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Queen Elizabeth National Park reinforces security with surveillance drones and increased patrols

Following a tragic incident in which three tourists—a British, a South African, and a Ugandan tour guide—were killed by unidentified individuals believed to be ADF rebels, Queen Elizabeth National Park has returned to its lively atmosphere thanks to creative security measures being implemented by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

With increased visitor traffic and enhanced security measures in place, the park is recovering from the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of three people.

Tourists can once again enjoy the captivating experiential game drives, a favourite among early risers, with the Kasenyi Katwe road now fully open to all visitors eager to explore the park’s array of wonders.

In the aftermath of the incident, the UWA, in collaboration with other security agencies, has taken comprehensive steps to prevent any reoccurrence. UWA spokesperson Bashir Hangi announced the deployment of a team of highly trained drone rangers to oversee park surveillance.

According to Hangi, these drones will serve a dual purpose by not only enhancing security but also detecting other irregularities in the park, including bushfires, problematic animals, and poachers.

“When we fly these drones across the park boundaries, we are able to tell a problem and deploy accordingly to mitigate the given chalet, be it a terror, poaching, or even fire outbreak,” Hangi confirmed. “We are leveraging cutting-edge technology to safeguard the park and its visitors.”

In order to protect tourists, patrols along main routes in Ishasha and Kasenyi Katwe are now in place, according to Ezuma Pontious, Chief Warden of the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area. These patrols are manned by committed individuals.

To dispel any rumors of cancellations, Pontious disclosed that the goal is to implement these security measures more permanently.

“Since then, the number of visitors to our park has not decreased, and I’m grateful that the government did not decide to close it—it was merely an isolated incident.” Ezuma observed

The fact that October visitor numbers have stayed largely consistent in spite of the latest event suggests that travelers have faith in the increased security measures.

A Swiss native named Csilla Zavier, who was visiting the park, expressed trust in the army’s presence to protect all visitors.

“We feel safe because the Ugandan army is present throughout the park. We are having a great time here, especially with the wildlife,” Zavier exclaimed with excitement.

Drones are taking to the sky, and vigilant patrols are keeping the roads secure. Queen Elizabeth National Park is once again becoming a captivating and safe place for adventure seekers and wildlife aficionados.


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