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What to Pack for Uganda and East Africa Safari

Uganda Safari

A Uganda or East African safari will absolutely create a lifetime of memories, and our helpful choice of packing list point you to the best ways to prepare for each special African moment. Read about through Our Uganda Safari Packing list and get tips for either a spectacular wildlife Safari or getting ready for the Ultimate wildlife encounter.

Packing List Guidelines for Uganda & East Africa

A daypack/backpack to carry cameras and other items is handy while on wildlife drives and activities.

Clothing while on safari, We recommend that you wear light-colored, lightweight clothing, especially in Uganda and arid areas of East Africa to reduce your chances of being bitten by tsetse flies. khaki and dull white is fine.

While on safari, many people choose to wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and change to long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening

Please remember not to pack your essentials in your checked luggage, in case it is delayed or lost by the airlines

If You are sensitive to the sun, a loose, long-sleeved cotton shirt is essential for wildlife drives during the day and during the mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest.

 Lightweight, “breathable,” windproof outer shell or jacket 

Lightweight rain jacket, rain pants & rain poncho. 1-2 sweaters, sweatshirts or fleece pullovers

If traveling June through September, it is a good idea to bring two so that one can be worn if the other needs to be washed. sometimes evenings and early mornings can be very chilly, so warm layers are key.

Warm hat, gloves & scarf  are recommended.

Lightweight walking shoes & gaiters if you plan to participate in nature walks, closed-toe shoes are required while an extra pair of shoes and/or sport sandals would come in Handy

2-3 T-shirts or polo-style shirts

2 lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and 2-4 pairs of long pants for cool mornings and warmer afternoons

Swimsuit for as some some of the camps has swimming pools.

Sleepwear, Round hat with brim and Socks

Undergarments, Bandana or neck buff

Packing List Additional Items

    Cash

For gratuities or you may also want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation, personal spending on souvenirs, Internet use or food and beverages not included in your itinerary

    Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment

Bug repellent is available for purchase at most of the camps/Lodges, so you only need to bring one if you wish to use a specific brand or particular choice. Please NOTE: Repellents containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong ingredient which can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.

    Water bottle

Gorilla Walking safaris  would provide you with one for safari, But you may want to carry a preferred one for yourself or two (Optional)

    Binoculars

Binoculars are definitely a must! We strongly suggest that each client bring his or her own pair of binoculars, as you will be using them continuously while on wildlife drives. If possible, we highly recommend investing in a good quality pair. Initially, the cost may be higher, Waterproof binoculars will enhance your wildlife viewing experience.

    Outlet adapter and/or power converter

You may want to consider bringing an outlet adapter for your room use or personal phone and cameras. Camps & lodges do provide some but only chargeable at the Reception area.

    Sunglasses with U.V. filter

Sunglasses are helpful for sun protection and can also be useful eye protection on walks or drives during sunny days

    Headlamp or small flashlight

Flashlights are provided at nearly all of our camps, but depending upon the number of travelers, there may only be one per tent. We recommend that each traveler bring a small but powerful flashlight (or headlamp) to have for personal use.

     Shampoo, conditioner & soap/body wash

You may opt for this ONLY & ONLY if you wish to use a specific brand. These items are provided free of charge at all of our accommodations.

Personal Preference Lotion, Toothbrush & paste, Deodorant, Brush or comb, Sunscreen & lip balm (at least SPF15)

Prescription medications & favorite remedies. For headaches, colds, upset stomach, skin irritations, diarrhea and If you are prone to motion sickness you may want to bring your favorite remedy for small plane transfers.

Small medical kit: Only the basics or special medicines. All of the camps and vehicles have kits for use, should it be necessary.

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