ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF

What are you looking for?

ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
Hello traveller!

It's in Cape Town now.

We're sorry. Our safari planners aren't available now. Our office hours are 08:00 - 19:00 (GMT+2).

Call us to speak to an experienced safari planner.


Alternatively, we recommend...

travel-form-icon

Complete our travel enquiry form to connect with a safari planner

ENQUIRE TODAY
Email us
(optional)

Health and Emergencies in Uganda

Africa's best authentic tailor-made safaris

View Photos

Health and Emergencies in Uganda

Team Member Headshot

By Susan Swanepoel

Safari Travel Planner

Safari Enquiry

To stay healthy in Uganda, you should only drink bottled, boiled or treated water and avoid eating any unpeeled fruits or vegetables. If you eat street food make sure that you buy it from a vendor that is busy and has a high turnover of food to ensure that it’s fresh, and watch that the food is cooked in front of you.

Uganda has a high risk of malaria and you should take antimalarial medication and prevent mosquito bites by using repellent on your skin and clothes, wear long trousers and shirts in the early morning and evenings and sleep under a mosquito net.

There’s a risk of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus in Uganda. All three illnesses are transmitted by mosquitos but there are no preventative medications for them. Again, try to prevent mosquito bites as best you can.

There’s also a risk of contracting bilharzia – a parasitic disease transmitted by freshwater snails. Avoid swimming or wading in any fresh water (a hotel swimming pool is safe).

Health Care System

Uganda has both public and private healthcare facilities. Public healthcare facilities are understaffed and lack medical equipment and drugs. If you have a health problem or medical emergency you should visit a private clinic or hospital, where you’ll need to pay for your treatment and then get reimbursed by your travel insurance.

Medical Emergencies

If your medical emergency is not serious, then get to the closest town and try to find a private clinic or hospital. For more serious emergencies, unless you’re in Kampala and can reach a private clinic, then you need to contact a medical evacuation service (such as MAF on +256 772 777 208) which will transport you by plane to the closest private hospital for treatment.

How it Works

2

Contact us or fill out an enquiry form and one of our travel experts will help you tailor make your perfect safari

3

Enjoy an authentic African experience.

Travel with Confidence

With over 20 years of experience, our team will help you tailor your itinerary to your perfect adventure.
24/7 Support
Flexible
Authentic
Personalized

What Our Guests Have to Say?

Read recent reviews from travellers who have planned and booked their trips with us
Wonderful experience just what we were looking for.

13 Day Namibia Self-Drive Safari Review

Anne, South Africa
14 Nov 2023
A very memorable East Africa trip, thanks to Discover Africa!

11-Day Anniversary in Kenya

Hersh & Kavya, United States
28 Feb 2023
Discover Africa absolutely exceeded our expectations and made a long and complex...

Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania Safari Review

Teresa Sicade, United States
10 Oct 2022
Planning excellent - tailored to our needs - efficient and helpful at...

A Namibia Safari Adventure Review

Adele, South Africa
26 Apr 2021
Hassle free and very professional service from start to finish.

Motswari Game Reserve & Cape Town Tour Review

Debbie, Australia
16 Mar 2020
100% thrilled with Discover Africa and Matthys.

Big Five Safari Adventure Review

Jodi, Canada
14 Mar 2019

Ready to plan your tailor-made safari?

Adelle Bell, Safari Travel Planner

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

HELP ME PLAN