Before you choose to come to Africa for a safari, you need to know what should be packed. Obviously you must have a passport and visa. This is very vital for a successful Uganda or Rwanda safari. The two countries offer a variety of safaris and they include, Primate Safaris, Wildlife Safaris, Nature walks, Fly in Safaris, Cultural safaris, Food Tours, Reality tours, Wildlife safaris and any more.
When someone thinks of packing definitely a suit case or a duffel bag will come into their mind but for a safari to Uganda a duffel bag is the best decision to make. Suitcases at times tend to be bulky and make people feel uncomfortable that’s why we recommend a duffel bag to a person who intends on travelling to Uganda.In grey below is a Day back pack While n safari, there is no need to move out of your hotel room every day with a heavy Duffel bag therefore there will be a need to have a lighter and smaller bag only to pack only those items you will need on a specific day. This should be water proof and you will need this to pack your valuable items like packed lunch.
Energy giving snacks, Sun Glasses,Dollars above 1996 series, Mosquito Repellents, Long Sleeved Shirts, A pair of shorts and light clothing, Sun screen.
Tourists that engage in challenging safari activities need energy therefore energy giving snack are needed during the challenge for example chocolate, biscuits and other bites. Sun glasses are needed especially in the dry season to avoid the effect of the direct sun. The two can as well be bought in super markets on arrival. Dollars above 1996 series. When traveling to either Uganda or Rwanda, its only dollars above 1996 series that will be accepted for any transaction. These can be exchanged to the local currency on arrival for tips, buying souvenirs and any other transactions. Any dollar below the 1996 series will be neglected therefore check your dollars well before you travel. Malaria Repellants. However much mosquito nets are provided at the lodge, a mosquito repellant will give you more confidence with the usage of 2 measures to avoid mosquito bikes. Long sleeved shirts and t shirts. Long sleeved shirts are good for Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking while T-shirts and shorts are good for wildlife safaris. If you are having a wildlife safari on your safari package do not forget. Sun Screen for hot days avoids bad skin burns which is a major skin protector.
Light Weight Hiking Boots Light weight boots should be packed because entering the Ugandan jungles will require protection. Hiking Boots are advisable more so for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park that involves trekking / hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas, they are also needed for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale national park, golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga and other forested parks. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude, you need light weight hiking boots for these activities. Cameras and extra batteries. Photography is an important component of your safari and this is because everyone wants to take the best shot of the real African experience and thus make sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries or a power bank as you will need to take as many photographs on your safari in Uganda.
Hat, Sun Glasses and a Pair of Binoculars
Tourists who travel in the dry season are advised to carry a hat and sun glasses to avoid the direct heat from the sun. Sun screen is another item needed on very hot days of a safari to prevent a bad skin itch. Since you are on a safari, you will need to have clear views therefore do not forget to carry binoculars. With the binoculars, you will have the best safari views. You can spot animals from afar on a Game drive.
Gloves and Stockings
You will also require gloves to protect your hands and support yourself during your safari. In the forest sometimes it gets slippery so you will need to hold on to some tree branches. So strong gloves will help to protect your hands from germs and scratches. Since it’s a forest, rain cannot be predicted therefore rain court is very vital to cater for the unforeseen circumstances like rain during a safari. Many tourists prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May. Long Sleeved shirts. Long sleeved Shirts and trousers. Ensure they are tacked. This is very vital for primate safaris to avoid insect bites and safari ant entering your trousers and causing discomfort. Dull clothes like dull green are highly recommended because they are nature friendly. It sometimes gets too cold mostly in the volcanoes and Bwindi main areas of gorilla trekking therefore stockings are highly needed to warm up your body.
In conclusion, when planning to come for a safari in Uganda or Rwanda, first analyze your safari activities well then find out what will be exactly needed, ensure you have packed the right things check again and again to find out whether you have not left anything else out. After your sure all things are packed, then you are free to take your flight.