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COMMON QUESTIONS

Sunset Lake Victoria, Alakara travels

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL ON HOLIDAY TO UGANDA?

We are right that there are questions about whether it is safe to travel to and in Uganda. It is understandable, when what most people in Norway have heard about Africa in general and Uganda in particular is a lot about war, Idi Amin, the LRA, Kony and so on. But Uganda today is one of the safest countries for tourists on the African continent. Here we address some of the most common questions we get when it comes to safety and health when traveling to Uganda.

POLITICAL STABILITY

Uganda is a country with a turbulent history. Many still associate the country with the notorious dictator Idi Amin. However, since 1986 the country has had a very positive development. The war in Northern Uganda lasted until 2007, but the last 10 years have been peaceful throughout the country. As in many other countries, one should listen to local advice, and be careful about moving where large crowds have gathered. If you do this, it is very unlikely that you will experience anything unpleasant or dangerous. On a trip with Alakara, you are always with locally known guides and tour guides, who have a good overview of what is happening in the country at all times.

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WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC SAFETY?

The traffic picture in Uganda is perceived as confusing for Norwegians, especially in the capital Kampala. Most accidents are caused by inexperienced drivers without formal driving training, or vehicles in poor condition. Alakara travels only uses skilled drivers with many years of experience in Ugandan traffic, and cars/buses that are well maintained. In this way, we ensure a safe and good journey for everyone!

CAN I GET MALARIA THERE?

Malaria is a serious disease found throughout Uganda. Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites. Fortunately, therefore, it is easy to protect yourself from the disease! The most important thing is to protect yourself from mosquito bites by using mosquito spray and mosquito netting over the bed at night. If you don't get a mosquito bite, then you either get malaria or not!


The accommodation we will be staying at has mosquito nets, so you do not need to bring them from Norway. All travelers are advised to take drug malaria prophylaxis. You can get this on prescription from your GP. There are different medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor to find the right one for you. Some of these must be started a few weeks before departure, so it is important to be out in good time.

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WHAT ABOUT OTHER DISEASES?

Most other infectious diseases can be prevented by ensuring good hand hygiene, drinking clean water and eating cooked or fried food.


Alakara travel recommends following the National Institute of Public Health's advice on vaccinations when traveling to Uganda. You can read about these here:https://www.fhi.no/sv/vaksine/reisevaksiner/verden/vaksiner-ved-reise-til-afrika/

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

Many people wonder if it is safe to travel with children to Uganda. The answer to that is definitely YES! Ingeborg and William have traveled to Uganda with their own children since they were babies. There have been good experiences for the whole family, with no more illness and injury than we have had at home in Norway. Nice weather, nice people, lots of good fruit, exciting animals both on safari and on the farm, and much more make a holiday to Uganda suitable for families with children.

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