Ever since the onset of this year, the world got to know of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic in the Chinese city of Wuhan city. As time passed the virus has gradually moved its epic centre from China to Europe then to the USA and today its next epicentre is predicted to be in South America especially Brazil which is having an alarming of the rate of increase in new confirmed cases per day as well as daily date rate. Against all odds, Africa has largely managed to contain the spread of this deadly Virus against all predictions made by all health experts and health organization which had feared for the worst-case scenario when the virus had made landfall on the African continent given the fragile health care systems in almost all African countries. However, this isn’t the case as the continent has so far registered 150000 cases with less than 5000 deaths hence being the continent with the least number of infections and deaths in the world something that is sharply contrasting with scientific predictions and taking the medical world with surprise given the adverse impacts the virus has had to wealthy European and American countries.
The slow rate of spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa can largely be attributed to early measures that were instigated by various African governments before the virus had had a strong grip on the local masses in Africa. Numerous African governments imposed various stringent measures that were aimed at slowing the spread of this lethal killer early in its tracks and so far the measures seem to be working and have perhaps helped many of these countries survive COVID 19’s wrath.
A case in point we will look at today is Uganda, before Uganda had even registered a single COVID-19 pandemic case, the government announced a set of measures that were aimed a curbing its spread, some of these included: closure of the country’s single international airport to both incoming and outgoing passenger flights. This was followed by the closure of all public gatherings, public transport and intensive public awareness campaigns that were to sensitise the masses on how to live in this COVIS- era. Thanks to these and many other tough measures, Uganda has registered quite a few cases and as of today, there’re 457 cases in Uganda with zero COVID-19 pandemic related deaths.
However, it can’t go without saying that the Ugandan economy just like all the other economies around the world is counting unimaginable losses due to drastic halt and pause in people’s lives and the economy. One sector in Uganda that has received a sledge hammer-like blow due to COVID- 19 pandemic’s onslaught is tourism. This is because Uganda’s tourism is heavily dependent on foreign tourist arrivals and these have been barred from coming into Uganda as mitigation factor to curtail importation of the virus into Uganda by some of the tourists who might come into the country while infected with the virus.
As we get to terms and learn how to co-exist with the virus as wait for an effective vaccine to be developed, the government has decided to make a careful attempt to re-open the economy, as a way of trying to bring normalcy to this rather anxious and a bit polarizing situation the world has been engulfed in. It is very important for me to remind you of some of the reasons why you need to plan to visit Uganda.
Uganda the land of apes
To primatologists and any other person who is intrigued by these wild cousins of ours, Uganda isn’t only the Pearl of Africa as many of us know it to be but also is truly the home of primates and this is because Uganda is home to over 13 primate species a number that isn’t easily found elsewhere on the planet. Are you on a search for mountain gorillas? If you’re, then get your bags ready and make that Uganda safari tour because Uganda is home to these elusive mountain gorillas which are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These gentle giants in Uganda almost constitute half of the world’s gorilla population which is currently standing at around 1000 individuals.
When you make your Uganda safari to this pearl of Africa, you will come to realize that mountain gorillas are just a part of what really Uganda has to offer. Uganda still has more attractions your will encounter in case you decide to make a Uganda wildlife safari. After a really spectacular encounter with the gorillas, Uganda gives you an opportunity to meet another great ape species and this is the chimpanzee. With a safari Uganda to Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, you are assured for a memorable encounter with the chimpanzees that will definitely fascinate you with their high levels of intelligence. However, as you search for the chimpanzees in Kibale you have an opportunity to meet 12 other primate species and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, the grey-cheeked mangabeys, the l’hoest monkeys, the olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, pattas monkeys and many more.
Uganda the home of birds
Birds, when you speak of birds in Africa, Uganda should be your first priority because a Uganda birding safari is to any of the numerous birding safari destinations in Uganda such as Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidpeo Valley National Park and Kibale National Park is a totally unique experience that gives you an opportunity to encounter several of the 1070 bird species that call Dear Uganda home. This makes Uganda home to over 50% of all the bird species that are found on the African continent.
Wild mammals- if you are looking for wild mammals, a Uganda wildlife safari to some of Uganda wildlife safaris destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park will give you an encounter with some of the finest African savanna mammals like you have never seen before. Many of these destinations have 4 or 5 out of the big five africa game which include African bush elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos. On top of these expect to encounter numerous other mammals such as Roth child giraffes, burchell zebras, elands, Jackson hartebeests, topis, and a wide variety antelope.