Uganda Health Safety
Two simple rules to bear in mind when you decide what to take with you on a Uganda safari trip — particularly if you expect to use public transport — your packing list should include everything that might not be readily available when you need it, and carry as minimal as possible.
1. 2 KN95 masks per person (included in your pre-departure package)
2. Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
— Useful for wearing over the KN95 masks to keep them clean and extend their use.
— Also provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
3. Additional cloth face coverings
— We recommend bringing a few more face coverings of your own. Silk, wool or polypropylene long underwear for layering (tops & bottoms)
4. Waterproof rain jacket (with hood) and rain pants
— Waterproof (not just water-resistant) rain gear is essential as showers are unpredictable. You will be tracking gorillas in a rain forest where it can drizzle all day or, at times, rain down in buckets!
5. Gardening or work gloves
— Important for protection from stinging nettles while on treks.
6. Sturdy, high-top, waterproof hiking boots
— Make sure your boots have good tread and ankle support and remember to break them in before your adventure so you do not get blisters!
7. Low-top hiking gaiters
— Highly recommended—useful to keep your boots clean and dry on treks.
— Complementary gaiters are provided for gorilla trekking if staying at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel and Bisate Lodge in Rwanda.
8. Extra pair of walking shoes
— Running/tennis shoes or comfortable sport sandals are fine.
9. 2 or 3 T-shirts or polo-style shirts
10. 2 to 4 long-sleeved shirts
11. Sweater or fleece pullover
12. 2 pairs of shorts
13. 2 pairs of long pants
— Nylon, zip-off pants are perfect for cool mornings and warmer afternoons. Blue jeans are not recommended for treks.
14. Wool or moisture-resistant socks
— For treks, Smartwool is a comfortable brand, which helps to prevent blisters. Cotton socks are not recommended. Socks should be long enough for pants to be tucked into if necessary.
17. Hat with brim (for sun protection)
18. Swimsuit (optional)
— Please check the Facilities & Amenities list on your daily itinerary to see which have plunge pools/swimming pools.
19. Instant cooling scarf (such as EnduraCool)
— Can be soaked in water and used to stay cool on hot days.
a. For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation)
b. For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee)
a. Binoculars are definitely a must! We strongly suggest each client bring his or her own pair of binoculars as you will be using them continuously while on wildlife drives. If possible, we highly recommend investing in a good quality pair. Initially, the cost may be higher, but it will enhance your wildlife viewing experience. You will get the most out of them if you practice using them at home and make a habit of having them with you regularly on the adventure. Waterproof binoculars work well but are not required.
3. Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment
a. Repellents containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong ingredient that can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.
4. Water bottle
a. You might prefer the convenience of a Camelback-type hydration system that allows you to drink without stopping while trekking.
5. Outlet adapter and/or power converter
6. Sunglasses (with U.V. filter and secure strap)
a. In addition to being helpful for sun protection, sunglasses can also be useful eye protection for treks or drives in the bush.
7. Headlamp or small flashlight
a. A small, bright flashlight or headlamp may come in handy as some of the accommodations we use may not have the high-quality reading light you are used to. Also, on rare occasions our gorilla treks have taken us into the night-time hours. You should bring spare batteries and a spare bulb, as these are hard to obtain in East Africa.
a. Optional—provided at all of our accommodations.
11. Toothbrush and toothpaste
13. Brush or comb
14. Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF15)
15. Hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes
16. Prescription medications and favourite remedies
a. For headaches, colds, upset stomach, skin irritations, diarrhea, etc.
b. If you are prone to motion sickness we HIGHLY RECOMMEND bringing your favourite remedy for long drives.
17. Small medical kit
a. Only the basics or special medicines. All of the camps and vehicles have kits for use should it be necessary.
18. Prescription glasses/contact lenses
19. Battery-operated alarm clock/wristwatch
20. Reusable waterproof bags
a. Several sizes for wet or dirty clothing and to protect camera equipment. Again, plastic grocery bags are banned in Rwanda.
21. Sewing kit
22. Hiking poles (optional)
a. Walking sticks (one per person, carved out of wood) will be available for use while in Bwindi and/or Volcanoes National Park.
b. If you are bringing hiking poles, they must be able to fit in your check-in luggage, as you will not be allowed to carry them on the plane.
23. Electrolyte/flavour crystal packets (optional)
a. Can be added to water to replace fluids in case of intestinal illness and/or enhance the taste to encourage hydration.
24. Energy bars (optional)
a. Good to have for your treks to the gorillas, especially if your treks take longer than expected.
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Despite common misconceptions, both Uganda and Rwanda have had stable, progressive and democratic governments for over ten years.
Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, Uganda offers a smorgasbord of impressive attractions and unique things that you can’t see or do anywhere else
Please consult your personal physician and/or a travel clinic preferably 6 weeks prior to your departure. Vaccine requirements vary based on your country of origin
Uganda’s tourism industry has outgrown its infancy following the 80’s political unrest that kept the country off the travel grid.
With breath-taking natural beauty and year-round warm weather, Uganda is one of Africa’s most beloved travel destinations.
The best time to visit Uganda is between June to August and December to February, which is during the Dry seasons. Wildlife viewing is at its peak.