Uganda Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt

Uganda Warnings and Dangers

  • What changes when you cross the Rwandan...

    What changes when you cross over the Rwanda/Uganda border? Quite a lot, actually. For one thing, the side of the road that you drive on, and in addition, the time.Rwanda was a Belgian colony, and so drives on the right hand side of the road, whereas Uganda drives on the left hand of the road, as befits the British colonial influence.Moreover, the...

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  • Whose side are you on?

    Or, more precisely, which side of the road are you driving on? There are cynics who would claim that this is a moot point, as Africans drive in the middle of the road anyway (either because the road isn't good enough to have a choice, or because it's easier to mosey down the middle of the road) ... but I digress ...The issue is that whilst Rwanda -...

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  • Road conditions can be treacherous in...

    When you get to Bwindi, you realise that 'Gorillas in the Mist' wasn't just a bit of Hollywood poetic licence: mist is pretty well a daily occurrence in this part of the world.Scenically, the mist adds an extra dimension to the landscape, and allows even the most staid of photographers to play around with their artistic composition. However, from a...

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  • Some guidance for carnivores

    Based on over quarter of a century spent travelling in Africa, I have come to the conclusion that the only commodity that you can rely on to be refrigerated is the beer!In the rural areas, it is rare to come across butcheries that have any form of refrigeration. As a result, the animal is slaughtered, butchered and sold immediately (unlike most...

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  • You have to be over 18 to go gorilla...

    Chances are that if you're in the Great Lakes region, gorilla trekking will be high on your 'To do' list, and with good reason, as it's a unique and extraordinary experience.As we were travelling with our children (aged 6 and 9 at the time), one of the details that we had surprising difficulty in clarifying was whether there was an age limit for...

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  • Many roads are slower going than you...

    As is the case with all of the countries in the Great Lakes region, there is no direct correlation between distance and travel time, and you can come horribly unstuck by assuming at the planning stage that you'll be able to cover more ground than is actually possible. We certainly found that distances took much longer to cover in South West Uganda...

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  • Watch out for what's in the undergrowth!

    This may sound like the lame working title for a Z grade horror movies, but if you decide to venture into the rain forest, then you're well advised to be wary of what might be lurking in the undergrowth and heed the directions given by the guides that accompany you.This photo was taken when we were on the return hike from our gorilla encounter at...

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  • Ant Prophylaxis For Reluctant Prey

    Rain forests are amazing places with enormous biodiversity significance and very powerful advocates (think Sting, just for starters), but that doesn't mean that they're necessarily very hospitable to visitors. Ants are a particular case in point. These little buggers have HUGE jaws in proportion to their body size, and once you have them on your...

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  • Just because it's poor doesn't mean it's...

    A question that often gets asked on the travel forum is whether it's cheap to travel in Africa - the assumption being that because the vast majority of Africans are poor, it must be affordable for the traveller.In fact, the converse is true: unless you are prepared to live like a local person AND have a lot of time on your hands, travel in Africa...

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  • Managing the yin and yang of mozzie...

    Make no mistake, malaria is a killer, and although there are fewer mosquitoes in the cooler highlands of Uganda, you need to consider the entire country as being malarial and take appropriate precautions.Regardless of the effectiveness of whatever malarial prophylaxis you're taking, the best precaution you can take is to avoid getting bitten in the...

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  • Suggest you eat lunch on the hoof:...

    If your decide to do a tour of Uganda - or indeed, anywhere in the Great Lakes region - with a safari company, chances are that the package will be all inclusive and will feature lunch.This sounds good in principle, but in practice we found it a nuisance. Firstly, we're not used to eating large lunches, and the generous portions at breakfast and...

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  • Not a good place to be gay

    Whilst I have been almost overwhelmingly positive about Uganda as a tourist friendly destination, the one discordant note is its hostile attitude to gay people.Uganda is probably the most homophobic nation in sub Saharan Africa - at least in terms of its legislation - which is a hard fought title on a continent that is still depressingly...

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  • 18% VAT imposed on up-country...

    This morning (19 June 2013), I received the following notification from the our operator that we used in Uganda:"It was in mid-June that the Finance Minister of Uganda, without prior warning, strapped an18% VAT on all up-country Ugandan accommodation. This does not mean an 18% tax on safaris as a whole, but only on accommodation located outside the...

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  • Beware of Kennedy and Hakuna Matata...

    This is a warning for potential travelers to the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Burundi) NOT to use the services of Kennedy Nari Ndayisenga or his tour company, Hakuna Matata Tours & Travel. Put bluntly, Kennedy is a liar, a scammer and a thief who will think nothing of stealing your money and cannot be relied...

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  • Disastrous conditions of the roads

    All this pictures were taken in the city of Kampala and its outskirts. What you see is what you can expect if driving in Uganda. I rented car, on my ariving, but never left Kampala with it! The roads in Kampala and its outskirts, where I stayed, are in disastrous conditions. The very first picture indicates very clearly what is the main problem on...

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  • Housing

    My friend from Kampala have book a house for me, it is in the outskirts of Kampala in small and peacefull place called Naalya. There excist a standards for the houses which could be rented to a foreigners, must have high walled fence with barded wire on top of it and very solid iron doorentrance.Poor houses do not have fence around, probably...

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  • Don´t take chances!!!!!!!

    Facts are bitter but true. Despite Ugandas´ sucess story, as the one and only country that has undertaken the strongest campaign in controlling AIDS; you shouldn´t take chances. STICK TO SAFE SEX IF AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hawkers

    On any bus or shared taxi in UG on a journey of a reasonable distance you will inevitably stop for a quick break. Sometimes this will be a toilet break other times it will be for food. Even if you stop at a place that is not recognisable as a food stop hawkers will appear from nowhere to shove all manner of food into your face. Sometimes the...

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  • Sitima

    Ah, electricity is great when it is there but Uganda can have a real dodgy electricity supply. Kampala these days has a pretty much 24 hour electricity supply but once you get out of the capital and hit the smaller towns the supply can be very erratic so it is best to charge phones and cameras as soon as you can as you never know how long you will...

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  • Nyabo your lugguage has just laid an...

    On Uganda buses it may be wise to watch your fingers are not pecked at as you put your bag on the overhead racks.

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  • Television

    TVs are spreading across East Africa like a plague. They are cropping up everywhere they appear in bars, saunas, there is even a huge one by the side of Entebbe Road in Kampala just keep your eyes off the traffic. The last time I entered UG from Kenya there were two TVs in the immigration office one on the punters side and one on the officials side...

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  • High rates of STDs

    As in many other African countries Uganda has a very high rate of AIDS and other STDs. Organisiation such as soft power are involved in educating people. I loved this poster of Condom Man. If its not on its not on!!!!

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  • BEDBUGS!!!

    Itchy and scratchy they are and are also a pain in the backside to get rid of.Not only found in beds but can easily be spread around from infested clothing so they can be picked up almost anywhere. I have seen bedbugs climbing up the back of chairs in bars in Uganda as well as being bitten by them on a long distance bus journey in the country. If...

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  • Moody money

    Almost all supermarkets around the country will have a few fake notes stuck to the wall behind the counter or near the till. When they are discovered the shops for some reason like to punch holes in them. The bottom two notes I was offered in Capital supermarket in Kampala after I was seen "admiring" them, as a collector of banknotes I couldn't...

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  • DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS

    The great thing about Uganda is that you can drive just outside of a town or village and see wild Monkeys. Please do not fee them inside the grounds of nice hotels or inside towns. This just attracts them and they then leave their natural areas. They also eat foods that are really not good for them and they can cause the locals a lot of issues...

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  • Rain

    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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  • Arrogant and corrupted

    Actually, I haven't seen much police around neither I had any kind of encounter with them. It wouldn't be honest to say that I in person had bad experience with the local police. However, I've seen the way they treat the locals, with no respect at all and lots of arrogancy. Some of my Ugandan friends advised me to avoid the police forces because...

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  • Near the border with Zaire

    There are no signs or any customs shelter or pole indicating you are near the border between Zaire (at the time it was called Zaire) and Uganda. Here the border is the Semliki river, which in fact is the Nile before it enters Lake Albert. The deep dark green colour of the grass indicates wet areas which you do not see when driving and you easily...

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  • Driving around Uganda

    Roads in Uganda are not in good condition, and in addition, during the night, most of them are not properly illuminated.But this is not all... when driving you'll meet many people walking along the roads and cars and trucks stopped. During the day, taking care you can drive more or less safely.. but during the night is extremely dangerous to...

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  • Driving in Kampala

    Traffic in Kampala is chaotic. There are not many traffic signs, and just some traffic lights. So, here is the law of the strongest.. that means, that in a roundabout or junction, the one bravest is the one who crosses first.As consequence, driving here is extremely difficult. So I won't recommend to rent a car here. And if you rent it, try to hire...

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  • Watch the steps

    Be careful going down stairs at campsites in the dark. I had a bit of a tumble and had to visit hospital for x-rays. The docs put me in this lovely stookie which I refued to allow to spoil my gorilla tracking plans for the following week.Don't I look happy!

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  • a guest to dinner unexpected

    we plant the curtains next to the river that it divides uganda from the congo there is a beautiful hut and we decide to prepare the dinner them under. but as soon as we enter on the ceiling a guest a black mamba two hours we have given for inviting to go out him

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  • dont flash the cash

    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.

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  • GUERILLA ATTACKS

    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...

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  • Beware

    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....

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  • Dos and Don´ts

    - 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.

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  • The only real danger is in the...

    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...

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  • The northern part of the...

    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 -...

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  • Before traveling to Uganda...

    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'...

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