Kampala Warnings and Dangers
Kampala, Uganda, is a safe place to visit. But like most places, there are some dangers to be aware of if you want to be prepared.
Kampala is in a malaria zone, even though the city is located above 1100 meters. It is important to take anti-malaria drugs, even in the dry season. There are more mosquitos during the rainy season. It only takes one bite from one mosquito to contract malaria and die. If you do get malaria and live, at the very least your travels are over and your adventure ruined.
You need to start most anti-malarial drugs weeks before you go. Doxycycline can be taken 1-2 days before travel. The most effective way to avoid malaria is not to get bitten. Use mosquito repellent with 100% DEET and good mosquito nets. If your accommodation has air conditioning, you do not need to use a net.
Kampala Ghettos are unsafe for tourists. Do not try to walk through the ghettos at night. In these places, everything from petty crimes to murder occur. Kisenyi is one of the slums in Kampala, and it’s better to stay away from that area on your trip. Don’t rent cheap guest houses in this area. Do not flash your money or jewelry or attract attention to yourself in general.
Police and Soldiers
Security has been very strict since the terrorist bombings in Kampala in July 2010. All people with bags are subject to search by the police or a soldier. The suspiciousness towards terrorists is noticeable. The police are friendly towards tourists, but you will be checked just like everyone else.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Kampala.