Stay Safe in Uganda
Since its independence in 1962, Uganda has been home to some of the most horrific crimes in modern African history, especially under the vile tyrant Idi Amin, but things have steadily improved since 1987. After 25 years of Yoweri Museveni’s stereotypically’strong man’ leadership, the country is now reasonably stable. Kampala has evolved into a significant trading hub in East Africa.
It is absolutely safe to go north to Murchison Falls National Park and Ajai Game Reserve. Overlanders from Tanzania and Kenya often pass through Jinja on their way to Uganda.
Kampala, like any other city, may be dangerous. It is best to stay in tourist zones, although well-dressed tourists who aren’t flaunting the newest cameras, expensive jewelry, or bulging bags are unlikely to attract unwelcome attention. Because of its counter-jihad efforts in Amisom, several jihadist organizations have threatened the nation (the UN force in Somalia).
Non-blacks on the street, on the other hand, stand out and are likely to be looked at openly, which may be uncomfortable for people unfamiliar with traveling in Africa. Asians will be presumed to be Chinese, and will often be exposed to “ni hao” and/or Asian language impersonations (e.g. “Ching chong”). While it may be unpleasant to Asian Americans (or Asians from comparable cultures), it is virtually never meant to be impolite and is nearly never an indication of anti-Asian prejudice. What little begging there is in African cities is among the most courteous and inoffensive, nowhere worse than non the West. Small children have unfortunately become a nuisance in certain rural areas visited by visitors handing out sweets and money, but nothing like the swarming throngs seen in many cities across the globe.
In the late 1990s, robbers assaulted a party of visitors in the gorilla tracking area of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing many persons. There have been no incidents since then, and all parties are now escorted by armed guards (which was not the case before). There is a noticeable security presence in the area, but this is more of a precaution than a reaction to a particular threat.
In response to Museveni’s anti-jihad measures, some jihadists have carried out retaliation attacks.
In Uganda, homosexuality is outlawed, and views toward LGBT individuals are negative. Though the infamous “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” of 2011, which suggested the death penalty for “serial offenders,” failed to pass, a new version was approved in 2013 that imposed a life sentence. In Kampala, there is a tiny underground homosexual culture, but violence is frequent, therefore gay travelers should exercise great caution. Uganda has been identified as one of the worst countries in the world to be gay, according to several research. As a result, if you are homosexual and want to visit Uganda, you should keep your sexual orientation hidden. It is now unlawful to know that someone is gay and not disclose it to the police, according to a newly passed legislation.
Stay Healthy in Uganda
The incidence of HIV/AIDS infection is very high (even though lower than neighbouring countries). Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity.
In certain parts of the nation, Ebola and Marburg haemorrhagic fevers are prevalent. The vectors of these viruses are unclear, although bats are suspected to be involved. As a result, travelers should avoid (or proceed with great caution) entering caverns. If you’re bitten by an animal, presume it’s infected with a disease and get medical help right once.
Take malaria prevention measures! Malaria-carrying mosquitoes may be found in most of the country’s lowest elevations. If you’re going up-country, it’s worth looking for a packet of Artenam while you’re in Kampala. Artenam is a safe and effective therapy for malaria, even in chloroquine-resistant forms.
Diarrhoea and intestinal worms are other issues, so travelers should be cautious about what they eat and drink. Always have hand sanitizer on hand to use before eating. When eating fresh produce, be sure to thoroughly wash it before eating it, and stay away from raw items in restaurants. Travelers should get ciprofloxacin before leaving their native country as a prophylactic, since it may be used as a remedy.
Remember that Schistosomiasis is prevalent in several of the lakes. If you’re not sure, ask the locals before paddling along the lake’s edge.