Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in the Pearl of Africa-Uganda

Posted by on May 27, 2019

 Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in Uganda the Pearl of Africa

For over a decade – No Worries Safaris – we’ve got you covered – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris


Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in the Pearl of Africa-Uganda. African Travel is on the rise, however, to most it is still the great unknown.  Travel Myths and anecdotal Internet legends abound and hang around.  We do live in a part of the world where things change, where one get easily confused as to what lodge is right for to ever-changing road conditions, new entrance requirements – We know how to handle them.

Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in Uganda – The expectations from African Travelers for things to wrong are higher for Africa, for Uganda than they are for other parts of the world.  At times we have to gently remind a client that we know what we are doing when it comes to their Safari that they are not the first safari that we are putting together for them.  

When it comes to your Safari with us, we are like an umbrella shielding you from the Equatorial Sun, we have got you covered.  That is our business, and 99% of the time things go better than expected.  Africa, Uganda is unlike expected.  The country is welcoming, friendly, stable, secure, and your safari was the most memorable.

Hakuna Mata is a Swahili Phrase that has been hijacked by Disney to the dismay of many Swahili Speakers.  Hakuna Matata to us is an attitude that we engrained in ourselves when we create a safari.  Safaris designed to take out the worry.  If there are any worries, let them be with us to figure out as we create your safari, not as we implement it after you arrive.

Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in Uganda – Travelers come to Uganda with expectations based on what they have at home.  Quick and speedy access to the internet, others want Hot Showers where the showers work quite forcefully. Others want to be able to pay their drinks with a credit card, only to realize that many lodges do not take Credit Cards.

 Welcome to Africa, welcome where even at exclusive Lodges WiFi works very slowly and even slower at Mid-Range Lodges.  Where often your shower water is heated by Solar or a boiler with wood or charcoal under it.  You are in the Bush and if you went to Mount Rainier National Park or the North Cascades things would most often be rougher on you.  

Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in Uganda means Focus on what you came for, the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, the Wildness and Scenic Wonders.  Leave the logistics to us, tell your able Driver/Guide what you would like and concentrate on the days’ activities.  Australians followed by Canadians, Danes, and South Africans adapt to Safari Life better than anyone else. They seem to arrive in Uganda with the Hakuna Matata – No Worries Attitude. The Good News is that you can do the same.  It will make your Safari much more enjoyable.


 Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in Uganda-The Tales of two Travelers to Uganda:  

Africa, you either love it or hate it, there is no in between.  The first is none other than Katherine Hepburn who came to Uganda for the Making of the “African Queen Movie.   She hated her time in Africa, in Uganda and the Congo. Hakuna Matata – No Worries African Travel?  Just read what she wrote.

“The country is like a great sponge—it finally absorbs you. Eventually, you will get malaria, or you will get dysentery, and whatever you do, if you don’t keep doing it, the jungle will grow over you. Black or white, you’ve got to fight it every minute of the day.”
Katharine Hepburn, The Making of The African Queen, or: How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston and almost lost my mind
Katherine Hepburn hated Africa.  Some others in her party such as Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston endured with the help of large quantities of Scotch. Africa, Uganda was a negative experience for her, and Katherine Hepburn lacked the Hakuna Matata Safari Attitude.
On the other hand, Winston Churchill in 1907 fell in love with Uganda, calling it the “the Pearl of Africa.”  He, like  Katherine Hepburn, wrote a book. His was entitled “My African Journey” which was published in 1908.
The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate on Uganda.”
“For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”
Winston Churchill, on his 1907 Safari in Uganda had the Hakuna Matata attitude.  He stayed not in luxury tents as he hiked along the Nile to Murchison Falls Park but in huts made from grass and Banana leaves.  He did not have running water, or any other amenities found in tented camps today in Uganda, yet he was exuberant about his safari in Uganda and gave it a 5-Star Rating by calling it “the Pearl of Africa.

 Our Advice about Hakuna Matata-No Worries Safaris in the Pearl of Africa-Uganda:

We know Uganda, we live here and work here, and we know all about Safaris. The Swahili word Safari means journey, not the destination, it is the journey, at the time on bumpy and dusty roads, at times the trip may be longer than what the itinerary indicated.  Our Advice, Hakuna Matata No Worries here in Africa, take in the tour, sounds, smells, sights of Africa as others including Winston Churchills have done.

Life on Safari is enriching, it is also relational, and when most East African speak of going on Safari, it is a journey to family, village, and friends. Your Driver/Guide will always have a smartphone with him in case of emergencies.  Keep in mind that the likes of Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, even Katherine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart all visited Uganda unplugged.

Visitors, primarily from the West, are often almost obsessed with the Destination. They will curse the bad roads, the dust, the heat and miss the journey and all that entails.

The key to enjoying your time in Africa is a dash of Hakuna Matata – that inner attitude that focuses not on what you do not have, but on what you do have.  You are in Africa, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Wildlife all around.  Wherever you go, you are met by friendly and welcoming people, scenery such as the crater lakes, the western rift, vast savannas, jungles, rainforest, the sunrise and sunset, and the star-filled sky…Hakuna Matata – Don’t worry, an inner attitude on Safari, we will take care of everything else, from Permits to lodging…enjoy your safari with Kabiza Wilderness Safaris and remember we’ve got you covered.