Uganda National Parks Open for Tourism after Lock-down
One of the sectors that were greatly hit by the Pandemic is Tourism.
This came after multiple countries issued travel bans for their nationals to different destinations that showed up abundant positive cases for COVID-19.
Some of these destinations included China, Italy, and Spain, the United States of America, France and more.
Later on, all countries including Uganda decided to shut down their airports and also locked all borders intending to curb the widespread of the novel coronavirus.
Uganda closed its airport in March after confirming one positive case for COVID-19. The patient was a Ugandan national traveling from Dubai.
This makes it easy to understand why the President of Uganda decided to order for the closure of Entebbe International Airport.
All international flights to the country and out to other parts of the country were cancelled. This left most Ugandans abroad and foreigners in Uganda in a circle of tears.
During the lock-down, the airport only received the cargo and special flights not until the government decided to allow in passenger flights for only Ugandans who are stuck abroad.
Leaving alone the closure of Entebbe airport, Uganda moved on to stop tourism activities in all the country’s protected areas including the ten National Parks, Sanctuaries and game reserves.
Parks that plays host to multiple species of primates and apes were the first to be closed.
These are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Park.
Game reserves included Budongo forest, Kalinzu Wildlife reserve and Sanctuaries like Ngamba Islanda Chimp and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The move was meant to protect mostly the primates and apes in Uganda. Since they share some features with human beings, it isn’t a surprise for a Chimpanzee or a Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi to test positive for COVID-19.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga were the first to be closed, but later on, the others were ordered to stop all tourism activities for the benefit of Uganda’s tourism sector.
Closing of Uganda’s National Parks was meant not only to curb the spread of coronavirus to Wildlife but also to boost the habitats and numbers of Wildlife species in Uganda.
It isn’t doubted because multiple births of baby Gorillas have been recorded during the lock-down.
If you are a person who loves nature don’t hesitate to visit the Parks immediately when tourism is back to its normal.
Most places within the Parks will be fresh and occupied by a wealth of wildlife species including wild animals and birds.
As we wait for the opening of Entebbe airport, all Uganda’s Parks, Sanctuaries and game reserves are declared open for all tourists from different regions of the country and other parts of the World.
Of all parks, you should not miss Bwindi, Mgahinga and Kibale on your Uganda Safari especially if you are in Uganda for primates and apes. Right now there are green, tranquil and dotted with a plethora of wildlife species.
Newborn baby gorillas were recorded during the lock-down so what you should expect is to see a variety of Gorillas on your Gorilla tour in Bwindi or Mgahinga.
If you are a first-time Gorilla trekker, this is for you. Gorilla trekking in Uganda requires a must buy Gorilla permit.
This card costs 700 USD per person and is valid for use by one individual on the respective date.
Each Gorilla family is allowed to be visited by a group of eight tourists per day. The trekking excursions include some walks.
Distance covered and time taken depends on the exact location of the family you are tracing for. The adventure is a bit strenuous but worth it once you make it to where the Gorillas are.
If Gorilla trekking doesn’t appeal, Uganda is also famous for its engaging Wildlife safaris, rich Culture, luscious cuisine and breathtaking adventure trips.
For those who are addicted to wild animals like the African Big five, parks like Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo and Semliki National Park should not miss on your wish list.
After the outbreak of COVID-19, the travel industry was hugely hit and left most travel destinations or tour operators in losses.
It is not that most travelers don’t have money to sponsor their travels, but some are scared of the virus and other countries still have travel bans on tourists from some countries that are widely infected with the Virus.
Uganda is not amongst the countries that are not safe to travel, therefore if it is on your bucket list, don’t delay to start with it on your next holidays.
Africa isn’t infected much with the Virus-like it is in Europe, the United States and South America.
For Africa, the most exposed countries to COVID-19 are South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.
Countries like Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo have less positive and death cases for COVID-19.
This approves them safer for travels. Just get prepared, process all the documentation, and test for the Virus and board for a remarkable Uganda Safari.
Do you fancy crowd-free adventures in Uganda? This is the right time to have great moments in Uganda’s major places of interest.
After five months of lock-down, all protected areas are untouched, noise-free and fresh for relaxed Safari of a lifetime.