What to wear on Safari in Uganda-You need to wear suitable Clothing for Safari.
Keep it simple – Practical, and Protective for your comfort while on Safari in Uganda.
Being Practical- Dress Safari Smart: What to wear on Safari in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. What you will wear determines what you will pack for your safari in Uganda.
What you will wear on a Safar is determined by the activities part of your safari itinerary. You need to wear more durable clothing on a Gorilla Trek than on a game drive on the Savannah.
You are going on an adventure in the Wild of Africa, so you dress and pack for the occasion, just like you would for a trip to New York, London, Berlin, or Paris.
Packing the right Safari Gear is determined by the activities part of your Safari. You will be in Tropical, Equatorial Africa, and Uganda, and the right-wear and gear for the occasion are needed.
In Kampala, Entebbe, and even Jinja, it is about dressing smart; on Safari, it is about packing and dressing wisely and intelligently. The intelligence is about your protection against insects, thorns, nettles, pesky branches, and soldier ants. Yes, you are in equatorial Africa, and yes, it is warm and sunny. However, dressing for your safari is about your comfort and wellbeing, and we know what kind of clothing works best for you, protects you, and keeps you safe and well while comfortable.
Dress right for your Safari Activities
What to wear on Safari in Uganda? Uganda is different from Kenya, Tanzania, and other African Safari destinations regarding the proper Safari Wear. Uganda- though located on the equator. Uganda is higher in elevation than countries such as Kenya and Tanzania. The altitude, Lake Victoria, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, and the Volcanoes make safaris pleasant in Uganda due to its temperate Climate.
Those Coming on a Safari to the Pearl of Africa often make a mistake in that they bring a lot of clothing that is not meant for a Safari but a Caribbean Beach Holiday.
If you want to know how to dress for a Safari in Uganda, doing various activities, one needs to look at Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers wear on nature walks and hikes; You will not see Rangers in shorts and Tank Tops or sandals. The rangers dress for protection from insects, thorny bushes, nettles, and whatever else one might encounter in the wilderness.
The proper Safari Wear depends on the activities you will be doing. There is less need for protective clothing on a game drive than you would need Chimpanzee or Gorilla Trekking. Dress right for the Occasion, for the Activity such as a hike, gorilla or chimpanzee Trek, or Volcano Climb.
Pandemic Safari Wear Additions – The Mask
Uganda has never felt the COVID – 19 Pandemic Impact that other countries, including neighboring countries, did. In May of 2022, Uganda is one of Africa’s safer Pandemic safari destinations.
Many pandemic mandates have been dropped. The main pandemic requirement that remains is wearing masks while in the presence of primates since they are vulnerable to diseases trekkers may have. Additionally, primates may pass on diseases. To reduce such risks, there is a distance from the gorilla’s rule of 10-meters.
The presence of primates mask and distance rules should have long been in place before the pandemic.
All this is for your and the primate’s well-being and protection. It is a small price for gorilla and chimpanzee trekkers to pay, and there have been no complaints about the requirement.
All remaining COVID Tourism Rules are continuously reviewed, and some dropped as advised by the Ministry of Health.
Wide-Brimmed Safari Hat
A wide-brimmed Safari Hat is handy for blocking out the Tropical Sun, especially if you are on Walking Safari or Horseback Riding Safari.
You will always find it helpful on gorilla, chimpanzee treks, forest walks, boating on Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Bunyonyi, or Lake Mutanda.
A wide-brimmed safari hat will also be most helpful while on a fishing Safari in Uganda in Murchison Falls along the Nile.
Hats can be bought in your home country, and you can wear them on the trip here, or you can buy one in Uganda or Rwanda for your safari and take it home. Many hats are made from local materials and have that African Adventure touch.
Safari Hats are for your comfort and wellbeing. They protect you from the equatorial sun, and a wide-brimmed hat gives you the best protection.
Leave Camouflage, Colonial Era, and Brightly Colored Clothing at Home:
Bring your civilian clothes and leave your camouflage clothing at home. Wearing any semblance of military dress in most of Africa, including Uganda and Rwanda, is terrible. It is no longer allowed for Ugandans in Uganda, and tourists will get a break.
Colonial Era Clothing is not in the best of taste. Again, a Tourist can do so if they wish, but it is somewhat culturally insensitive.
Leave your brightly colored Hawaiian Shirts, bright blues, black, and vibrant colored clothes at home. This is Africa, where colors abound and are seen in flowers and birds of every hue – no help is needed, and wildlife does not take kindly to such clothing.
Dress for a time in the African Bush. Wear comfortable clothing that will protect you
Make sure that your clothing is comfortable and not tight:
The keyword to your safari clothing is comfort, and one could add protection. Though you will be in a tropical climate – the proper attire will protect you.
Loose and comfortable clothing is essential on a safari, gorilla trek, or hike.
Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers such as jeans are best for you to protect against scratches, insect bites, and even nettles.
See what the rangers wear – long trousers, long-sleeved shirts-no shorts. The only ones you will see wearing shorts are school-boy shorts celebrated around the lodge in the daytime. Still, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are best for you on a nature walk or hike, including dinner at night, mainly if you are picnicking.
Neutral Colors for your Safari clothing:
Neutral colors are the best while on safari in Uganda or Rwanda. The color blue for shirts and tops should not be worn while in a Savannah Park.
Blue attracts the pesky Tsetse flies. There have not been cases of sleeping sickness in recent times in Uganda – however, Tsetse flies can be annoying – stick to neutral-colored clothing.
Wear no white while on a nature walk or hike – it will be red-brown with dust. The same applies if you wear white sneakers.
Neutral colors may not be the most fashionable, but they provide the best protection.
Blue Jeans are excellent and the right choice since they are sturdy and do not show dirt as Khaki trousers do.
It is best to stick with Neutral Colors, and you will not receive undue attention from tsetse flies in the savannah parks.
Sturdy Shoes – Boots for your Safari:
Forget sneakers – unless you wear them around the lodge – flip-flops are not modeled in Rwanda as a measure to protect people against Jiggers except inside of the hotel going to the Pool.
If you are going on a gorilla trek or chimpanzee spotting adventure – you will need a good pair of hiking boots for protection, traction, and more.
Sturdy footwear is most recommended for your safari, and waterproof hiking boots are the best protection for your ankles while hiking, trekking, or climbing.
Please note that Rangers wear most Wellies – Rubber Boots – easy to clean and protect against the sporadic snake bite. (no client has ever been bitten by one, and few have seen one, except a python on the road.
For Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Volcano, and Rwenzori Mountains Hikes – a good pair of boots is the proper footwear.
Safari Rain Jacket or Poncho:
A rain jacket will be most handy on Gorilla or chimpanzee Treks in Rwanda or Uganda. You will have the tropical sun, but you are also venturing into the rainforests. It can rain at any time in a Rainforest, and you have to be prepared. A light rain jacket comes in handy and protects you against the rain.
You can also use a poncho which will protect you equally well against the rain – in the mornings in Gorilla Trekking, Volcano Hiking, and the Rwenzori Mountain Foothills, you have that morning mist, which a drizzle can accompany.
You may come here during our dry season, but it still rains in the rain forests, it is a rainforest, and even during the dry season, you might have some early morning or night rain. During the day, as the sun comes out during the day, things will dry up except some of the paths, which can become very muddy during the rainy seasons of the year.
Sweater for cold Mornings and Nights in the Highlands:
Yes, a sweater in the heart of Africa. It will come in handy during the chilly evenings and nights in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga National Park, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, and Mount Elgon National Park.
In Rwanda, you will need one around Volcanoes National Park. A sweater takes the chill off of a cold evening or morning.
Most do not pack a sweater or sweatshirt for their safari, only to regret it once they feel cold here in Uganda or Rwanda.
Some even wear it at the beginning of their hike and put it into their daypack once the sun’s rays have heated things.
You will need a Sweater or Sweatshirt for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Mount Elgon Park, and the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.
Dinner and breakfast can be quite cool, and a sweater is just right during such times.
Wear an effective Insect Repellent – that works:
RID Insect repellent in various forms. The good news is that it works against mosquitoes and tsetse flies.
The bad news is that you cannot buy it in North America. It is an Australian product that has been used since 1956, and it has won many tests against other insect repellents.
Clients of ours have brought it to Uganda and Rwanda for years, and once again – it works.
Read more about insect repellents by clicking on the above link. RID insect repellent receives high praise for effective against Mosquitoes and Tsetse Flies.
There are no Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Uganda. However, the Zika Virus was discovered many years ago in the Zika Forest in Uganda near Entebbe airport – the strain found in the US and South America is different from the one seen here.
Bring a daypack for your nature walks – gorilla treks – chimpanzee treks. You can fit all the things you need for the hike or the day.
You can also pack your rain jacket or poncho in it, drinking water for the occasion, your packed lunch, and more.
A waterproof daypack would be best if you are packing some photography gear.
Use the daypack even on game drives and put the essential items you will need. A Daypack is one of the best things to have with you on Safari.
Put your valuables in it. Have always it with you. Never let it out of your sight.
It is excellent for your medications and first-aid kit. Put everything you need into Ziploc bags. This will protect your items in case something spills.
Many use the daypack as a carry-on while on the plane coming to Uganda.
Most will benefit from a good pair of sunglasses in the tropics, especially out in the savanna on a game drive.
Personal note: Neverworne sunglasses in Africa since 1992. I felt that they interfered with what was before me.
Others will find them soothing. Take them off in the presence of gorillas, chimpanzees, birding, water safari, and nature walks when you encounter wildlife.
For most, sunglasses are a must on a Safari in Equatorial Africa. We get a lot of sunshine, especially in Uganda, though temperatures are tolerable.
Many Tour-Guides highly recommend sunglasses to our clients, and they put on theirs to find soothing relief from the active Equatorial African Sun.
Sunglasses are necessary on your Safari. Uganda has a temperate climate but is under the equatorial sun.
What to wear and Bring Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Volcano Climbing – Hiking.
The Clothing, boots, and hat are the same as for Gorilla Trekking. However, a few more things to add to make Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Golden Monkey Trekking, Hikes, and Climbs more comfortable that you do not need for a safari without Primate Trekking.
Protection is critical on Treks, Hikes, and Climbs. You are literally off of the beaten path when you are Gorilla Trekking, and often there is no path except what rangers hack out the morning of the Trek. There are thorns, nettles, brush that can tear your skin, ants, flies, and other critters that can make you miserable unless you wear the right stuff. – be sure to check out the page.
What to wear Gorilla Trekking
What to wear Chimpanzee Trekking
What to wear while Hiking and Climbing, such as in the Rwenzori Foothills and Volcano Climbing.
What children should wear on a Safari
What to wear in towns such as Kampala – Entebbe and Kigali
Luggage – Plan-B for your Safari:
It does happen most of the time. If your baggage is delayed or lost, here is a simple way to prepare for plan B. What do you wear for a gorilla trek while your luggage is lost? How you make for such an occasion.
Here are some proven suggestions that work and have worked in the past. The safari was scheduled despite lost, missing, or delayed luggage.
In all cases, it arrived within 24 to 48 hours. And we reunited our clients with their belongings for the duration of the safari.
It takes some flexibility, preparedness, and plan B has not yet failed.
In Case of Lost Luggage – Be Prepared. – we have a Plan B, and no one has missed Gorilla Trekking or any other Safari activity.
What to wear on Safari in Uganda: It does not matter whether you have the latest Brand Names, just functional and comfortable clothing that will keep you healthy on Safari. Remember to pack it light, and most of the above clothing is easy to wash and quickly dried. Enjoy your African Safari in Uganda and Rwanda you have questions about what to wear on Safari in Uganda and Rwanda for your safari with us – don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.