Is Uganda Safe?
- As with any developing country there are possibilities of security issues. Barefoot Adventures make sure to keep up to date with any potential safety concerns and takes precautions accordingly. It is advised to use common sense when leaving personal belongings unattended and in plain sight. On the whole Uganda is considered to be a welcoming and safe country.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, a visa is required and can be purchased upon arrival. The cost is $50 American dollars and is valid for a 30 day tourist visit for Canadian citizens.
What currency is used in Uganda?
Uganda operates on the Ugandan Shilling but USD is commonly used. It is highly recommended to bring along extra USD for your visa and any other purchases you may want to make. ATM’s are all across the country to withdrawal local currency no matter what type of bank card you have.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, it is highly recommended (refer to our Terms and Conditions) that each client purchase appropriate travel insurance before they leave their home country. This will cover you in case of any unforeseen hiccups along the way.
What is included in the trip price?
- Transportation to and from the airport (if required) and for the duration of the trip in a Toyota Land Cruiser. Fuel costs are also included.
- Accommodation throughout the duration of the trip
- Permits to Queen Elizabeth NP, Kibale NP, Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest.
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits.
What is not included?
- Optional white water rafting
- Personal costs such as extra water, snacks or any alcohol that may be consumed.
How fit do I need to be to track Gorillas and Chimps?
- Tracking requires one to hike through rough terrain and various weather conditions in order to view the gorillas. To make it easier for you it is possible to hire porters in order to carry your pack and assist you up and down the mountain. People of all ages and fitness levels are able to successfully track mountain gorillas. Guides make sure to choose the best gorilla family to suit your fitness level to ensure an incredible experience. Based on fitness levels clients will be very exhausted after they track.
- Tracking Chimpanzees require minimal hiking ability and just require the need to hike in the forrest in various weather conditions.
What type of food is in Uganda? What if i have dietary restrictions?
- Traditional Ugandan food is centred around a sauce or stew that consists of various meat and or ground nuts. A starch is then included in the form of matooke (boiled plantains), millet, or posho (a starch made out of cornmeal flour). Also consumed are cassava, white (irish) potatoes and rice.
- Fresh fruits are in abundance and depending on the time of year Mango, Pineapple, watermelon and papaya are commonly eaten.
In restaurants and guesthouses one can expect a wide variety of cuisine from around the world.
- Any dietary restrictions will gladly be accommodated for and must be made apparent at the time of booking.
What clothes should i pack?
- Although Uganda is on the equator, Uganda’s temperatures vary greatly due to altitude and seasons. Given the altitude it is not uncommon for the temperature to drop at night and the possibility of rain. Typical tropical climate clothes are a must. It is also very important to pack long pants, a sweater and water proof rain jacket in case the weather changes.
How does tipping work in Uganda?
- Tipping is common for services such as carrying of bags and tipping at restaurants. For small services any sort of tip is welcomed and appreciated. Tipping drivers and guides -
How can I pay for my trip?
- Barefoot Adventures trips can be paid for online at www.barefootadventures.ca with your credit card, or via money wire.