Uganda Safari Packing Tips & Tricks
If you are looking for a vacation filled with thrill, natural beauty, and astonishing wilderness, Uganda will not disappoint you. This country in East Africa, also known as the “Pearl of Africa” is famous for its wilderness areas that include national parks and game reserves.
From observing gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park, spotting Crocodiles in the Nile River to numerous the tree-climbing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda offers a wide range of safaris and wildlife sightings in wilderness bursting with amazing flora and fauna.
Going on a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you love the outdoors, nature, and wildlife, then a safari adventure in Uganda is something you should not miss! However, you cannot simply pack and go. Going on a safari requires some preparation. To make sure you fully enjoy your East African safari, follow these useful Uganda packing tips and tricks.
1. A Checklist
When packing for your unique safari adventure in Uganda, the first thing you should do is to make a checklist. This will ensure that you don’t forget any of the essentials such as your passport, medications, and appropriate clothing.
So, make a safari checklist of all the necessary items you would normally bring when going on a vacation. Stick to a simple Uganda packing tips and tricks rule: the less is more. Keep airline baggage restrictions in mind and make sure to bring all of the essentials!
Here are the items you should have on hand when going on an East African Safari:
Passport (make a copy and keep that with you as well)
Vaccination Records (Yellow Fever Vaccination Card is Required for Uganda)
Credit cards and cash (Remember to notify credit card company)
$50 Bill/per person (2013 or newer) for payment of Tourist Visa on arrival to the airport.
Cash should be 2013 or newer and in good condition (without writing or tears) which can be converted upon arrival. Keep in mind that Ugandan Currency is not available for conversion in the United States.
Travel insurance (Bring a copy of the policy and email a digital policy to your tour operator)
Electrical converters and adapters
Cell phone and charger
Clothing and shoes
Sunglasses and a hat
While there is no such thing as Uganda safari dress code, there are some Uganda packing tips and tricks to keep in mind when it comes to safari clothing:
Wear comfortable, quick-drying clothes and light, well-ventilated shoes.
Remember to bring durable hiking shoes for trekking activities.
Wear earth tones like beige, khaki, and green to blend in as much as possible
Pack long-sleeved shirts and blouses during summer to protect yourself from sunburns and mosquito bites.
You may also want to pack a light raincoat, warm jacket, and a windstopper jacket.
Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and a swimming suit for the lodges!
3. Safari Gadgets
If you are going on a game-viewing safari, binoculars are a must. Don’t worry-we will make sure to have a pair onboard your Landcruiser! However, you may wish to provide a more powerful pair of your own. Also, if you want to take awesome photos while on your Ugandan African Safari, then don’t forget your camera! Make sure to bring all of your required memory cards, chargers, and camera equipment as locating this equipment may prove to be challenging. (Note: Drones are NOT allowed while traveling in the national parks. If you are found with a drone, large fines may result).
If you take medications regularly, don’t forget to pack them for your Uganda safari trip. Also, pack some med essentials apart from prescription medicine you usually take. Anti-Malaria medication is required while traveling through Uganda. Also, your safari med kit should contain medication for diarrhea and nausea, antihistamine, antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams, and meds for pain and/or fever. This is just a suggested list and you should remember to follow your doctor's orders for all travel advice.