Q: What should I bring to Uganda for wildlife viewing and gorilla trekking?
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 in Uganda, Rwanda, and Eastern DR Congo?
A: Temperatures and climates change drastically from region to region in Uganda and the other countries around the Virunga volcanoes. 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.
Q: When is the best time to visit Uganda for Mountain Gorillas and for game viewing?
A: Uganda is located at a relatively high topography compared to other east african countries. When going on a safari in Uganda, it is important to know just when you will encounter the easiest trekking conditions for the mountain gorillas or when to best view animals. Even though mountain gorilla trekking is considered a year-round activity, the best time to come gorilla trekking in Uganda is during one of the two dry seasons of the year: January and February or from June to mid September. Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the other wildlife parks is best at the end of the dry seasons, which is late February to March or September and early October. This is when wildlife will be concentrated close to the water sources and easy to spot. Bird watchers should look into visiting Uganda between November and April, when migrant species are present in Uganda. Generally, we only discourage clients to visit Uganda in April and May due to the unpredictable weather and lots of rain!
Q: Where can I book a safari with Instinct Safaris?
A: Planning and booking a safari with Instinct Safaris is easy. Besides our contact form and the itinerary forms on each of the safari pages on our website, Instinct Safaris is also featured on Safari Bookings. Reviews and testimonials can be found on Safari Bookings, TripAdvisor, and Safari Reviews. If you are already in Uganda, our Instinct Safaris office at Lower Kololo Terrace Rd, Kololo, or the UTB (Uganda Tourism Bureau) can be visited for more information and planning a safari. We are always open to use our safari itineraries as templates in order to create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends when on safari in Eastern Africa.
If you have more questions for us to answer, feel free to drop us a message at any time!