No, not a weapon. They will not let you into the country with that but good old-fashioned Common Sense. Common Sense will keep you safe and secure on a safari.
Ignore that smiling, attractive young woman in a bar. You will soon find out that she is a mosquito girl, and her sting can be worse than malaria.
Safety and Security while Traveling is dependent on Travelers knowing before going. You have invested a lot of money in a safari in Uganda.
Get the most out of your investment. Get to know Uganda before going.
Our site is filled with information about the country, including Safety and Security information ranging from Safe Gorilla Trekking to safe ATM visits.
Try not to stand out, blend in, and do not draw attention to yourself. Be aware of your surroundings. Unlike Kenya, there have been no hotel or shopping center attacks in Uganda. The most exciting thing we have is the police response to opposition politicians.
Be aware of yourself in public places such as hotels, lodges, restaurants, and bars.
Awareness keeps you safe. If you are on foot in downtown Kampala be careful on the streets, marketplaces, and Owino Market. It is where Ugandans have their earrings ripped off, their backpacks, purses ripped off.
Avoid public demonstrations, especially opposition rallies in Uganda. The Presidential Election is coming up in 2021 and now underway.
Dress to blend in. In Kampala and other towns, Ugandans are fond of dressing smartly. You will get more readily accepted if you do likewise. On Safari, wear protective neutral color clothing.
Don’t talk loudly. Leave your expensive things at home, including jewelry, watches. Most importantly, do not draw attention to yourself. Act if you know what you are doing. Your confidence will be a strength.
Leave the swagger at home. Blend into your surroundings. It has worked for me since 1992 without incident.
Why Do Americans feel that Uganda is not safe?
The information that Americans have about Africa, about Uganda is most often incorrect. Life in Africa is not that different from America. The safety portion of Maslow’s hierarchy of need applies as much to Ugandans as it does to Americans. However, Ugandans can thrive in sometimes chaotic conditions. Though in recent times, Americans are catching up.
Ugandans rarely receive weapon permits. There are no mass shootings here. Riots are not allowed, and the rare ones are quickly shut down. Uganda has had no terrorist attacks since 2010. There are no guerrillas, only Gorillas.
Security, police, the Army can be seen anywhere as you travel in the country. Security has dramatically increased since the kidnapping of the American woman and her driver in 2017.
Park Rangers were trained in 2019 by the American Military, giving them new skills in keeping parks safe for all. Uganda is the only East African country with a Tourism Police. They are at all significant Tourism points, and their sole job is to keep you safe.
African Hospitality in Uganda – Your Security Blanket: `
An African Welcome is not just a verbal greeting. It is welcome that takes on the responsibility for your wellbeing. That is what we do for our clients when on Safari.
The concept of African hospitality begins with acceptance. While with us, while under the roof on Safari, your wellbeing, safety, security is our focus.
Uganda is one of the friendliest countries in Africa. It also one of the most welcoming countries, with over a million refugees from neighboring countries. It is the most culturally diverse country on the planet.
Over 40 languages are spoken here. English is spoken by many. Uganda is considered the Best English Speaking Country on the Continent, though it might help learn a bit of Uglish, Ugandan English.
African Hospitality takes on your wellbeing as a responsibility that is not taken lightly by anyone.
US Embassy Contact Information
U.S. Embassy Kampala-Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, Kampala
Telephone:+(256)(0) 414-306-001 Emergency:+(256)(0) 414-306-001 Fax:+(256)(0) 414-259-794
Email: [email protected] Website: U.S. Embassy Kampala
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Below are two security alerts issued by the American Embassy and are in effect at present.
Security Alert – Election Season in Uganda posted on Embassy Website
Location: Countrywide throughout the country.
Event: Ugandan presidential campaigning and election activity continue to bring large gatherings, sporadic violence, and significant traffic disruptions that impact U.S. Citizens’ security. General elections are slated for January 14, 2021. Clashes at large gatherings and outbreaks of violence have occurred before, during, and after past general elections in Uganda. Police routinely use force, including tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition, to disperse protests. Demonstrations throughout Uganda are likely to remain familiar and may often escalate to violence.
Actions to Take: This is the advice given by the US Embassy
- Avoid the areas where protests and demonstrations are occurring.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Keep a low profile.
- Notify Friends and family of your safety.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Make contingency plans to leave.
- Review your security plans.
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
Our suggestion is to use a Ugandan Tour Operator such as ourselves. We know what to do to keep you safe and secure.
The Embassy has issued a caution to Americans about the upcoming Election and not to wear military-type clothing.
Our Take on Visitor Safety and Security in Uganda
Our focus has been and is providing Safe, Secure Hakuna Matata- Worry-Free Safaris. We know and understand your concerns about safety and security. We share those same feelings about your safety, security, and wellbeing.
We put into practice the African Art of Hospitality that takes on providing a safe and secure Safari.
For over a decade, we have provided Safe, Hakuna Matata, No Worry Safaris in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
Uganda is one of the safest, most secure, stable, friendly, and welcoming countries in Africa.
Our Driver-Guides are proactive, security, and safety orientated. Their focus is one that is based on Customer Service.
The Safe Outcome of a Safari is more important to us than income. We want you to enjoy the pearl of Africa and its People without fear.
My take as an American about staying Safe in Uganda: I have been here since 1992. I have kept a small footprint and lived without problems. I feel safe and secure in Uganda…jon.
We have a lot of other Helpful Safety and Security Information:
Is Uganda safe for Americans -and anyone else? Find out more on our Know Before You Go, Uganda Page.
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