Is it Safe to travel to Uganda in 2020?-Practical Steps to keep Safe

Posted by on October 15, 2019

Practical Step  to keep Safe and Secure in Uganda in 2020

Is it safe to travel to Uganda on a Safari in 2020?

Is it safe to travel to Uganda in 2020? Uganda, unlike Rwanda, never gets a break. The reason is simple. Uganda has an image problem across the world that does not match the reality on the ground in the Pearl of Africa.

I write not as a Ugandan but as an American who first came to Uganda in 1992. Many things have drastically improved over the years, and the top one is Safety and Security for visitors to Uganda.

Visitors to Uganda often remark that they feel safer here in the Pearl of Africa than they do in their own country.

In Uganda, for most who use common sense, the safest place to be is on a Safari with a tour operator such as ourselves.

Safe Safaris are the norm and not the exception. In April of 2019, we had the unfortunate exception to safe safaris when Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver were kidnapped in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth  Park? (They were both released). Dr. Peter Tarlow, a security expert, told the reliable and well-known in travel circles E-TurboNews: “The tragic kidnapping that occurred in Uganda should not be seen as indicative of overall safety in Uganda. Very much to the contrary, Uganda has been known over the decades to be a safe and secure destination. Unfortunately, there are bad people in every part of the world, and travel implies risk.”

Safe Safaris are the norm and not the exception in Uganda; we do not have attacks on tourist hotels on lodges in wildlife reserves.  Uganda is the only Mountain Gorilla Destination that has been Guerrilla Free.  

Uganda, with security at an unprecedented level, is safer now than it has ever been. Uganda’s Parks are safer in 2020 than they ever have been before with the increased security measures that have been taken.

Is it safe to travel to Uganda on a Safari in 2020? – Our Practical Safety-Security Advice & Tips

Tried and Proven Steps for a Hakuna Matata Worry-Free Safari in Uganda

1. Before Arrival in Uganda, check for Traveler Advisories and Alerts issued by the U.S. State Depart or  the British Foreign Office include checking the Website of your Country’s Embassy Website in Uganda. You can bookmark our Kabiza Travel Advisory Page, which is always current with accurate and up-to-date information.

2. Take out Travelers Insurance that consists of a Trip Cancellation Option.

3.  Do a Google News Search for Uganda that includes your concern.  Stick to local news reports by Ugandan Newspapers such as the Daily Monitor, the New Vision, Observer, Independent. Bookmark our Website and follow us on Facebook– we update daily and post security concerns if they arise.

4. Avoid Self-Drive – sounds lovely, but you do not know Uganda, and for first-time visitors driving here can be chaotic.

5.  Avoid any night travel outside of Entebbe-Kampala.  With us, Late Arrivals at Entebbe International – stay in Entebbe for the night.

6. We use only mid-range and upmarket Lodges and Hotels with onsite Security

7.  Use a Mobile Phone with Skype and or WhatsApp on it – most hotels and lodges have WiFi.

8. Do not arrange your own Safari by attempting to book lodges, a vehicle, permits.  This is not a vacation in Europe where you can easily do that.  We know Uganda, we live and work here, we know how to cut through the confusion and create a logical, sensible safari for you

9.  We suggest that without being Paranoid – stay aware. That is precisely what the US State Department suggests US Citizens traveling to Uganda do.

10.  Common Sense – do not leave home without it.

On Safari Safety and Security Advice and Tips for a Hakuna Matata No Worry Safari

The National Parks and Wildlife Reserve are under the jurisdiction of Uganda Wildlife Authority, and parks are well regulated, and the rules are strictly enforced.  Besides the rules that Uganda Wildlife Authority has, we have added some of our own that will keep you safe and secure on your Safari in Uganda.

Armed Rangers are there for your protection, and that includes protection from attacks by animals, you are in the Wild and not in a zoo.

  1. No movement on foot without an armed Ranger escort-outside of park stay with your driver-guide, this includes Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Golden Monkey Treks, Volcano Climbs, etc.
  2. No Driving in parks from 7:30 pm until 6:30 am.
  3. No wandering away from Lodge that is located in the park or at the edge of it.  There are wild animals, plus it avoids contacting poachers.
  4. No Game Drives without an armed ranger on board vehicle
  5. All activities have at least a copy of your passport in a daypack and your mobile phone. Turn it off on activities such as Gorilla Trekking.
  6. Boat Safaris, we encourage the use of a life vest.
  7. On a Family, Safari never let children be unattended.
  8. Dress for the occasion – gorilla, chimpanzee trek, hike, volcano climb – follow our suggestion, they are for your wellbeing.
  9. Use a porter whenever available such as for Gorilla Trekking
  10. Do not wear Camouflage clothing – it gets you unnecessary attention and is not suggested
  11. Sitting on the roof of a vehicle is not allowed since the Uganda Wildlife Authority deems it as dangerous.
  12. Nocturnal Game Drives are only conducted with Uganda Wildlife Vehicles except where a lodge is authorized by UWA to do so.

If you have any questions, please contact us, and we will get back to you with the answer to your question.

 The Latest Updated Daily Travel Advisories:

The latest and up to date Advice for Visitors to Uganda. The issues that are on everyone’s mind.  We give you the no-spin reality about Safety, Security, Health, including Ebola and the latest current information about what travelers need to know, such as Visas and more.

The latest you-need-to know information.  Travel Advisories that come from us, that answer pertinent peace of mind, give you a heads-up as to what awaits you in the Pearl of Africa.

Whether you are on Safari with us or someone else, it is our Wish that you have Hakuna-Matata No-Worry Safari in Africa’s Pearl – Uganda.

It is all about Know-Before you Go, and here is the latest Advice from us.

 Is it safe to travel to Uganda on Safari in 2020?

Our Answer is a resounding yes as long as you use common sense and adhere to some of the practical Safety and Security Steps that we offer you.  We are a Ugandan Tour Operator; we live and work and do not take your safety and security lightly.  We give you what we call in Uganda – Straight Talk, the Good the Bad, and The Ugly Side of the Pearl of Africa.

We are a Tour Operator, and our income is derived from Tourists that want to go on a Safari.  Before Profit, before personal benefits, the safety, security of our Clients is the first thought on our mind.  Our unwritten rule that permeates what we do – safe and secure Hakuna Matata-no worry Safaris in the Pearl of Africa, something that we have done for over a decade and will continue to do so.

The only thing that we do is to create safe-secure-Hakuna Matata No-Worry Safari in Uganda.


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