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

Posted by on December 8, 2019

Practical Steps to keep Safe and Secure in Uganda in 2020

Is it safe to travel to Uganda on a Safari in 2020? How to Stay Safe and Secure


Is it safe to travel to Uganda in 2020? Contrary to what you might think or believe, Uganda is one of the more secure, reliable, and stable countries in Africa. 

Uganda is considered one of the friendliest and welcoming countries in Africa. Over one million refugees have been welcomed and settle in Rwanda.

Safe Visits, safe safaris are the norm in Uganda and not the exception. In spite of that reality, there is the misconception that Uganda, like most of Africa, is a dangerous place.

Noting could be further from the Truth and the Reality in Uganda. 99% of the visitors never incur any problems visiting the country. Especially those on a Safari with a tour operator.

It is reflected in Facebook posts, online reviews, posts in Travel Forums, and in emails that we as a tour operator receive. We live and work here, have families here, and safety and security for them is something we care about deeply.

The government of Uganda takes Safety and Security very seriously. That is reflected in actions that the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Ugandan Military, and Police, including Tourism Police has and is taking. In 2020 the safest place to be in Uganda is on a Safari in one of the ten National Parks.

Safety and Security from the time you arrive to the time that you depart Uganda. Tourist Safety is not an afterthought but has a well thought out strategy behind it. Whether you are Gorilla Trekking or on a Game Drive. Your protection, your well-being is on everyone’s mind

Uganda, with security at an unprecedented level, is safer 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

How to Stay Safe on a Safari in Uganda – 


1. Before Arrival in Uganda, check for Traveler Advisories and Alerts issued by the U.S. State Department 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.  It 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 your Lodge. 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 well-being.
  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.

Safety and Security are the order of the day when it comes to Tourism in Uganda.

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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