Don’ts:

  • Don’t use credit cards in Kampala (you can use a debit card at ATM at bank).
  • Don’t make promises you cannot keep.
  • Don’t drink the tap water.
  • Don’t be afraid to eat the food that is prepared correctly.
  • Don’t forget to take your malaria medicine.
  • Don’t expect Africa and Africans to be America and Americans.
  • Don’t expect things to always happen on time (though they often do) when dealing with government bodies, the understanding of time is different here.
  • Don’t have a condescending attitude toward the Ugandan people or culture (you’ll get more out of them with patience and understanding).
  • Don’t get overly upset and critical when things do not happen as planned.

Do’s

  • Do keep your passport and money secure and close to you or safely kept at the lodge at all times.
  • Do give your email address to those who ask and from whom you do not mind receiving email from.
  • Do adopt a team mindset and work as a team.
  • Do use sunscreen when going outside if you feel you need it especially on hot days.
  • Do drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Do use insect repellent with deet to ward off mosquitoes and other insects (especially outside Kampala).
  • Do feel free to take many photos but be courteous and polite by asking to take personal photos of people (some government buildings security may be averse to you taking photos of the buildings).
  • Do wash and scrub your hands with soap and water before eating.
  • Do take one hundred dollar bills that are 2003 or later and in good condition to get the best exchange rate.
  • Do demonstrate respect for the people, culture and heritage of Uganda.