Uganda Standard Operating Procedures sops for gorilla tracking, new COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures for reopening Uganda tourism and all national parks in Uganda starting from 1st October 2020, all tourism facilities will be open including gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and in Mgahinga gorilla national park and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park also known as primates capital of Africa.
After reopening of all Uganda land border and international airport for international flights, the government has set up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tourists and other visitors visiting Uganda, those SOPs are designed to guide both staff and visitors during tourism activities and research activities in all Uganda Protected areas to ensure the safety of Uganda wildlife Authority staff, tour guides, tourists and other tourism stakeholders.
Over 90% of Uganda safaris involves gorillas or chimpanzees trekking as we are going to see some of the Uganda Standard Operating Procedures sops for gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking below, these SOPs keeps changing so it’s always good to contact us for updated information.
Uganda Standard Operating Procedures sops for gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking
- Park rangers or other staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority on duty will ensure there is social distancing among the tourists and other visitors while on gorilla or chimpanzee tracking.
- Before and after gorilla or chimpanzee trekking, all tourist in the group will sanitize their hands.
- All visitors are encouraged to carry light equipment when going for gorilla tracking to minimize the need for porters because they are trying to minimize the number of people while tracking.
- Because of the side effects of putting on masks for a long time in the high altitudes, gorilla tracking has been organized in the way that they will be a number of stopovers during the tracking to give tourists time to breathe fresh air and during those stopovers, social distancing will be mandatory.
- At the briefing points, all tourists and Uganda Wildlife Authority staff their temperature taken; wash hands and sanitizing will be enforced.
- All briefing and debriefing for the tourist going gorilla or chimpanzee tracking will be done in small groups of 8 tourists after they have been assigned gorilla or chimp families for tracking.
- Tourists and staff who will be observed as having symptoms of flu or being sick during the briefing will not be allowed to join others for tracking.
- All the tourists/visitors, Uganda wildlife authority staff, and trackers must wear government recommended masks.
- Only eight (8) tourists will be allowed to track each gorilla family/group daily while only Six (6) tourists will be allowed to track each chimpanzee family/group per day.
In addition to the above Uganda Standard Operating Procedures sops for gorilla tracking, there are also other guidelines specifically for accommodation, restaurants, game drives, boat cruises, tourists vehicles, and all other related tourist activities in Uganda so if you want any specific SOPs for any specific activity you can always contact us we are at your disposal for any other information you may need.
Uganda reopened all its tourism activities when Uganda reopened its international airports for international flights and all its land borders for tourists, business travelers, and other visitors visiting Uganda.
Uganda has been ranked number ten (10) in the whole world in managing the COVID19 pandemic well, Uganda has only a few recorded Covid-19 related deaths, and dose other positive cases have already been healed. Kisoro tours Uganda is dedicated to keeping all its clients in the loop, so feel free to contact us for all updates you need.