With so many ways that you can adventure Uganda’s countryside and its spectacular national parks, camping is undoubtedly that one exceptional African safari experience that takes you through this country’s off beaten wilderness and gets you close to nature. In other words, you have a great chance to explore more about its diverse bird species, wildlife, butterflies and distinct vegetation. Usually, backpackers search for adventure and fun places but most importantly a camping tour in Uganda gets you the best of Africa’s wilderness experience. If you have any plans to embark on this adventure then put in mind that a number of things must be put together to your trip successful.
Depending on what your travel interests are, in case you plan to do a camping tour in Uganda’s national parks or reserve then ensure that you have a right camping gear which includes for instance tents, hiking boots, supplies and clothing. When considering which clothing to pack for your camping trip, it is advisable that you get along with warm jackets for the night, trousers, long sleeved shirts or t-shirts for you to embark on tour walks as well as sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and all that is needed of you during this adventure.
As well, don’t forget to have chair, camping table, utensils, camping stove, sleeping bags, flashlights and many others. You can even hire some of the camping gear in case you do not have time to purchase all of them at once. You can get in touch with campsites or travel agents as well as car rental agencies that can be of great help. Please note that most Uganda car rentals offer camping gear at a small fee!
Also, it is important to know the ideal time to embark on this memorable experience. Most significantly, camping tours in Uganda are perfectly done during summer months whether you plan to do it in the national parks or forest reserves. Camping beyond these points may come with its challenges and most significantly, be mindful of the set guidelines at the campsite or park which the guide will brief you on.
What you need to know is that most Uganda camps have self-catering kitchen but of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get along with extra supplies for instance food, fuel, drinking water, camera batteries and others. Otherwise, the restocking centers aren’t that near especially while you are in the countryside.
The other most important area you need to put into consideration is that always be keen especially when you are doing your shopping for camping gear. Not all shops have quality tents of which you need waterproof tents, backpacks and hiking/walking boots. The backpack should also have additional provision for other items like drinking water bottles, ointment, sunscreen, sunhat and many others.
When considering where to spend a night, there are many ideal campsites in and around Uganda. They include among others Kampala campsites and hostels, International youth hostels Uganda, Entebbe campsites and hostels, Lutembe Beach Resort, Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve, Rwengo Lakeside Campsite, Rweteera Safari park and Tourist Camping center, Nile high camp, Crater Valley Kibale, red chili hide away, Ishasha Wilderness camp, Bunyonyi overland camp, Bushara Island camp, Kisoro Mubano campsite, Mgahinga community campground, Red chili gorilla camp, Lake Nabugabo campsite, Sambiya River lodge bandas, Busingiro eco tourist site, Ruboni community campsite, shoebill campsite, the Crow’s nest and many others.
Tips & Advice
Always be friendly and courteous to the local people with whom you will find in the camping centers because these will help you with some tasks like making a camp fire, washing, fetching water and taking you around interesting places near the camps.