Q: What should I bring to Uganda?
A: When traveling to Uganda, make sure to bring solid walking shoes/boots, sun glasses and enough sun screen. Do not forget insect repellent, your camera, rain gear, and binoculars. As far as clothing goes, please bring comfortable boots, preferably two or three pairs. Shorts and long trousers in khaki or olive are a good choice as well as t-shirts and shirts. The mornings and the evenings can be rather cold, so make sure to also bring clothing for that!
Q: How is the climate?
A: Temperatures and climates change drastically from region to region in Uganda. Your needed equipment differs when gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and when on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Instinct Safaris guides, however, are more than happy to assist you making the right choice for the best of your tour with Us. Sun screen is a good choice for everyone who is planning to visit East Africa. Along the equator, and in combination with great heights, it is essential to bring sun screen to protect your skin while on safari. Sun glasses will help protect your eyes, as well!
Q: How safe is the region?
A: Uganda and Rwanda are very safe African countries. After long years of struggle, both countries have managed to establish a peaceful environment. Even in Eastern DR Congo, the situation is improving. However, we only use the Goma route from Rwanda and Gisenyi when going to Mt. Nyiragongo. It is considered to be the safest way to reach our destinations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo safely.
Q: How can I exchange my currency?
A: Numerous banks offer ATM services, where one can easily withdraw cash. These include Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank, Crane Bank, dfcu, and Standard Chartered. You can use your Visa card without a fee. Mastercards, however, do not usually work. Debit cards require fees.
Q: How is the culture of the Great Lakes region?
A: Culturally, people in our region are very hospitable and eager to welcome visitors. Whenever people try to interact with you, go ahead and greet back. Don’t be shy! For more words to say and to find out more about the culture, read our designated page here or ask your Instinct Safaris guide when traveling with us.
Q: How can I reach a walking safari’s starting point?
A: The starting points for our walking safaris are defined in each itinerary. You can either get transport there, yourself, or ask us to arrange transport for you!
Q: What is the minimum age for mountain gorilla trekking?
A: Gorilla trekking is not allowed for children under 15 years of age. This is because the Uganda Wldlife Authority knows about the physical strength and condition one has to be in in order to track the mountain gorillas in Mt. Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
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