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Is Uganda safe ?

On April 7, an American tourist and her guide were rescued unharmed after being kidnapped in a Ugandan national park several days earlier, according to Reuters.

Above; The boarder of the Queen Elizabeth Park and the Democratic Republic of the Congo;

According to USA Today, Kimberly Sue Endicott and her Colongese guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, were taken at gunpoint from Queen Elizabeth National Park on April 2, . The publication, which identified the park as “‘Uganda’s most popular tourist destination,’” also reported that a Canadian couple spending time in the park alongside Endicott and Mirenge was robbed but ultimately left behind.

 

Above; Shooting hippos with Simon on the Ishasha River in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda

Having been to Uganda and the Queen Elizabeth Park myself recently, I found no issues at all with Ugandans. For me it is perfectly safe, but like all things in life, if you don’t have your street smart wits switched on, you just as likely to end up in a situation as you are in most countries and cities around the world, including London, where I live.

 

Above ; Locals in the village of Bwindi, Uganda

Eco Tourism is an important source of income in Uganda. In places like Bwindi, tourism has helped build a local Ugandan community that is committed to tourism and the protection of mountain gorillas.They are situated in the adjacent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and frequently even appear in local fields and hotel gardens. Without tourists, we would not have seen the local gorilla population grow in the past few years. Tourism has built a community around these critically endangered animals and now, poaching these animals has become a thing of the past. Locals understand the importance of the mountain gorilla and their roles as caretakers.

Above;  female Mountain Gorilla shows off her new born baby to us

Uganda is safe in my opinion. For me, I would go back in a heart beat.

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