Uganda Safe for Tourists Despite Fighting in Nearby Congo
23rd March 2017
Revised in August 2019.
Uganda Very Safe for Tourists Despite Fighting in Nearby Congo
Uganda is safe for tourists despite fighting in some parts of DRC. There is no fighting in any area of Uganda, no war in Uganda and there has been no terrorism since 2010 in Uganda.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has come out to assure tourists that the border national parks in western Uganda are safe despite ongoing fighting in neighbouring DR Congo.
There has been growing speculation about the safety of tourists visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Lillian Nsubuga, the UWA Public Relations Manager said Wednesday that UWA is working with security agencies and UPDF to maintain land, air and marine surveillance of the parks and borders to ensure safety of visitors.
A mountain Gorilla in Uganda
Also, the wildlife body is working with Rwanda under the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) to protect the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif where clashes have occurred.
“This reassurance is aimed at assuring tourists that are planning to visit Uganda’s parks that they have nothing to worry about their safety, and that they do not need to cancel their trips,” Nsubuga said in a statement.
Tourism is currently Uganda’s second highest foreign exchange earner, having brought in US$800m last year. Also, last year, Uganda was voted the best tourism destination for 2012 by the Lonely Planet.
Tourist lodges and guest houses in western Uganda areas which border with the restive eastern DRC, have recently reported cancellations or postponements of visits by tourists.
However, other lodges such as Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Silverback Lodge in Bwindi, reported not being affected and the reservations had been honoured.
“UWA calls on the public especially communities neighbouring the national parks to help in strengthening the security in their areas by reporting any suspicious people or activities in their vicinity,” Nsubuga said.