Tourists defy Ebola threat to spend time with chimps in Uganda

Visitors view the chimps on Ngamba Island
Visitors view the chimps on Ngamba Island

Robert Mugabe, a consultant with African Adventure Travellers, however confirmed to The LEP that epidemics like Ebola, riots and demonstrations have a huge impact to their business in Uganda and Africa as a whole. Yiga Moses, a guide with the same company, noted that the country has a lot of potential to boost its tourism industry but government is not doing enough to market the country. “We have everything needed to attract tourists in Uganda as a tourism destination but government needs to put in more efforts to attract new tourists every year,” he said. He advised government to always come out with a clear perspective whenever there is a problem that needs to be explained publically to both local and international levels. “Complications such as epidemic outbreaks in the country, government just keeps silence yet tourists feel more comfortable to have a position from government officials.”

Yiga explained that the challenge at hand is explaining to tourists about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa yet Uganda is a country on the African continent. “Tourists think it is in the whole of Africa. People in the West think Africa is like a hut, that what happens in the one country automatically happens to another,” he lamented. He reiterated that riots and extra use of tear gas affect their business because tourists are so sensitive to things that threaten their lives as they only come to relax and to seek adventure.

He observed that Uganda and its counterparts in East Africa need to open up their boundaries to tourists taking a leaf from their South African counterparts. “In South Africa, countries have opened up the Okavango Delta which stretches from Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana making it easier for tourists to go to the Delta, as it has been designed in a manner that tourists can get whatever they want from there,” he added.

13 thoughts on “Tourists defy Ebola threat to spend time with chimps in Uganda

  • December 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    These tourists have found out that there is no Ebola in Uganda and the flash information of Ebola in Uganda will not stand the time. This is to let the rest know that it is true there is no Ebola in Uganda come see the “pearl of Africa”.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 9:00 am
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    Ohhh..What a cute gorilla! I am really surprised why people are so much tensed for Ebola, whereas it is clearly notified that Ebola has only affected to South Africa not East Africa. Thanks for this post.

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  • January 25, 2015 at 6:12 am
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    Very well written post. It will be valuable to anybody who usess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – for sure i will check out more posts.

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  • January 26, 2015 at 11:53 pm
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    We still welcome those who are enthusiastic about Africa & would like to come to Uganda to watch the gorillas

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  • January 26, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    Uganda still has a lot to offer more than Gorillas,while gamerangertours will take you through all that you can Adventure in Africa.no Ebola at all.we love you.

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