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My 17 year old is due to travel on a school trip to Uganda on Tuesday, to Kirima in Kanunga in the south west mainly. But also Kampala and the Queen Eliz national park. We are worried about recent unrest. Anyone know if it is inadvisable?

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1. Re: Safety

The situation is in control, Bwindi is actually many miles from Kasese and Bundibugyo.

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2. Re: Safety

I agree. The "unrest" was mainly targeted at local Police and "authority" in general.

The South west is many miles from where this happened. The enarest your daughter will get is when in QENP which is some 50 miles south of Kasese town.

No need to worry. she will love the country and return safe with lots of good memories.

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This article popped-up in a link i was following re reduced taxes in Tanzania. Is this the mountain range where gorilla's/chimpanzee's live? From 'East African' newspaper 09/07:

'At least 96 people have been killed in four days of clashes between tribal gunmen and Ugandan troops in the west of the country, the army said today. Five soldiers, five policemen and 11 civilians were also killed, making up a total of 96 dead in the mountainous and rural region that borders the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fighting is ongoing, although the army says it is now only between its forces and the insurgents.

The snow capped and remote Rwenzori mountains include Africa’s third highest peak Mount Stanley, a national park popular with tourists wanting to trek into the vast, jungle-covered range. Fighting is not in the park itself.'

theeastafrican.co.ke/news/…index.html

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As both Uganda Safaris and I said in our posts above Rwenzori Range is west of Fort Portal. Bwindi (where the Gorillas are) is in the Virunga range well to the south west.

Anyone going Chimp tracking, at Kanyo Pabidi or Kanyanchu, or just transiting South-North via Fort Portal will pass through Kasese but I very much doubt there will be any trouble to travellers.

When are you planning to go?

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cheers. My geography re Uganda is pretty ltd re which range is which... in which NP. I can't afford flights etc to see chimps but have a friend who did a trek in Mountains of the Moon a few years ago and remember his vivid description of the bush. Very different to what I'm used to in Zim and RSA. Horrible for the minority tribespeople in Uganda and hopefully the police/military have stopped the violence. Does seem tourists are not a target. Tourism crucial to safeguard welfare of the gorillas and chimps.

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10. Re: Safety

Though, my response comes late, Kampala is one of the safest Cities in Africa from my own opinion, generally they are to foreigners and an individual can go out of his/her way to assist in getting the right directions. However I advise befriending a local prior to making visits, gain their trust and they shall assist you in getting best offers in hotels,transportation..etc