Uganda is a very mesmerizing country nestled in the eastern region of Africa. There are many things that tourists always yearn for in the beautiful ‘Pearl of Africa’ – Uganda, and the country is one of the most visited ones in Africa, annually.
Uganda is actually the most favorite country to many African tourists as it is the best as well as most affordable spot for trekking the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, which are many tourists’ treasures.
However, what can a tourist always include in his/her packing list whenever he/she is to visit such a treasured country Uganda is! Well, below are some of the things you shouldn’t forget to pack:
A Valid Passport
A valid passport is number one requirement for any travel plans even to Uganda. Make sure it won’t be expiring within six months your travel period. Most foreign nationals will need a Visa in order to enter Uganda.
There are two ways of which travelers to Uganda can obtain a Visa. One can apply online from anywhere in the world. This is done by downloading the visa form online, filling this form and sending it with a scan of your passport photograph and send through email or can be mailed to the Ugandan Visa Office.
The second and convenient option is applying for the Visa at the point of entry in the country – such as the border or Entebbe airport. No picture is required in this process. Also there’s a newly introduced single travel visa for east Africa – this can be obtained online from anywhere or at the point of entry of the East African countries.
This is the most convenient method if the traveler is planning to travel to all East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. To take note of, an East African Visa only operates in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
Choose lightweight clothing items in durable fabrics and avoid pieces that restrict movement or are easily stained. Choose neutral colors that blend in with the environment. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants provide sun protection. Choose loosely fitted rather than skin-tight or revealing garments, which might offend the local population.
A wide-brimmed hat is also essential as well as a lightweight jacket and a raincoat. Carry sun glasses as well. A sleeping bag is also essential for a camping safari plus many other supplies which your travel company will provide you with.
Pack a small personal first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment and pain relievers. Pack needed prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers. Mosquito repellent wipes take up less room than bottled repellent. Consider trial-size toiletries rather than full-size bottles. Also avoid strongly scented products, which might attract insects.
Camera and binoculars
Carry a high-quality camera with extra batteries and memory cards, and consider packing a small video camera as well. Binoculars are also crucial for animal spotting, while wildlife guidebooks help you understand what you are seeing.
Pack a field journal and several pencils or pens to write down your thoughts as you go. The many photos you will take with you high-quality camera will always remind you of your fantastic trip!!
Safari Gears (Especially Campers)
If you are planning on going on an overnight safari, you’ll need to pack camping gear, including a sleeping bag, a tent, blankets and a flashlight. Bring basic food, gas cylinder, and water supplies and a basic first-aid kit if these items are not provided by the tour operator. Also pack bird and animal identification books, binoculars, a penknife and camera equipment.
Pack plenty of film and batteries, since these items may not be readily available out in the bush. Other items to consider packing are water purification tablets for your health.
Other essentials such as gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits, golden monkey permits, accommodation, a 4X4 vehicle and many others will be provided by your tour agency.