Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on June 15, 2019

Practical Travel Tips and Advice for Women Traveling in Uganda

The Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to – Uganda – Know Before You Go


 Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to Uganda – It is all about “Know before you Go.”  First Time Africa Visitors will find our Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to – Uganda  – to begin with, African Travel in General and African Travel for Women is not as dangerous as it is made out to be.  Uganda is one of the Safest, most secure Countries in Africa, home to according to a recent survey some of the friendliest and welcoming in Africa, add to that the fact is Africa’s best English Speaking Country, however it might be useful to familiar with how English is used here, its local variety is called UgLish.

The African Travel Horror Stories, myths, that you might encounter on the Internet, for the most part, are anecdotal, often the person did not follow practical, Common Sense, cultural, safety and security advice and was on a do-it-yourself Safari which can often turn out a recipe for disaster.

Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to Uganda the Pearl of Africa – the Best Travel Tip – let us plan your safari for you and with you – planning your time in Uganda and Rwanda with what you want to do and see.  Personalized with you in mind, your likes, dislikes, preferences for activities such as Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking, Wildlife, Parks, Hikes, Climbs, Cultural


Here are some Top Travel Tips for Women Travelers to – Uganda – Tips that you might find helpful for your safety, well-being in the Pearl of Africa.


 Getting to Uganda:

Getting to Uganda has become more accessible with new airlines adding Uganda to their routes.  If you are living on the East Coast of the US, beginning October 28 – 2018 you can fly directly to Nairobi, Kenya and continue to Entebbe by taking a one hour flight.

Uganda can be accessed through its official International Airport – Entebbe but also through the unofficial one which is Kigali – Rwanda where you can access Southwest Uganda where the Mountain Gorillas are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Fly into Entebbe where you obtain your Visa and begin your Safari, ending it Kigali, Rwanda after Trekking Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Uganda Airlines is starting up again on routes all over Africa and to Europe with brand new airplanes,

From the US or Canada, you can choose to get here with Brussels Airline, KLM, Emirates, Qatar, Turkish and Egypt Air, Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.

Flying to Uganda is more manageable this year – You can get both the Ugandan Tourist Visa or the East African Tourist Visa on Arrival in Uganda


 Clothing – Dress Smart in Kigali – Kampala – Entebbe:

If you are in a city such as Kampala, Uganda or Kigali, Rwanda you will find that most women dress up quite nicely and are quite fashion conscious even if they are for the most part wearing quality and affordable second-hand clothing from North America and Europe. The emphasis would be on dressing up smart with a conservative touch during the daytime, at night in a nightclub, bar. Things change radically.

Shorts are not a right choice for women because it offends some African and leaves the wrong impression (with Ugandans or Rwandans).

Jeans, dresses, skirts, Khaki trousers are excellent and do not cause any cultural problems. Even with a bathing suit, it is wise to stay a bit on the conservative side of things.

Dressing in town is different from dressing going on a safari in Uganda.

What to wear while Gorilla Trekking is different from other activities and takes more planning.


 Keep the expensive Jewelry – Watches at home:

Avoid wearing gold jewelry, necklaces, gold or diamond earrings, expensive watches, and the like. This is especially if you are going to be walking streets of Kampala where pickpockets – on a safari itself you are fine in most cases- not wearing expensive things will avoid a possible negative situation that would not be enjoyable.

If you somehow brought something valuable such as a watch, put into Hotel or lodge safe at the front desk.

Custom jewelry that you might have picked up at a reasonable price in the west can be stolen – even Ugandan or Rwandan women encounter this problem in crowded

Again, If you are on a safari with us – such thefts will be a rarity since your driver-guide will make sure that you are


 Safety – Security while in Uganda:

Uganda is safe and secure. Something Americans are worried about the most in 201.9  It is one of the most stable countries in all of Africa, it is also one of the friendliest countries on the continent and one might add the best English Speaking country in Africa.

The safest place to be in Uganda is on a Safari with Kabiza Wilderness Safaris where your well-being and safety come first.

Besides regular police, there is the Tourism Police which is stationed at Tourism Destinations throughout the country, add to that the armed rangers found in the Wildlife Parks and the Military.

Uganda is often safer than your country of origin, and there is no armed conflict within the state.

The problem is that when you tell friends that you are telling friends that you are going on holiday in Uganda, they see it through the minimal filter of Africa, the movies that they have seen, news reports by a reporter stationed in Capetown and the like.  Ugandans are friendly, welcoming, and concerned for your well-being people.

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 Keep Money out Sight and out of Easy Reach of Others:

If you are wearing slacks or jeans, put your wallet, money in the front of pockets and put your hand over it if you are walking downtown Kampala or Kigali, especially in crowded settings such as marketplaces.

When purchasing something, paying in a restaurant, bar, for a taxi,  do not flash a wad of money, but just enough to pay for the service or product. You do not want to attract the attention of a potential thief.

If you are using an ATM in Uganda or Rwanda, make sure that the ATM is behind a door for your privacy and safety, an armed guard will typically be outside.

Theft of Cash can happen anywhere, it has only happened once in over a decade at a lodge, and in this case, the upmarket lodge paid back the money taken.

Click on the links for more advice on how to handle money in Uganda.


 Keeping your Purse – Bag Safe:

It is a good idea to put your bag over your shoulder but also put your hand over the purse itself and holding it to your side so that no one can readily grab it, and you have lost your purse and often, more importantly, the contents ranging from cash to your identification such as passport – airline tickets and more.

It is good always to have a scan or copy of essential documents in the case that they are lost or stolen.

A daypack can be useful to have, as long as you can hold onto the straps to protect it from being stolen.

Be wise – though it is safe to walk on your own – go with a Ugandan to be on the safe side of things.

Always keep your hand over your bag and keep a tight grip on it in towns like Kampala, that is the way Ugandan women handle it, and they certainly know what they are doing when it comes to theft protection.


 Passport Safety:

Do not carry it with you, but a copy of it, keep it in a safe and secure place in your lodging. The same applies to any other identification and stay your credit cards at your lodging.

I have known people where their passport was lost in the form of transport, and they had to go through the tedious task going to their embassy, and in some cases, your country may not have an embassy in Uganda or Rwanda which makes the replacement of a passport more tedious.

You can print out a copy of your passport at home and bring it with you. Visa can be done here on arrival at one of our local shops.

Protect your passport at all costs, though the reality is that a passport loss has never occurred with a client of ours since we let them know how to protect relevant documents such as a passport.

Even if you did lose your passport – we would assist you in getting back home to your country.


 Walking on your own – Never act lost even if you are:

For the most part, it is okay, especially in the daytime at night it is not recommended, just as a precaution, walk with someone, preferably a Ugandan or Rwandan. Avoid walking through a slum and stay on the main roads.

Never act lost even if you are. You are working as if you are lost you a potential victim of a theft attack.

Enter into a shop – or get on a Boda-Boda Motorcycle Taxi and they will take you to your destination (even though below I recommend avoiding a Boda-Boda Motorcycle Taxi.

Remember that thieves are on the lookout for someone who seems lost, that is why you never act lost even if you are.

Always act as if you know where you are going even if you do not, you will soon get there, use a Boda Boda, a Taxi such as Uber.


 Getting around Safely:

Avoid using Boda-Boda Motorcycles – they do not use helmets and use dangerous ways to get around jam-packed Kampala. They are also the number one reason for emergency rooms admissions due to high rates of accidents.

The taxis which are mini-buses and the main form of transport in much of Uganda and Rwanda are better, but bring small Ugandan or Rwandan currency – to be safe. Do not use your Smart Phone, Tablet, Laptop in  Taxi – Matatu and on a bus hold on to it.

Buses – are not the best way – their high and excessive speeds has cost a lot of fatalities. If you do take a trip with one – avoid any food or drinks given by a fellow passenger – people have been drugged and robbed right on the bus. Avoid night travel in between towns even by bus – a bus was stopped in Northern Uganda, and all passengers were robbed at 2 am.

The Safest Way to get around Uganda or Rwanda is on a Safari with a Tour Company such as ourselves with Driver-Guides who will make your time in Africa – Safe and Enjoyable.


 Staying Safe on a Night out on the Town:

Kampala is known as the City that Never Sleeps where the party goes on 24/7.  The bars do not close at 2 am, like in the West.

It is usually safe for a woman to go to a spot and you typically do not have any problems, but to stay on safe side, stay in the company of others, once again have a Ugandan join you – especially a non-drinking driver that knows his or her way around to various places and will abstain from alcohol.  We can provide a driver for you.

Ugandan Women will dress up from mild to wild, often on what would be considered the daring side.  In Kampala, quite a few of the women will be Mosquito Girls – Prostitutes.  Becoming such was not their goal in life but became a matter of survival, in some cases having money to raise children, support grandparents or mothers.


 How to defuse Flirtation Attempts:

As a woman, you may encounter an occasional attempt by a male at flirting, but that can happen anywhere in the world, and it does happen here. A smile and a “no thanks” will usually resolve the situation in a friendly manner.

You may get a subtle or not so subtle marriage proposal, again a smiling, “no thank you” will do the trick. Remember that 90% of attempts at flirting are harmless – keep your sense of humor.

A picture of your “husband” – real or make belief might come in handy.  This is a common practice Women Travelers use in destinations around the world.

In both Uganda and Rwanda you might receive a proposal for marriage, a one-night tryst – receive them with a smile and a no, have a picture of a man in your wallet and show it and say that is your husband is another excellent way to avoid flirtation.


 Eating Out and staying well:

There are some practical things you can do about your well-being while eating out, such as avoiding any street vendors since their hygienic ways may not be the best. I have some friends who eat Rolex all the time – not the watch but Rolled Eggs in a chapati with vegetables – a favorite Ugandan dish that was innovated by some University Students and has spread all over Uganda.

Avoid eating salads, or raw cabbage on your plate unless it is a good restaurant or hotel, avoid those buffets heated only by a small candle where the curries and other things will spoil. With juices ask if the water has been boiled and no ice-cubes, to name a few.

Vegetarians and Vegans can survive in Uganda on a plant-based diet – even the gorillas do.


 Staying in Touch with Home

We used to recommend getting a local Sim Card, presently you need a National ID or go through a cumbersome process with a passport in hand in obtaining

The easiest way – you do not need an open phone, you need a smartphone that will work with WiFi – stay in a hotel or lodge, or be in a restaurant where it will work.

You can use Skype, WhatsApp, use Facebook, use WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, and you are connected with the rest of the world.

That is in 2019 is the simplest way for you to stay connected with Family.  Technology has changed in recent years, and so has the methodology that people use to stay connected with Family, Friends.

With the Internet, have patience, we have 3-G, 4-G in fewer places, in reality, it will be more like 2-G.

Speed- will mot often be not what you are used to – have patience – Hakuna Matata.


 Solo-Traveler – Traveling alone in Uganda:

Solo-Travelers in Uganda.  People do it with mixed results.  The attempt to go on a Safari by bus, back of a pickup, a ride from a tour company vehicle.

Each year we do a reasonable number of Solo Safaris, primarily women.  The cost is higher. The benefits far outweigh the cost for many.

You can have your driver-guide who will keep you safe and sound on a solo safari in Uganda.

We create a safari itinerary with your input, and you are off to exploring Authentic Africa in the heart of Africa, Uganda.

Solo Safaris, Solo Travel in Uganda – for many, it is worth the extra cost since on a private Safari you are in control.


 Safari Travel Information-Tips – Advice – Uganda:

If you like to go on a Safari in Uganda or Rwanda.  Here is some excellent information, tips, and advice for you to plan a safari that fits you.

We have taken many women travelers on safari in Uganda or Rwanda with the just driver-tour guide that introduces you to Uganda and Rwanda.

From Primates to wildlife – there is much to do and see in either country.  You stay in the lodges and hotels of your choice, do the activities that you would like, and here you have all the information that you need for that just right African Safari.

Uganda is a safari destination with ten parks plus wildlife reserves of one kind of another and home to Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Golden Monkeys.  It is and has been the Pearl of Africa.


 Our Latest Up-To-Date Travel Advisories for Uganda:

Uganda is Africa – traveling to Uganda can be a most enjoyable time – many who come here lack information and insights into Uganda. News about Uganda is often inaccurate since there is no reporter on the Ground.

We give you the latest and up-to-date information about Security, Health Concerns such as Ebola, latest Visa Procedures. Border-Crossings and politically motivated demonstration should they occur

We are a Tour Operator, but we live and work in Uganda, have families here, and share many of the same concerns that you.


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