Safety & Security With Uganda Safaris
Uganda is generally a safe, secure and politically stable country. There are no current existing threats be it civil or external unrests that may cause any alarm to any potential visitor to the country. However, there are relatively few instances of crime especially in the slums of the major urban areas just like it is anywhere in the world. Nevertheless, you’re advised to take caution while on travel to avoid undesirable instances.
Most of the tourist destinations in Uganda and indeed organized by Mukisa Safaris Uganda are within the safe areas that have no existing security alerts related to safety of the visitors/tourists.
However, there are general safety precautions that should be observed while on a safari visit in Uganda to avoid being subjected to risk.
Precautions while in urban areas.
It’s advisable not to walk at night and instead use a taxi or cab
Keep watch of your surrounding while drawing money from the ATM. You should not accept help from any person who is not a bank official and endeavor to hide your PIN code while at the ATM.
It’s important to keep small amounts of cash at hand when paying for small things at the streets.
Avoid reading guidebooks or looking at the map while on the street to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
In case you’re using public transport, keep your bags with in sight at all times.
While walking in an unfamiliar town/city, it’s always safe to be in a group of two or more individuals.
Always be skeptical of people approaching you with sad stories that bring out your emotions. Such stories are not always true but intended to lure you into giving out money.
Lock the car doors and windows when driving in busy towns and avoid leaving your valuable items like laptops, mobile phones in the car unless it’s attended to. If someone approaches you, stay in the car and just open the window slightly to communicate with him/her.
All in all, seek local advice on safety issues from the hotel or any other hosting place before moving around.
Precautions while tracking primates
Tracking primates is a harmless activity with no dangerous incidents occurring.
However, a few safety precautions should be observed;
Always follow instructions and guidelines from your guide
It’s not allowed to track these primates while ill because these animals are susceptible to human diseases.
It’s not desirable that you talk or laugh loudly as this may disturb the primates
The use of a flash during photographing is not permitted.
While in the forest, cover your arms and use insect repellants to protect against mosquitoes and other insect bites. The repellant should at least contain 20-30% DEET.
Keep the recommended distance of about 7 metres between you and the primates. In case animals move towards you, back off to avoid the closeness.
Avoid making quick movements.
Eating or drinking while close to gorillas or chimpanzees isn’t allowed.
You’re advised to be careful while walking in the forest.
Endeavour to wear a hat, sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
It’s recommended that you bring along waterproof clothing and a waterproof bag for your valuable items like cameras.
Avoid looking directly into the eyes of these primates. Always remember that though they are peaceful, they are still wild animals.
Always remember to stay close to your guide and in the group.
Precautions during game viewing
In Uganda, wildlife viewing is very safe and the game park rangers are there to ensure your safety. However, in order to boost your safety, the following safety precautions should be observed;
Always stay in the car during game drives except at the designated points/areas where you are allowed to get out of the car.
It’s advisable not to talk or laugh very loudly.
Endeavour to be careful while walking in the bush.
Always stay close to your guide and in a group especially during the walking safari and walking should be in a single file.
Running or jogging in wildlife areas is highly prohibited. Relatedly, never run away if confronted by any wild animal but instead; slowly walk backwards while facing the animal or ask for the help and instructions from your guide.
You should not leave food in your tent while camping or in a tented camp because it attracts wildlife.
Avoid driving too close to animals if you are on a self-drive safari.
Endeavor to seek advice from your guide on where to go in case you wish to go for a shot call.
Avoid wearing bright and colorful clothes especially during the walking safari.
Wear a hat, use sunscreen and consume a lot of water.
Terms and Coditions
Kindly read through our terms and conditions to make sure you understand what we need you to consider before you travel with Mukisa Safaris.
Due to regulations about collecting data in our country and around the world, we have put together a data collection privacy document that stipulates all the regulations we adhare to. Make sure you read it.
Acquiring a Visa
There’s an East African Visa that allows all non residents to move through East African countries including Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda if you have to cross borders. But for non residents entering Uganda, you can get a visa at entry points for US$100 or online.