Canadian tourist dies at Bwindi National Park

A Canadian tourist has died in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National in Kisoro District.  75-year-old Gregory Plifold collapsed and died this morning at Mpororo in Rushaga Zone in Kisoro District while tracking the Bweza Gorilla Family in the company of 7 other visitors.

The deceased was brought by Pinnacle Tour Company and spent a night at Cephas Inn in Kabale on Sunday night before heading to Rushaga for gorilla tracking early this morning.

Prior to his death, Plifold was not known to have any complications and reportedly looked in good health. Jossy Muhangi, the Public Relations Manager Uganda Wildlife Authority says police have been informed of the death and asked to visit the scene of the death before other people tamper with it.

Muhangi says arrangements are being made by the Tour Company, UWA and Police in Kisoro to transport the body to Hospital for a postmortem.

He says they are also making efforts to inform the Canadian Embassy. Muhangi says Pinnacle Tour Company that organized the trip did its best to save the life of the tourist in vain. The death of Plifold brings to three, the number of tourists who have died in Uganda this year.

Another tourist died early this year while hiking on Mountain Elgon and another on Mountain Rwenzori