Uganda Savannah Parks Re-Open Amidst Global Pandemic
Uganda savannah parks re-open amidst global pandemic as per the 5th June 2020 official communication from the Uganda Wildlife Authority as quoted; “The management of Uganda Wildlife Authority wishes to inform the public that after consultations with various stakeholders and putting in place standard operating procedures for the containment of the possible spread of Covid-19 in our protected area, the savannah parks are now open for tourism. Primate parks however remain closed to the public until further notice.” This means that Uganda savannah parks that include Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park and Semuliki National Park are open to tourists to visit to enjoy all the tourist activities that include among others game drives, walking safari, birding and boat safaris.
Primate parks that include Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kibale Forest National Park and the much celebrated Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where tourists enjoy gorilla trekking and habituation, chimpanzee tracking and habituation as well as golden monkey tracking will remain closed to the general public until further notice. This is to solely protect these primates that are very susceptible to catching the deadly Coronavirus disease that is ravaging the world.
Uganda savannah parks re-open amidst global pandemic after being closed to the public upon the confirmation of Covid-19 infections in Uganda not so long ago.
The statement further notified the concerned that the Kampala office is also open to the public who may require in-person services.
Though Uganda savannah parks re-open amidst global pandemic to tourists, all activities therein shall be undertaken in a manner that ensures all guidelines by the Ministry of Health and government directives are adhered to effectively. These include;
- Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates of the protected areas.
- Mandatory hand washing or sanitizing at the entrances of all Uganda Wildlife Authority premises and protected areas.
- Carrying half capacity in all vehicles including tour cars and boats in the parks. Concessionaire delivery vehicles are also impacted.
- Saloon cars shall not be permitted to carry out game drives in the parks.
- Large groups of persons exceeding 25 people shall not be permitted in the park at the same time for the same activities.
- Events such as destination weddings and marathons shall not be permitted in the interim.
- Visitors going to the parks are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitizers and facemasks to protect themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus disease.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has trained its staff and provided them with appropriate protective gear that they wear to protect not only themselves but also the visitors from any possible infection. Staff on duty shall also continuously sensitize the visitors on the general government approved Covid-19 operational guidelines including the standard operating procedures developed and approved by the Uganda Wildlife Authority management.
Having Uganda savannah parks re-open amidst global pandemic entails caution to be practiced at all times by all the stakeholders. Operating while exercising a high degree of caution to ensure the safety of all persons is very paramount. As we all visit those amazingly beautiful savannah parks for game viewing and much more, adhering to the laid out government guidelines to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease should not be forgotten. Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to plan for you a relaxing safari in any of our savannah parks and get to enjoy game viewing, walking safaris, boat safaris, cultural encounters, among so many others that will leave you with amazing memories despite the pandemic effects.