Practical Step to keep Safe and Secure in Uganda in 2019
In the Light of the Kidnapping of an American Tourist and Driver -Is it Safe to travel to Uganda in 2019?
Is it Safe to travel to Uganda in 2019 in the light of the April 2019 Kidnapping of Kimberly Sue Endicott and her drive in the Ishasha Region of Queen Elizabeth Park? (They were both released). Those are legitimate concerns, anyone who is thinking about heading to Uganda. Concerns that we understand, address and deal with implementing in practical ways to ensure the Safety, Security, and Wellbeing of those on Safari with us in the Pearl of Africa.
Dr. Peter Tarlow, a security expert told the reliable and well-known in travel circles E-TurboNews: “The tragic kidnapping that recently 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.”
“However, Uganda cannot afford to rely on its recent past but must show the world what it is doing in the future.”
Safe Safaris are the norm and not the exception in Uganda, we do not have attacks on tourist hotels, on lodges in wildlife reserves. When it comes to terrorism Uganda has been exceptional in East Africa setting a role model for other countries. Crimes happen anywhere and one has to put into perspective.
Do I avoid visiting Vancouver Canada if some tourist is kidnapped on a holiday there, most likely not?
Uganda, with security at an unprecedented level, is safer now than it has ever been. Uganda’s Parks are safer in 2019 than they ever have been before with the increased security measures that have been taken.
Is it Safe to travel to Uganda in 2019? – Our Practical Safety-Security Avice & Tips
Tried and Proven Steps to keep you Safe and give you Peace of Mind Traveling to Uganda – Especially if you are Going on a Safari in Uganda
1. Prior to 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.
2. Take out Travelers Insurance that includes 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 wonderful 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 exactly what US State Department suggest 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.
- 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.
- No Driving in parks from 7:30 pm until 6:30 am.
- 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.
- No Game Drives without an armed ranger on board vehicle
- On all activities have at least a copy of passport in a daypack and your mobile phone. Turn it off on activities such as Gorilla Trekking.
- Boat Safaris we encourage the use of a life vest.
- On a Family Safari never let children be unattended.
- Dress for the occasion – gorilla, chimpanzee trek, hike, volcano climb – follow our suggestion, they are for your wellbeing.
- Use a porter whenever available such as for Gorilla Trekking
- Do not wear Camouflage clothing – it gets you unnecessary attention and is not suggested
- Sitting on the roof of a vehicle is not allowed since Uganda Wildlife Authority deems it as dangerous.
- 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.
Is it Safe to travel to Uganda in 2019? 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.