Uganda Travel Advice

Uganda is a landlocked country, fortunately this disadvantage has been compensated many lake and rivers forming almost 25% of its surface area. Mountainous, forested Bwindi National Park is where to go in Uganda for gorilla treks but the country is also home to large savannah reserves, lowland rainforests and enchanting lakes which make for one of the biggest wildlife experiences in Africa.

 Geography

Uganda is a landlocked country, fortunately this disadvantage has been compensated many lake and rivers forming almost 25% of its surface area. Mountainous, forested Bwindi National Park is where to go in Uganda for gorilla treks but the country is also home to large savannah reserves, lowland rainforests and enchanting lakes which make for one of the biggest wildlife experiences in Africa.

Currency

Uganda’s unit of currency is the Uganda Shilling and you are advised to get some on arrival as it is far cheaper to transact in local currency.US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, traveller’s cheques and credit cards can be used at most lodges and in Kampala but attract hefty high fees.

Tipping

Tipping of around 10% is customary in Uganda for good service. Tips are usually given in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. If you are doing a gorilla trek, tipping is at your discretion – your porter should usually receive the highest tip, with a second tip distributed between your guides, trackers and security personnel.

Climate

Average year-round temperatures: 14°C to 27°C
Rainy seasons: March to May and September to December

Best Time to Travel

You can do gorilla trekking in Uganda any time of the year but the best time is during the two dry seasons, January to February and June to September. With its high altitude and the heavy rains, it is recommended that you do not do the trekking during the months of April and May, which is the rainy season. Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons, February and March and September/early October when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Bird watching is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present.

Make a List

About a week or so before the trip, make a list of items you don’t want to forget. It’s easiest to have a travel list saved in Google Doc so as to access it online and edit it as needed.

Make Copies of Important Documents

Take photos of the passport and driver licenses and keep them in Google Docs and in files on your phone. You just never know when you need a backup.

Plan for the weather forecast to be wrong

Be sure to bring some extra items for weather conditions you don’t expect.

Sunscreen

Get into the habit of using sunscreen. Use it daily, regardless of the weather. You will likely be walking a lot more than you think, and even if the sun isn’t literally shining, you can get sunburned. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your hands and arms as well as your neck, chest, and ears, and don’t forget to reapply. Take a small lightweight container of sunscreen with you in the bag.

• Pack light casual wear in neutral colours
• A pair of decent walking shoes
• Warm jacket for evening game drives
• Swimsuits for beach holiday. Most Hotels on Safari have swimming pools
• A sunhat is vital
• Sunglasses
• Flashlight
• Binoculars
• A camera with spare batteries or a charger
• Memory cards
• Camera bag
• Zip lock bags (dust proof ) Not plastic bags as they are banned in Kenya
• Beanbag for Camera stability during photography
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen
• Malaria prophylactics if necessary
• Water bottle
• Raincoat with head covering
• Waterproof footwear
• Comfortable socks and T-shirts
• Long trousers to protect against stinging nettles
• Back pack for carrying change of T-shirt, socks, sweets, camera, raincoat, snacks etc
• Walking stick
• Re-hydration mixture

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