Dear Our Next Traveler,
We are glad you could visit our site. We believe you would like to plan a trip but you may be having some uncertainty/doubts/concerns given the prevailing situation (COVID-19) and you need some information to aid your decision. We are therefore happy to update you as below;
a). What is the current situation (Covid-19) in Uganda like?
The situation in the country has been managed well (in our opinion). Daily life in the country is returning to normal while the population is asked to continue adhering to the set out Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) e.g. wearing facemask, sanitizing hands with alcohol-based rub or soap, keeping social distance, avoiding large gatherings among others.
In term of Covid-19 cases, the country registered 41,000+ positive cases and of those, 40,000+ have recovered with 300+ deaths registered (Source: Ministry of Health site). In the press most facilities are reporting the absence of patients as the number of new cases has significantly dropped.
b). What else is being done to protect the population?
The country received the first batch of COVID vaccines at the start of March 2021 and vaccination is ongoing since March 10, 2021. The vaccination has been planned to run in a phased manner. At the launch, the Health Minister who took the first shot in an effort to give confidence to the public, outlined the schedule which put health workers (both in public and private facilities) to be first recipients. Immediate group were Security personnel of all categories. As the process continues, the next in line would be Teachers and staff in all education institutions - public and private not-for-profit, as well as private for-profit and then there will be the essential service workers who interact with many people by the nature of their work. Thereafter all persons aged 50 years and above in the country will the vaccinated. As the population continues receiving the jabs, we can confidently say that the country is getting safer every time that passes.
c). As a traveler, what do I need to know before coming?
First, the country is open to receiving travelers/tourists. On arrival, one is required to present/provide a valid PCR Test result/certificate not older than 120 hours. Once that is available and valid, one is allowed entry and proceed with the trip without any disruption (e.g. quarantine). Towards the end of your trip, you are expected to do a Covid-19 test so as to obtain another PCR result/certificate that you will present before departure. We have been able to integrate Covid-19 test within the travel itineraries and we are proud to say that our esteem clients have been able to take their Covid-19 tests without disrupting any planned activity or their fly out schedule.
d). What is your company doing to protect travelers?
We are operating in close adherence to all the Covid-19 guidelines (SOPs) set out by the line Ministry and the Ministry of Health. Expect to find an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your safari car, your driver-guide will be having his facemask on and we encourage that you carry yours too, your driver-guide shall not do a handshake/hug (please don't be offended if declined), expect to find the car clean and neat. Should you feel unwell, your driver-guide will lead you to a medical facility for attention, we provide timely alerts to all our esteem clients in case of any new restrictions put in place. We are proud to say that all our esteem clients have been able to pass their Covid-19 test while on a safari with us which has given us confidence in the efforts we put towards seeing that our clients are safe.
e). What if book my trip and travel restrictions change and I’m not able to come as planned?
You can postpone your trip to a later date (in future) and we shall reschedule at no extra cost. We offer flexible cancellation, postponement and payment conditions to our esteem clients. For instance, you will need only 60% to book your safari and 40% can be paid 2 weeks to the start date of the trip or better still, you can even pay in Cash (USD) on arrival. Once Gorilla/ Chimp permits have been reserved, the fees paid is non-refundable (unfortunately). We therefore encourage our esteem clients to postpone their trips to a later date and the trip is always rescheduled at no extra cost.
f). What should I know when I get to the national park/protected areas?
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has set the following among others;
Finally, with vaccines coming in, we are hopeful that maybe some adjustments in restrictions will soon come in and we shall be able to communicate accordingly.
WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU