Excited to spend your gap year in the country that hosts some of the rarest species in the world? Well, Uganda is definitely a paradise for nature lovers and a great opportunity to get closer to the animals which aren't among the Big 5! Meet the natives of the land, spend some quality time with them, binge on the local food and explore the country's offbeat places where tourists never go! Life in Uganda will be absolutely stunning and it'll surely be one of the best journeys of your life.
Spending your gap year in Uganda will be nothing less than an adventurous joyride! Go for a Gorilla Trek, try white-water rafting on River Nile, and explore the national parks to spot Africa's Big 5. A hub for millennials seeking to learn something more about the world beyond that of their own, Uganda had been rightly termed as 'The Pearl of Africa' by Sir Winston Churchill because of its uniqueness. Populated by dozens of ethnic groups. your learning journey during gap year will find it's true meaning in Uganda. Meet like-minded people from different parts of the world and make the most of your time while exploring the country.
Gap Year in Uganda
Adventure Tours in Uganda
Uganda can easily redefine your ideas about adventure tours! From the thrilling Gorilla Treks in Bwindi to white-water rafting in the Nile - you shall have the adequate dose of adrenaline rush that you are seeking. GDA will help you to club your Uganda trips with that of Kenya as well - in case you have limited time and wish to explore the best of the region. Take Motorboat Tour of Lake Bunyonyi before heading towards the Equator point in Kampala. We promise that you'll get to met some crazy travelers on the way!
All travelers need to acquire a visa for entering and visiting Uganda from a Ugandan Diplomatic mission in their country. Citizens of the visa exempt countries can stay in Uganda for a period of up to 3 months without any visa. For those who are required to acquire a visa for entry, there’s the option of e-Visa or Visa on arrival for entering Uganda. The 90 day East African Tourist Visa is valid for entering the countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda and is also available on arrival. Check out this link for further info.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Uganda, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid and Yellow Fever for traveling in Uganda. Some travelers are also suggested to take vaccinations for Cholera, Meningitis, and rabies as well.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Uganda. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 20-30 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Uganda, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual clothing is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Uganda. In general, temperatures are pleasant in Uganda, though it tends to get really hot during the day sometimes, especially during the months of December-April. Breathable casual clothing in light colors is best for this time of the year. You should also pack some light outer layers as the temperature tends to take a dip in the evening or night sometimes. December -March is the warmer period and June-September is the cooler period. With higher altitudes, the cold also intensifies, so it would be best to pack according to the locations you are gonna visit. For the cold months, some lightweight sweaters, some basic woolens, and fleece outerwear would be a good choice. Also, don’t forget to keep a light jacket on you if you’re going out for an early morning safari as it gets quite cold sometimes.
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.