When planning a trip to any pace even an African safari in Uganda, it is only natural to want to cut costs by doing things for yourself rather than hiring travel and tour operators to help. People will always assume that the cheaper way is to it yourself. Africa safaris are a little different though, just like most things on the African continent. What would work for a trip from America to Europe, might not work for a trip to Uganda.
A successful self planned Uganda safari is a rare to find. People often take what they know of planning vacations in Europe and perhaps North America and try to apply it to an African safari. Trying to save money by doing it all by yourself, might instead end up costing you much more.
Why is it better to use a tour operator?
The internet is full of information about Africa, and safaris in Africa. Any search engine will give you thousands upon thousands of results for “Uganda safari” but you cannot be sure which information to trust.
Tour operators have made careers of knowing almost everything there is to know about the safari destination they offer in their packages. When planning for a safari, the magic is in the details. Details such as how much time it takes to travel from one stop to another, what kind of car you will need, the weather and climate, what equipment and accessories you will need. Authentic information about safaris in Uganda is best acquired from renown tour operators such Insight safari Holidays. This way you can be sure to get everything you are paying for and your safari will be everything you expect it to be and more.
Tour operators in Uganda have already established relationships within the industry. There is the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and the Africa. Networks like these enable tour operators to ensure that you get the best of everything that you want and can afford. They also make it possible to access unique activities and experiences that are not offered by every other company. Things you would never be able to accomplish on your own.
Authenticity, networking and accountability go hand in hand when it comes to tourism in Uganda. Tour operating companies find themselves accountable to groups such as AUTO and other stakeholders in the industry, and this accountability ensures that they provide the service they possibly can. But if you are doing it yourself, chances are you will get in touch with unscrupulous individuals looking to make quick money and you will be disappointed by poor services or no services at all.
As mentioned before the magic of a Uganda safari is in the details. Details that if missed would ruin your safari. You need to pay attention to everything from the moment you arrive in Uganda till you depart at the end of your trip. Everything needs to be right the transportation, accommodation, food, drink, dressing, medication where necessary, travel documentation, etc. It is very is to forget a small detail if you try to do it yourself, but tour operators are paid to pay attention to these details and they will, because they want you to enjoy your trip and come back again, or recommend them to your friends.
The same goes for logistics such as accommodation and communication. Uganda has a way of doing things that you may not quite understand, but your tour operator will and will be able to find a solution to everything even when it seems impossible. It is, for example,
possible to get to a place where you have no idea how to communicate with your family back home, you don’t know where to go to access the internet or which mobile network is the most effective wherever you are. The tour operator can help you sort this out and save you all the worry.
Using a tour operator also gives you a sense of security and some certainty. Tour operators such as we are, know the Uganda pretty well. We know which routes to take to where, we know which parts of the country are safe, we know what the situation is on ground politically, security wise, and even weather and climate. So we can properly recommend places and times to visit to ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment.
How long would it take to organize a safari with a tour operator?
Having a tour operator organize and manage you safari for you helps you save a lot of time. It also ensures that you spend your time in Africa vacation rather organizing a vacation. Planning a seven day safari will take a lot of time and effort. It could take you days while tours operators who have more knowledge. Experience and more hands and minds to put together could finish planning and organizing in a day or a few hours. You can simply come and enjoy your safari, let the tour operator do the worrying.
Contact and hire a tour operator to help you plan and manage your safari in Uganda, and you will have a great time with no worries.