Uganda is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Africa and therefore to have a great trip, here are the most important travel tips for a Uganda safari.
Here we give you a highlight on the few things that many travelers ignore when they are looking for the trip, many think that booking with a specific company is what makes the trip amazing which is totally wrong, an amazing trip is made by the traveler themselves.
How you plan to spend your money, what you were, how you choose where to stay, how you choose to travel, and when you choose are very crucial factors in seeing to it that your trip is memorable.
Tipping is not mandatory in Uganda, however, when safaris became popular in Africa travelers made it a habit to offer a tip to those who offer exceptional services to them on their trip. When you feel satisfied with a service you can offer a tip to the person who has offered the service.
The recommendable people for tipping include your tour guide, hotel servants, park rangers, and porters. When tipping hotel members it is advisable to drop your tip at the tip box rather than handing it over to an individual. For your tour guide, it is very advisable to tip them at the end of the trip.
Individuals like hotel owners and tour operators are not recommended for tipping since this may make those who offer the services on their behalf feel demoralized. If you want to do so, do it in private since it can have an impact on how services may be delivered.
When you are going for a safari in Uganda remember to pack all the basics as well as whatever is required to keep you comfortable on safari. Here is what you should not forget to pack whether for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari, wildlife tour, chimpanzee trekking, or any other form of trip.
Since you are going to walk in the jungle where insects can give nasty bites, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers is recommendable. Wear shirts, long enough to cover your hands to the wrist, and trousers long enough to be tucked into your stocking.
Shorts and vests are not anything to think of when planning to go gorilla trekking. The long clothing should also be comfortable and thick with colors that can’t get stained easily.
For relaxation and activities that do not require trekking, remember to pack shorts and vests that will keep you comfortable in the scorching sun.
All trekking activities require sturdy shoes. Ensure to have comfortable shoes such that hiking is made easy and you don’t get bruises.
To keep your legs warm, put on cotton stockings inside to keep your ankles safe. It’s recommendable to try on your shoes maybe by taking morning jogging before you set out for the trip.
Whether it’s in the rainy season or in the dry season, you need to pack and wear a rain jacket during gorilla trekking. The southwestern part of the country where the gorilla safari parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park experience colder and rain can be expected at any time of the year. A rain jacket will protect you from rain and drizzles.
Since you will have your body covered, your hands will too need protection. You will need to wear hand gloves to protect your hands from thorns as you hike.
In case you slide and would like to have a firm grip on a tree or any kind of plant, you need to make sure your hands are safe. Wear hand gloves for protection.
Whether in the forest or in the savannah parks remember to wear a brimmed hat to protect your head from any bites and scorching sun. This could also protect your hair from inhabiting any insects or leaves from the forest.
You need to carry some water and a packed lunch in case trekking lasts for a long time and therefore you need to have a backpack to carry in your essentials.
Other things to put in your backpack include wipes, camera, phones, extra batteries, and medication. It’s advisable to carry your backpack when you head out for a Uganda wildlife safari game drive just to put in your essentials like gadgets.
Since the jungle is full of insects, it’s recommended that you wear insect repellent before you go for any park activity.
Choosing to visit Uganda at the best time is one way of having a memorable trip. The best months of the year to visit Uganda are June – September, and December – February when the rains are low.
Though these are the best months, many tourists flock to the country, and therefore June – September is the peak season and early booking is recommendable.
These tips are what you should look at even before choosing the kind of trip you are choosing to take. Though referred to as Uganda travel tips, these are very helpful for Kenya safaris, Tanzania safaris, Rwanda gorilla tours as well as several African trips.
The Uganda Safari are categorized into 3 major categories namely Short safaris, medium safaris, and long safaris. The short safaris range from 1-3 days, the medium safaris range from 4-6 days and the long safaris range from 7 days and beyond.