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Travel Tips to Uganda

How to get to Uganda

Uganda can easily be accessed by Air and road. Entebbe Airport is Uganda’s only international Airport and is served by several carriers. Uganda can as well be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Visas

Most Nationals require visas to Uganda. However, these can easily be processed at any entry point to Uganda upon arrival if you were not able to obtain it prior to departure. The online Visa application is now on and visitors to Uganda can now apply online for their Visas. A single entry visa costs US$50 while the student visas costs US$20. A multiple visa entry for six months will cost US$100. Of recent a single East African Tourist Visa was launched and this permits visitors to visit the East Africa member states on a single visa that is Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi

Airport transfers, Airlines and Domestic flights

A number of International Airlines operate in and out of Entebbe International Airport- Uganda’s main hub. These include SN Brussels, KLM, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Air, Air Uganda, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Egypt Air, Precision Airlines and Fly 540 among others. Entebbe International Airport is 41km away from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Transfers from the airport may be arranged with Airport taxis that are readily available in the parking lot. Several Hotels may arrange for your airport transfers upon request as will any tour operator. There are several airfields that serve major towns, national parks and game reserves. Scheduled domestic flights are now available to the respective airfields for example to Mwyea, Kasese, Kihihi, Pakuba etc

Visiting Period/Climate

Uganda’s equatorial climate allows one to visit at any time of the year. There are two main seasons – hot and wet seasons. During the rainy seasons, mountain hiking, gorilla and chimp tracking as well as forest walks may be more challenging. However, the parks are usually greener. The rains generally peak over mid September to November and March to May.

What to wear

Light clothing are recommended during day time when temperatures are generally warm to hot. It becomes cooler in the evenings especially at higher altitudes so carry a couple of light sweaters. For nature walks, gorilla and chimp treks, you need to carry long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect against itching plants, long stockings for tucking in your trousers/pants to avoid bites from ants, sturdy walking shoes for the sometimes slippery surfaces. Mountain climbers will be exposed to alpine temperatures and need to pack accordingly.
What to Pack & Bring

For wildlife photographers, you need to have a zoom of 70-300 or similar. Cary a pair of binoculars and some field guides. You will also need to carry a hut, a pair of sunglasses, insect repellants and sunscreen cream. For those who put on spectacles, it’s recommended you carry an extra pair or a pair of contact lenses.

Health and Insurance

A certificate of yellow fever Vaccination is required to enter Uganda. Visitors are also advised to take anti malaria vaccination. Clients are recommended to take personal insurance.

Currency

A Uganda shilling is our currency and can easily be converted to others international currencies. The United States dollar is the most preferred hard currency though Euro and Pound sterling are also widely accepted. There are several banks and private forex bureaus in large towns where you may exchange the hard currency for the local currency. Travelers’ cheques may be accepted at some international banks in Kampala but may not be readily accepted as you move out of major towns. Major hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Credit cards may also be cashed at the counters or ATMs of international banks to a limited amount per day. While it is possible to pay by credit card at some lodges outside Kampala, it is advised to carry Uganda shillings while going up country as it may be hard to exchange the hard currencies which may not be readily accepted there. USD notes should be in big dominations of 50’s and above and should be printed from the year 2000 (series 2000) and above. USD notes which do not fall in this category fetch a lower exchange rate and attract other unnecessary bank charges.

Language

English is Uganda’s official language. Of the many local directs spoken (30+), Luganda serves something of Lingua Franca. Swahili is also spoken and understood.

Gratuity/Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory at local restaurants and hotels, but it will always be appreciated. Guides and drivers should always be tipped; the amount is at your discretion depending on how satisfied you are with the services rendered.