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Uganda travelling Advice

I’m likely to be going to Uganda in the New Year to photograph a new organic farm start up. It’s on a small Island on Lake Victoria. I know things are very safe on this Island, but I was wondering about Entebbe and Kampala. UK government tavel info rates parts of Uganda as No Go zones and Kampala not somewhere to go out at night on one’s own. I wondered what other’s on the ground experiences were.
I was thinking about doing some documentary work as I’m in the area and wasn’t sure how much unwelcome attention, bulky/expensive camera kit would engender.

by AJP Lawrence at 2006-11-24 12:49:52 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Sheffield/London , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

hahahahahaahahha dude… kampala is the safest african city ive ever been… and ive been t plenty….

have a fucking blast…

while your on lake victoria and head to banda island…lthough i think you already are by the sound of the description…..

in kampala… insist on driving the boda boda for laughs and good times.. go to al’s bar….and don’t let the prostitutes annoy you too much….

kampala may be one of the safest best places for a traveler…. seriously…..

the only place that is really unsafe in uganda for non-ugandans….is the north east…karamojong lands…. even gulu and all this shit in the north holds a relative safety for ‘outsiders’……

have a blast and take it in for me.. i wish i could be there now!!!!!!

peas.. and feel free to pm me for any more detailed questions….

peas.. and feel free to pm me for any more detailed questions….entebbe is slightly annoying… but not really…. alll gravy…..

peas.. and feel free to pm me for any more detailed questions….entebbe is slightly annoying… but not really…. alll gravy…..e..

by e.t.r. | 25 Nov 2006 01:11 | portland, oremagon, United States | | Report spam→
I was in Kampala and Gulu a few weeks ago, all is fine in Uganda, just use your common sense when you are out and about. I was there with 100K of TV kit and didn’t worry about the bulky gear as you can’t do your job without gear…….

Lots of fun bars to visit and lots of cool things to shoot. One cool bar is “Just Kicking”, most people know it.

Enjoy

by [former member] | 25 Nov 2006 10:11 | Dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
cant forget alobo…. if it still exists….. (gulu madness…..)

by e.t.r. | 25 Nov 2006 11:11 | portland, oremagon, United States | | Report spam→
Yeah, went to a couple of clubs in Gulu, madness……..

by [former member] | 27 Nov 2006 12:11 | Dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
I found Uganda to be interesting. I’m not sure if they were actually laws, but the locals I was with advised me not to take pictures of any poor on the streets in Kampala or any of the numerous armed guards. And don’t take pictures of anything to do with the government, esp. the military. I was with MSF and they almost shit when I shot some pictures of huts that turned out to be military barracks in the NE part of the country. Again, I don’t think there are laws, but be prepared for a hassle. I shot a picture of the Kampala skyline from a slum and had to talk my way out of an armed guard demanding my film. If you need a driver, I can hook you up with an especially good one. Let me know. Hope you enjoy your time there.

by Edward Linsmier | 04 Dec 2006 01:12 | Bowling Green, Ky, United States | | Report spam→
I agree with all the posts above.

Kampala is safe for sure.
Watch your back in the north, especially north and east of Gulu District.

Don’t wear camo, and don’t photograph military.

have a blast.
P

by Peter Reid | 07 Dec 2006 19:12 | Venice, ca, United States | | Report spam→
Uganda is an extremly warm and friendly country. I worked both in the western and northern parts of the country with very little problem. When approaching Internally Displaced Persons camps, make sure to ask for the person in charge, a kind of mayor, before making any photographs. One thing I did that cleared some hurdles with the IDP camp bosses and the military was to get a Press Credential from the Uganda TV HQs are on Kololo Hill behind All Saints’ Church and across from State House. They demand $100 US cash, a letter of intent (what you want to do) and have some passport sized photos ready. Of course, so don’t care if you flash this thing or not. . . . Your choice. If you need a good guide/fixer in Gulu/Lira then please contact me.

Curious: Was wondering about folks (I assume you mean journalists) getting shot by the UPDF (Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces). Sean you wrote “They have a reputation for popping caps in inquisitive arses given the chance.” Could you give me more information about this? Thanks!

by [former member] | 07 Dec 2006 22:12 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Hi,
Have been to Uganda couple of times before. Going there again mid january and will stay at least couple of months to do some features. Might be interesting to meet up to share experiences?
cheers /Helena.

by [former member] | 25 Dec 2006 17:12 | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→

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AJP Lawrence, Photographer/Graphic Desi AJP Lawrence
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Sheffield/London , United Kingdom
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San Francisco, California , United States
Edward Linsmier, Photojournalist Edward Linsmier
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