When The Ruparelias Defied COVID19 & Toured Kidepo Valley National Park

Ruparelia, arguably the richest man in Uganda and a tourism enthusiast and conservationist conducted on a game drive on arrival to the park Ruparelia, arguably the richest man in Uganda and a tourism enthusiast and conservationist conducted on a game drive on arrival to the park COURTESY PHOTO

The tourism sector is slowly coming back to life after the COVID19 pandemic brought all travel plans to a halt. But as people continue to live with the virus, travel enthusiasts are back on the road going places.

In Uganda, the tourism fraternity is opening up with caution – the hotels and national parks have been opened and functioning as by the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other health guidelines.

After close to seven months of no major travel, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia took time off and travel to the North Eastern part of the country with his family. The destination was Kidepo Valley National Park.

Ruparelia, arguably the richest man in Uganda and a tourism enthusiast and conservationist, according to Africa Tembelea, conducted on a game drive on arrival to the park, and within about twenty minutes his family spotted a lion. Also spotted giraffes, kobs, zebras and other wild birds and animals.

“Can you imagine within 20 minutes of landing we are actually able to see a lion! This is Kidepo National Game Park for you, it’s my second time here,” Sudhir said. Dr. Ruparelia called on all those who have not visited this amazing park to do so if there is an opportunity.

“It’s a place that one needs to visit from wherever you are in the world-Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda, truly the Pearl of Africa,” he said.

Gazetted in 1962, Kidepo Valley National Park tucked in the corner of Uganda’s border with South Sudan and Kenya is truly one of Uganda’s spectacular parks. It is an area of classic beauty with vast and myriad herds of wildlife roaming freely through untamed nature.

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