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UWA Bans Passing Through Murchison Falls National Park Past 7:00pm

Karuma Bridge

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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 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.  

According to a press release dated May 5th, UWA, 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 and furthermore, drivers must remain within designated driving areas, except for authorized tourist vehicles.

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