The Incredible Untouched Pearl Of Africa - Uganda!

Updated: Mar 22

Back from country number 41 and it was by far the most epic adventure we have had since Antarctica in December, 2019. At the end of last year, I promised myself that I would recommit my energy to supporting the wildlife and local communities in Africa. No better place to start than the wildest of off-grid places in Africa. The untouched Pearl of Africa - Uganda.

The Covid situation in Africa now has made traveling there a slight challenge - but I know I will be back in this continent the first opportunity I get to do so safely.

Ethical animal encounters are a big reason to venture to Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Usually on top of this list is a wild trek to watch the mountain gorillas in the misty rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or the Virunga Forest in DR Congo.

We chose Uganda for the simple reason that it was the safest, easiest option with all the Covid restrictions still in place.

It exceeded all our expectations. We were blown away by the endless rolling hills, the welcoming people and the lush green landscapes. When you think of Africa, people often mention wanting to see the safaris in Serengeti or Masai Mara, or drive along the surreal coast of Cape Town or even walk on the beaches in Mozambique. Unfortunately, Uganda doesn't often make it to the African "bucket list" but it should definitely be on there. It is rustic, authentic and beyond gorgeous. For the first time in many years, I sincerely wished we had more time to explore a single country.

Let's dive right into what you will need to plan a trip to this unique East African treasure!

COVID Requirements:

1. You will need a negative COVID test taken 72 hours prior to your arrival in Entebee.

2. You will also need a negative COVID test to exit the country (the duration of the test will depend on the requirement for the country you are flying back to)

3. There is no quarantine in place as I write this in March!

Tests are usually done in the major towns with the swabs being sent back to the Test and Fly lab in Entebbe. You will be in and out in half hour if you are going with a tour but be sure to speak to your tour agent about your testing requirements so they can plan for it.

Flights, Visa and Vaccines

Another reason we chose Uganda over Rwanda - direct flights with Emirates from Dubai to Entebbe.

There are some countries which are exempt from visas but citizens of most countries will need one to enter. Visa can be obtained on arrival for most nationalities. I chose to apply and pay for ours online to save time at immigration. Got ours emailed in less than 48 hours. Carry it with you. Straightforward process.

You will be asked to show your YELLOW FEVER VACCINE CARD when you disembark at the airport. So get vaccinated, and if you already have the card, carry it on hand. This is mandatory.

Safety and hygiene

I was pleasantly surprised to see the health measure put in place by the Ugandan government to

welcome tourists back safely. Everyone at the airport wore a mask - also found this to be the case in Entebbe and in busier towns. Our guide wore his the whole time as well. We also had to have our temperatures checked at every national park and resort we stayed at, with lots of sanitizers placed everywhere.

It is still up to you to follow all the rules, be responsible while traveling.. and you will be able to enjoy this wonderful country without much hassle.