Traveling to any country, people should know the cultural and historical context, at least a little bit. It is the biggest misbelief that people are almost the same in different parts of the world and their life rules are alike. That’s why for comfortable and safe traveling it’s always a good idea to learn some facts beforehand. Be better prepared and informed and you can show your respect to the country you visit.
There is a great number of myths and misconceptions about Africa. Some of them are like from the horrors, others are too far from the truth. But there is just a simple list of rules to know as in any foreign country. Speaking about Uganda and its cultural context nowadays, we have to advise you to keep all your precious things with you and do not leave them around. Do not walk alone at night and buy tours with professional guides. In Uganda modest clothes is more appreciated. According to the climate there, it’s better to dress in cotton. When traveling to the African country the tourists should think about 3 points: currency, safety and health.
What should you know about money in Uganda? First of all, the banks and currency exchanges are just in the big towns. Paying for accommodation you can use Visa or MasterCard, hotels and lodges honor a card. Take cash in small denominations with you too for tips, for example. As for currency, Us dollars are accepted, except old ones and of high denomination. It may bring a small discomfort.
Safety is very important in foreign country, especially in Africa. Despite Uganda is very safe for tourism, run by your guides, they know for sure all the traditions, the conditions and potentially unsafe areas. You can walk in cities, parks and excursions, but avoid deserted areas. The wildlife is much more closer than you can picture it. Health problems can be easily avoided by consulting with your doctor before your travel for advice. Before the trip, it is worth getting vaccinated for yellow fever, which ensures the safety of tourists around the world in countries with tropical climates. Also, prevention of malaria will be useful. As for food and water, there is an abundance of products familiar to the tourists. In Uganda shopping is well-organized. You can find small shops, mini-markets and open-air markets in the streets of any town. There is an interesting fact about buying fizzy drinks in bottles. Tourists are usually followed by a boy, till they finish drinking because you should return a bottle to the shop you bought it at. That’s why the boy helps you not to turn back to the shop.
Of course, don’t forget your passport. Relating to visa, it needs to figure out because the requirements of the Ugandan embassy vary according to the nationality of the tourists. One more important thing is travel insurance. Take care about suitable insurance before the departure. It should cover any medical situation, canceling or changing of arrangements and baggage.
Last, but not least – photography question. It is allowed to take photos in Uganda, except for the objects connected with the government and the army. Bring additional memory cards and batteries if it’s necessary, they are not available everywhere. We advise asking permission for photo shooting in residents. Unfortunately, drones are not allowed in the conservation areas, the wildlife is highly protected from the harmful impact.
All in all, now you are forewarned, forearmed. Good luck in planning your trip to Uganda. Talk to the travel specialist, make reservations and let it be your perfect experience. We are sure that Uganda is an excellent place for traveling and getting new and sincere emotions.
One of the most popular activities for travelers in Uganda is gorillas tracking. It’s an amazing time, be sure. Mountain gorillas don’t live in any zoo, they can’t survive there, in detention. Moreover, they can be seen just in three countries in Africa. Isn’t it enough motivating to try? But you should be prepared and familiar with all the opportunities it gives. Wildlife is thrilling, adventurous, but dangerous at the same time. It’s unlike anything to keep an eye out for mountain gorillas in their untouchable place of living. It’s so exciting to see them undisturbed in their everyday routine. So if you are ready, the best place for it is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, because almost half of the population lives there. That’s it as for the place. As for the time, the tours can be taken around the year, but it’s easier to set in the dry season. The dry season is during the summer months and also September, December. The temperatures are acceptable. The track has no any special demands, but hiking can be long and tough. That’s why tracking for a long period of days will be easier for those, who are more prepared in sports, strong and sturdy. Don’t forget, they are mountain gorillas. But you can always ask for a group due to your physical fitness level. The hike is usually led through the rainforest and bamboo slopes of the park. Of course, the expert is guiding you and leading the way all the time. It’s allowed to walk near the gorillas in 6 meters for an hour in a group of six or eight people. It is an amazing feeling to be right in the heart of nature and take part in the life of these rare creatures, isn’t it?
There are some items you should think about for gorilla trekking. First of all, choose the tour. It can be from one to three days tour, or even more. Secondly, the accommodation place. The operators offer lodges at different prices and comfort. We advise you to book the place as close as possible to the tracking point and beforehand. Needless to say, such activity is not the cheapest one, but you can try to find some quotes. The price for gorilla trekking varies from 1000 to 6000 dollars per person without a hotel stay. The high price is easily explained by conserving the population in the parks, except entrance fees, cars, guides.
In addition, any tourist registered for trekking should be prepared from top to toe. The most important for a comfortable hike is special waterproof boots and insect repellents. It’s also good to take a light raincoat, garden gloves, bottled water, snacks. The clothes should be convenient and closed enough.
There is one more interesting activity for tourists, gorillas habituation. The visitors, only 4 people allowed, join the process of training gorillas to humans by researchers. This is special and exciting. Just imagine strong, muscular with long arms mammals, silverback, because of the shade of the hair on their backs. In fact, in 98 percent they are alike with people on a genetic basis.
To sum it up, gorillas trekking is an activity for young people, as for pensioners too. It’s right for those who are seeking new emotions and memories. The spectacularly will stay in your mind forever and you will never regret about efforts giving on this activity. It’s like a story, a novel that you always can tell your friends, kids, or family. So if you choose the peak season for a trip to Uganda, don’t forget to make reservations and buy permits beforehand.
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