Those Uganda Travel Myths People Believe as Real
Those Uganda Travel Myths People Believe as Real ?- But are They?
There are many Things one can find about Uganda on the Internet that are simply Wrong
Those Uganda Travel Myths People Believe as Real – Uganda – the Pearl of Africa – Uganda often gets a bad wrap on Internet, many things written are simply wrong, outdated by years, have no present reality in Uganda and simply out of touch with the real Uganda, simply Internet Legends written by people who have never set foot inside of the Pearl of Africa – Uganda and yet to many these Myths and Falsities that are real to many since they write to us about them…
Idi Amin was in power as President of Uganda from 1972 to 1979 – He came to be president with power of the gun and he was overthrown with the power of the gun.
Most Ugandans were not alive during that time period. He wound up living out his days in Riyadh-Saudi Arabia where he died in 2003 of Kidney Failure and was buried there. He loved the attention of the world and mostly likely he would have enjoyed the movie (based on a novel) “The Last King of Scotland.”
Idi Amin is a name that is synonymous with Uganda – most do not know the name of the current president of Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni who has led Uganda since 1986.
No – Idi Amin does not live in Uganda – however many of his family members still do and sadly some still believe that Idi Amin lives here.
This myth about Uganda is kept alive on websites, blog posts, mainly small town American Newspapers, University and College News sites, Blogs.
Reality – Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) are not in Uganda and there is no ongoing war in Uganda. The conflict with Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army ended in 2006 with the signing of (cessation of hostilities agreement by the Government of Uganda and the LRA).
Murchison Falls National Park (Number 1 visited park in Uganda) has seen a dramatic increase of tourists since that time – several new lodges have been built.
Joseph Kony and his now diminished LRA (a few hundred) have been causing havoc in other countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and even Darfur but not in Uganda – there is no war going on in Uganda – only the myth about one belied by many.
Uganda is a country where the left and right of American Politics have fought a war of ideals – on one hand you have US Government promoting LGBT issues and punishing countries that do not concur with their policies, on the other hand you have the Religious Right of the USA trying to show its values in other countries such as Uganda after having failed to do so in the US.
Uganda reflects the attitude of the majority of Africans – the laws on the books in Uganda today was put into place by the British Colonial Administration. The anti-gay bill that was first promoted by American Evangelicals and then by David Bahati a US educated Parliamentarian was passed, signed by President Museveni and annulled by the Constitutional Court of Uganda.
Uganda’s bark is bigger than its bite – 97% of Ugandans like most Africans are not pro-gay, yet in Uganda there is no organized persecution against gays. International Gay Travelers are questioned at the airport regarding their sexual orientation and their safety and well-being is being promoted by the Uganda Tourism Board and others.
A Gay Traveler is safe in Uganda – public affection is considered a cultural mistake in Uganda by both heterosexual or gay couples.
Putting aside the myths and anecdotal legends – Uganda is safe for LBGT Travelers – though most Ugandans are not pro-gay, however most Ugandans are more concerned their daily well-being rather than US issues fought out on the soil of Uganda.
The recent outbreak in West Africa that is now subsiding never reached East Africa, there were more cases of Ebola in the US, Europe than in East or Southern Africa where there were none.
West Africa – is 5000 kilometers from Uganda – if there was an Ebola outbreak in Portland Maine Americans would not cancel travel plans to Portland Oregon. However in the case of Africa, many did. In 2016 Uganda as most of Africa is Ebola Free. At the port of entry all travelers are checked and Uganda is taking every precaution to keep Uganda Ebola Free, however on the Internet you will find wrongful information about Ebola in Uganda.
Simply setting foot into Uganda will not give you Aids – it does not float around in the air, you do not get it by visiting with Ugandans, having a drink with them, conversations, swimming in one of the pristine lakes, going rafting, or going gorilla or chimpanzee tracking.
You can expose yourself to HIV – AIDS if you engage in high risk behavior with the Ugandan women of the night – the mosquito girls whose sting just might infect you – best not engage in high risk behavior – enjoy the people, the wildlife, the scenery – but follow the ABC rule of Uganda to avoid HIV infection – Abstain-Be Faithful-Condoms.
No, you will not get HIV-AIDS visiting Uganda as long as you act responsibly and do not engage in unsafe sex.
Most travelers and visitors to Uganda do not contract malaria – it is a rarity.
Most visitors to Uganda should be on a malaria regiment which protects you. Use the mosquito nets provided by hotels and lodges. Better hotels even spray the room while you are at dinner and you can always buy a spray can of Doom to eliminate those pesky critters. Apply Off, Cutter or RID (RID found in Australia) insect repellent to your skin and clothing, wear long sleeved shirts in the evening and long trousers when going out.
Should you contract malaria while in Uganda – there are good hospitals such as International Hospital in Kampala where they can effectively treat you.
Over the years I have had malaria on several occasion, the latest treatment available here is quite effective and rather quick.
Malaria does kill and unfortunately many Ugandans die daily from it because of wrong treatment or no treatment (that is also changing-the fight against malaria is being won), however visitors coming here are quite safe if the above steps are followed and we have had no clients contract Malaria.
Ugandans are some of the friendliest people in Africa. I as a Westerner living here feel safer here, on the streets of Kampala than I would in some neighborhoods in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London.
There are several pages on Travel Safety in Uganda – plain advice that will help you to have a safe time in the Pearl of Africa.
No -You will not get robbed in Uganda – in spite of misconceptions you might have – especially on a safari tour of Uganda and as long as you follow some basic advice.
You might get cheated when you buy goods or services and are given a high price – simply bargain down.
Uganda remains one of the safest and secure countries in Africa – and Kampala its capital is relatively safe for visitors if you follow some sound safety and security advice that is found on our site.
Australia and the government of New Zealand have published wrong information in their government travel advisories to their citizens who for the most part have ignored them.
Their information is based on some of Those Uganda Travel Myths People Believe as Real – however there are simply wrong. Myths such as Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest being unsafe, telling its citizens to stay away from Uganda’s Number 1 – Visited Park by relying on information that is 10 years or older – Safaris in Uganda are safe – even Kidepo Valley Park has become a safe area to visit.
Those Uganda Travel Myths People Believe as Real– the reality is different than the Internet Legends, Myths and Fables that you can find in 2016 as you research of what you think is present day Uganda, but often you will find those myths written by armchair travelers, bloggers, even so-called reporters and then the disparaging, off the cuff remarks such as a recent one by the Africa Expert Ann Coulter…totally uncalled for.