Do I need a visa for Uganda?
Most passport holders will not require visa; US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand plus others are all able to obtain three months visas upon entry into Uganda at the border or airports. Please use the following link for details of which countries either do or do not require visas: www.immigration.go.ug which also includes the guidelines for completing the visa application should you be required to have one.
How safe is it in the tent?
It is very safe and pleasurable as long as you follow the safety instructions from your guide for example not taking food especially that with strong aroma into the tent and zipping your tent up properly then the tents are safe from any ‘intruders’. In addition, an armed game ranger is available 24/7 to patrol the camp premises even over night as you enjoy your sound and comfortable sleep in the jungle.
If I am a single traveler, will I have to share my tent?
Please see the full single supplement rules on our terms and conditions regarding single traveler but with regard to sharing, no, you will not be expected to share with someone unless you state that you are happy to.
Can I charge batteries whilst on safari?
While at the campsites we provide you with 220-volt inverter which are linked to Uganda plug sockets for easy charging and the sockets are of type G. We recommend that guests purchase a Uganda converter which are 3 round pin plugs. We ask that guests use the charging facilities for recharging camera and torch batteries only, please do not bring hairdryers, electric razors or electric toothbrushes for use whilst on safari.
What can I expect on a travel day?
On our travel days we have an early start, pack our bags and leave camp to have breakfast somewhere scenic. Following breakfast, we game-drive towards our next camp stopping for tea/coffee and cookies and later for a relaxing lunch under a shady grove of trees. Invariably lunch finds us within a short distance of our camp and we arrive in camp to find our crew has once again erected the camp at our new destination. There is time for a shower before afternoon
tea and then it is time to begin our exploration of the area.
Please note that this is a rough outline of a travel day and events change from safari to safari depending on the distribution of game, distance between camps, conditions of the roads and the decision of your guide etc.
Travel times are a rough indication of the driving time from one camp to another and do not include time taken for breaks and wildlife viewing.
What can I expect on an exploration day?
The best game viewing is the early morning and so each day begins at the first hint of dawn with a coffee and light breakfast around the fire. From here we go straight into game-drive, walking safari or boat trip. After several hours of wildlife viewing we stop for a comfort break and have tea, coffee and cookies. Between 10 and 11 am we return to camp where there is time to freshen up with warm water in your standing basins before enjoying a sumptuous brunch consisting of fresh-baked camp bread, baked dishes and cold salads. After brunch there is time to relax, siesta, read a book, shower etc. before heading out in the late afternoon for our game-drive or boat trip. In areas outside of the National Parks we may also return to camp after dark with the use of a spotlight to look for nocturnal game.
This is a guideline as to what happens on most exploration days. The course of each day’s events will be determined by local conditions, distribution of birds and mammals, safety and the decision of your guide.
Can I use my cell phone or access internet whilst on safari?
For the duration of your time on a Ujambo Boots mobile safari especially in the wild, cell phone reception might be limited or poor especially for accessing the internet. This might however be a blessing undisguised as you will get more time to appreciate an authentic safari with sounds of relaxation from the African birds and wildlife without the ties of the outside world.
Do I need to bring my own towel, linen and toiletries?
We supply both bath and hand towels as well as all linen whilst on safari with us however, guests are requested to bring their own personal toiletries.
Do I need to take Malaria medication?
Uganda is considered to be at a high-risk of contracting malaria through mosquito bites therefore anti-malarial drugs are advised but please speak with your own Doctor for advice on injections and malaria medication required for visiting Uganda as you may need additional injections if you are visiting Uganda such as Yellow Fever.
Is laundry available whilst on safari?
The camp crew will do laundry upon request on full days in camp but this is dependent upon weather and water availability. We do ask that guests do not include ‘smalls’ with their laundry but should you wish to wash your own, washing powder can be provided; please just speak to your guide the night before to advise for the following day.
Should I bring any money with me?
The Ujambo Boots Safari mobiles are all fully inclusive and unless you wish to leave a tip for your guide and crew, you will not require any money whilst on the safari. For those that wish to purchase some crafts and souvenirs there will be opportunities to visit craft markets and you may wish to bring money for any purchases. US Dollar is the best currency to bring to Africa and can be changed easily in the towns and the main towns also have ATM machines.
Can you cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements?
Yes, we do. We do ask that you advise your agent or ourselves of any special requirements or allergies that you have when you book to give us as much time as possible to prepare the menu for your requirements.
What is the luggage restriction?
If you are flying into Uganda, you may be allowed 20kg as your main luggage and 7kg as carry on but please note that for safaris that include any charter flights you are restricted to 20kg in total which must be packed in soft luggage as the planes used are small charter planes that are heavily regulated. If you bring above the restricted amount you will be asked to leave items behind or to travel without your luggage so make sure you are within the guidelines.
If you do wish to bring extra luggage, you can purchase an additional seat but please advise when confirming a booking.
What is the maximum and minimum number of guests on a safari?
Usually our safaris cater for couples, families and groups and friends who may be travelling together hence from one person to seven people on scheduled departure. However, for some private tailor-made departures the group size can be larger but this will depend on the availability of guides and vehicles over the requested dates.
What is the minimum and maximum age accepted on safari?
For our scheduled departures we have a minimum age of 12 years; this is for the comfort of all guests although we do accept children of all ages on tailor-made private safari and can offer a family tent which can accommodate up to 4 people.
There is no maximum age on our safaris but please note that a small level of mobility and fitness is required should you wish to do guided walks.
What is the standard accepted tipping procedure for Uganda?
On all our safaris tipping is optional and of good will and the amount is entirely up to you. However, these are the ‘industry standards’:
These guidelines on tipping are strictly for your information, Guides: USD 10.00 per person per day
Safari Chef: USD 5.00 per person per day General Staff: USD 5.00 per person per day What kinds of animals will we see?
Obviously, nothing can be guaranteed on a safari, that is one of the pleasures as you spend time tracking and looking for some of the elusive animals but the itineraries all state the animals that you can hope to see in the different areas.
What type of vehicle will we be travelling in?
Our vehicles are spacious and comfortable taking a maximum of nine (9) clients. The vehicles are modified safari vehicles with pop-ups roofs for easier game viewing. The seats are in a three seats per row configuration. There will be a fridge either on the vehicle or the trailer in order that cold drinks are available to guests at all times on game drive.
What should I bring on safari?
Pack this in your hand luggage so it can’t get lost:
- Flashlight & headlamp
- Binoculars – don’t leave home without them!!!
- A digital camera with spare batteries, battery charger and plenty of memory cards.
- Your personal medication/prescriptions – replacing these in Botswana is not always possible.
Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in a wet season as early morning and late evenings are cold on game drives. It can get quite hot during the day so light summer clothing is also a must. The best was to deal with wet season is to dress in layers. If you are travelling in dry season, a good sweater is recommended, as it can get rather cool, especially if you are doing any boat trips as well as a light raincoat. Light trousers and a cool long-sleeved shirt in the evenings in summer will help protect you from the mosquitoes. For the remainder bring light cotton clothing. For walks it is recommended that you
bring neutral coloured clothing (beige, khaki, olive, stone etc.) but when travelling in the vehicle,
most colours are fine – light colours generally being cooler. Dark blue and black clothing are not recommended. Bring clothing that can be hand washed easily and dried quickly. Bring some good walking shoes and sandals (with sturdy soles to protect you from the large thorns) or thongs as you may need to get your feet wet on boating excursions. You may get opportunities to swim,
so bring along a swimming outfit. Don’t forget your sun hat!