Uganda International Airport, land borders reopen
Uganda airport reopening; One of the top questions for those interested in taking Uganda safari holidays is, is the airport open? Yes, Uganda’s international airport has been reopened for commercial flights and therefore tourists can visit the country now. On September 19th 2020, the president of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced that Entebbe International Airport and land borders are now open for those coming in or going out of Uganda. In his full statement, the president stated that;
“The international airport and land borders will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans. How will this be done? The tourists will be driven straight from the airport to their destinations or to designated transit hotels that are set aside for that purpose. Business delegations should also be handled in the same way by the local partners. The returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will be allowed to go home. The ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up. Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.”
Reopening of the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda comes after about six month ever since it was closed in March when the country had its first COVID-19 patient. After the closure of the airport it followed the closure of all national parks in Uganda. However, the parks were slowly opened up for domestic tourists then now with the opening of the airport and borders, the parks can be visited by international tourists. With the airport reopened, tourists can now book Uganda tours and undertake any activity.
Activities to do in Uganda
As tourists plan to visit Uganda, many may wonder which activities to undertake. Here are some of the top activities to undertake during a trip to Uganda;
- Gorilla trekking Uganda
Gorilla trekking is a top activity in Uganda done at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mountain gorillas live in their natural habitat and the only way to see them is by taking a Uganda gorilla safari. To see the mountain gorillas, tourists have to trek through the dense jungle, for about 2-6 hours. However, only a maximum of 1 hour is what individuals can spend watching the gorilla family. Each morning, a group of 8 individuals are allocated a single gorilla family to trek. Each group goes along with armed park rangers. The trekking experience itself is one that is memorable and worth undertaking, combined with watching a gorilla family for one hour is a lifetime experience.
- Gorilla Habituation Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Rather than the popular gorilla trekking, Bwindi is the only place for a gorilla habituation experience. Mountain gorilla habituation is the activity done by park rangers especially to make the specific wild gorilla population familiar to the presence of humans. Before any mountain gorilla population is opened up for gorilla trekking, it goes through habituation. Each day, a total of 4 tourists can join the park rangers, conservationists and gorilla doctors for a gorilla habituation experience. For mountain gorilla habituation persons spend 4 hours interacting with these “almost habituated gorillas”. These gorillas are not fully habituated and therefore chance to see the behavior of gorillas in the wild before getting familiar with the presence of humans. A gorilla habituation permit costs US$ 1500.
- Chimpanzee trekking
Uganda offers the best chimpanzee trekking in Africa in the different habitats. The chimpanzee habitats include Kibale National Park, Budongo forest and Kyambura Gorge. Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park Kanyanchu trail have been trekked ever since 1993 and the chances of seeing them is always assured. Guided chimpanzee trekking walks happen on a daily starting with two sessions one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The morning chimpanzee trekking activity starts at 8 am and the afternoon session starts at 2pm. Each chimpanzee trekking session in Kibale lasts about 3 hours depending on the different factors.
- Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
The chimpanzee habituation experience is the process of getting chimps accustomed to human presence and this is done in Kibale forest. Visitors who would want to have a chimpanzee habituation experience accompany researchers and habituators into the forest to spend time with wild chimpanzees and get them familiar to human presence. These chimpanzees are not accustomed to human presence as those seen during chimpanzee trekking.
Chimpanzee habituation is available in the park for visitors interested in a full day or half day habituation experience. For the morning experience, visitors get the chance to see chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30 am before they start feeding and going about their day. During the chimpanzee habituation period, visitors watch chimpanzees feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying their characteristics. A typical chimpanzee day ends by around 7 pm when they build nests to spend the rest of their night.
- Wildlife game drives
Uganda has several wildlife habitats, which tourists can visit for wildlife game drives. To have a great wildlife tour, tourists should include in game drives for the wildlife viewing experience. Game drives offer the best opportunities to see lots of wildlife especially in the dry season.
Other activities in Uganda include bird watching, white water rafting, hot air balloon, hiking and nature walks, abseiling, Kampala city tour, cultural tours and many more. Choose any activity and book with us your next trip. Wit Uganda airport reopening, all East African airports are now open to tourists and therefore making it possible for East African tours. Wildlife tours in Kenya and Tanzania safaris, can be tailored with Rwanda gorilla tours or gorilla trekking in Uganda.