be careful of flashing your money around while out shopping or sightseeing.
petty crime is very prevelent..and many eyes will be watching.
this is a poor country and many of the locals are deperately poor.so crime is high.
Eevn if most people has in mind the killing of 8 german tourists few years ago while doing the gorillas tracking, Uganda is a pretty safe country but there still is a quite violent ultracatholic guerrilla quite active in the north east side of the country, so you'd better get informed before planning a visit to that area.
In the rest of the country the situation si quite safe, even if armed guars are present in most of hotels and hostels to prevent robberies (which are quite rare).
Also in the area surrounding the Congo border are some incursions from congolese guerillas or delicting gangs ( while we were there we read about 5 other tourist being attacked with gun machines but this was a rare thing!)
Ugandas moderate climate is not only favourable for you and me but also for numerous unwanted creatures above all mosquitos. Make sure you undertake all prophlaxis for malaria. Begin 1 week befor the journey. To be on the safe side you should as well use a mosquito net.
In case of anything you can seek medical care in private clinics like
Dr. Gibbons & Dr. Stockley (UK) 12 A Parliamentary Avenue
Mengo Hospital (Kampala, Mengo)
Nsambya Hospital (Private catholic)
- Camp only on approved sites and never in secluded areas.
- Watch your handbag when shopping or in crowded streets, restaurants or pubs.
- When visiting tourist sites do not wander off the trail or the environs of the site unless you are sure you know where you are going.
The only real danger is in the cities from pickpockets or muggers. Pickpockets are pretty common, but unless you wander around carrying 6 Nikons and generally chucking money about, there's no real hassles. just behave as you would in any other city in the world. Muggers are only a real problem after dark, so just get a taxi to wherever you are going, they are so cheap anyway as long as you bargain with the driver.
Malaria is endemic here all year round, so please get your prophylactics sorted out before you come. Don't underestimate the dangers, they are real. You will get bitten, don't doubt it and more than the locals too. I know!! Mosquitos you can hear are not the dangerous ones, these are Culex mozzies and just have the usual annoying bite. Anopheles mosquitos are silent and these are the malaria carriers. Get anti-malarials and use a mosquito net is one is there. Wear clothes that cover your arms and ankles as these are the places most vulnerable. Use a repellent that contains DEET, this works even if it does smell a bit.
Schistosomiasis - this again is a real risk. It is a larval parasite found in stil water that can burrow through your skin and give you real problems later. There is a drug (praziquantel) which kills the infection off, but by far the easiest thing is to avoid it. Don't go into still water anywhere, this includes Lake Victoria!
Mango flies - these are great fun. If you wash clothes while you are here, make sure you iron them afterwards as this lovely little beastie lays eggs in clothes. If you don't iron them, the egg can hatch and produce a maggot that burrows into your skin and grows! The only way to get them out is to find the spot where it is, put vaseline (or similar) over the top so the grub can't breathe, squeeze and watch a full-grown maggot pop out of your arm! Lovely!!! So iron your clothes!!!!!
The northern part of the country near Gulu and Kitgum occasionally see rebel activity - be cautious and check with your embassies if going this way. Also, the border areas in the Southwest, near Congo and Rwanda, have occasionally had problems (I'm sure you all know of the tourists who were killed in Bwindi).
Public transportation can be dangerous - the buses and taxis (matatus) drive at breakneck speeds. There isn't much you can do about it. Buses are probably slightly safer, only because their bigger size can withstand a crash better than the taxis.
Before traveling to Uganda make sure to get well informed about Malaria-protection! Never be careless about this desease! I was getting sick of Malaria tropica in Kampala. I lost ten kilos of weight in four days. The second evening I finished up with life, I was sure to die in that night! I can´t mension how grateful I am for the care, the 'Mama' and the 'Boy' of the lodge offered me in those days!
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When it rains it pours! Some of the roads turn to mud during the rains and some of the pot holes turn to lakes!
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