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Is Uganda Safe To Visit?

Uganda through the seasons

 

Uganda spans approximately 93,000 square miles, making it about the size of Oregon and slightly smaller than the United Kingdom. With its diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to savannahs and lakes, there’s a wealth of experiences to discover, especially during the dry seasons from December to February and June to August. Your choice of destinations within Uganda will depend on your interests, though it’s essential to stay aware of security risks, which can vary by region. While much of the country is stable, it’s wise to exercise caution near border areas.

Traveling within Uganda is generally safe, particularly in popular destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking and Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing, which rank among the country’s highlights. Our Uganda travel guide offers comprehensive insights to help you navigate the country smoothly and enjoyably. To ensure a secure and hassle-free journey, consider these recommendations:

  • Stay updated on the regions you plan to explore and any potential safety concerns.
  • Keep abreast of local news and travel advisories.
  • Avoid border regions with neighboring countries that may have instability issues.
  • Choose reputable tour operators and local guides.
  • Adhere to standard travel precautions, including securing your belongings and avoiding isolated areas after sunset.

By following these guidelines, you can immerse yourself in Uganda’s beauty and diversity with confidence and serenity.

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Safety Tips for Traveling in Uganda

Avoid Walking Around at Night

In Kampala and other urban areas of Uganda, it’s advisable to refrain from walking around after dark, especially in the city center. Even during daylight hours, some areas are better avoided. Additionally, it’s best to avoid leisurely strolls along the shores of Lake Victoria once night falls. If you have any inquiries or concerns, please reach out to your local tour guide or Trip Coordinator for assistance.

See a Doctor Before Your Uganda Tour

Before traveling to Uganda, it’s crucial to safeguard yourself against insect and mosquito bites. Wear long-sleeved clothing, trousers, and headgear, and use mosquito repellent to minimize exposure. Additionally, consult a tropical medicine institute or your healthcare provider for comprehensive guidance on malaria prevention, relevant vaccinations, and available treatments. Taking these precautions will help ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience during your time in Uganda.

Leave Your Valuables at Home

When traveling in any country, including Uganda, it’s wise to store your valuables, jewelry, and watches securely in the safe provided by your accommodation. Carry only the necessary amount of cash with you and ensure it is kept on your person at all times. This precaution helps minimize the risk of loss or theft during your travels.

Avoid Drinking Tap Water

Ensure that you consume only bottled water or water that has been properly boiled during your travels. Salads served at our recommended hotels and safari camps are reliably safe for consumption. Taking these measures will help you stay healthy and enjoy your trip to Uganda.

Is Uganda safe? Traveling safely and seamlessly

 

Your safety and comfort are paramount to us. When organizing your tour, your dedicated Travel Consultant will offer comprehensive guidance on safety and security in Uganda. Throughout your journey, your local tour guide and Trip Coordinator will be on hand to assist you with any requirements. Reach out to us today to craft a personalized and entirely secure travel itinerary for your exploration of Uganda.

Please be aware: While we strive to provide accurate information, we cannot assume full liability for the details presented here. For the most up-to-date advisories, we recommend consulting your local Foreign Office.

By adhering to these recommendations and conducting some preliminary research, you’ll discover that traveling in Uganda is both safe and convenient.

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Best Places To Visit

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park, located in the remote northeastern corner of Uganda, is renowned for its rugged wilderness,

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, located in northwestern Uganda, is the largest national park in the country, covering an

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a stunning wildlife reserve located in southwestern Uganda. It’s renowned for its diverse

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park, located in western Uganda, is renowned for its dense tropical rainforest and incredible biodiversity,

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Bwindi Impenetrable

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dense,

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Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park, situated in western Uganda, is a compact yet diverse sanctuary known for its rich

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Best Time To Visit

While travel in Uganda remains feasible year-round, the dry months are generally regarded as the optimal time to visit the country. These months coincide with the best conditions for gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Kibale Forest National Park. For detailed insights into the ideal timing for your visit and the highlights of each month, delve deeper into our comprehensive guide.

Things To Do

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Uganda's wildlife, where you can encounter silverback mountain gorillas up close, witness the intricate dynamics of chimpanzee families, and observe the majestic 600-pound giant forest hog in its natural habitat. Cruise across Africa's largest lake, and indulge in the abundance of unforgettable wildlife experiences that Uganda has to offer. Craft your ideal vacation with our curated list of the top activities to do in Uganda.

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Dzigbordi A
2024-05-27
Unforgettable trip to Serengeti with African Diurnal Safari It was a fantastic trip especially with my escort driver. He’s very patient and makes sure I see what I want. It interesting see these wild animals in their own habitat. I was able to see big 3 out of the big 3; Elephants, lion and buffalo. I saw cheetah too so that will replace my leopard, unfortunately I couldn’t see Rhino. There were numerous animals at Serengati aside the big 5.
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2024-04-06
During our trip, we saw many famous animal, like chiter, elephants, lion, zebra buffalo, giraffe and many others animals The trip were really amazing and took many pictures and videos and we enjoyed a lot it was a great experiences that we are not going to forget.
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2024-04-03
Absolutely recommended Great experience absolutely recommended! Great driver too 💪🏻 we saw all the animals we wished to see! Everything was planned by African Diurnal so we could enjoy the most without any stress in planning
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2023-10-11
The fabulous African Safari Tour in Northern Tanzania it was an African safari that included my wife and I and another couple (our friends). We started in Arusha city, went to Seronera, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, and then ended in Mwanza city. It was a very wonderful experience. My wife and I and our two grown sons did almost a very similar safari tour in June 2019 by the same company and we also experienced the same excellent/superior service. From hotel choices, services in the tour vehicle, meals, etc., it was fabulous
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2023-09-12
Remarkable Lifetime Safari Experience! I had an unforgettable safari with Lameck's team. The tailored made itinerary for me as solo woman traveller, quick and easy communication and well controlled within my budget with quality accommodations! My driver Samson was a great guide and he knows everything about wildlife and parks, within five days I was lucky to see all the big five up close. I would definitely recommend African Diurnal Safaris to anyone looking for remarkable lifetime safari experience.
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2023-05-19
Best experience ever This was an amazing experience! Our guide knew exactly where all the animals are and we were very lucky to see all of them! We will never forget this trip. What a beautiful region. Long way to drive from kilimanjaro airport to seregenti park.
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Grace P
2023-05-07
Amazing! Wonderful experience! My tour guide taught me so much about the Serengeti and the animals that live inside. We had an amazing picnic lunch under a tree in the Serengeti while watching animals graze in front of us. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I highly recommend!
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Cfbaur
2022-12-16
A great experience. I only had one day to do a safari. This company did a great job in providing a wonderful Serengeti experience. Lameck, the guide was very good at finding most of the big five animals including getting about 6 meters (20 feet) away from three lionesses feeding on a recent kill.
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Brendkay
2022-11-16
Amazing 7days luxury Safari with great Safari Company Me and my husband had the best times and best organised safari from the beginning when arranging the trip as well as payments. Everything was great and our guide Lameck was the best ever, he is very skilled and well informed. He showed us the most incredible places and gave us great information about every animal, birds and plant we saw. He knew the roads very well and took very good care of us. When it came to lunch he knew how to set a wonderful table and pampered us well enough. We had a very exciting adventure with Lameck. Wonderful trip that I recommend to all who love to see the fascinating wildlife in Tanzania. Thank you African Diurnal Safaris and thank you so much Lameck for this great wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend this trip to my friends.
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David M
2022-11-15
Sensational safari We enjoyed a great 4 day Safari. Our friendly drivers were knowledgeable and helpful. Starting from the western side meant that our first day was extra special as we did not see any other vehicles but very many animals.