People travel every second worldwide from one destination to another. The planning of your trip determines if it will be instrumentally successful and memorable or turning out to be dis-appointment.Whether adventurous or of historical quest, follow these helpful travel tips or consider contacting us for personalized help.
Before you Go Checklist
- Ensure that your passport is not due to expire in the next 3 months from your ticketed date of return. It should be due to expire six months from the ticketed date of return.
- If you are traveling along with children, make sure you have the right paper work to allow them to traveling. The paper work could involve a passport for each one of them and a letter of consent from your partner if only one parent is traveling, and documentation for adopted children.
- Make reservations in advance, especially during peak season which usually runs throughout the year except in the Months of April, May and November.The reservations for accommodation, tour destinations, guides, restaurants and other travel necessities are required. There are a number of Uganda safaridestinations that range from National parks, religious sites, cultural sites, Forest reserves and many others.
- Contact your debit and credit card companies letting them know the destinations you will be visiting and ask the about the currency rates of the destinations converted to your currency.
- Check if your insurance covers health, home owners and renter’s policies.
- Make copies of all your travel documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
- Download Apps that could be of use while you travel, such as translator, maps, transit schedules and many more.
- If you are planning on renting a car, you need to carry with you a valid driver’s license.
- Visit a health center at least 3 times before your departure date for destination; and if you use prescription drugs, stock enough that will sustain you throughout the entire roundtrip.
- Give a copy of your Itinerary to your family members or friends.
- Check customs for your country of tour. This is to ensure that you don’t carry items that are illegal in that country.
Advice on Buying Travel Insuarance and Insuarance Tips
Travel Insurance is insurance meant to cover a tourist or traveler’s medical expenses, luggage lost, trip cancellation, flight accident and many other unforeseen circumstances incurred while travelling to and fro the intended destination. It can always be purchased during time of booking a trip. However, it is advisable that you first check with your Insurance company if you are not already covered by the required policies.
Trip Cancellation: It covers non-refundable payments or deposits if the trip is interrupted or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Depending on the type of policy you have purchased, the insurance might also cover medical expenses, accommodation and travel expenses due to travel delays, and lost or stolen luggage.
Health Insurance: It covers accident and sickness medical expenses incurred due to illness or Injury during an accident.
Baggage Delay or Loss: It covers items lost, damaged or delayed to be delivered while traveling.
Who is to buy a travel Insuarance?
Travelers who intend to protect their travel investment should purchase the travel insurance packages. This will ensure peace of mind while you carry out you travel to and fro your destinations.
Researching about your Trip.
Study about your destination before you reach there. There is a lot of information on the World Wide Web about destinations ofUganda Safaris, Gorillas tracking Safaris, and other kinds of safaris. Guide books, maps , travel Apps and websites can be a source of information about your intended destinations.
Maps can help during the planning process; Tourism websites have free downloadable brochures, and much more information. Blogs such as the primeugandasafaris.com/blog always have updated information about your intended destination.
Traveling with Pets
Pets are absolutely lovely, friendly and furry; making them part of friends and family. Therefore sometimes it could be hard living them behind. With these tips, your pet won’t have to miss out on the traveling experience.
- Take the pet to a qualified vet for an overall health check up and get a form which clearly shows that the pet has received all the required Vaccinations for the intended country of travel.
- Most Airlines ask for a bill of health certificate dated within 10 days prior to the travel date; or contact us for assistance in this matter.
- Always have your pet wear a collar ID which possesses your name and personal contacts such as phone number, email address or postal address.
- Check with your travel agency if all your accommodation points allow pets in their environment.
Traveling alone or Solo
Although most people think that traveling alone could turn out to be boring, you are in control of your traveling pace and independence; getting to meet new people who could make the whole experience interesting. When you get to meet locals of your destination in Uganda, as long as you speak English, you could interact with them and find out what they think about anything that you would like to talk about. Don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible to tell the story more clearly when you finally return home.
Each one in the group should posses with them the contacts of the travel agency along with a copy of their itinerary. This is a safety measure incase your loose contact from your group members in big public crowds or unfamiliar places.
Make sure everyone knows the ‘back up’ plan for what to do or what to follow incase you loose contact of each other. It could include meeting at your final stop, start or next point, usually at the accommodation point, meal place and others. It could go as farmiliaring a sound such as a whistle blow to gather back everyone to the agreed meeting point incase one gets lost.
What you need
- A rain Jacket
- First Aid kit possessing items such as drugs (pain killers), flashlight, bandage,plaster and others.
- Hiking boots
- Back pack to carry all times you would need while visiting your destination
- Sleeping bag and tent if you intend to camp
- Mosquito and sun repellants
- You require heavy clothes if you are traveling during the wet season and light clothes if traveling during the dry season. Uganda’s rain season runs from March to April, and September to November.