Uganda Safari – What to wear

Safari Uganda – What to wear.  My packing list for Uganda:

  • Safari Dress with insect repellent fabric
  • Safari Shorts
  • long sleeve safari shirt anti insect repellent
  • Safari trousers with zip off legs and insect repellent fabric
  • hat, selection of hats!
  • Sun dresses
  • swimwear
  • sandals
  • excellent hiking boots
  • safari hiking socks, anti sweat
  • water bottle
  • Healthy snacks and Berocca for  long days
  • Good sun protection, Factor 50 for face and 30 for everywhere else
  • Mosquito Spray with DDT
  • Cotton underwear and cotton nightwear.
  • small hand wash liquid.  Clothes get very sweaty and it is nice to wash them rather than have a smelly suitcase full of dirty clothes.
  • Cotton T shirts –  I like Zara T’s
  • light fold up rain jacket for the Gorilla Trek
  • light sweater for Gorilla trek – its cold in the morning.  It is very cold at night in the Impenetrable Forest, take warm clothes for the evening.
  • gloves for the Gorilla trek

Tip:  Don’t wear black and dark blue – it attracts the Tetse fly.  Don’t wear red, it scares the wildlife.  Muted safari khaki, beige colours are best.


Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.  You will need a Yellow Fever Vaccination (this offers lifetime protection but you must show the Vaccination certificate with your passport on arrival in Uganda).  Other Vaccinations you will need include Typhoid, Diptheria, Polio, Tetanus.  Check with your Doctor before you leave home that everything is up to date.  Do not forget to take Malaria Pills, again get these from your Doctor.

Pack an Emergency First Aid kit, including Nurofen or another pain killer, antiseptic cream, plasters, bandage.  Also pack hand sanitiser and wet wipes to keep clean travelling.  Use the hand sanitiser regularly.

Emergency Medical kit:

  • Pack your own surgical needles
  • Malaria Pills
  • Nurofen or other pain killer
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Plasters and bandage
  • Imodium

Be careful what you eat.  A bad stomach will be no fun at all, especially with long days on the road!  Make sure all cooked food is very hot and eat fruit that you must peel.  Avoid uncooked salads and unpasteurised milk.

Game Drives:

I wore Teva Sandals and Safari Dress with insect repellent fabric:

PHOTO: Safari Dress and Teva Sandals

My Insect repellent Safari clothes I bought online from The Safari Store.


Loose, lightweight trousers and T:

PHOTO: Zadig and Voltaire pants and Zara T

A perfect White T… or 3 and some comfortable track bottoms to lounge around! Remember not to wear blue or black, Tetse flies love these colours!

PHOTO: SuperDry T Shirt, click on the photo


THE AFRICAN SUN IS HOT SO WEAR SUN PROTECTION AT ALL TIMES! Use Factor 50 for your face and neck and at least Factor 30 everywhere else.  I kept my lips hydrated with lipgloss, this is my favourite, Click on the photo to see more:


Wildlife treks in forest areas:

Wear Safari clothing infused with anti insect repellent.  I wore long sleeved, lightweight Safari shirts and trousers with good walking boots, sweat resistant socks tucked into the boots. A hat is essential!

Gorilla Trek:

This is particularly arduous so pack gloves, lots of water, high energy snacks, quick drying anti sweat clothes, hat.  The early mornings are very cold so take a sweater and lightweight rain coat.  It will be hot and humid later, so pack your Suncare protection.  Make sure you take plenty of water on the trek.

Some of the family groups of Gorillas are nearby but some are a long way into the forest.  My trek was four hours in total, including the hour spent watching the Gorilla family.  Get fit before you go!

PHOTO: Safari shirt and Safari Trousers

Here is my Uganda Gorilla Trek blog:

Uganda Gorilla Trek with EverBased Tours

Pack some light weight Summer dresses.  Distances are long between National Parks and you don’t want to be in sweaty trekking gear all day.  Put some shorts or a dress in your Jeep or rucksack and change for the travelling.

Avoid white colours, bright colours and blue and black.  Blue and black attract the Tetse Fly!

My Top Tip: Packing needs to be ORGANISED when you change Lodges every couple of days and basically live out of a suitcase.  I wrapped each outfit in tissue paper and labelled it.  Perfect solution!

PHOTO: My dress by Zadig and Voltaire

I also took some light, loose dresses for relaxing.

PHOTO: Chillout dress to use as a swim coverup 

Also pack Swimwear, Shorts and plenty of T shirts and a lightweight rucksack.  The weather is hot and sweaty and it is nice to have change of clothes available during the day.  I kept Beroca and energy snacks in my backpack.

PHOTO: Zara Cotton Shirt and Shorts, Teva Sandals

I also kept treats in my rucksack for all the children who stop and say hello.  Lollipops and pens/crayons are always welcome!  Remember to take a Notebook to write notes and a trip diary.  Uganda is a poor country, try and give back by supporting Uganda charities, WaterAid is a favourite of mine.  The churches do a great deal of good work.  Many of the children have next to nothing so if you can provide clothing, shoes or school equipment it will be very welcome.

Read my Uganda Blog:

Uganda Safari – Where to go in Uganda

I travelled with EverBased Tours

I just discovered this great jacket! Perfect for the cooler mountainous areas and cold mornings before a Gorilla trek:

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