Thank you for choosing to travel to Uganda with Ujambo Boots Safaris, this journey will change your life, and here is some information you might find helpful when preparing for your trip. We know how boring it can be to read these things so we will start off with the essential stuff, the rest is detail.
Pack this stuff 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.
There we go – that’s the important stuff, now read on for the rest.
We carry a comprehensive First Aid kit on board our vehicles; we cannot however cover everything, if you have any medical problems or existing medical conditions please bring enough medication and inform us of these problems as soon as possible. For inoculations, please consult your health provider.
The areas you will be travelling to might have mosquitoes’ bites which might lead to malaria fever. However, some bites are merely irritatingly bad and annoying. Therefore, we advise and request you to speak to your healthcare provider and take the action he/she recommends as there are various differing ideas about what prophylactics to take, if at all. Some of the prophylactics can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches and a lowering of your resistance to the sun and it is important to bear in mind that malaria can be contracted despite taking tablets. For prevention of insect-borne diseases as well as painful or uncomfortable insect bites, an insect repellant is provided while on the safari but you are welcome to bring your own and please use it liberally, especially in the warmer months. In addition, overnight all our tents are well equipped with treated insecticide mosquito net for you to have a comfortable and sound sleep.
Weather and Temperatures in Celsius
Uganda experiences a tropical climate and does not have winter or summer but it has dry and wet seasons. Dry season starts from June to August and December to February and the wet season starts from March to May and September to November. More so Uganda had got a raised topography and high altitudes thus its seemingly cool temperatures and climate. However, areas above 1300m altitude like the gorilla parks get considerably colder for every 1000m you climb. As for Murchison falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Parks in the Northern side of the country average 28-32 degrees Celsius during the day. Generally, its saver to say the average temperature of this beautiful country “Uganda” is 24 degrees Celsius which drops at night to about 16 degrees Celsius depending on the altitude.
You will spend a lot of time outdoors and may have a sunny seat so bring a high factor sun cream, all year round, as the sun here is harsh. A cool, light long-sleeved shirt will also come in handy to protect you from the sun. A wide brimmed hat is a must as are a good pair of sunglasses.
Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in 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. If you are travelling in dry season, a light good sweater is recommended, as it can get rather cool at night. Light trousers and a cool long-sleeved shirt in the evenings in dry season will help protect you from the mosquitoes. For the remainder bring light cotton clothing.
For walks it is recommended that you bring neutral colored clothing (beige, khaki, olive, stone etc.) but when travelling in the vehicle, most colors 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.
As the denotation “Ujambo Boots” goes, bring some good walking boots or shoes which ever you prefer and sandals with sturdy soles to protect you from the large thorns while on a nature walk. You may get opportunities to swim, so bring along a swimming outfit. Don’t forget your sun hat!
On our wilderness safaris, we supply bottled mineral water on all our safaris. It is important to remember to drink enough water while on safari especially on those scotching sun hot days. Although not a must but if you are travelling in the dry months you should bring re-hydration salts to add to your water. One sachet per person per day will be sufficient and will prevent any dehydration problems. Rehydration salts are available in most pharmacies in powder form which is the most suitable for travel.
Food and Drinks
While on our safaris, all meals and drinks are provided; please inform us if you have any special requirements or if you are allergic to any food. Wine, local beer and soft drinks are provided. Water, tea and coffee are available all day. Spirits are also available on request and included in the price. These are available inform of Gin, Vodka, Rum, Whiskey and Brandy. If you have any requests not mentioned above please make the request and we will do our best to order it for you. Please fill in your online safari dossier to let us know your preferences.
On a safari, the maximum luggage weight is 20kg inclusive of hand luggage. Soft bags are essential as these pack easier into aircraft and vehicles, hard cases are not recommended as they might not fit into the pod of the aircraft or vehicle and you may be asked to repack into an alternative bag. If you feel you are not able to pack to these weight requirements an additional seat on the charter flight can be purchased ahead of time – please contact our us for a quotation or for further information on luggage limitations.
Even if you are not a regular birder, binoculars are quite handy for any safari. One pair per person will greatly enhance your safari experience, this may seem like an unnecessary cost if this is the only time you think you are going to use them but if you don’t want to buy, then take our advice – beg, borrow or steal! 10×42 is an ideal magnification but any binoculars will enhance your experience.
If you are going to bring an expensive camera along, we recommend you bring a good camera case as the roads are bumpy and there is a lot of dust. Beanbags for the car windows can be provided for you on request. Bring extra camera batteries. If you are using digital photographic equipment or other battery intensive equipment that utilizes rechargeable batteries you would be well advised to visit your local electronics store and purchase a 12V charger for your battery. This must be able to plug into a standard car cigarette lighter port. We do have 220V A/C inverters so please bring your standard AC charger for your electronic rechargeable items as well as an adapter.
Although lighting around the campsites is provided, a good torch is essential at night. We recommend a handheld flashlight for use around camp and head torches with 3+ LED units to use in your tents and for reading at night.
Your guide will have books on the fauna and flora of Uganda & East Africa in general. Bring along a novel or other reading material as there is often time in the middle of the day to relax. You may also want to bring a pack of cards or some other game for siesta time between morning and afternoon activities.
Since your safari is prepaid, you will not need to travel with much cash. Uganda currency is in Shilling (Ush). The best denominations to bring to Uganda are Euro, GBP and US Dollars. If you wish you will be able to exchange money in both Entebbe & Kampala and our guides will assist you to get the best exchange rates.
Tipping is an optional act done with satisfactory gratitude and not a must. However, we provide guidelines on tipping strictly for your information, these are the ‘industry standards’ tipping amounts.
- Guides: USD10.00 per person per day
- Safari Chef: USD5.00 per person per day
- General Staff: USD5.00 per person per day