In our opinion, and in our experience – yes! Uganda, at present, is probably one of the safest African destinations for Travelers. In Parks and at the border, drones are used, security Presence such as Rangers, the Military, Tourism Police, is also beefed up. Through an organized safari by Kent Safari Tours, you can enjoy a safe, stable and secure holiday with all your family. You will certainly have a sense of comfort and security when you are met at the airport on arrival and being in the care of Kent Safari Tours Staff / driver / guide throughout your visit.
If you are coming on business, as a Tourist, a volunteer or conventioneer, you will find no problem, besides what travelers can find in many cities around the world such as pickpockets, conmen, however, those are relatively easy to deal with just by mere use of common sense.
The following therefore are some of top Things that a visitor should avoid so as not to arouse unnecessary attention from a few crooks around;
That may sound a bit funny, but when one acts and looks lost they make themselves vulnerable and a potential target for thieves. If you are lost, ask a police officer or go into a shop and ask for directions. And you will find people most helpful. Another option is to jump on a Motorcycle (Boda Boda as commonly known in the country), Taxi (Special hire / Uber) and have them take you there. There about 30,000 plus boda-bodas in Kampala.
Thieves are always on a lookout in any town including in Kampala for people who seem lost, disoriented. Even if you are lost, act as if you know where you are going, ask the right people, and you will be just fine. However, if you are on a safari with us, there will never be a possibility of you getting lost since our staff / guides / drivers are always in tow to offer you all the necessary direction and guidance.
Do not carry a passport with you while away from your hotel or lodge. If anything, have a copy of it and leave the passport in the hotel safe.
Vital Documents to protect are any prescriptions from your doctor, credit cards, among others
Keep walking at night to a minimum, unless is a necessity. Moving at night might be safe on a crowded street, but it is best to be with a Ugandan or someone who knows the country and one with more information about the area. Do not walk alone on your own in most neighborhoods, to be on the safe side. You do not hear of many cases where Visitors to Uganda are robbed or harmed, but it is best to be wise and smart to avoid walking at night in a place, town that you do not know.
We DISCOURAGE our guests from driving at night. The reason is not so much robbery, but it is because statistics show that most accidents in Uganda often happen during night hours due to the fact that most people drive under the influence of Alcohol.