Uganda Safari Preparation Information – Tips and Advice
Simply Practical information, advice and tips about going on a Safari in Uganda
Going on a Safari in Uganda?
It all begins with Preparation – gathering information – planning the Safari – from Immunizations to getting your visa, from budgeting for the safari to planning your itinerary about what you do not want to miss in Uganda and what activities you would like take part in such as visiting the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, chimpanzee tracking, volcano Climbing and much more.
Uganda is adventure country from wildlife to white water rafting – depending on your wishes – your Safari is an Adventure in the Pearl of Africa Uganda. Below you will find some information that will make your safari a pleasure – an adventure in the African Wild of Uganda. Enjoy your Safari (journey) in Uganda…
Practical Safari Information – Tips – Advice for Uganda
If you are planning a safari trip to Uganda – it begins with preparation for that trip to the Pearl of Africa. Your journey (safari) to Uganda will be enriched by the time that you invest in preparing for your safari in Uganda.
Your safari tour will have an added dimension to it by you preparing for your Ugandan Safari. Simple things like reading Ugandan Newspapers on-line to purchasing a copy of the Uganda, 6th (Bradt Travel Guide Uganda). Trip preparation enhances the time that you have in Uganda.
Sadly people often step onto the tarmac of Entebbe International Airport knowing very little about Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
Prepare for your safari – get to know Uganda – the Pearl of Africa before you arrrive. Our site has a lot to offer however you can also read Winston Churchill’s book “My African Travels” in which he describes Uganda – well it is still the same, but improved.
Packing for a Safari in Uganda – keep it to just the essentials and keep it light – most people over pack – bring along a good book,Uganda, 6th (Bradt Travel Guide Uganda).
For a Uganda Safari, pack clothing, neutral in color – bring along some insect repellant – the Australian Rid product is most effective against mosquitoes and even Tsetse flies. If you are hiking, gorilla or chimpanzee tracking – pack a light pair of hiking boots. If you are going on a flying safari in Uganda – it is best to pack light. Packing for your flying safari in Uganda
If you are visiting a school, orphanage, clinic, pack with purpose adding a few books, deflated soccer balls, dolls, crayons, colored pencils, stethoscope, blood pressure kit and more to name just a few. Keep from bringing sweets, candies, gum.
When you pack for your safari you will get even more excited.
The most important Things to Bring on Safari Helpful things to bring on Safari in Uganda Safari Essentials for your time in Uganda Common Sense along with a dash of adventure and awe along with a sprinkle of patience and a sense of Humor.
An African Safari is not a visit to zoo – it is the wild of Africa you will be visiting and here are some practical things not to leave at home and to bring on a safari in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
It all starts with common sense – a safari journal is a good thing though many may use an iPad or other tablet. Your medications, malaria regiment, a camera that you know how to use, animal and or birding guide to East Africa.
And yes, a hat with a wide brim is a good idea- no we do not want you to look like Indiana Jones – however dressing smart with the purpose of sun-protection is what is on our mind.
Keep it simple – Plain and Practical for your comfort while on Safari in Uganda – definitely do not try to look like a big Bwana of old on Safari.
Wear comfortable clothing, jeans, otherwise neutral colors, sturdy shoes, a hat come in handy for most. Khaki is good for its color, easy to wash and feels good as you wear it. A rain jacket also comes in quite handy and long-sleeved shirts provide good protection for you.
Jeans may not be recommended however they prove to be some of the best long trousers for a safari, they hide the dirt, provide more protection and in our climate they dry the same day after being washed at a lodge. (Please Note- there is a taboo against washing another person’s undergarment- buy some small packets of soap and do it your selt).
The key is casual, plain and practical – enjoy your safari in Uganda.
Things and Tips that will make your Uganda Safari Experience more complete and memorable time in nature.
How to create a memorable African Safari?
An African Safari in Uganda is more than a routine vacation trip – for most it is a trip of a life-time, an experience which will life-long memories for most visitors to the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
Here are some ways you can enhance your time in the Pearl of Africa and simply enjoy.
Planning is the most important thing yo can do and knowing what to plan for. Be informed – you are in a third world country and we will do our part to make your safari a memorable experience.
Simple Responsible Tourism Eco-Friendly Safari Tips that will enhance your time in Uganda A Code of Conduct for Safari Visitors to Uganda that respects Ugandan Communities –the Environment – the Wildlife.
Before you arrive for your Safari in Uganda Participate in planning your safari by taking an active part in planning your safari and we will assist in creating a responsible tourism Safari for just you in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
No off-road game driving, no garbage thrown out of windows, simply practical tips you already adhere to in the West
Take nothing with you – but memories and pictures – leave nothing behind but footprints.
If you look at many itineraries on-line and if you checked lodging facilities that were selected for you, the quality would often be what I would call abysmal, even when it comes to budget facilities we only use better budget facilities that in most cases they have self-contained rooms.
Lodging is an important aspect of your safari in Uganda and we do not take it lightly. If our clients complain about a lodging accommodation facility – our response – it goes off our list and we remove our recommendation of it from our website.
We feel that if you are staying in a substandard accommodation it takes away from your overall safari experience in Uganda.
Safari Lodging experiences depend on many things – the mood of those who receive you and wait upon you, the management. We have found that things can change and we do our best to ensure that your stay at a lodge is satisfactory in nature.
What you eat and the quality of food that is served to you on safari depends on the kind of lodges you are using.
If you want quality safari Food that is of Restaurant Quality than stay in upmarket lodges, Moderate lodge will be ok most of the time.
When you go to budget lodges, you are often receiving fried foods like fish and chips, stews where the meat may not be soft . just eggs and toast along with instant coffee.
What if you are a vegetarian or vegan and going on Safari in Uganda? Most of the time you are just fine with certain precautions taken.
You can always find a driver in Uganda – the need is for a driver that is also a tour guide. At Kabiza Wilderness Safaris we handpick the tour guides based on their past experience and also we use the feedback from our clients.
Customer service and satisfaction is foremost on the minds of our driver-guides who will go beyond the expected norm to make your safari in Uganda a success. As said – you can always find a driver in Uganda, but you need one to get you there and who knows Uganda, the parks, the wildlife, the culture and more.
Our driver-guides have at least seven years of experience in the Safari-Tour business, they do not need a map-it is in their head, they will know when a bridge is our, a road is being reparied and they will take an alternate route if necessary.
The success of a safari is determined by the driver-guides – we have the right ones.
It is one thing to go on a normal safari in a vehicle – however Uganda ahs many places where you can hike and do nature walks in abundance.
Hiking and Walking Safari take extra preparation depending on the time of the year that you venture out on foot into the African Wild of Uganda and where.
Take Gorilla Tracking, that is normally a 5 hour trek, climb a volcano in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and that can be 5 to 10 hours in length and there are things to wear that you will need.
Visit the Ik People in the Morungole Mountain and once again an all-day hike that you need to prepare for in order to be comfortable.
There are great Hiking opportunities within Uganda, just pre prepated.
While you are on safari with us you will always have bottled water in the vehicle. We do have great bottled water like Rwenzori Bottled Water.
Beer – there is a vast selection of various beers including Nile Special and Club brewed by the SA-Miller Brewing, there is Bell, Eagle. Guiness – most of them have additives of one kind or another – Moonberg Lager is a German style Beer without additives.
Sodas – we have Coca Cola and its full line plus – the plus is Bitter Lemon and Tangawizi – Stoney which is a spicy Ginger Soda.
Pepsi is fully represented and so is 7-up and Mountain Dew – no Rootbeer and no Dr. Pepper. Wine is expensive here due to taxes and transport.
Wine on Safari can be expensive compared to what you are used to paying back home. You can get some rotgut wine in supermarket, but here is a way you can lower the price of a glass of wine.
Bring a bottle with you, include a corkscrew opener – once you land here, purchase a few bottles of wine and pack them carefully, all you need now are wine glasses and you are set and you have probably saved 40% per glass.
Ugandans for the most part drink beer or the local Gin Waragi, Wine has and is making inroads, the main block – the price per glass.
If you come from the Pacific Northwest of the US, British Columbia and other coffee hot-spots you just might be disappointed with the quality of coffee while on Safari.
Though Uganda grows some excellent coffee like the Arabica Bugisu Varioety, even in Rwanda where some of the Best Coffee in Africa is cultivated you can be often be disappointed when you are served some tepid hot water with instant coffee – that is like dancing without music.
Most Ugandans know nothing about coffee, they drink tea. Bring a a pound of your favorite ground coffee with you, a small French Press and you are set.
You can always buy a half a pound of ground Bugisu or Good African coffee – other wise you are stuck in many lodges with mediocre coffee – upmarket lodges have gotten better at coffee.
This is a question that we often receive before people go on a safari. How do we stay in touch with home? Some up-market lodges have WiFi – most do not. Many still like to come to Africa and still unplug – the other reason is that networks do not always extend into the bush.
There are some practical ways around it – get a local sim card for our smart phone and receive calls for free – you can Skype back home also.
If you are using a laptop – you can buy a local usb connection with data time and you can do the same for a tablet of iPad.
There are ways that you can stay in touch with home – upload your daily safari pictures and update about your travels on your blog or Facebook.
More and more have dropped the habit of pen and ink and keeping an old fashioned safari journal. No matter how you might record your daily memories, do record them.
Dawn comes here in Uganda about 6:30 am – the sun soon rises, arrange for a cup of coffee and write down your thoughts – do not think deeply about it all but use free-flow thinking and just write.
Back in your home country you can take those thoughts and even put them up on your blog or website.
That is how I started in 1992 and wrote down thoughts that became over a 1000 until we shifted the site to another domain called Out of Africa Too.
Even much the Kabiza website came from journal entries and impressions – keep a journal of your African Travels – Winston Churchill did – Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen did.
Uganda is one of the most stable and secure countries in Africa – it is also one of the top friendliest countries in Africa according to an African Economist Survey.
As a Tourist you even receive extra security in form of our Tourism Police and when you go on a game drive an armed ranger is with you. On a gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and armed escort is also with you.
The safest place to be in Uganda – is on a safari. We have no insurgency within the country – there is no rebellion, no uprising, crime has been going down and you have an expert driver-guide with you who has one thing on his mind – your well-being and to introduce you Authentic Africa – its Pearl – Uganda.
If you have any questions about safety and security feel free to write to us.
We are in Africa – though we might meticulously plan your safari – there are things that just might go wrong. The length of travel put on the itinerary between two points in Uganda may vary due to a recent heavy rain. They decided to fix the road just when you are taking that route. The ferry over the Nile goes in for routine maintenance – the person welcoming you at a lodge is having a bad day. The menu at a restaurant is a menu of possibilities but not realities – food takes one hour to be served – enjoy another beer or soda.
The reality is that we have bad roads – the roads come with sleeping policemen which are giant speed bumps as you approach villages and towns. Ugandans are the most gentle of people until they get behind the wheel and put the pedal to the metal. Some visitors want to self-drive in Uganda – come for a reality check and then decide.
Our driver-guides will do their best to make things smooth, they act as your advocates with lodges, officials, in parks and 97% of the time things go exactly as planned but sometimes they do not.
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