Safety in Uganda
Is Uganda safe?
What is the level of personal safety in Uganda?
In this country, high levels of crime are recorded and you must be alert at all times, as car and personal belonging thefts are frequent. It’s advisable to avoid public transport, especially at night. Taxis are the safest and you have to negotiate the price before starting the journey. You should always travel with the windows up and the doors tightly closed, especially if traffic is slow. You shouldn’t carry valuables or too much money with you. Crowded places such as markets and public transport stops should be avoided. Stay away from public protests, which are relatively frequent and can take a violent turn. They mostly take place in Kampala, the road to Entebbe airport and the areas of Kasese and Bundibugyo. For walks in protected forest areas, it’s advisable to take experienced guides and a forest ranger that has weapons. On the ferries sometimes the rules are not respected and there can be crowds, so you may have an accident. There are clashes between tribes, so to reach parks like Kedipo, Impenetrable Bwindo, Gorilla Mgahinga and Murchison Falls, air travel is better.
The roads are badly signposted and there are potholes and bad lighting, so they are dangerous, especially at night and particularly between Kampala-Masaka and Jinja-Kampala. The drivers are reckless, there may be wild animals or cattle on the road and the vehicles are poorly maintained.You must take your documentation with you and an extra copy, as it can be requested by police officers. Check that the hotels have security measures and don’t stay in isolated or secluded places.
Is Uganda dangerous to visit?
In the region in the north of the country there are armed conflicts, so there is a possibility of attacks. The Islamic group Boko Haram acts in a violent way with kidnappings and bombings so you should be cautious of possible targets for attacks, such as churches, government facilities and crowded places.The risk areas that you should avoid are the following, although in reality there is no area that is completely safe: the Karamoja region and the districts of Nakapiripiriti, Moroto, Katakwi and Kotido, where there is a risk of banditry and clashes that occur between different tribes.It’s also not advisable that you go near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The medium risk areas are Kampala and its surroundings, the northern region of the country and the area that borders South Sudan.
What is illegal in Uganda?
Some laws and regulations are very different from those of other countries. You shouldn’t photograph buildings or infrastructure, especially if they are governmental, diplomatic or military. This includes ‘Owen Falls Dam’, a source of the Nile located near Jinja.Wearing camouflage clothing or military uniforms is prohibited. Since May 2019 it’s prohibited to give clothes, money or food to street children in Kampala. Homosexuality and public demonstrations of it are crimes and are prohibited. The possession or consumption of any kind of drug, including marijuana, is strictly banned.
Ana Sofía Teresita
The 2 things I like the most in life are people and travel. I lead a great group of professionals who help people in the processing of the necessary documentation to travel. I would dare to say that it is a perfect combo for me, work and passion. I am not a professional writer, I write to keep traveling in writing.