Destination Information for Uganda
Once described by Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda, set in the East of Africa, is a popular destination for wildlife fans, and has a growing cultural scene. Uganda is home to the Mountain Gorilla, a much sought-after sight for safari enthusiasts. These magnificent creatures, along with flamingos and rare tree-climbing lions, can be found at the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There are a multitude of beautiful natural sights and National Parks from which to see impressive flora and fauna and observe some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. If you’re interested in culture, however, you too will find Uganda an extremely rewarding destination. The capital, Kampala, is set by the banks of the huge Lake Victoria, and you’ll find bustling bars, clubs and restaurants in the tourist areas. From museums and architecture to shops and theatres, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied.
Whether you choose kayaking on the River Nile, a horseback safari or a river tour on quad bikes, Uganda is the ideal place to explore some of Africa’s most iconic treasures. The dry seasons are January-February and June-September, but if you’ve set your heart on spotting a gorilla, it’s easier to get a permit during quieter tourist months - October to November.
Typhoid Fever in Uganda
The outbreak of typhoid fever in the centre Kampala, first reported on 23 February 2015, is ongoing and has now spread to all areas of the city and to neighbouring districts. The total number of suspected cases now stands at 1940. The majority of cases are among workers in the city, including food workers and in males aged between 20-39 years.
Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with bacteria and fecal matter.
The National Task Force has been activated to manage the outbreak. With support from WHO and other partners such as CDC, UNICEF, AFENET, Red Cross and others, the country is implementing control measures.
Advice for Travellers
Typhoid vaccine is usually recommended for all travellers to Uganda. Travellers should also maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and safe food and water whilst in Uganda.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.