Uganda is among the top East African destinations for tourists due to its various attractions hence called “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill. Uganda’s neighbors include South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda had a bad political history between the 1960s and 1980s but it regained its name after the coming of the current president H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Uganda is very safe since there are several factors one can consider and these are; the increased number of tourist inflows from all over the continent. The records can be seen at the entry points like Entebbe International Airport, border posts like the Katuna border post and many more. The increased tourist inflows show that there is peace in the country.
Low crime rates apart from in urban areas where there is petty theft like pickpocketing on streets. Tourists are therefore advised to avoid crowded areas and always walk with a local tour guide in cities like Kampala, Mbarara, Gulu, Jinja and many more. There are also, limited cases of theft at the accommodation facilities since most of the accommodations like lodges, and hotels employ well-armed night watch men and others employ tourism policemen and women.
Friendship with the neighbors.
Uganda a peaceful country is on good terms with all the neighbors as listed above. These countries ended up forming an east African community association which helps to work and collaborate. Uganda offers military assistance to any neighboring country in case of any attack from enemies.
For over 30 years, Uganda has not gone through political instabilities or wars and this shows that Uganda is safe to visit on your Africa safari. Pearl Africa had a bad history during the reign of President Milton Obote and Iddi Amin Dada. But now, there is peace and security that are brought by Uganda People’s Defense Forces, Uganda police, the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers under the government of National Resistance Movement.
On the side of health, Uganda has spent over 10 years without receiving any case of contagious diseases such as malaria outbreaks and cholera and many others. The recent scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the whole world was well managed by Ugandan government hence low cases received in the country. There are also low cases of malaria, hepatitis and others. Tourists are advised to sleep under mosquito nets and also use insect repellents.
Tourists are encouraged to use bottled mineral water to quench their thirst and Rwenzori mineral water is highly recommended. This can be got from all shops and supermarkets all over the country. Take boiled water in case you can’t access bottled water because through boiling, germs are killed in the process.
The climate of Uganda is adorable since it’s a tropical climate. This means that there are two rainy and dry seasons. The rainy seasons are March to May and September to November whereas the Dry Season is December to February and June to August. Tourists can visit the country throughout the year since the weather is favorable. Few cases are seen during heavy rains like the flooding of rivers and lakes, landslides etc.
About road safety; it’s safe to drive during day time and on a self-drive, keep left. Most of the roads are Marram and a few high way roads which are tarmac have pot-holes also animals like cattle are normally observed on the roadsides, so you need to drive carefully. At night, drivers are normally drunk and they drive carelessly, so you are advised not to drive at night.
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