As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to globally trend, we are experiencing how sensitive the tourism industry is and how what we formerly considered an unthinkable worldwide impact, has ultimately unfolded before our own eyes.
Countless changes in the past few weeks have happened in the travel and tourism industry around the world, and it is now only a matter of time for more.
One of such fresh changes due to COVID-19 is Uganda’s suspension of the country’s most expensive and popular form of wildlife tourism.
In a public statement released by Uganda Wildlife Authority’s (UWA) Executive Director this morning, 25th March 2020, Uganda will with immediate effect suspend primate tourism and research until 30th April 2020.
All gorilla tracking safaris, chimpanzee trekking holidays, and trips to track golden monkeys among other primates will therefore be momentarily put on hold until the end of April
This precautious move comes as the country monitors the containment of the spread of COVID-19 and its implications to wildlife conservation and tourism in the protected areas.