UWA bans driving through Murchison Falls Park past 7pm

UWA bans driving through Murchison Falls Park past 7pm

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that motorists will not be permitted to pass through Murchison Falls National Park after 7:00 pm. This regulation is part of the guidelines issued by the authority in preparation for heavy traffic diversion through the protected area to access the northern regions of the country.

Effective today May 6th, 2024, the Uganda National Roads Authority has directed the closure of Karuma Bridge to heavy traffic, including buses, lorries, and trailers, allowing only passenger vehicles with a capacity of less than 28 people. This decision follows an assessment of the bridge structure, which revealed deterioration of the concrete deck on the main route connecting the south to the north, particularly on the Kampala approach lane.   In response to this closure, heavy vehicles will need to utilize the protected area as an alternative route to the north. In a press release dated May 5th, UWA issued guidelines for motorists using this route.

“As custodians of this natural treasure, Uganda Wildlife Authority emphasizes the importance of adhering to regulations for both the safety of persons and the preservation of wildlife,” reads part of the release. The release specifies that the park operates from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, requiring motorists to plan their journeys accordingly. No exceptions will be made regarding park opening and closing hours.

Motorists opting to use this route, apart from those prohibited from using Karuma Bridge as per UNRA’s directive, will be required to pay an entrance fee. Additionally, a speed limit of 40 Km/hr must be observed within the park, with immediate fines or penalties for non-compliance.

Littering within the park is strictly prohibited, with penalties imposed on operators failing to prevent littering by passengers. Motorists are advised not to make unnecessary stops within the park to ensure the safety of wildlife and visitors, except for emergencies.

Furthermore, drivers must remain within designated driving areas, except for authorized tourist vehicles. “Please note that all vehicles, except authorized tourist vehicles, are not allowed to deviate from the designated Kichumbanyobo -Tangi road. Any unauthorized diversions will be considered entry without a valid permit and will be penalized accordingly.”    Additional guidelines include refraining from hooting and feeding animals within the park premises, both of which are strictly prohibited to maintain the park’s natural environment and wildlife safety.

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