We recommend the following clothing and equipment for tracking the gorillas:
- Warm clothes, including a fleece or light wool sweater, moisture-wicking undergarments, lightweight wool socks, long-sleeved shirt
- Strong waterproof walking boots (comfortable for going up and down steep hills)
- Sturdy walking trousers
- A breathable lightweight rain poncho or ‘parka’ with a rain hat
- Gloves to grip vegetation (inexpensive gardening gloves work well)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and sun hat
- A good supply of rechargeable camera batteries and/or fast film
- A small backpack to carry water and a packed lunch
It is best to wear layers of clothing as temperatures fluctuate. Early mornings on the mountains can be cold, although as the sun rises in the sky, and you climb, you will start to feel the heat. It rains often, generally in the afternoons.
The ranger guides will make you a walking stick, if needed, or you can borrow one from your lodge. You will find the walking sticks come in very useful when climbing up and down slippery slopes.
We recommend you to travel with your own adaptor, not all lodges will supply adaptors.
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Flights to Uganda are available from Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, South Africa Airways and Kenya Airways, Etihad Airways, Fly Dubai, Rwanda Air and many more.
Flights within Uganda are offered by Aerolink which operates twice daily flights between Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo. Fly Uganda also offers scheduled flights to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo.
Health, Fitness and Insuarance
All passengers travelling to Uganda are required to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival as a condition for entry in to the country.
Drink bottled or boiled water only.
It is a condition of booking that all clients must have, and must demonstrate to the company prior to their departure, adequate insurance for the duration of the tour. Medical services, especially up-country, are basic. Ensure your insurance cover includes medical and evacuation cover.
Bring any personal medication required. Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellent are essential.
Photography is not allowed near military buildings or soldiers. Before photographing people it is polite to ask. For digital photography, please bring extra batteries and a car charger as not all lodges/camps have electricity.
Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful (400-1600 ASA). Personal DVD recorders are allowed. Professional filmmakers require permission and need to purchase filming permits. Those interested in photographing gorillas should note that photography is often easier when the weather is not sunny.
Most costs are covered in the safari.
For personal expenditure cash is best, US$30-50 per day is a reasonable minimum. One US Dollar is about 3400 Ugandan Shillings. This can change depending on the daily rate.
Please be aware that only 2006 US Dollar bills and above are usable. Bills should be in excellent condition with no stains or tears.
Credit cards are accepted by very few outlets in Kampala and a few hotels/lodges up-country. Only cash is accepted by most places.
ATM machines are available in Kampala and some other places of the country.
Basic precautions should be taken, as in all countries, and common sense used. Do not carry excessive jewellery and money or leave them lying around.
Use safe deposit boxes where available, secure travel documents and valuables. Do not walk unescorted at night. If in doubt seek advice from your guide.
Telephone and Internet
International telephone communication is very good from Kampala but more difficult from some up-country areas. The mobile telephone network is good and rapidly expanding. Our safari guides have cell phones which can be used for incoming calls.
Most European or American mobile phones with a roaming agreement work in Uganda. Local SIM cards can be purchased cheaply (upon presentation of your passport).
Internet facilities are widely available in Kampala and in most major towns in Uganda although the quality and speed of the connection varies. Free Wi-Fi is available in in most of the lodges. However, the remote locations do affect connectivity.