The Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda – Rwanda

Posted by on September 19, 2018

Protecting yourself from Insect Bites of both Mosquitoes and Tsetse Flies

The Australian Product RID – The Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda – Rwanda.


The Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda – Rwanda.  Africa is a continent with some of the best wildlife, primates, birds, reptiles and more. Africa is also home to an abundance of bugs, flies, mosquitoes and tsetse Flies.

Bugs abound in Africa as they do in Uganda and Rwanda.  We will give you some of the best ways to protect yourself and make your time on safari in the heart of Africa Enjoyable.

Deet- Based products such as Off, Cutters are most commonly used by Safari Goers as an Insect Repellent especially those coming from North America, Europe and UK.

Some use natural products such as citronella, soybean oil, rosemary oil, lemon eucalyptus with various stories of success when applied in a spray bottle with water.  Others claim that Nivea Plain Blue body lotion works wonders against biting insects.

The Insects that will bother you most on Safaris are flies, mosquitoes, and tsetse flies.  Deet based products work on flies and mosquitoes but not on tsetse flies.  Colors that you wear lessen the chance that you become a target of insects.

 Your Clothing on Safari Protects against Insect Bites:

On Safari, especially walking and hiking safaris in savanna parks avoid the color blue, black, they attract tsetse flies (they can bite through the thin fabric).  Jeans are fine,  it is the blue tops that attract.

At night while having dinner outside avoid bright clothing which attracts mosquitoes.  The first line of defense against bugs is long trousers and long-sleeved shirts or tops in neutral colors.

Yes you are in the Tropics, yes the sun shines and it gets warm.  What you might want to do is to follow the example of what Rangers in both Uganda and Rwanda wear in parks, you will find long trousers and long-sleeved shirts for protection against insects, even protection against nettles, thorny bushes and bothersome branches.


 Which Insect Repellent do we recommend?

The Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda – Rwanda. We have found that our clients get the best all-around protection using the top-rated Australian RID repellent which has protected Australian Families against Mozzies since 1956 and has come out Number 1 in tests against other insect repellents.  The product is not available in North America and most of Europe.  There is a Safari Store in the UK where you can buy it in person or online and Top Brands for Less (Australia) online (Shipping Worldwide).

A variety of RID repellent products come in the form of sprays or creams is available and can be purchased online from the Australian online Store or the one in the UK.

RID’s Medicated Plus Antiseptic range of products seem to be the top of the class and offer the most effective mosquito repellent with the added constituents of Chamomile to soothe the bite and Vitamin E which assists in wound healing in addition to the Medicated formulation of antiseptic and a fly repellent.

The anti-inflammatory agents of Chamomile & Vitamin E will relieve stinging, itching and swelling, caused by insect bites, nettles, and prickles.  This means that if an ins ect does bite, RID soothes the itching and swelling, reducing the temptation to scratch the bite. If the itch is scratched and the skin is broken, RID assists in preventing bacterial infection.  There are RID Repellents for children and a Tropical Strength product that you can buy.

RID – Insect Repellent actually Works repelling both Mosquitoes and Tsetse Flies, besides other insects  – read what people say in forums about hikes in Africa without being bitten by mosquitoes or tsetse flies.  The above is an unsolicited recommendation and we have no connection with RID besides the simple fact that is has worked for our Clients on Safari.

Packing Advice:

Any Deet based product should be tightly closed, enclosed in a zip-lock bag to protect any other items in your luggage.

Where to buy RID – you will be glad you did

The UK online Safari Store

Top Brands for less – delivers in USA – Canada and most anywhere:

Readily available in Stores in New Zealand and Australia:


 Reality about Insects that bite in Africa and Disease:

Yes, you can get Malaria in Uganda and Rwanda, there are some things you do not know about Malaria.  It takes a female mosquito that has bitten someone with malaria and then flies to another person infecting them with Malaria-Mosquitoes do not fly far, the further you are from other tents, cottages or rooms you are better off, also the female mosquito must first bite someone with malaria.

On Safari you are away from civilization and close quarters, (malaria spreads best where people live in close quarters such as slums) the mosquito is not carrying malaria and we have never had a client come down with malaria.

Tsetse Flies created the parks today by wiping out the population with sleeping sickness. There is not sleeping sickness carried by tsetse flies in parks. Dengue fever which is carried by mosquitoes – we have never read of a tourist in Uganda or Rwanda come down with it, though in other regions including the Kenya Coast they have.

Conclusion – it is safer to be on safari than it is to cross the road in Kampala.


 Extra Prevention-Spray your room with Doom:

Minimize sugar intake, use the mosquito net provided spray your room when going to dinner with Doom, an East African product in a spray can that works on all kinds of insects, including spiders.  Upmarket lodges will spray the room when they turn the beds down while you have dinner.

Spend 4 dollars at most stores when you arrive in Uganda or Rwanda and take it on Safari. Use mosquito coils, citronella candles will also work.  Do not leave the door or windows open.  This is done in order to avoid gnats.

Doom will also get rid of spiders, ants. any roaches,  including those elephant size ones that show up from time to time in the bathroom.

There is nothing than to try to go to sleep while a solitary mosquito buzzes around your head…try Doom.


Which is the Best Insect Repellent for your Safari in Uganda – Rwanda?  Our Clients have found that the Australian Product – “RID” works best for them.

Avoiding Malaria:

Prevent Bilharzia Swimming in Lakes or Rivers:

Staying Healthy on Safari: