Uganda is a little “rustic” and “basic” and relies heavily on the popularity of its National Parks, the abundance of wild life and exceptional hospitable nature of its people, ranked no.1 in Africa. It would not be uncommon to go without a hot shower, share a bathroom, spend many hours on the roads if weather conditions are bad, buy your own drinking water…etc, but once you’ve discovered the magic of the people and witnessed the spectacular natural beauty of the herds of animals moving across the plains, everything else will become irrelevant.
Both crew members are trained and qualiﬁed guides, but only one may be tour leader. Although our guides are qualified for the work they do, please remember they are human too. Safari Adventure tours place enormous demands on our guides due to the nature and duration of the tours. Working 18 hours a day, week after week would place a strain on anyone so please don’t be quick to judge them and rather have a quiet conversation with them if you feel that there is an issue. Guides do this job because they love Uganda and want to share it with our guests so please treat them with respect and decency and you will get the same in return.
An enjoyable trip depends heavily on open and honest communication between yourself, the guides and your fellow passengers. Many problems have their root in a lack of communication, misjudgments and assumptions. Essentially, you have people from all over the world, taken out of their comfort zone, put in a box in the middle of Africa, shaken around and then expected to all get along. It requires a positive attitude because essentially, you are all there for the same reason!
When on tour be sure to keep the communication channels open with your fellow passengers and the guides. This is the key to a successful trip. If you are unhappy, please discuss it because problems cannot be resolved if no one knows that there is a problem. Feel free to approach your guides at any time because the smallest problems can turn into big ones very quickly!
Please stock up on memory cards and spare camera batteries before departure as these can be difficult to find en-route and there are not always charging facilities available. 4GB is minimum and if you are interested in photography we would highly recommend more. Please take care of your photographic equipment in the dusty areas we pass through. Power points to recharge batteries for video/digital cameras are available, but you will have to provide the necessary connections and adaptors.
Don’t take pictures at border crossings, government buildings, and military installations and avoid photographing army, police or anywhere else if your guide advises against it.
Please remember we are guests in the countries we visit and respect local customs and feelings. Certain tribes in Uganda do not allow their picture taken so please ask your guides before photographing whether it is permissible or not. You may also have to pay a nominal fee to take photos of some local people (especially Karamajongs).
We are committed to the principles of responsible environmental tourism and it would be appreciated if you would respect the customs, laws and environment of the areas we visit. Please be ‘green-minded’ and dispose of rubbish in the appropriate manner.
Distances between highlights are often on a bigger scale than those at home, particularly in East Africa. Often there is absolutely nothing between focal points except vast thick bushes.
We will be travelling mostly along winding dirt roads and your safety is of paramount importance, please keep this in mind when you are tired, hot and irritable.
In Uganda tipping is not compulsory. Tipping in restaurants is usually 10% for good service and more if you feel that you received exceptional service.