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Uganda travel advice I ignored

Uganda travel advice I ignored


We all make mistakes, here are some of mine. No doubt this list will grow as quickly as the list of good travel advice does!

Note to mum: you don’t need to read this. Switch off the computer and go and make yourself a nice cup of tea…

DON’T swim in Lake Victoria or you’ll catch Bilharzia

There are hundreds of lakes scattered across Uganda. The good news is you can swim in most of them.

Adventurous or reckless – who’s to judge? – I’ve swum in Lake Victoria and the Nile many times.

Bilharzia can be horrible. Read my suggestions on How to avoid Bilharzia.

DON’T swim in the River Nile

If you’re planning to go white water rafting, kayaking or canoeing in Jinja, don’t worry, the river is mostly fast flowing so there’s little chance that you will catch Bilharzia, although it’s not impossible. Where not to swim in the River Nile advises you on how to avoid  other dangers  …

DON’T forget to take your anti-Malarials

Malaria can be fatal. However, very few Ugandans or expats take anti-Malarials. Read some of the precautions we take in How to Avoid Malaria.

When I was a VSO volunteer, I was given a whole list of vaccinations (15 injections in total!) and a free supply of anti-Malarials, in the belief it was cheaper to medicate me than to repatriate me!

DON’T use a boda boda

Riding a boda boda (motorbike taxi) is all part of the Ugandan experience, but play it safe and minimise the risks. Here’s the Muzungu’s guide on How to ride a boda boda.

DON’T forget your sunscreen

What I have lost in expat friends leaving Uganda, I have gained in bucket loads of sunscreen.

When volunteer friends have left Uganda, they’ve left me an assortment of half bottles of cosmetics. I have the full range of sunscreen, factors 5 through to 50, total block, waterproof, for kids – the lot.

But I like having a few freckles and I don’t hang around outside in the heat of the day.

I only seem to remember sunscreen when I’m going on Safari! But maybe I should rethink that…

DON’T date a Ugandan

Ugandan men are handsome and can be very charming. They know how to tell women what we want to hear.

I’ve had more marriage proposals in Uganda than in my whole life!

But ladies, proceed with caution. Here are my tips on How to date a Ugandan.

So what are your do’s and don’ts for living in and travelling in Uganda?

Do share them 🙂

Please leave a comment or if you have some good Uganda travel tips or expat travel advice or experiences to share check out the Diary of a Muzungu Guest Post page for information on how to submit an article, I’d love to hear from you!