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Possible trip to Uganda

 
NebrGuy
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Mar 19, 2017 21:36 |  #1

I've been asked by an organization to consider traveling with them to Uganda in a few months to photograph their work there. The trip might involve a visit to one of the wildlife refuges while we are there, but it is geared toward other work. I searched and only came up with two older threads on traveling to Uganda and wondered if others have any advice. Not looking for info on places to go, but rather safety concerns traveling with photo gear and what voltage the electricity is for charging batteries. Also interested in the best way to do back up while there. Is anyone aware of laws about photographing the people and if so, how would I go about finding them? Other thoughts on the technical aspects of a trip like this would be appreciated.

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Mar 22, 2017 11:32 |  #2

Once you leave we'll be able to say "Uganda Uganda."

You gone to uganda.


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Mar 22, 2017 17:39 |  #3

NbrGuy, best wishes on your journey.

You will encounter the poorest of the poor there. Many orphans. Girls and women are treated in many areas as second (or third) (or fourth) class humans. Uganda has a young population... due to the genocide of Idi Amin in the 1970's and later the AIDS epidemic that turned into the global pandemic present today (Uganda still has a very high rate of AIDS). I've been told that the vast number of adults are only around 40 years old. Gangs are definitely prevalent, with kids being very street smart with a survivalist mentality in many areas. There is still a tribal society there. Bigamy is still practiced. I would use care in traveling and definitely stick with locals who know which areas are safe to go into and those to stay away from. Few doctors are there, especially away from the city areas, but even in the cities there are not that many. Mail delivery is very poor...don't send any valuables via mail. Etc., etc.,.

You are going to a place, that if you are able to see the *real* country will change your life forever. We take so much for granted here in the USA...a bed, a toothbrush, toilet paper, food..... What your group is working may very well turn into more meaningful photography than a trip to a wildlife refuge.

Again, best wishes to you and yours on the trip,
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Mar 22, 2017 17:53 |  #4

They've got an unusual plug pin configuration, different from Europe and a good bit of Asia. The voltage should be fine, 240V, which pretty much every charger can handle.


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Mar 22, 2017 21:13 as a reply to Intheswamp's post |  #5

I think you were one of two people who has started a thread prior to this on travel to Uganda. I appreciate your comments and from what I've read in the last I completely agree with your perspective on the culture. I'm still working on details to determine if I even go, but I'm hopeful it will work out.


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May 09, 2017 21:57 |  #6

Did you go? Or are you going? If so where to?

My wife and I adopted a little boy from Kampala. We spent most of our time in Jinja, when not in Kampala for the adoption stuff. We ended up there for just under 6 months.

I did not do much photography of people, was told it was not the best idea.

You'll meet the poorest of poor, but some of the happiest people on Earth.

There are many many beautiful areas.

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May 10, 2017 20:35 as a reply to S2kAtTracks's post |  #7

Getting ready to go. Leave in a few weeks. We will be spending most of our time in and around Jinja as well. One or two days at the end of the trip will take us to Murchison Falls.


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May 10, 2017 20:59 |  #8

S2kAtTracks wrote in post #18350580 (external link)
I did not do much photography of people, was told it was not the best idea.

I'm curious if you were given a reason. I'm wondering if it had to do with the adoption itself or just a cultural thing with the area.


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May 11, 2017 10:57 as a reply to NebrGuy's post |  #9

Awesome! We went to Murchison falls. We did a 3 day Safari. Pretty much saw everything. Was a fantastic time.


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May 11, 2017 10:59 as a reply to NebrGuy's post |  #10

As far as photos of people, I heard it was cultural. Although, I'm not sure how much they would care really.

Adoption had nothing to do with it.

Jinja has so.e great eating spots.

Also there is a good Ice cream place. It's not on main Street, it's at a house(can't recall the name now).


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May 11, 2017 22:22 |  #11

S2kAtTracks wrote in post #18351938 (external link)
Awesome! We went to Murchison falls. We did a 3 day Safari. Pretty much saw everything. Was a fantastic time.

We will only be there two nights and one full days as far as I can tell from the schedule.

S2kAtTracks wrote in post #18351941 (external link)
As far as photos of people, I heard it was cultural. Although, I'm not sure how much they would care really.

Adoption had nothing to do with it.

Jinja has so.e great eating spots.

Also there is a good Ice cream place. It's not on main Street, it's at a house(can't recall the name now).

I'm actually going with an organization that is trying to establish some non-profit work in the area geared toward orphanages. Most everything is pre-arranged. They wanted someone to go along and document it. That said, I don't know if they've considered that part of the conversation. I'll certainly be checking into it before I do too much shooting.


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