Trek and Safari Preparation
GEAR PACKING LIST
The following packing list is only meant as a guideline as you may have
your own preferences. The quantities listed below will vary depending on
the length of your trip.
Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight (2)
Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight (2)
Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) (2)
Underwear, briefs (3)
Hiking Boots or Trail Shoes
Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, to keep items dry
Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
First Aid Kit
Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
Visa (available at EBB)
We recommend shopping online at REI, backcountry.com, and altrec.com for all of your gear needs.
Trekking is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly.
Being in good shape is important in many respects. The best and exercise
to do is hiking. Ideally, you should try to hike as much as possible . Doing
day hikes is superb training.
who do not have access to trails, but have membership to a gym, you can
train very productively on a stair master machine or treadmill. If you have
no access to trails or a gym, then try to walk as much as you can, with
extended walks on the weekends.
Clients with questionable health should have a medical
check prior to their trip. Persons not fit for long trips due to heart disease,
chronic illness, physical handicap, advanced pregnancy or mental illness
are advised not to participate in such rigorous travel programs. Ask your
doctor if trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health
condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause
problems on the trip.
All travelers to Uganda are required to strictly conform with the following
- You must be in possession of a valid passport issued and recognized
by your government.
- You must have an International immunization Certificate against Yellow
- You must obtain a visa if you are an American, British National or European
exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda include; COMESA countries:
Kenya, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Eritrea, Malawi, Mauritius,
Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia, Antigua, Jamaica,
Cyprus, Bahamas, Barbados, Sierra Leone, Belize, Fiji, Gambia,Grenada, Malta,
Tonga, Singapore, Lesotho, Solomon Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines,
Vanuatu, Italy (Only Diplomatic Passports).
Uganda visas are available at entry points including Entebbe International
airport. The cost for a single entry visa is $50.
For those visiting Rwanda, nationals from the USA and Germany are not required
to have visas. British and South African citizens do require a visa for
Rwanda however is issued free of charge at the border. Other nationals have
to get their visas before proceeding to the border.
VACCINATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information.
Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can
change at any time. The
following information was obtained from the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda.
Vaccinations and Preventive Medications
The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa.
Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider
to determine which vaccines you will need.
- Routine. Recommended
if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella
(MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus
A or immune globulin (IG). Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling
to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis
A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or
water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers
to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries,
accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
B. Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in
countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission
(see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids,
have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical
treatment (e.g., for an accident).
- Malaria: your
risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including
cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial
(meningitis). Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience
epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.
- Typhoid. Recommended
for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in East Africa, especially
if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages,
or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.
- Polio. Recommended
for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated
poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive
another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not
indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.
- Rabies. Recommended
for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas,
involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended
for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians),
for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant
risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might
bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals.
Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with
animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites
- Yellow Fever.
Recommended for all travelers >9 months of age. Uganda requires
travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission
to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be
given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is ongoing
risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinic.
stay healthy, do...
your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled,
use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious
materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.
developing countries, drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated
(bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks,
and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer
your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as
directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)
prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and
do not go barefoot, even on beaches.
use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted
yourself from mosquito insect bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants,
and hats when outdoors. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide).
If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing
spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours;
sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.
- Do not eat
food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to
reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).
- Do not drink
beverages with ice.
- Avoid dairy
products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.
- Do not swim
in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such
- Do not handle
animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious
diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination
if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.
- Do not share
needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections
such as HIV and hepatitis B.
- Avoid poultry
farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or
Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable.
Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip
cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Standard
travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation, interruption and
delay; lost, stolen and damaged baggage; medical expenses and emergency
medical evacuation; and luggage delay.
At a minimum,
the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption,
should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as injuries
or sickness or emergencies.
For our customers
residing in the USA, we recommend that you obtain the Great
Outdoors Travel Insurance Plan, which provides coverage trip cancellation, interruption and delay; lost, stolen
and damaged baggage; medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation;
and luggage delay, for a low cost. You can purchase the Great Outdoors Travel
Insurance Plan online through Travel
For our international
customers, we recommend that you obtain travel insurance through World
are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance immediately after booking
their trip. Clients
must be able to provide proof of insurance to staff upon request.
Our trips originate in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Kampala is a short
drive from the Entebbe International Airport (airport code: EBB). If you
fly into Entebbe International Airport, you can communicate your flight
information to us, and we can arrange for transport from the airport to
the hotel for a fee. A number of international airlines operate direct flights
to Entebbe, these airlines include: British Airways, SN Brussels, Kenya
Airways, KLM, Emirates, South Africa Airways, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airways,
and Emirates. Other Airlines include the Domestic and regional operators.
flies to Entebbe International Airport regularly.
is a good source for domestic Ugandan flights.