Is a Uganda safari or Rwanda safari in your holiday plans but wondering what can go wrong and why, here are some highlights of what not to do during Uganda and Rwanda safari.
Uganda Rwanda have gorilla trekking as there foremost attraction but others interesting activities are present too like game drives, chimpanzee trekking, water activities and much more. when you choose to have a couple of days on safari holiday in uganda or Rwanda, you have to master some of the following don’ts in order to get the best out of your adventure experience
Do not miss briefing before gorilla trekking or any other primate adventure in Uganda and Rwanda
In case you are booked to do gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking or golden monkey trekking in uganda and Rwanda, briefing is a must attend. When you decide to over sleep hoping to go for gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking or any other primates experience at the comfort of your own time, you are likely to get disqualified.
Although rules and guidelines about these adventures are everywhere, there are traits about the primates that are known to particular troops and not general information. When you abscond from briefing, you may cause a problem to the rest of the trekkers.
During gorilla trekking, you need to walk to Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters or ORTP at the suggested time briefing point that is 0730 hours in Uganda and 0700 hours in Rwanda.
You need to carry and wear the right gorilla trekking gears in order not to be disappointed as you trek to find the mountain gorillas.
For chimpanzee trekking or habituation experience in Kibale National Park in Uganda you have to walk to Kanyanchu Visitor center or Sebitoli center. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park briefing is at Uwinka.
Standing face to face with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees or other primates may make you realize how vulnerable they are that may trigger you to reach out and touch them. Despite this feeling and the fact that these primates are fully habituated to human presence, they are still wild animals. Do not be blindfolded by these primates’ adorable looks, they have feelings too and ready to defend themselves. Avoid touching these wild animals because if not attacked, you may acquire an infection from them.
When you are booked for a game safari in the national parks of Uganda or Rwanda but hoping to touch or get up close with the wild animals, this is forbidden as a park rule. They are wild animals and not those that are cuddles in the movies or cartoon series.
Do not feed wild animals
Wild animals must fend for themselves and not be dependent on human provision. While doing a gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking or game drive, you may get the feeling of passing your snacks to them.
This may turn into a habit which may lead them to grab eats from humans as time goes by. Even this changes there diet and may cause these primates’ massive death in case they acquire a communicable infection got from eating human food.
Let wild animals be wild because the wild is rich enough to feed each of them other than human dependence.
Do Not Leaves Food In The Wilderness During Uganda Or Rwanda Safari
In case you go on a picnic lunch in the wilderness during a game safari in Uganda or Rwanda or even during lunch break while doing gorilla trekking adventure carry everything away afterwards and leave no trace of remains. Keep the wilderness as clean as you find it and leave nothing.
Wild animals depend on the provision of nature to support there lives however dumping garbage and any other indecomposable materials in the wild alters this beautiful environment. Even when the wild animals feed on the left overs, they may acquire an infection or die from suffocation in case of getting chocked by plastic bags or foil or cans.
No a toilet in the park during uganda or Rwanda safari
When you wake up for a game drive in the game parks of Uganda or Akagera national park in Rwanda, do not expect to find a toilet in the wilderness. The greatest part of game drive is in a jeep or safari van. In case you wish to have a short call, you may do it just outside the vehicle as you are not sure if some carnivore is sneaking out in the bushes just to catch the day’ meal.
Do pee or have a long call before moving into the wilderness. Practice some squats before the travelling for a Uganda or Rwanda game safari just in case you are requested to be patient before finding a safe place for you to step out.
During gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, you have to request the ranger guide to dig a hole for you atleast 30 centimeters deep and cover well beyond recognition. In case you catch a communicable infection like diarrhea, cholera that requires frequenting the toilet, you are requested to volunteers and stay behind. If this is reported to management in time, a refund may be forwarded to you according to Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board Policy.
Do not be loud during a gorilla, chimpanzee or game safari in Uganda or Rwanda
Most of the wild animals are scared by unfamiliar noise in there environment. During gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking, you are requested to stay quiet or murmur in case it is inevitable. These primates are conscience of intruders in there vicinity. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees operate a spy net watch that alerts others of your presence. They may get to see you before you do to them.
In order to have the best experience with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, keep it low or quiet.
For game drives in Uganda or Rwanda, try to keep your voices low. Even though most of the game parks are frequented by safari vehicles are seasons, the wild animals still possess there wild nature. Try as much not to disturb the animals with noise so that you can get the best experience with them.
While in the camp or lodges do not play loud music especially in the night or you may attract these wild animals to your lodge which is quite disturbing. Imagine a pride of lions around your Banda or tent all night. You may fail to catch sleep.
Do not expect a smooth ride to the gorilla, chimpanzee or game safari destinations in Uganda and Rwanda
Most of the national parks in Uganda and Rwanda lie in the countryside where roads are not smooth expect some uncomfortable ride. The countryside roads are bouncy and rough, and dusty creating the renowned Africa massage.
During the game drives in Uganda or Rwanda game parks, expect dust to cover the atmosphere especially during the severe dry season creating a dusty cloud. Even when another safari vehicle drives by, expect the dusty effect.
You may carry a mask, scuff or sunglasses to protect your body from the effects of the dust
Even when travelling to the gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking destinations especially in Uganda, the roads are not so smooth.
Do not over pack safari outfit but pack relevantly
When packing to do gorilla, chimpanzee or game safari in Uganda or Rwanda, pack relevantly and not so many bags. Sometimes you may have to board domestic flights especially if you want to reduce on the time taken on the road to the safari destinations especially in Uganda. These flights have maximum baggage allowance and so extra bags may be a problem.
Even when you when on safari, the so many bags may be an obstruction to clearer visibility during game safari. They reduce on legroom and space for stretching. Just have what is relevant for your days on safari since you can reuse some safari attires. The more you pack for a safari, the less the space.
Do not worry about seeing wild animals during Uganda or Rwanda safari
When you take a game safari, have an open mind too because this is the wilderness where animals are free to live in the wild. Try not focus on spotting a particular animal like lions, elephants and others because game drives are a chance experience. In order not to get bored, enjoy every moment on game safari as it unfolds.
During gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda or Uganda, be rest assured of locating these primates. These primates are all first habituated to human presence before being opened to public viewing.
The mountain gorillas and chimpanzees feed from a particular area for sometime before relocating making it easier to trace them compared to other wild animals. Each day, a team of trackers follow the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees to establish there possible way about although it is not a guarantee that they will stay in the same place all day.
Do not forget some hard cash during Uganda or Rwanda safari
Carrying some hard cash helps you make some important purchases while on safari. In there wilderness there are no ATMs where you can withdraw money. Even some accommodation facilities exclude drinks or have certain meal plans like half board where by one of the meals you have to dig into your pockets.
Credit cards are not a common means of exchange as few people have the knowledge on how to operate them. The lengthy process of acquiring money from the credit cards makes it challenging to use them.
Mops of the purchases in the tourism industry of Uganda and Rwanda us dollars are used so carry those issued at least 10 years back.
Do not walk around at night without a guide during Uganda or Rwanda safari
Whether in the game park or primate parks, you must not move alone after dark. This is the wilderness where animals move any time. When in the game park and you wish to go to the restaurant or the rest rooms after dark in case they are a distance from where your facility is, you need to ask a member of staff to escort you. The wilderness is wild.
When on a gorilla trekking safari, do not enter the forest with put an escorting ranger guide in the forest during the day. The wilderness has a number of other forest dwellers not habituated to human presence. They are liable to hurting you while wandering alone.
Do not sleep In During Uganda Or Rwanda Safari
The game drives in Uganda or Rwanda during safaris are best experienced in the morning when wild animals are emerging from there night hangouts. The wild animals are just starting the day and trying to walk where to spend the day.
Do not freak out during Uganda or Rwanda safari
While on Uganda safari or Rwanda safari, you may experience sounds that may be scaring but you must stay calm and not freak out. Whether on game safari, chimpanzee trekking, gorilla safari, you may here the sounds of the jungle and its inhabitants.
In case you hear sounds not familiar to you. You can use the alert items given by the lodge. You may not have a goodnight sleep all the time.
Carry safari attire in wilderness friendly colors having convertible wear protects you from bugs in the wilderness. Although sometimes the game parks gets hot, wearing short shorts in the wilderness exposes you to stinging insects.
During gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking, you need to cover up so that stinging insects or stinging nettles do not hurt you.
Carry warmers for the early morning and late night
In the game parks or gorilla or chimpanzee trekking parks, it gets very cold early morning and late afternoon so you need to keep warm.
Extra fully charged batteries and charger during Uganda or Rwanda safari
Carry extra batteries with you to exchange with in case they run low.
Do not expect a hot shower all the time
Chances of a hot shower especially early morning are limited as most accommodation facilities use solar as the main source of power.
Do not expect wifi during Uganda or Rwanda safari
Do not rough it, do not be picky with what to expect because you can choose from a variety of service providers like luxury, midrange, budget
Do not forget to know the staff and guide so as to create rapo and learn more about the destination you visit.
Tip your service providers to boost their zeal and encourage them to carry on there work.