Travel Uganda responsibly
Some advice to consider when visiting Uganda
Do not hand out money, clothes, pens, sweets, etc. to children. However cute and poor they may be, it encourages begging and a distorted view of foreign tourists. Instead, show genuine interest, play and talk with these kids as you would with children from your own country. If you want to bring goods to distribute in Uganda, please consult a local organisation how best to do this. Consider whether you can buy these goods in Uganda instead, to support the economy. The same applies for leaving stuff behind in your room: it's better to give it to the lodge owner than leave it for the maid to find, which might lead to friction among the staff.
Most lodges have a tipping box and distribute tips equally among all the staff. If you enjoyed the service, just be generous and contribute to the tipping box. As for your driver, guide or ranger, tipping is highly appreciated.
You will not be the first roadtripper moved by the fact that Uganda and its people have given you such a warm welcome, and you may want to show your appreciation. Below are a few initiatives which you can sponsor. These are local, sustainable and well-managed initiatives, where your money will be well spent.
About Roadtrip Africa
We think that a sustainable contribution to a developing country such as Uganda is about doing business in a fair way; creating durable jobs and being good to your employees. This is what we are doing at Roadtrip Africa. As the company grows, our employees are enjoying this growth through earnings, welfare and capacity building. We are not going to brag about the trainings and fun team outings that we do. We find that to be normal in The Netherlands and therefore also normal in the countries where we operate. We are a team of happy people, must of our staff is with us since the very beginnings, and we hope to be an example for the tourism sector in East Africa.