Tips for traveling to Uganda whilst pregnant

Game drive on Uganda safari

Essentials For Pregnant Traveler Undertaking a Safari in Uganda

Have you just found out that you are pregnant yet you had already planned or booked for your safari in Uganda? Are you worried that this might affect your dream of experiencing the beauty of the Pearl of Africa? Don’t let that baby bump stop you from achieving your dream so long as you pack for the essential things or items as a pregnant traveller.

How can you miss encountering the Big five animals (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffaloes), bird species, primates, antelopes, the National Parks, pristine beaches, untouched Islands and other magnificent attractions that are found in this country? Therefore, the following are the important things to pack/carry as pregnant travelers for a holiday in Uganda;

  • Travel documents and Identification

Pregnant Travelers to Uganda are advised to carry necessary travel documents such as passports, visas as well as proper identification (National ID) so that you can always be helped in case of emergencies during the trip.

Contact Details of a local Hospital or local Doctor as well as medical records related to your pregnancy. This should also include the letter from your doctor to show that you are eligible for travel to avoid any complications that come with long haul safaris.

  • Water bottle (or even Bottled water)

It is always important for anyone to stay hydrated, more so if you are pregnant because water is very crucial for you and the baby. However, the glass water bottles are recommended because they are BPA free on top of being able to keep your water cold at all times.Pregnant woman taking a safari in Uganda

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes

These may include Maxi Dress (or long dresses and skirts), Maternity leggings, maternity swimsuits and Ballet flats or flip flops are recommended. These should be easy to pack, easy to match and even put on in addition to being comfortable.

  • Anti-nausea treatments

These are important for travelers in their first trimesters much as even someone in the second or third trimester can carry them and the recommended ones are the Anti-nausea ginger gum (ideal for morning sickness, travel and chemotherapy-induced nausea)

  • Contact details for people back home

Any pregnant traveller needs to have the contact details of trusted and reliable people back home so that you can be assisted in case you develop any complications. These can be mobile telephone numbers, home telephone numbers and email addresses.

  • Doctor-Approved/Prescribed Medications

Most health centers in Uganda have just pain-killers, thus any pregnant tourist is advised to pack a mini-medicine cabinet (with some important tablets including heart-burn antacids) to cater for the “what if situations that may happen during the safari in Uganda.

  • Your maternity notes

Make sure that you ask your doctor to write some notes outlining your health status and other medical records such as a history of allergies, blood type and doctor contact information among others.

  • Camera and extra batteries

It may seem obvious but travelling is always a wonderful way to add some snapshots to your pregnancy albums to show all the riveting places your baby has already been to (even though when you were still pregnant).

  • Healthy snacks

Snacks are also recommended as long as they are healthy such as nuts, dried fruits and granola bars and are also sometimes lifesavers when conducting some activities or even if the locals or nearby foods don’t go well with your sensitive stomach.

  • Sports Bra

This will be your best friend due to bumpy roads in Uganda and East Africa at large.

  • Toiletries

They include anti-bacterial hand gels, wipes, nail cutters, hand sanitizer, travel brush, lotion, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorants, safari hat, cosmetics and hair conditioner among others.

Other essentials include Travel Insurance Documents, Pre-natal vitamins and other supplements, a Shawl, small neck pillow to allow you to sleep easily and anywhere and a scarf especially for the cold mornings and evenings is important.