Tragedy struck on October 17-2023, as the Honeymoon Couple and their driver were killed in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Here is Uganda’s response to the attack on Tourists on October 17 -2023
On October 17, 2023, a heartbreaking incident occurred in Queen Elizabeth National Park near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). David and Celia Barlow, a British and South African couple, along with their Ugandan guide Eric Ayai, were killed during a safari.
The Ugandan government has attributed the responsibility to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an extremist group. The ADF, allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISI, L), has claimed responsibility, referring to the victims as “three Christian tourists” who were allegedly killed with machine guns.
The Ugandan government has pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice and has announced a successful joint operation by the military and intelligence agencies. This operation resulted in the elimination of the ADF squad responsible for the attack. The captured ADF commander is expected to face trial. The military spokesperson, Deo Akiiki, revealed that the apprehended militia leader was found in possession of the belongings of the slain tourists and the ID card of their Ugandan guide.
The ADF has a history of opposition to the Ugandan government since the 1990s but was previously defeated by the national army. The group subsequently retreated into the DRC, where it engaged in illicit activities such as timber, gold, and agricultural product trades. Four years ago, the ADF pledged allegiance to ISIL and was designated as a “terrorist organization” by the Ugandan government.
It is important to note that this information is based on details available until September 2021. For the most recent updates on the security situation in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is advisable to refer to reliable news sources or official government statements.
Our hearts go to the families of the Honeymoon couple and the family of the Ugandan driver. Uganda is doing its best to catch the perpetrators and ensure this incident will not be repeated.
Uganda responds to the attack on Tourists on October 17 -2023,
Uganda responded to the attack on tourists on October 17 -2023. Ensuring safety in Uganda is a top priority for both tourists and Ugandans. The government, along with agencies like the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda People’s Defense Forces, and the Police, has taken significant steps to create a secure environment.
Transparency is key. The government provides accurate and detailed information about incidents, including relevant affiliations or motivations, to foster understanding and enable appropriate actions.
Collaboration with law enforcement and security forces is vital. Proactive intelligence gathering, increased patrols, and advanced security technologies are implemented nationwide to prevent and respond to potential threats.
Community engagement is encouraged. Strong relationships between local communities, law enforcement, and tourism stakeholders promote reporting suspicious activities and sharing vital information.
Ongoing training and capacity building for security personnel ensure they are equipped to address security challenges swiftly and effectively.
International cooperation plays a crucial role. Partnerships with other countries and organizations facilitate intelligence exchange and collaboration to counter radicalization and terrorism.
The ultimate goal is to create a safe environment for all. Uganda is committed to proactive measures, refining security strategies, and adapting to emerging threats.
By implementing these comprehensive measures, Uganda aims to provide peace of mind to its citizens and visitors, ensuring a welcoming and secure destination for everyone.
Uganda responds to attack on Tourists on October 17 -2023
Follow the Rules in Uganda’s National Parks and Preserves:
Parks are under the jurisdiction of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, gardens are well-regulated, and the rules are strictly enforced. Besides Uganda Wildlife Authority’s rules, we have added some of our own to keep you safe and secure on your Safari in Uganda.
No movement on foot without an armed Ranger escort outside of the park; stay with your driver-guide
- No Driving in parks from 7:30 pm until 6:30 am.
- No, they are wandering away from a Lodge 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 the vehicle
- Have at least a copy of your passport in a daypack for all activities.
- 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 suggestions. They are for your well-being.
- Use a porter whenever available, such as for Gorilla Trekking.
- Do not wear camouflage clothing – it gets unnecessary attention and is not recommended.
- Sitting on top of vehicles during Game Drives is not allowed for your safety.
- Nocturnal Game Drives are only conducted with Uganda Wildlife Vehicles except where UWA authorizes a lodge to do so.
Uganda responds to attack on Tourists on October 17 -2023,
Safety and Security Guarantee on Safari in Uganda?
When going on a safari in Uganda, remember that no one can guarantee your safety. Wildlife encounters and travel in natural environments always carry inherent risks. Follow experienced guides and reputable tour operators like KSabiza Wilderness Safaris to stay safe.
Research and choose operators such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris that prioritize safety measures, adhere to park rules and maintain a respectful distance from wildlife. Consider travel insurance for emergencies. Prioritize your safety by making informed decisions, being cautious, and following professional guidance.
Travel, Safaris, and life itself come along with risk factors. Most are willing to leave their comfort travel zone to go on Safari. We will do our best to keep you safe and secure!
We are fully committed to keeping you safe and secure on your Safari in Uganda.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris is fully committed to ensuring your safety, security, and well-being during your Safari in Uganda. We prioritize the security of our clients and take all necessary measures to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.
Our team is highly experienced and knowledgeable about the local conditions and protocols. We stay updated on the latest information from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, security agencies, and other relevant sources to ensure our clients have the most accurate and reliable information.
We strictly adhere to safety guidelines and rules set by the authorities and enforce them during our safaris. Our drivers and guides are trained professionals who always prioritize your safety. We maintain close communication with security forces and have established protocols to address potential risks or emergencies.
Rest assured that when you choose Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, you are in the hands of a dedicated team fully committed to providing a safe and secure safari experience in Uganda.
Take out a Travel Insurance Policy
Travel insurance is highly recommended before going on a safari in Uganda. It provides financial protection for unforeseen events and emergencies during your trip.
Travel insurance covers medical expenses, trip cancellation or interruption, lost or delayed baggage, emergency evacuation, and travel delays. Carefully review the policy to ensure it covers your specific needs. By obtaining travel insurance, you can mitigate financial risks and enjoy your Safari with peace of mind.