Preparing for a Safari entails bringing only the necessities with you on your Uganda safari. There are several things which must not be left back. Your passports, plane tickets, immunization documents, as well as some money are all obvious things.
If you’re planning a safari in Africa specifically to Uganda and would like to know what to carry, what may be suitable dressing for ladies given the variety, but would also like to make sure that anything you bring is racially sensitive and also climate ideal, our suggested Uganda packing list here has everything you need.
The most important thing is to feel at ease, and as long as you seem to be respectful, you will not disturb anyone. It is Important to notice that Uganda is not a conservatively dressed country, and many at times people seem to mind their own business almost all of the time, however before we get into the rundown, here’s a few general advice:
In general, it’s not really considered culturally acceptable for ladies to expose their thighs. So, below-the-knee skirts/dresses, capris, or long pants becomes your best bets.
On top of that, it wouldn’t really matter how shielded you are for modesty’s sake – you’d be more concerned with sun safety.
When wearing long skirts, make sure the material isn’t too heavy. Some of the skirts that people carry aren’t quite as suitable as you would think, as they can make you extremely hot.
A few touches so just know that you’ve been forewarned. I would suggest a pair of chacos or another durable outdoor sandal for everyday use throughout the compound.
When Gorilla Trekking
Make sure you have some decent (and broken in) hiking boots before going on Uganda gorilla trekking. Bwindi isn’t known as an impenetrable forest for nothing.
Long pants/trousers and tall socks that you might tuck the pants into are also recommended for gorilla trekking. This is just fantastic.
Many trackers, on the other hand, invest in fancy hiking gear which incorporates a sleeve that covers the pants from the knee to the shoe and keeps ants out. Any way is fine. Long sleeve button down shirts with breathable sleeves are perfect.
In the mornings, it’s cooler in the mountain ranges, however once you begin climbing, it would be humid.
Carry some gardening gloves or anything similar. As much as it might look like an afterthought, you will not be disappointed! They are useful because you also grasp onto trees and shrubs to support you along the difficult climb and you can even grab onto thorn bushes. By the end, your palms may be a little torn up.
However, there are certain things that people overlook or leave home. Here’s a quick checklist about what to bring. The more important things must be stored in the carry-on luggage to ensure that they arrive safely, but always pack sufficient clothing for a day in your carry-on bag in case your bag goes missing for an extended period of time.
Your Uganda Packing List for a Safari
Clothing Items not to Miss
1. 2 to 3 pairs of quick-drying lightweight slacks/trousers (if worn tracking)
2. A single pair of shorts
3. A couple of long-sleeved shirts
3. T-shirts with short sleeves
5. A Gortex jacket or coat that is breathable, waterproof, and windproof.
6. Sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece (optional)
7. One Skirt (for women)
9. Waterproof walking boots – when trekking, trousers should be tucked into socks and boots (heavy-soled rain boots also work well)
10. A pair of athletic sandals
11. Telescopic Trekking Staff
12. Sun protection hat with a broad brim or visor
14. Undergarments (moisture wicking for gorilla tracking)
15. Socks made of light wool
16. Gloves (gardening or similar for tracking)
17. Ear plugs to block out the jungle noise
18. A clean cloth
Other Important not to Leave out on Your Packing List
1. A copy of the Uganda Guidebook—ideal for studying on the flight and while relaxing at the safari lodge or tented camp.
2. Anti-Malaria drugs, as well as any other medications you can need.
3. Sunscreen Lotion
4. We recommend Australian RID bug repellent for skin and clothes (This insect repellant also protects against tsetse flies)
5. Imodium (as a precaution)
6. First-Aid Kit – a basic first-aid set which is portable but contains antibacterial cream, bandages, and other products such as eye drops, anti-diarrhoea medication, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medicines, and more.
7. Antiseptic hand wipes in a couple of packets
8. Sunglasses (nine)
10. When using your camera or battery charger, keep in mind that you’ll be using a UK plug. Bring a good camera; there would be so many photo opportunities that it would be a shame if your camera did not provide good results. You need a film, especially quick film for the gorillas
11. Flashlight – and battery powered reading light.
12. Hand sanitizer
13. And indeed, do not forget one tool – a Swiss Army Knife or a decent imitation – can be used as a bottle opener, because sodas and beers in this country need one.
Pack a bag, walking shoes or hiking boots that are comfortable, if appropriate, glasses and/or contact lenses (bring an extra pair, too), sunglasses and a safari hat are recommended.
Clothing that is neutral in colour (avoid bright colours and whites, which can distract animals)
Battery packs for small devices and cameras, camera, Binoculars (and film, if needed), chargers for your computer, camera, video camera, and laptop are all available. headsets for watching movies on the plane, an iPod, a reusable bottle of water, a portable compass, and a video camera are all included.
Items related to health and beauty.
Carry wipes with antibacterial properties, comb and brush, body lotion. If necessary don’t forget your contact lens solution, deodorant, etc. You need to have cleanser for the face, flossing, insect repellent is a product that is used to keep insects at bay.
Take along with your malaria pills, lip balm (choose one with SPF 15), things for personal hygiene, prescriptions, razors, shampoo and conditioner, and shave cream. You may also need a bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and sunscreen (at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15).
Gas-relief pills, antacid, anti-diarrheal medication, antihistamine for asthma, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case is also included in the first aid package.
In conclusion remember to carry postcard addresses for friends and relatives, ATM/credit card numbers (let your bank know you’ll be travelling abroad before you leave), guidebooks to birds and animals,