Our hunting season is from January through November. It rains all year round (which is why the country is so lush) with slightly more rain on average in April-June and November. However, the rainfall varies from year to year. Some species move with the rain, but we adapt our strategy and or move locations if possible to increase success.
The best time to hunt Buffalo and Hartebeest is during the months of December to end of April. After that the grass is too high and hunting buffalo becomes challenging. All other species may be hunted year round.
Clothing and kit
Lightweight clothing is adequate (long or short sleeves and pants) with a jacket or sweater for the evenings or early mornings. Dark khaki or green are the preferred colors. Be sure to pack some light raingear as a couple of rainy days may be expected. A good pair of binoculars and a day pack for your camera, extra ammunition and incidentals are essential. A spotting scope, range finder, and walking stick are optional.
We also strongly recommend that you bring rubber boots and waders for hunting. There is usually quite a lot of dew in the morning.
Rifles & Ammunition
Bring what suits you best for hunting, but we recommend a .270 – .300 for most species and a .375 – .416 for buffalo. Most airlines limit your ammunition to 11 pounds packed in a locked case in your duffel bag. A good combination would be 60 rounds for light rifles and 20 softs and 20 solids for heavy rifles.
Handling of Your Trophies
Field preparation is included in your safari package this includes Dip and Pack, export documents and permits, these services are provided by Uganda Wildlife Taxidermy & Tannery Services Ltd. (UWTTS)! Shipping to your selected taxidermist or clearing agent is at your expense.
All sport hunters entering Uganda have to apply for a hunting license prior to their arrival and a rifle import permit (both of which we will help you obtain). Sport hunters must pay a conservation and concession fee of 50 US$ per day which is included in your package price. Other tourists must pay 20 US$ for each per day.”
See your doctor for routine international vaccinations including a yellow fever update every 10 years and an anti-malarial prescription. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is best to use atovaquone/proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine, but not chloroquine. You may also want to request precautionary anti-biotic and anti- diarrhea tablets. Yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Uganda.
A passport valid for at least six months after your arrival and with some blank pages is mandatory. U.S. citizens and citizens of the European Union are required to apply and obtain a VISA online (100 USD), through the Electronic Visa Application System: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ Further instructions and information can be found there.
A number of airlines fly to Uganda including KLM with flights from Amsterdam to Entebbe (via Kigali, Rwanda) most days of the week. KLM cooperates with Air France, Kenya Airways, and Northwest Airlines which allows you to connect to Entebbe from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, or Nairobi. Other airlines flying to Entebbe are South African Airways, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Qatar and Ethiopian Airlines.
Each hunter and observer is responsible for his or her health related concerns and own insurance including evacuation insurance and trip cancellation insurance.
Please consult with your current medical insurance provider about medical cover in a foreign country since each insurance company may have different requirements regarding receipts they require for reimbursement of medical costs. Generally speaking you need to take responsibility for your own health and be aware that we will often be hours, if not days away, from competent medical care.
By joining these safaris you assume the responsibility of the risks associated, which can be, but are not limited, to tropical diseases, animal attacks, uprisings et al.