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What to pack for Uganda

what to park for  Uganda


what to park for Uganda trip , Make sure that your vaccinations are up to date before you travel, and don’t start your trip without first buying comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical evacuations. Bring any medication you might need for the duration of your trip, as well as a well-stocked first aid kit with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, antidiarrheal medication, antibacterial ointment, antimalarial tablets, rehydration electrolyte sachets, insect spray and repellent, water purification tablets and bandages. what to pack for uganda

Uganda has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 21-25°C (70- 77°F), apart from in the mountainous areas, which are cooler. The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) with peaks of up to 40°C/104°F in the far north. The south has two wet seasons: from mid-September to November and March to May. Annual rainfall lies between 1,000 and 2,000mm (39.4-78.7in) per annum. The north, including Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley national park, has one continuous wet season from March to November and a more obvious dry season from December to February. what to pack for your uganda

Dress Code

Conservative/casual clothing is advisable in the bigger towns and cities in Uganda. Generally speaking, light layers of clothing in neutral safari colours of green, khaki and beige are the best items to bring with you. Dark colours such as navy or black can attract tstese flies and are best avoided, as are bright colours like yellow, red and purple if you are going on safari.what to pack for uganda

Gorilla Trekking Guidelines
• No spitting in the park
• No littering in the park
• No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
• Only speak in whispers
• Do not point at the gorillas
• Movements around the gorillas must be unthreatening
• No venturing behind thick shrubs, you may surprise a gorilla
• If a nettle stings you, do not cry out, scream, shout-out loud or make any sudden moves
• If a gorilla charges or vocalizes, do not look directly at it – stand perfectly still unless the guide asks you to crouch or move back
• Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters from the Gorillas

    What to Pack for uganda
  • Layers – long and short sleeve shirts and trousers
  • A warm fleece or jumper
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable but sturdy shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Swimming costume (Bathing suit)
  • A hat or baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen – a must!
  • Toiletries – most camps will provide shampoo, shower gel and soap
   • A small torch
   • Spare batteries, plug adaptors and charging equipment
   • A good pair of Binoculars (8×40/8×42 is recommended)
   • Books or a fully loaded Kindle / iPad for siesta time
   • Pair of garden gloves (1 pair)
    • Low ankle gators (1 pair)
    • Knee high socks (1 pair)


  • It is hot here. You will be sweaty. You’ll get dirty. Jeans are not your friend.
  • Sidewalks are rare. Your rolling suitcase will be great until you leave the airport.
  • Options for a backpack with a great cover. You’ll be safe from rain and quick hands.
  • No matter how long you’re away, you only need to pack enough for 5 to 7 days.
  • Your carry-on should double as a day pack
  • . Ensure it is light weight, has many pockets, and is big enough to carry 2 days’ supplies. This way you can leave your main pack at your safari lodge/hostel for short side trips.
  • Get a U-shaped travel pillow
  • . Not only will you sleep better on the plane, you’ll have something soft to lay your head on when you arrive. Culturally, the ones available are usually awful.
  • Relax, you can buy toilet paper here. Know that most daily use items are widely available in towns and cities.
  • Mosquito nets are found in almost all hotels, hostels, and home stays. If not, they’re super easy and cheap to buy here.
  • Do not wear camouflage clothing in Uganda. That’s only for police and military.
  • It is illegal to bring a drone into Uganda. Leave yours at home.
  • Uganda is not all about project work and wildlife safari. You’ll end up in a night club at some point. Plan to still look cute!

Most camps and lodges will have a small medical and first aid kit, but we recommend bringing your own supply of essentials – cough medicine, plasters, vitamins, aspirin and paracetamol, and anything else you use on a regular basis.


Camera Equipment (for the enthusiasts)
• A telephoto lens (200/300mm)
• Flash and fast film (400 ASA) for night photography
• Ample film (64,100,200,400 ASA) if you are using an SLR camera
• Spare memory cards for digital cameras
• Camera cleaning equipment and a good dust proof bag
• Bring spare batteries as although you may recharge your batteries at the camps, charging capacity can be limited

NB: Although plastic bags are banned in Uganda, there is very little clarity as to whether the ban is being actively implemented. We recommend not transporting plastic bags into Uganda if avoidable. Please note, plastic bags are banned in Rwanda and do carry a fine if brought into the country.

Please check with your airlines for the specific luggage restrictions relevant to your flight schedule. Many international airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kgs or more per person and commercial airlines generally permit two (2) pieces of checked luggage. The carry-on bag must be of such dimensions and weight as set by the airlines.


In Uganda, the standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Uganda, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you will need an adapter/converter.

Gratuities are not compulsory or expected; rather it is a reward for excellent service. If you are pleased with the service you have received, you are more than welcome to tip your guide or the staff. Tipping is usually done at the end of your stay. You may tip the staff individually, give the tip to the manager to distribute or do both. Tips can be made in the local currency (UGX), USD, GBP or EUR.