Packing for your Uganda birding safari
Planning a safari is one other thing to be aware of as you prepare to travel. A birding safari in Uganda is no different, you will need to be prepared and have your packing list right. Packing for a safari means taking along to your trip the essentials that you will need throughout your trip. Before I even give you the list of what you must not leave behind, the sure things you can’t afford to leave are your passport, airline ticket, immunization cards and some Ugandan shillings.
Uganda though located along the equator line doesn’t have a mild climate throughout the country with some areas having high temperatures and others being cool.
Clothing to carry for your birding safari
Above all you should always be comfortable, the clothing that you carry along should fit your trip. Uganda isn’t a very conservative dressing style country and locals may tend to mind their own business. For women you would love to ensure that everything you buy is culturally sensitive and appropriate. Generally, it’s not culturally appropriate for women to show their thighs, therefore skirts/dresses below the knee or long pants can be your best bet. Even since most of the Uganda birding safari spots are in the forests and jungles then wearing something long also protects your body from bites and sun burns. Clothes should generally be light and with neutral safari colors whether for the ladies or gents since temperatures get high and the cool times of the day are generally mild. Don’t forget the birding hut and the boots.
Birding accessories to fit in your luggage
A Field Guide Book
Carrying a field guide or bird book is essential for any birding safari. This can depend on the number of days your safari is lasting. If you choose to purchase books before you set off always choose the right guides that you are comfortable using, but at times this can become bulky. The other option of purchasing a bird guide book is by getting it in a local store. You can contact your Uganda birding safaris tour operator to check out for you if the guide is available in the local store. More appropriate also is getting help from your birding guide on where to purchase a bird guide book after you have arrived, they are knowledgeable and can be helpful.
The world is going digital and you can also go that way so to avoid carrying bulky stuff, your phone can do it all. You can download the necessary guide book then use your phone as long as your battery will always be charged such that you don’t skip to tick any of the specials you sight.
Camera and Binoculars
You will definitely want to capture that moment whether for a Bee-eater or a Weaver so don’t forget to carry your camera. You might think your not skilled but that’s not reason to leave behind your camera, you need it for identification of the birds. For your camera, pack extra batteries, memory cards and any other camera accessories.
You wouldn’t want to see your camera get faulty so remember to carry along your carrying strap, cleaning tools, Digiscoping adaptors and any other tools that you need for your kind of camera.
A Field Bag
You will need a suitcase to carry all of your birding safari essentials but then you will also need to carry a field bag. Your field bag is essential to carry your gear no matter where you may go birding.
Don’t forget the birding hut and the boots.
Any other things to carry for your birding safari
A birding tour in Uganda takes you to different habitats from tropical jungles to wildernesses so you wouldn’t want to go wrong. During your birding excursion don’t forget to wear appropriate insect repellent and sunscreen depending on the location and climate conditions where you are birding.
Carry along a water bottle to keep you hydrated and also a few snacks. Your birding in Uganda tour operator will always make sure there is water in the vehicle but just in case it’s not enough you should carry some water along.
A light jacket can also be fitted in your field bag just in case the rains find you in the field.
What to pack for Uganda birding safari just got listed for you so get ready and pack right for your trip. Many birding tourists tailor their safaris with Uganda gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics. You can also tailor to the other parks as Queen Elizabeth National Park or even continue for a Rwanda birding safari.