Uganda re-opens national parks to tourists: In a statement issued on the 5th June 2020 by the management of Uganda wildlife Authority. Savannah national parks are re-open to tourists who wish to visit. The savannah parks include queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake mburo national park, and semuliki national park. Note that the primate’s national park such as bwindi forest national parks, Kibale forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park still remain closed to tourists.
The opening of the national park also comes hand in hand with the opening of Uganda wildlife Authority head offices in Kampala to anyone who would wish to transact any business relative to Uganda wildlife Authority niche.
The Authority also emphasis that all tourism activities conducted in the re-opened national parks, has to be conducted in the manner that complies with the standard operation procedures that were put in place by ministry of health in order to curb the spread the covid-19 pandemic.
Some of the standard operating procedures that all visitors visiting the various open national parks have to observe include the following.
- All visitors are subjected to mandatory temperature checks or screening by the non-contact infra-red thermometers at all the park entrances.
- All visitors must wash their hands or sanitize their hands at all UWA offices as well as at all the open protected areas.
- All saloon vehicle will be prohibited to conduct game drive activities in the park.
- Big groups of travellers amounting to over 25 people entering the park and doing the same activities shall not be allowed.
- Activities such as destination weddings in the park shall not be allowed.
- Tourists visiting the national park as also encouraged to carry their own sanitizers and face masks to ensure extra caution.
- The government directive of carrying half capacity of passengers in order to ensure that he social distancing is observed. This directive also applies to the boats in the park as well as the concessionaire delivery vehicles.
Form more information regarding visit and precautions to the protected areas, refer to the Uganda wildlife Authority websites. www.ugandawildlife.org