Current Security Conditions for Travelers to Uganda

Posted by on August 20, 2018

Unofficial Security Travel Advisories for Uganda

Travel Information – Stay informed regarding Current Security Conditions August – 2018

Current Security Conditions for Travelers to Uganda – the Safest Place to be in Uganda is on a Safari.  Uganda, like most nations, has some flare-ups that could cause problems for Travelers unless you are with a seasoned Tour Operator such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.

We live and work here, we know the current conditions that might be problematic for Visitors and cause inconveniences and Security Concerns. Similar things can happen in your home country such as a protest in Kampala or a border issue that gets blown out of proportion in the International Media.

Uganda remains one of the safest countries to visit and has no cities listed in the top African Crime Cities like places in South Africa and Nairobi Kenya.

Since we live in an age of 24-hour news cycles we list events or situations in Uganda from a local perspective keeping in mind that our Clients are International Visitors who know little about Uganda and Africa except what they read online or in Newspapers whose reporters are often not inside of Uganda.

Current Safety Conditions and Concerns for Travelers to Uganda-2018

The Current Safety Conditions -August 21 – Political Protests over the Arrest and Incarceration of Bobi Wine  aka Robert Kyagulanyi who is a member of parliament representing Kyadondo East.  Bobi Wine used to be referred to as the Ghetto President when he was still an entertainer due to his ability to be in touch with the common man or woman in Uganda.  His Slogan “People Power – Our Power could be heard in various towns of Uganda and many were arrested by the police.

The protesters accuse the government of arresting and torturing MPs Bobi Wine, Francis Zaake and others who were arrested in Arua last Monday, following a fracas that happened between MP-Elect Kassiano Wadri’s supporters and those of NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu which included an attack on a presidential Convoy in which President Museveni was. Over 30 people including MPs and journalists were arrested.

Uganda celebrates Heroes of the faith each year on Martyr’s DAy.  Bobi Wine and others through the arrest, the charges such as Treason and inciting of a riot, Bobi Wine, and others due to actions by the government, social media have become candidates for a political form of martyr-hood where they are seen as larger than life figures standing against the powers that are.  Bobi Wine and others are being made famous by those that want to contain him and his rise to popularity. 

 The current protests have led to Cautions and Travel Advice both by the US Embassy in Kampala and UK Foreign Office.   We live here, we work here, we have a family, we have employees and we have clients all for whom we are concerned. Will 

For those who are on Safari with us will not be near any protests, not near any demonstration, the only force you might see in Action is a silverback gorilla charging you.  The safest place to be is on a safari in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. Demonstrations, political demonstrations anywhere in the world often become filled with a lot of passion events as they have done here.  Police here do not have the restrictions as to the use of force however the new Chief of the Ugandan Police is a much more measured man than in the past and will not allow rampant force unleashed on protesters as in times past. There have been some deaths reported due to the live bullets being used.  Several police officers are in custody as an investigation takes place.

For those on Safari with us, please remember not to take pictures of the police unless you have asked for permission to take one and permission has been granted.  For those that are not on Safari with us, do what we do.  Avoid the downtown areas as in Kampala.  Our Clients will stay in peaceful suburbs away from any demonstrations.  If you are in the area where a protest is taking place, leave immediately.  Take a taxi, a motorcycle Boda Boda and get away from the area.  It is always to use common sense and err on the side of safety. 

We are not political commentators, we only know what is best for our clients, our families which is the peace and stability this country has enjoyed for some years now. Reasons why tourism has thrived in recent years.  If we felt that our Clients were in danger during their time in Uganda, we would cancel the Safari. In the past, we have had the Walk to Work Protests, and further back the Mabira Forest protests and a few others and no clients have ever been in danger from such protests, as none will be this time.

Current Security Conditions – You read news about Uganda through a veil called the Press, we experience and know what is going on in the Pearl of Africa, we live and work here. Lastly, the protests are isolated to larger towns and do not affect the majority of Ugandans.  

Bypassing all Demonstrations:  You can fly into Kigali Rwanda and trek Gorillas in Uganda returning to Kigali and never be near even one protest.

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo Spats on Lake Albert and Lake Edward:

During July there were two incidents that involved the Military of Uganda and the DRC in clashes resulting in the death of both Congolese and Ugandans.  Lake Edward and Lake Albert are both patrolled by DRC and Ugandan Military Boats.  Over the years there have been spats over oil right, boundaries and citizens fishing in another countries waters.

The incidents were on the two lakes and did not involve Tourists in any way.  The incidents were over fishing rights and Congolese accused of fishing in Ugandan Territorial Waters.

This happens from time to time.  Currently, a mission from the DRC is coming to Uganda to resolve the issues at hand.

Ironically the Ugandan Military is joining forces with the Congolese Military Operations against Rebels inside of the DRC.

At the end of August these Fishing Right incidents have mostly calmed down and there is nothing being reported as to further incidents in the Ugandan Press.

 Uganda remains a Guerilla-Free Zone:

Current Security Conditions in Uganda for Visitors and tourists mean that you are safe and secure.  Avoid any Protest Rallies and do not fish on Lake Albert until things are resolved.

Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Wildlife Game Drives, Lodges, and Hotel are as safe or even safer than your home country.  Uganda needs the Tourism Dollar and will do whatever it takes to make Uganda Safe and Secure for Visitors.

If you are concerned about Safety and Security, contact us and ask us about your concerns.  Uganda in 2018 is one of only two countries where you can safely track Gorillas in the Wild. Virunga National Park in the DRC remains closed for the duration of the year.

This page will be updated if there are any Safety and Security Concerns inside of Uganda that could be problematic for Visitors.