Uganda is one of the most popular tourism destination in Africa. This is a gem that receives more one million tourists year in year out. Uganda has lots of attractions to entice travelers to visit it from a plethora of wildlife species, natural physical features to the culture and the foods. Most tourists who come to the motherland prefer tailor made safari to organized one as this can be validated by the overwhelming numbers of tourists who take them over compared to the other kinds of safaris. Tailor made safaris are the kinds of safaris where the traveler suggests his/her own itinerary.
The tailor made Uganda safaris are very rewarding and many who have taken them up have had positive remarks about them. There are various reasons as to why tourists choose tailor made safaris while traveling in Uganda and they are as follows:
Choose tour activities and places of your own interest
Since a tailor made safari involves making own itinerary, the traveler is able to select activities of his/her own interest other being forced to get onto a tour that would be a bag of bore. Different people have different taste and preferences and this is what tailor made safaris look at as people have that leverage to get specific tourist activities or place of his/her desire. For instance an adventurous people has the choice to select activities like rafting, bungee jumping, mountain hiking if he/she wishes which might not be the case of an organized tour where a tour operator has a specific travel plan to offer to you.
Commands and forges privacy for the traveler
A tailor made safari is more or less like an exclusive tour. It is designed by the traveler who wishes to take it up and no third party is involved. Thereby having the liberty to travel alone or people in your circle that you may have booked the safari with. It is every traveler’s dream to have that space or freedom to do what he/she wants without anyone’s intrusion or invasion. With privacy there is a peace of mind and with a peace of mind, one is in position to enjoy a safari to the maximum.
Gives room to draft a good budget for a safari
Since you are an actor in drafting the itinerary of your Uganda safari, you are able to know how much to spend on each and every travel item. It also makes you know which item to scarp off from your itinerary that would restrain your financial state. A tailor made safari makes a traveler save some money since he/she is in control of choosing the places and activities to go and thereby choosing exciting activities but with a low cost.
An opportunity of staying in your dream hotel or lodge
One of the most exciting thing on safari trip is your facility of stay. Most of the travelers get excited about their hotel rooms and services conveyed to them while on safari trip. Uganda has so many hotels and lodges to stay from the budget, midrange to the high end accommodation facilities. So since you are in control of your own itinerary as a traveler, you have that chance of choosing your dream hotel or lodge provided you can afford it.
Avoiding Mosquito Bites and Malaria on Safari in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa filled with incredible tourist destination with abundant wildlife and different primate species among other attractions. Many travelers visit the country to take gorilla tours to Bwindi Forest as well s wildlife safaris to Murchison falls, Queen elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Park. Mosquitoes are in many parts of East African countries and below are some of the preventive measures on how to avoid mosquito bites and also preventing malaria infections.
- Anti-malaria Tablets: While on your trip, your advised to carry anti malaria drugs and its better if you see your doctor at home so that he may advise on the best malarial drugs to carry while on your trip. Malarone, Mefloquine or Lariam are some of the anti-malarial drugs however Malarone is very expensive but more effective and Mefloquine is the best to those who may have side effects.
- Use Mosquito Repellants: you’re also recommended to come along with some excellent mosquito repellants such as Cutter, remember to check the label, its expiry date and also make sure it contains at least 20% DEET. RID is one of the best repellent from Australia because it works on both tsetse flies and mosquitoes, Remember, you should apply the spray in the evening or at night.
- Use of mosquito Nets: Most of the accommodations in and outside national parks provide mosquito nets, therefore no need of carrying a mosquito net while on the trip. However, you may bring mosquito sprays such as Doom that may assist in repelling the mosquitoes. In most luxury accommodations, sprays such as doom are provided and its best to apply them before going for dinner. You may also use Citronella Candle, available in most supermarkets in Uganda
- Wear Trousers and Long Sleeved Shirts in the evening and in the dark: It is well known that mosquitoes are mostly active in the night so we advise you to put on long sleeved shirts and trousers in the evening and at night along with the application of sprays and insect repellents.
- Avoid taking Much sugar: Mosquitoes prefer people with high sugar content in their blood and they are able to smell the sweat of someone with high sugar content in blood. While on a safari, your advised to take little sugar or foods with little sugar so as to avoid mosquito bites.
- Turn off Unnecessary lights: Most insects are attracted by light of which mosquitoes are inclusive, therefore you’re advised to switch off the unnecessary lights rather than staying on and attract more insects.
- Avoid Using perfumes and Deodorants: One way of avoiding insects/ mosquitoes is by avoiding the use of deodorants, perfumes and after shave products because their smells attract mosquitoes. This will ensure a safe stay and also have an enjoyable adventurous safari.
300-500 million malarial cases are registered in the world per year of which it is a serious menace in Uganda. A few Ugandan residents can afford malarial preventive measures such as sleeping under mosquito nets. It is only the female mosquito (Anopheles mosquito) that sucks blood from humans and therefore transmitting malaria in Humans. Most people usually say that mosquitoes transmit HIV which is a myth because HIV cannot survive in a mosquito body.