What to Take

  • Binoculars
  • Quality sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • UK electrical plug adapter
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Solar charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medicine
  • Day pack
  • Money belt
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Head lamp or torch

What to Wear

Lightweight clothing is usually appropriate for Uganda's equatorial climate, though some high altitudes means that a sweater or fleece and light jacket could get plenty of use. A rain jacket can also come in handy. Sandals are the most comfortable footwear but bring walking shoes or light boots for trails. Shorts are never used by locals, for women cropped pants, a midlength or longer skirt can be a better option. Quick dry hiking pants and long sleeve shirts are essential for hiking or chimp trekking; presoaking them in Permethrin will help keep the mosquitoes away. Scarves can be handy to keep the sun off.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Apply for a visa online.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Get the required yellow fever vaccine and malaria medications.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of travel dates.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.