not Guerrilla Safaris. There are no armed Guerilla Groups inside Uganda since Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army fled into DR Congo. Guerilla Trekking is one of the safest tourism activities in all of Africa.

About the Smart Travellers that there is a risk of Banditry in Southwest Uganda.  We find that a ludicrous and inappropriate claim contrary to reality. The word Banditry refers to acts of robbery and violence in areas where the rule of law has broken down. That is contrary to the reality that awaits you in Uganda. We ask you to do a Google search typing in Banditry in Uganda 2019.

Do Australians have to fear an imminent Terrorist Attack in Uganda?

Australian Smart Traveller Site: A terror attack could happen anywhere and at any time in Uganda. Heightened security arrangements are in place in public places, including borders and at the international airport. Expect body, car, and luggage checks when traveling in Kampala. Pay close attention to your personal security and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Our Response: In today’s world, a Terrorist Attack could occur in the world at any time, including in Australia.  There has been no Terrorist Attack in Uganda during the World Cup since 2010. That was a wake-up call to increase security and terrorism counter-intelligence. Ugandan Security has pre-empted various terrorist plans, and Uganda is one of the safest nations in Africa for Travelers.

We would suggest that the Australian Government focus on Terrorism Attacks that have taken place in Australia. The number of terrorism and the frequency of attacks makes Uganda look like a haven.

Yes, you are checked, scanned when entering into parking lots, hotels, shopping centers, banks. We have accepted that in Uganda as a small price for security and safety.

Is Kidepo Valley Park safe for Australian Travelers on Safari?

Australian Smart Traveller Site:  Reconsider your need to travel to the Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda, including Kidepo National Park, because of the risk of banditry and inter-tribal clashes.

Our Response: Ironically, the UK dropped travel advisories for Kidepo Valley Park following what the US had done years earlier. The Karamoja region used to be known as Uganda’s Wild West.  That is no longer the case after massive disarmament operation by the Ugandan Military. There is a robust military presence in the area. Kidepo Valley Park is one of the best parks in Africa. It is Africa as it used to be 50 plus years ago. Some have referred to it as a lost Eden. The park has elite Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers that have done an excellent job keeping Tourists safe and secure, including Australians.

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What our Clients say abouy their Safari in Uganda – 4 reviews are by Ausralians:

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