Uganda Safaris, Tours & Holidays
Uganda Safaris, Tours & Holidays
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. With its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas, it’s no wonder Winston Churchill dubbed this wonderful country the ‘pearl of Africa’. While mountain gorillas are the allure for many visitors, there’s an astounding variety of attractions for tourists.
A land that’s painted in 1,001 shades of green with fantastic natural scenery
How to get to Uganda
Depending on where you are coming from, Uganda can be accessed by international airlines and inter-Africa airlines. Also domestically, only one airline connects you to the different destinations in the country that is; Eagle Air. International Airlines include; Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. Inter-Africa airlines include; Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Egypt Air, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Fly 540, and Precision Airlines. There are also charter flights arranges to the different parts of the country offered by Kampala Aero Club, Ndege Juu Ya Africa, Air Serv, and Eagle Air.
Passport, Visa and Entry requirements for Uganda
Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.
- All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country.
- Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country.
- All travellers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunisation card Visa & corresponding fees.
The health sector of Uganda
Uganda’s health system is composed of health services delivered to the public sector, by private providers, and by traditional and complementary health practitioners. It also includes community-based health care and health promotion activities. But the health care is not accessible to everybody and more remote health care is poor so travellers travelling to Uganda must purchase travel and medical insurance.
Malaria and Yellow fever vaccination for Uganda
WHO recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers aged 9 months and above going to Uganda as there is evidence of periodic yellow fever virus transmission Yellow fever vaccination is safe and highly effective and provides life-long protection.
Malaria is a risk in Uganda. Fill your malaria prescription before you leave and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip.
Currency of Uganda
The local currency is the Ugandan shilling (USh), though most tour operators and upscale hotels quote in US dollars. ATMs are abundant and US dollars are widely accepted.
Official Language of Uganda
Uganda’s ethnolinguistic diversity made it difficult to choose another language as the official language of Uganda. After independence, there were efforts to choose an indigenous official language, with Swahili and Luganda as the most considered candidates.
Best time to travel to Uganda
The best time to travel in the year would be between the months of January and February than June to September. The weather is perfect, dry Season with little or no rainfall.
What to wear in Uganda
Lightweight clothing is usually appropriate for Uganda’s equatorial climate, though some high altitudes mean that a sweater or fleece and light jacket could get plenty of use. A rain jacket can also come in handy. Sandals are the most comfortable footwear but bring walking shoes or light boots for trails.
What to bring while travelling to Uganda
Uganda’s climate changes from region to region so packing for both hot and cool weather is perfect.
- 3 loose khaki trousers for the guys and a combo of knee-length or longer skirts/dresses and loose trousers for women.
- 3 button-up shirts, t-shirts and/or sleeveless tops.
- One nice outfit in case of a party or other event.
- 1 bathing suit and 1 pair of shorts.
- 1 long-sleeved shirt.
- Lightweight rain poncho.
- Hiking boots
- New bills of US dollars and Euros
Car hire and driving in Uganda
Self-drive in Uganda is safe and economical. Using the GPS will help you on the routes only when you have been in the area before and took the coordinates and waypoints saved in it. The one disadvantage of self-drive is that being students, you will miss some vital information when you are out of the National Parks. But we don’t recommend self-drive without a driver.
Accommodation in Uganda
Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms is available throughout Uganda. Service and amenity standards won’t be high and you are likely to share facilities with other guests, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour. Alternatively, you can choose to camp.
Local food of Uganda
Matooke – (green bananas but not plantain) boiled or steamed (mashed) cooked in or served with a sauce of peanuts, beans fresh fish or meat. Luwombo – A traditional dish from Uganda, in which a stew of chicken, beef, mushrooms or fish is steamed in banana leaves.
Tipping while Travelling in Uganda
Tipping in Uganda is not obligatory but many travellers do leave tips – and this extra money really helps boost the income of people working in the tourism industry. For restaurants, you can tip 10% for good service, and if you want to tip a taxi driver, then you can round up your fare. For safari guides, it’s at your description for more information contact us for updated information.
Further information for Uganda
Foreign women, and particularly white women, attract a lot of attention in Uganda so be prepared for people to want to talk to you, touch your skin and invite you to their house. For the vast majority of the time, this attention stems from pure curiosity and is not meant in a threatening or harmful way. Occasionally men might pester you but giving the cold shoulder or a firm ‘no’ will usually do the trick and get them to leave you alone this is common in the capital Kampala but in tourist areas, there is no problem.
Safety of Uganda
Uganda is a very safe country, but opportunistic crimes such as petty theft, credit card fraud and home robbery do occur – just like any other country. Chances of being a victim are rare and incidences would most probably be in cities like Kampala keep your windows closed while driving through traffic Jam most especial when you are using your phone.
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