Uganda Travel Guideline
Travel to Uganda to experiences the pearl of Africa’s beauty to the fullest while on holiday safaris and adventure. The country’s capital- Kampala city is a very busy crowded destination to suit all travelers’ requirements from shopping, transportation and relaxation. There is also Jinja a town that was built along the banks of the prominent Nile River and this is more preferred by tourists due to the scenic views it gives, experiences along the Nile as well as other activities like the exiting white water rafting. Other tourist destinations like Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla, Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley, Semliki, Kibale Forest national parks offer great opportunities for viewing and encountering wildlife animals like the BIG FIVE of Africa, Endangered species of Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Golden monkeys, other primates as well as the different species of colorful birds. There are also fresh water lakes like the famous Lake Victoria with breathtaking sand beaches, islands and fish. A variety of wonderful natural mysteries wait for you in the pearl of Africa from North to South and East- West.
North-east Uganda; The North Eastern parts of Uganda are fond of experiencing cattle rustling, tribal disputes over power and land so you should be conscious and alert when traveling to these areas for you might fall victim. They often lead to uncertain deaths and injuries despite the fact that foreigners are not the main target. Additionally, you should be very keen and updated through the media on what is taking place in the area for the North East sometimes floods during the rainy period. This will help you find help and information earlier other than being a victim of a certain occurrence without any knowledge.
Northern and western Uganda; If you are traveling towards/ close to the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as South Sudan, you should be alert with protection from the local authorities due to cases of tribal clashes as well as banditry which sometimes leads to death and injuries. If you want to transfer around the main towns of Lira, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Arua etc, you should do so in company of an experienced local guide/ driver.
Western Uganda; When traveling to the western part of Uganda, ensure you are driven through by an experienced guide with radios on so as to get information about the state of the country. This is very essential due to the fact that inter tribal conflicts might arise at any time without any warning so be very vigilant and alert.
South western Uganda; the south western parts of Uganda near the Democratic Republic of Congo usually have destructive conflict that breaks out without any notice so when traveling to this part, you should move with a very experienced guide/ driver. You should also inform the local authorities too for these can help you out in times of emergences.
Eastern Uganda; the eastern part of Uganda is known to have been shaken due to the presence of landslides that sometimes occur when it rains heavily. When traveling to Mt. Elgon National Park, you should be alert and ready for anything especially during the rainy season. You should also listen to the news for updates on what is going on in the country.
National Parks; when traveling to have beautiful encounters with wonderful wildlife species around the National Parks in Uganda book through an authorized tour operator or contact the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) for up to date information about everything. For example, when traveling to the famous Kidepo Valley National Park, you should travel by air for this is very appropriate compared to using road.
In Uganda, Crime can happen at any time so you should be vigilant and steady. For example, along the streets of Kampala, one should be conscious/ keen about their bags/ property for these can be snatched at any time by robbers that may appear from nowhere and in an instant your bag/ property will be gone. Additionally, cases of being drugged and robbed using public transport as well as in bars have also been reported of late. So don’t wear expensive looking jewellery/ watches and carry big sums of cash while moving along the streets especially on foot/ hired vehicle with a driver.
If you are traveling to Uganda, Congo and Rwanda, ensure you have a valid Gorilla trekking permit to enable you track these primates without any inconveniences. You can book and access these through an authorized tour operator or contacting the authorized Wildlife Authority. After these, you must have done enough research about the incredible exercise of tracking these apes so as not to be off guard in cases of emergences like rainfall, slippery roads etc. You should also book accommodation to stay at and this varies from one person to another.
In order to drive in Uganda safely, you must have an international valid driving permit to enable you transfer to any destination with ease around the country. Traveling along the roads can be risky due to the continuous accidents that occur without notice so one should be very careful and steady while transferring from one destination to another. Drive at the required speed limit and be very keen on other drivers using the same road as well as the state of your car.
Travel by boat on Uganda’s best waters to enjoy another kind of nature’s touch. Before you board off, ensure the boat/ equipment you are using is well maintained and in good condition to avoid any accidents along the way. For example many people using a ferry on Lake Albert and Victoria have uncertainly lost their lives due to this so be vigilant.
The political situation in Uganda is very fine due to the presence of police in every area around the country. Despite the protests that happen sometimes in the country, the police find a way to stabilize the situation for all citizens as well as travelers. They do this through implementing various techniques. In case you find yourself in the middle of a political demonstration, keep calm and try to move away from the area by the safest possible route and if you are driving, make sure all your windows and doors are locked.