Is Uganda Safe for Tourism
Is Uganda Safe for Tourism? Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) assures visitors and tourists that the tourism facilities in Kampala and across Uganda are safe. Media reports have sensationalized but the Government and the Police have assured the general public of safety and security
Uganda Tourism Board emphasizes that tourist visitation and activity in Uganda over the past weeks has been at normal levels due to the prevailing peace nationwide. To ensure and maintain the safety for all tourists, the Uganda Tourism Police, which is a unit of the Uganda Police Force, maintains a presence all around the country. The 1200 strong Uganda tourism police is the largest such force in the region.
UTB reassures visitors and tourists that all hotels and other tourism facilities in Kampala and around the country are safe and fully operational. While in Uganda, you could also visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Parking Uganda home of the endangered mountain gorilla, spend a night on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, visit Queen Elizabeth National Park where over 640 bird species have been recorded.
Further north, you can go to the Murchison Falls National Park where the mighty Nile squeezes through a narrow gorge, only 7 metres (23ft) wide, before plunging 43 metres (141ft) below. If you are into fishing, the River Nile is a great area for sport fishing. Still north you can enjoy the hidden gem of Kidepo Valley National Park.
Away from the wild, you can enjoy the vibrant life of Kampala– the entertainment city of East Africa that never goes to sleep. Going East, you can travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa where the Nile begins its journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The ashes of Gandhi, the great leader of India, were sprinkled at the source of the Nile in Jinja where they too began their journey to the rest of the world.
Not far from the airport, join the party at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and get the opportunity to feed the animals. Or take a speed boat to Ngamba Island to meet one the chimps of the 100 acre island. Get close up with the chimps at their meal time. If you have time on you before your flight, go fishing (catch and let go) with the Ngamba team before taking your speed boat back and checking in.
Wherever you go in Uganda, you are sure to enjoy the best of the people—with 56 languages and dialects, you will sample as many cultures, foods, lifestyles – all linked by the smile and warmth that defines the people of Uganda. It is a nation that brings together all peoples and probably that is why Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were sent to the world from here at the source of the Nile.