In Uganda it is
quite normal to see police and security guards with guns and rifles.
These weapons are usually old and may or may not be operational. Do
not put yourself in a position where police or guards may get agitated;
always co-operate even if you feel that they are being unjust. In
the unlikely event of being in a vehicle which is hijacked, do not
resist, just give up your possessions and smile. I would add that
in six trips I have never experienced any form of hassle from any
official or for that matter anyone else.
are available in Uganda and will offer good basic care, however you
may be many hours travel from that hospital. You should be aware that
what would not be life threatening in the UK may well be in Uganda,
simply because of the delay and uncomfortable journey to reach professional
Check with your
own doctor what jabs you need, but Tetanus, Polio, meningitis, Yellow
Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis are usual.
In game reserves,
remember these animals are wild and free, you may find yourself very
close to water buffalo, Elephants, hippos or even Lions. Do not leave
the vehicle or make sudden movements, follow the advice of the wardens
to the letter! These animals are dangerous.
Security is everyone’s
responsibility, when traveling in vehicles, do not have your watch
on the wrist by an open window, Uganda has its opportunist thieves
just like London, Rome or any other city. Keep your money in a money
belt next to your body, only keep enough cash for immediate use in
you pocket or bum bag. Be aware and you will keep all of your possessions,
be sloppy and drop your guard someone will take advantage. Travel
in pairs and watch out for your friends. Avoid travel at night and
always wear uniform when in town.
The main roads
have a hard surface similar to road surfaces anywhere in the world
but low maintenance can result in poor and sometimes dangerous driving
conditions. Roads can be washed away in flash floods. Off the main
roads the surface is murrum or sandy dirt which is dusty in dry weather
and muddy when wet. It is advisable not to travel at night if for
not other reason than it is easier to spot poor road conditions in
The British High
Commission has posted warnings about the road between Kampala and
Uganda. An accident involving UK Scout Leaders brought home the need
to ensure that all the normal procedures for emergency contact are