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Packing List for a Safari in Uganda-Africa

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Must read advice and tips for best and essential things to pack for Safari, - culturally appropriate dressing for women in Uganda, General Gorilla tracking (trekking) help.

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Packing for a Safari is taking along the essentials that you will need on your Safari in Uganda. There are certainly some must things you do not leave behind. Obviously your passport, your airline ticket, your immunization cards and some cash.

Packing List for a Safari in Uganda-Africa - camera for safari in UgandaIf you planning a safari in the Africa – Uganda and trying to figure out what you should bring, what is appropriate clothing for women considering the variation but want to ensure that everything you buy is culturally sensitive (but also weather appropriate) the packing list below has it all. The main thing is to be comfortable and on the whole as long as you are sensible you are unlikely to offend. Just remember, Uganda is not a very conservative dressing style country, and peeps tend to mind their own business most of the time but just before the list here is the all-purpose some advice;

Generally, It is not culturally appropriate for women to show their thighs. So skirts/dresses below the knee, capris, or long pants are your best bet. On top it doesn't really matter how covered you are for the sake of modesty - you would mostly be considering protection from the sun :)

With long skirts - be careful that they are not too thick of material. Some skirts people bring are not nearly as ideal as you would imagine, because you can get really hot wearing them.

With long pants - consider if they drag/touch the ground. The red dirt will get on anything that it touches. So just be forewarned.

best and essential things to pack for Safari - hiking boots for gorilla trackingI would recommend a pair of chacos to wear around the compound or another sturdy walking sandal for daily use.

For gorilla trekking, be sure you have some good (and broken in) hiking boots. They don't call it Bwindi an impenetrable forest for nothing.

Also for gorilla trekking, long pants/trousers and tall socks that you can tuck your pants in to. This works totally great. Though some trackers get fancy hiking gear that includes some sort or sleeve type thing that goes over the pants from the knee to the shoe and prevents ants from getting in. Either way works. Breathable long sleeve button down shirts are ideal

best and essential things to pack for Safari - gloves for gorilla trackingIt’s cool in the morning up in the mountains, but gets hot once you start hiking. Bring gloves, gardening or similar – it may seem like something not to be considered but you will not regret! They help as you often grab on to trees and vines to help yourself along the tough hike, and plenty of times you may grab onto thorns. Your hands may get a little ripped up by the end. It does not get that bad, but it’s ideal. For more suggestions concerning suitable clothing for Uganda-Africa safari we recommend that you visit our advisory page by clicking on this link.

But there are other things people simply forget and or leave behind. Here is a simple list of what to pack. The more valuable items should be packed into the carry-on to make sure that they get here and always pack enough clothing for a day into your carry-on bag in case your bag is temporarily without their owner.

Basic things we think you should include in your Africa-Uganda carry-on
Your Uganda Packing List for a Safari

Prepare/set them in advance and double-check with your list to ensure you have everything.

Keep it Light:

      1. A copy of the Bradt Guidebook for Uganda-great reading on the plane and great reading as you rest at your lodge or tented camp.
      2. Anti-Malaria Regiment along with any other medicine you will need.
      3. Sun Lotion
      4. Bug Repellant for skin and clothing - buy Australian RID (an insects repellant that also protects against tsetse flies)
      5. Imodium - just in case
      6. First-Aid Kit - simple First Aid Kit that is light but has some anti-bacterial cream, band aids and other items include some eye drops our dust just might need flushing out, anti-diarrhoea medicine, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold
      7. A couple of packets of antiseptic hand wipes.
      8. Sunglasses
      9. Binoculars
      10. Camera and battery charger remember that a UK plug is used here. Bring a quality camera - there will be so many opportunities for picture taking it be a shame if your camera did not give you quality pictures. A Film, particularly fast film for the gorillas.
      11. Flashlight - and battery powered reading light.
      12. Hand sanitizer
      13. And yes, one gadget - A Swiss Army Knife or a good imitation - at least you can use it as a bottle opener since sodas and beers here need one.

      14. Other things for you to decide or consider them all
      15. 2-3 Pairs of lightweight slacks/trousers that can dry quickly (if worn tracking)
      16. 1 Pair of shorts
      17. 1-2 Long-sleeved shirts
      18. 3 Short-sleeved t-shirts
      19. A breathable waterproof and windproof jacket/coat like a Gortex
      20. 1 Sweater, sweatshirt or fleece
      21. 1 Skirt (for women)
      22. Swimsuit
      23. Strong, waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking (heavy-soled rain boots also work well)
      24. Pair of sports sandals
      25. Telescopic Trekking Staff
      26. Hat: Wide-brim or with a visor for sun protection
      27. Sleepwear
      28. Underwear (moisture wicking for gorilla tracking)
      29. Lightweight wool socks
      30. Gloves: gardening or similar (for tracking)
      31. Alarm clock
      32. Ear plugs to prevent noise from the jungle
      33. Wash cloth

We're not sure about your travel intentions outside safari….we so then can’t guarantee that that's all you might need. To aid you in thinking, we have provided a general list to choose from, of course you don’t need everything in there but travellers’ interests vary.

Let’s plan together, you may shoot us an email or just call the numbers on this website. Thank you kindly and we look forward to being of service to you. ....Jesse Tom


Backpack, Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, Glasses and/or contact lenses, if needed (bring an extra pair, too), Safari or sun hat and Sunglasses.


Clothing in neutral colors (avoid bright colors and whites, which can distract animals)
Batteries for small electronics and cameras, Binoculars, Camera (and film, if needed), Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop, Headphones for watching in-flight movies, iPod, Reusable water bottle, Small compass, and Video camera.

Health and Beauty Items

This is what your "mini medicine cabinet" may consists of; Antibacterial wipes, Floss, Insect repellent, Malaria medication, Prescriptions, bandaids, antibiotic cream, anti itch cream, decongestant, sleep aid (if you have terrible jet lag).

First aid kit, including gas-relief tablets, ibuprofen, antacid, antidiarrheal medicine, pepto bismol, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case

Comb and brush, Contact lens solution (if needed), Body lotion, Deodorant, Face cleanser, Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15), Personal-hygiene items, Razors, Shampoo and conditioner, Shaving gel, Soap, Sunscreen (at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15), Toothbrush, Toothpaste.


Addresses of friends and family for postcards, ATM/Credit cards, (let your bank know you’ll be traveling abroad before you leave), Bird and animal guidebooks, Contact information, Driver’s license, Health-insurance card (check to see if your health-care provider has an overseas partner, Healthy snacks (chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels), Local guidebooks, Maps, Money belt, Money conversion chart, Passport, Photocopies of passport, Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss, Printouts of reservations, Translation dictionary, Travel journal, Travel pillow and blanket, Vaccination certificate, Ziploc bags for stowing small liquid containers at airports.

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