Essentials to pack for a typical Uganda Safari

Essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari are the various items that any traveller intending to visit Uganda on a Uganda safari tour should carry to enjoy their stay in their country. Uganda is an amazing and beautiful pearl of Africa, with stunning tourist destinations that have numerous travellers from all over the world flocking the country, to experience and explore all the beauty that destination Uganda has to offer.

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Attractions in Uganda that travellers who visit the country include the source of River Nile which is the longest river in the world, Mountain Rwenzori, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the big5, tree climbing lions, lakes, and so much more. While on your Uganda safari tour, you shall take part in various activities in Uganda say gorilla trekking, primate tracking, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, boat safaris, water sports like white water rafting, sport fishing, nature walks, mountain climbing, among so many other activities in Uganda.

Destination Uganda has 10 Uganda national parks that travellers get to visit, including among others Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both famous for gorilla trekking safaris, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park which offer great game drives and wildlife safaris as well as boat safaris, Kibale National Park which is considered as the primate capital of the world with 13 primate species all found in the park, and travellers can enjoy them with primate walk safaris, among other Uganda national parks all of which are open throughout the year for travellers to visit.

Uganda has both savannah national parks as well as primate destinations, which are usually rainforest areas and mountainous. Uganda also experiences two different seasons throughout the year, the rainy or wet season which falls in the low tourism season, as well as the sunny or dry season which falls in the peak tourism season which attracts most travellers in the world to travel. To experience the best that Uganda has to offer, knowing the essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari is important for any traveller planning a Uganda safari tour. Below are some of the essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari;

Friendly clothing

Carrying friendly clothing, in regards to weather and the terrain of the destination to be visited is very important for any traveller visiting Uganda for a Uganda safari tour. Most tourist destinations in Uganda are in rainforest areas as well as mountainous, or near water bodies like lakes and rivers and therefore have temperature variations, especially in the night when it can be very cold. Case in point is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which are typically rainforest areas with dense forest cover and mountainous ranges, which have their weather changing almost every time.

Carrying friendly clothing for this kind of destinations is important and they usually include rain jackets, waterproof shoes with a grip, sweaters, waterproof bags, hats and long sleeved shirts. For destinations with much higher temperature ranges most times of the year, say Kidepo Valley National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, light clothing is important to carry, to be used in the day. The night time sometimes has temperatures rising and so some warm clothing should be put in the packing list.

It is also important to wear culturally appropriate clothing while in Uganda in some parts of the country. Also, carrying animal friendly clothing is important. Dull colours like olive green, grey, brown, khaki, black and the like should be considered. Bright coloured clothes tend to attract tsetse flies on top of being stressful to the wildlife. friendly clothing that are part of the essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari include long trousers, gloves, socks, long sleeved shirts, jackets, hats, as well as a waterproof backpack.

Fitting shoes

Travellers after visiting Uganda should include well-fitting shoes on their list of essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari. Uganda has some of the best hiking experiences to offer to travellers, in different Uganda national parks. Also, most safari activities in Uganda include  walking, thereby implying that travellers after a Uganda safari tour should include great and fitting shoes preferably waterproof for activities like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, mountain climbing, walking safaris say in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the rhino tracking experience. For Uganda safari activities like community visits and walks, as well as relaxation times call for much freer shoes say open shoes.

Essentials to pack for a typical Uganda Safari
Essentials to pack for a typical Uganda Safari

Sunscreen and Insect Repellents

It is important for travellers to include sunscreen and insect repellent creams on the list of their essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari. While on a Uganda safari tour, be sure to encounter various insects which only intend to have a taste of you. To keep them off, insect repellent creams are advised to include on your packing list, as they shall keep at bay. Most common insects include the mosquitoes, which are a common find in Uganda; also remember to get malaria medicines and advise from your personal doctor before you travel to Uganda or Africa at large. Sunscreen shall shield the scorching heat from sunrays during the day, while on a Uganda safari tour.

Bag Pack

A bag pack is one of the essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari. A bag pack which is also waterproof is the best choice. This will safe keep your important gadgets and documents, especially while trekking and hiking say gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Gadgets and equipment

To have memories of your Uganda safari stored somewhere is important. Including gadgets and equipment on your list is therefore important say telephones not just for storage but also communication with family and friends. Extra batteries and storage cards should be included on the list of essential gadgets and equipment to carry on your Uganda safari tour.


A camera is one of the gadgets and equipment that travellers should include on their list of essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari. Cameras shall have you capturing great memories which you shall get back to in the future and reminisce of all your experiences. When using your camera however when in the parks, be sure not to inconvenience or stress the wildlife. In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for example, do not use a flash light camera for photography.


Binoculars are a must carry for birders on Uganda birding safaris. Travellers also after maximising their view of the wildlife in Uganda can also carry a pair of binoculars.

First Aid Kit

It is also important to include a first aid kit on your list of essentials to pack for a typical Uganda safari. This personal first aid kit could come in handy sometime during your safari say when you get a slight cut by grass and need plastering, or even minor wounds from slipping or minor falls. Your personal first aid kit should include items like painkillers, cotton, bandages, wound cleaners, razors among other items.

Valid travel documents

Please do not forget to carry your most important thing, valid travel documents like passport, visa and booking forms if printed, for without them then you cannot probably take part in your much anticipated Uganda safari tour. Other documents to pack include your credit cards, safari itinerary, as well as a yellow fever vaccination card. Be sure to have your right and valid travel documents in place, lest you get disturbed by law enforcers.

A Uganda safari tour is one of the most amazing thing you can ever take in your life. With so much that Uganda has to offer, you shall relax in Uganda. You shall unwind in Uganda. You shall think again in Uganda. You shall rest in Uganda. You shall definitely adventure in Uganda. Reach out to your trusted tourist operator for an amazing Uganda safari package or check out any of the various already designed Uganda safari packages here and tailor them to your own preference, and get to have memorable experiences in Uganda.

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