Planning a road trip to Uganda? Do you like being outdoors, living with wildlife in the wild, listening to fascinating stories throughout history, and absorbing different cultures? You know that national parks exist, though you haven’t sought them out before – but you’re open to the idea! So, the next question becomes: where do you start? How do you begin figuring out how to explore these places?
This guide will help you discover where to go, what to do, and how to make sure you have a fantastic, safe, and unforgettable road trip in Uganda.
Choose a National Park to Visit:
When you realize there are ten national parks across Uganda to explore, it can be daunting to narrow down the choices. The first step is to decide whether you’re looking for a day trip or a multi-day experience. Let your trusted tour agency share details on parks across the country and activities offered at each of them. The agency will also highlight for you the exact road trip itinerary you may need, containing; lesser-known sites to visit, places to stay, and so much more.
Research & Build Your Itinerary:
Make sure you’ve done your research ahead of time. Know what you want and where it’s found in order to design your itinerary perfectly. Also, budget your road trip according to your wallet, don’t book expensive accommodation when you’re not financially well – don’t live beyond limits!!
All of the national parks in Uganda are free year-round. Most of them do require a small entrance fee, used to help maintain the park, so be sure to know if you’ll have an entrance fee. If you will trek the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, or chimpanzees also remember to get the trekking permits beforehand. Just be prepared to be joined by many other park lovers, in the wild.
Plan Your Activities:
After you’ve narrowed down which park you’d like to explore, the next step is to spend some quality time navigating the park’s official website if possible – know what other activities it offers besides the major one that took you there. Most Parks offer more than one activity, so you should know what activities are offered in your chosen Parks.
Pack Your Sack:
Packing for any trip can be the most tedious part, and it’s also the most important! Visiting a historic home won’t necessitate the same level of equipment as a backcountry hiking trip, though both require forethought. Don’t know where to begin? Start by packing these ten essentials. Packing food and water, as well as appropriate attire and a first aid kit, are always a good idea. Check the park’s or tour agency’s website for any tips, then consider your itinerary. Bird-watching? Bring the binoculars! Gorilla and Chimpanzee safaris? Good HD Cameras are a must – don’t pack flashlight cameras.
Enjoy, Courteously And Safely:
Stay on the trail and pay attention to signs – they aren’t just suggestions to make sure you don’t get lost. By doing so, you’ll prevent damage to the surrounding vegetation and erosion. If a sign restricts visitors from exploring past a certain point, do not go into that area — not even for what you think will be a great photo-op. National parks are priceless and exquisite, so treat them with the respect they deserve.
Be aware of your surroundings and know if a group is quickly approaching, a fast-paced cyclist is on their way. Take a moment to move to the side and let them pass — it’s the polite thing to do!
Let It Be Known:
Whether you’re going on a day hike or exploring the wilderness, it’s imperative to let someone know where you’ll be going and how long you’ll be gone. If you’re going with friends, make sure that the group has an emergency contact for each individual. Some parks will also have check-in policies. If so, let park rangers in the visitor center know your plans before setting off. Anything can happen on your journey, so make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to complete your trip.
Share Your Experience:
Though the necessary research and preparation may seem tricky, the rewards far outweigh the daunting nature of the task. We guarantee: you’ll be hooked after your first adventure. Once you’ve returned victorious, be sure to tell a friend – better yet, take a friend! It’s often easier to tag along with somebody who’s done it before and to learn from them. And now that you’ve conquered the steps, you can be that person.
As you make new memories, inspire others to do the same. You can share your favorite moments with the park community or even enter your best shots into a photo contest! Share your adventures online. Tell a friend in person about your favorite parts of the trip – share your tips with them too.