Travel Tips

Getting There(Uganda)
Entebbe International Airport is the Major Airport in Uganda. It lies 40km from the capital Kampala and is serviced by a number of international airlines such as SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwandair Express, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Uganda. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Where to Stay

Uganda has a number of hotels and safari lodges that offer overnight accommodation to both budget and luxury travelers. For direct booking of Uganda Hotels , safari lodges, Guest houses and apartments in Uganda visit Accommodation in Uganda

On Arrival
Customs and immigration officials of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) are polite and efficient to all the visitors to the country. A visa can be purchased on the spot at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Foreign exchange and ATM facilities are available at the airport, which is also serviced by several shops and restaurants. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. It is advisable to drink bottled rather than tap water.

Money– Currency of Uganda
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureaux de change in all large towns. However traveler’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala.

Language
English is the official language and other languages spoken include Luganda, Swahili and other Tribal languages depending on the tribe.

When to Visit
The country can be visited at any time all year round. However tourists coming in for activities like mountain climbing/mountaineering, gorilla tracking are advised to avoid traveling to the country during rainy season since such activities are more challenging. The rainy season generally starts in September to November and March to May.

What to wear
During day time light clothes are advised since the temperatures are warm and at times hot. However sweaters are also advised since the evening is abit cooler and cold. Those who intend to hike on the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.

What to wear on a Safari

  • Safari Hat- because of the sun of East Africa
  • Safari Jacket
  • Safari Shoes and Safari Gears –to protect you from the wild plants, thorns and the crawling insects in the Bush.
  • Insect repellents
  • Safari shirts and tops
  • Nightwear
  • First aid kit
  • Water treatment
  • Rucksacks
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Sandals to put on while at the Hotel/safari lodge or campsite
  • Sun cream

Mountaineering requirements
Climbing materials;
mountain gloves or mittens / over mitts for climbing, climbing rope, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, carabineers, slings, day pack/climbing pack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, waterproof sacks, such as large canoe bags (Ortleib) for packing tent, gear and sleeping bag and clothes.

Clothing ; hats for sun/rain, warm hat for high altitude climbing, mountain jacket, rain gear, fleece jacket and sweater, long-sleeve trekking shirts, T-shirts, hiking/climbing pants, shorts, light weight long underwear; light pair of gloves for camp.

Footwear; camp shoes or sandals, walking shoes (runners), gaiters (a set for low and high altitudes) and mountain boots that can fit crampons for going to summit.
What to bring
A valid passport is mandatory, and visa requirements should be checked before you travel.
Binoculars especially for the birders

Driving
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience and knowledge about our roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.

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