Following health tips during Uganda and Rwanda safaris safeguard tourists from getting sick but this doesn’t mean that you will become sick when you visit Uganda or Rwanda. Whether you visit a European or African country from another continent, there are high chances that you will become sick for a number of reasons including the new environment itself. The following are the health tips for Uganda-Rwanda safaris;
Being immunized is one of the important health tips for Uganda-Rwanda safaris and for Uganda and Rwanda, a Yellow Fever immunization certificate is required prior to entering the borders of the country. Besides yellow fever, other diseases you need to immunize against are Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal Meningitis, and Rabies although they are not compulsory.
Malaria has always been a big threat to tourists visiting most African countries with Uganda or Rwanda inclusive. However, areas of high elevation (over 3000 meters above sea level) are free from malaria-causing mosquitoes. Most Safari Lodges and hotels in mosquito-prone areas in Uganda and Rwanda offer insecticide-treated mosquito nets but you can personally prevent malaria by using anti-malarial medicines like Malarone, Mefloquine, Larium, and Doxycycline. Wearing long-sleeved shirts/tops, trousers, and neutral colors will protect you from being bitten by mosquitoes.
Some Lakes and Ponds in Uganda are infected with Bilharzia-causing snails and thus it’s important to avoid swimming or bathing in Lakes but instead do it from Lodge and hotel swimming pools.
Another health rip for Uganda safaris is to avoid drinking and even brushing teeth with tap water. Also, avoid ice cubes and locally packed juice that are made with un-boiled water. Therefore opt for bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth, which is usually offered to tourists during the safaris.
Travelers’ diarrhea is one of the commonest sicknesses for tourists undertaking safaris to Uganda and Africa in general and to avoid this, travelers are advised to eat hot food and avoid eating street foods. Avoid street salads and fruits but instead, opt for the ones prepared and served in Safari Lodges because these facilities usually follow strict food handling procedures.
First-time tourists to Uganda usually experience sunburns resulting from the scorching equatorial sunshine and to prevent these burns, it’s advisable to carry and wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect the head, skin, and eyes from the sunshine. Also, make sure to have lotion at all times.
First-aid kits are important for Uganda safaris and should have plasters, bandages, anti-malarial drugs, liniment, and anti-vomits among others.
Additional protection through travel insurance is also an important health tip for Uganda safaris because you never know when calamity strikes. You can fall and get injured while hiking for instance or even in the bathrooms but once you are insured, the insurance companies will cover you during such incidences.
Ensuring basic physical fitness before the safari will make it a little easier to participate in physically demanding activities such as gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, mountain/volcano/hill climbing, mountain biking, and golden monkey tracking among others.
With gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, the visitors should be at a trekking point at 7:00 am for gorilla briefing that will provide you with the guidelines or rules to follow during trekking of mountain gorillas. With Rwanda and Uganda, once you miss the briefing, you don’t take part in the trekking. The visitor has got the choice to decide which group of gorillas they would like to visit. Each group is associated with an easy, medium, or tiring hike, so it depends on your physical ability. A group of 8 members per day is able to visit each gorilla group in Rwanda or Uganda for only 1 hour. Gorilla trekking starts in the morning and ranges from one to eight hours of hiking depending on the movement of a specific gorilla family.
Following the guide’s instructions! The guide leads the visits to the gorillas every single day and is also familiar with the gorilla environment.
When planning for your trekking safaris to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi National Park, and Mgahinga National Park, we advise you to come up with a few things that are so useful for you to have the best experience that involves trekking / Hiking of mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda. Below is the list of vital clothing needed for the trek;