Is Uganda Safe?

Yes. The threat of diseases and terrorism is global and Uganda, like many European nations, has stepped up its internal security and medical inspections at the border points accordingly. Our tourist sites are extremely well guarded.
Regarding the tap water, it is generally not safe to drink. Stick to bottled water which most hotels and lodges will provide or can also buy your own in many of the stores.

What's the weather like in Uganda?

Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit).

When is the best time to visit Uganda?

Uganda is a diverse country with variable weather conditions but the country is considered a year-round destination for tourists.

How do I book a Nile Basin safaris?

At Nile Basin Safaris, we strive to make the process as easy as possible. We offer group tours and these can be booked on their respective pages. For private, personalised requests please complete our contact form under our custom safaris. We ask you to provide us a brief overview of your travel dates, party size and interests. We will then get in touch and begin helping you organise the safari of a lifetime.

Do I need insurance before going on a safari?

Yes, we require all our guests to take out medical and travel insurance before travelling with us. You should send us this information before you arrive at the safari destination.

Do I need a visa to enter Uganda?

Yes, visas are required for entry into Uganda and can be obtained upon arrival at the airport.

Vaccinations for Uganda travel

Yes. You need to have yellow fever immunizations and proof of immunization before travelling to Uganda.

For adventurous eaters, it is recommended that you also get vaccinated against Typhoid before travelling as you can get infected with typhoid germs through food and water while in Uganda.

You should also check with your local immunization authorities for additional vaccination guidance before travelling to Uganda.

Will there be someone to meet me at the airport?

Definitely. Once you go through customs you will be welcomed by our staff member who will take you to your lodge or hotel as soon as possible.

Can I use my cell phone while on a safari?

Most smart phones can be used internationally but guests should be aware of the expensive data roaming fees that can accumulate while travelling. If you have one of the newer gsm multi-band phones it may work in parts of Africa, depending on your service provider. U.S. mobile phones using AT&T and T-Mobile will generally work in most urban areas such as Kampala and Jinja.

Remarkably, there is even cell service in many remote areas of Uganda, though it can be spotty. If you subscribe to Sprint, Verizon or another mobile service, ask your service provider specifically for a gsm phone that will work overseas.

International roaming service is not automatically enabled on mobile phones, even if subscribing to one of the services above. You will need to contact your network service provider and ask them to activate the international roaming feature. Also visit the website of your network carrier to get up-to-date information on coverage and options when travelling abroad.

What should I wear on a safari?

On safari, dress is informal. Think casual and comfortable: loose fitting, tan, neutral, or khaki cotton clothes are best during the days. You will need a warm fleece or sweater for the early mornings and evenings, which tend to be surprisingly cool. We recommend wearing long pants and shirts in the evening to minimize mosquito bites.

What voltage is used in Uganda?

Electricity is 220-240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second in most hotels and lodges. Sockets are square and three-pin, like those used in the UK.

Do the tour prices include international flights?

We do not include the flights in the price of these tours, so we recommend that you purchase your flights after we have confirmed your booking. During the booking process, we will suggest which flights we find work best with your schedule.

Can I customize one of the pre-packaged safaris?

If you see anything listed on the itinerary that doesn’t appeal to you, please don’t worry! Our safaris are customizable and we can adapt the itinerary to ensure each activity is of interest to you or your group.

What happens if there is an emergency on a safari?

Our local office team, in partnership with the local authorities, are always on standby 24 hours a day to assist you and deal with any unlikely events during your trip. Uganda has a special tourism police department attached to all the major tourism sites to deal with any issues visitors may encounter.

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