The clothes you select are of prior importance since they will determine your comfort and enjoyment of your safari as a whole. If you intend to take a wildlife safari take special note that blend in well with the environment. Therefore wear dull and muted colors like olive, beige, brown, green and khaki. Avoid colors like blue or black in your safari clothing since tropical Africa is relatively hot. Pack light and flexible (can be squashed) luggage since in some instances you will need to fit into a light aircraft.
It is sunshine all year round in Uganda with warm or hot daytime temperatures. Some seasons are wetter than others therefore it is advisable to carry some rain gear with you on especially a gorilla safari. Evenings are colder especially at high altitudes therefore carry a couple of light sweaters as well.
On hiking safaris make sure you carry a lot of warm clothes since you will be exposed to alpine temperatures. Sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sun glasses and water proof jackets are ideal for trekking safaris.
When climbing a mountain like Rwenzori with glacial peaks, you will need to have the following:
- Climbing boots
- Ice axes
- Walking sticks
- Snow goggles
- A campus
- Bring plenty of warm clothing for the nights
- Water proof jackets in cases of rain
- Gum boots since some of the trails are muddy
- Plastic bags to seal off your matches and clothing
- Portable stove
- A variety of snacks to boost your energy during the climb
- Well labeled food for all days of the climb
- Lots of drinks
- Porters to carry your luggage
- Sleeping bag
- Map of the circuit
Some of these can be hired at the park headquarters before your climb. Specialized cooks can be arranged for at a fee. Watch out for altitude sickness that may increase as you ascend above the snow line. Well trained guides may force you to turn back if they fill it unsafe for you to continue depending on the altitude related symptoms you exhibit.
All Caucasians should carry sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun. Sun exposure increases the risks of skin cancer and premature wrinkling or aging of the skin. Wear insect repellant each time you go swimming as this will protect you from possible insect bites.