Is It Safe to Travel to Uganda?

In general, Uganda is safe to travel to, but the below is intended for travellers researching a post-colonial world or a pandemic world.

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Another concern that people have about travelling to Uganda is the possibility of becoming infected with the deadly AIDS virus. Though the prevalence of AIDS is something that has decreased significantly in recent years, it is still possible for an infected person to contract the disease while travelling abroad. PHOTO via @UBOS/26 January 2021

Is it safe to travel to Uganda? In general, Uganda is safe to travel to, but the below is intended for travellers researching a post-colonial world or a pandemic world.

Otherwise, this article on Uganda travel safety, which covers everything from malaria to how solo travellers need to keep in mind when visiting Uganda, is an excellent resource to aid you to make that determination to go visit Uganda now.

Here is the information you need. There are five best National Parks destinations in Uganda:

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park
  2. Murchison Falls National Park
  3. Kibale National Park
  4. Lake Mburo National Park
  5. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Of course, within these parks are many risk factors for tourists, especially if one is travelling alone or as part of a non-profit organization or adventure group. 

First, be aware that travel advisories and security measures exist for visitors to these and other wildlife hotspots.

Some of the precautions include staying out of the forest areas where wild animals are known to roam, using radios and vehicles that are fitted with GPS devices, staying at least 500 meters away from wild animals and vehicles, and carrying personally owned radios and other communication devices.

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A second way to be safe is to add a bucket list of itineraries to your itinerary. Be sure to include plenty of alternative methods of travel to Uganda, as well as ways to cut down the amount of time that you will be in the forest. 

This is because there are times when you may get caught in a jam and have to turn back.

Using a good resource such as the Safaris Africa Travel Guide can help cut down the amount of time spent in a safari tent, and allow you to go back out into the wilderness to explore more.

A third consideration is to be aware of local customs and attitudes towards foreigners who come to Africa and stay for extended periods of time. As with any other location, it is important to remain vigilant about scams and payment frauds.

However, most travellers find that there are some real advantages to travelling to Uganda.

The safari tours that are offered by organizations like the Nkuringo Safaris  and others are designed to give the traveller the best of the experience of wildlife, including gorilla tracking and observation, and allow them to interact with the locals in an informal environment.

Gorilla tracking and observation are essential for anyone who wants to truly experience the wonder of wildlife in the wild, but tracking and observation are also a very popular activity among tourists to Uganda.

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The Nkuringo Safaris  is one company that offer these activities as part of its safaris but offers more than just this service.

It offers both medical tracking of gorillas and the opportunity to become involved in gorilla tracking through its partnerships with national parks in the region.

The services and amenities that this company offers to its clients include hotel transfers to the national parks, access to the campground, as well as the use of a variety of safari vehicles, personal safari gear, and much more.

Another area of concern with some people is the risk of being targeted by opportunists posing as safari guides and others who might take advantage of your safari.

Although there is nothing particularly dangerous or illegal about the services that are offered to tourists, these people may try to take advantage of their trust and make some unwanted advances.

When it comes to making sure that you are not put in any dangerous situations while travelling abroad, one of the safest options available is to hire a personal guide.

These guides are professionally trained and knowledgeable about the local culture, flora, and fauna of the region, and will ensure that you have a very safe and enjoyable time.

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A third issue that people worry about when it comes to travelling abroad is the possibility of becoming infected with the deadly AIDS virus. This is a very serious problem in Uganda, where 1.4 million people living with  HIV.

Despite having a low number of cases so far, there are high instances of unprotected sexual intercourse among the male population, which has been attributed to the high number of unprotected male establishments around the country’s capital, Kampala.

As with any other high-risk destination, AIDS and related fatalities need to be taken very seriously.

The same can be said for the risks of getting struck by roaches and insects when on a safari in the Lake Bunyonyi National Park . These are not life-threatening, but their bites do cause severe itching and rashes that are not always easily treated.

Ssendaza Ismail

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A Blogger that gives you the latest news and gossip on the hottest local and international celebrities. Previously, Ismail worked as a System Administrator at Pearl VoIP & 3GTelecommunication UK for 6 months as remote Network operations center engineer(NOC). Let's talk, WhatsApp: +256753659743

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