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VS Update on Homosexuality Bill

VS Update on Homosexuality Bill in Uganda 21 March 2013

There have been reports of concern about travelling to Uganda because of the Homosexuality Bill introduced in Parliament in 2012.

Speaking about the Bill, the President of Uganda in December 2012 said in discussion with Ambassadors from European Union countries:

“There is considerable misinformation on the debate of this Bill that has been published in the international media. It has further been widely reported that the Bill provides for the death sentence for those found guilty of homosexual activity. This is simply false.”

The Bill has yet to be brought to parliament and has not yet been passed so the details of the proposal remain unclear and subject to change.  He made clear that homosexuals would not be discriminated against or persecuted. The Bill is not supported by the government but, under the terms of the constitution, the government is obliged to allow debate of such propositions.

We are continuing to monitor the situation on a regular basis and will inform clients/agents of any developments. We look forward to welcoming guests on safari to Uganda which welcomes all visitors. Please get in touch with your sales consultant if you have any queries.

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Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.