Visiting Uganda

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Uganda was named the Pearl of Africa for its outstanding beauty. Enriched with fauna and flora, you have a reason to come and admire the natural magnificence. Here is some of what you may learn about our country.

Climate: Uganda straddles the equator and for this reason, it does not experience distinct changes in its climate. Although the rainy seasons vary in different areas, the most notable ones are from March – April and November – October. However, it can rain any time of the year especially in the forest and mountainous areas, as well as the areas around Lake Victoria. Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking may be more difficult in the rainy seasons although it may be adventurous.

Security: Uganda being a developing country, security issues may arise. However, the security personnel are always in place to help tame any situation and we always keep visitors updated about any security threat. Kindly don’t leave your valuables such as expensive jewelry, bags, money, and travel documents un-attended to. Most lodges and hotels have safe deposit boxes where valuables can be kept in safe custody.

Money: Our national currency is the Uganda shillings although US dollars are also in some places now. The most readily exchangeable currencies are the British pounds, EUROs and US dollars, and bigger notes attract a better rate. For a better rate, it is advisable to change the money from the capital before proceeding on to other destinations. You can access your money from some international banks such as Barclays bank and, a few facilities accept payment by credit cards, especially VISA and MASTER cards. Traveler’s cheques usually attract a lower rate.
While shopping or sightseeing, be careful with your money, you may attract pickpockets.

Health: Visitors may require carrying anti-malaria drugs, use mosquito repellants and nets since the climate in Uganda favors mosquitoes which cause malaria. You must be in excellent health if you are to carry out more adventurous activities such as bungee jumping, mountaineering, white water rafting, chimp and gorilla tracking. Authorities reserve the right to deny access to such activities for visitors who aren’t in good health. It is therefore advisable to secure medical insurance and carry your personal medications.

Clothing: Since the climate can be confounding, it is advisable to carry some rain jackets, water proof boots and some heavy sweaters because it is most likely to be cold in the evening, especially in the wilderness. Similarly, you are advised to carry sun protection such as creams, sun glasses and hats as it might also turn out to be hot.

Accommodation: Kisa Safaris will book for you the best lodges which range from luxury, mid-range to budget facilities. The type of accommodation will highly depend on the type of your safari.

Lodges and Camps in Uganda are always open during the rainy season.

Transport: Currently, Uganda has one international airport, that is, Entebbe International Airport, and it is the major entry point for visitors into the country. The major means of transport used is by road, although certain destinations now have airstrips. Water transport is used to other destinations such as the Ngamba Island. Rahab Tours & Travel is here to provide you with the best vehicles throughout your trip.

Food: Uganda being an agricultural country, a variety of fresh food can be found everywhere in the country apart from the few dry lands. Most tourist lodges, hotels and restaurants offer a variety of both local and international dishes.

Photography: In the urban areas like in the capital, it is advisable to take a photograph after authorization is granted because in some cases, such as near embassies, police barracks and others, photography is not allowed. However, in cultural sites and also in the wilderness, photography is not a big deal.

Electricity: Apart from accommodation facilities located in the city centers that have hydro electric power, most lodges and camps (especially those located in the National parks) have power provided by generators and solar energy. Because park regulations do not allow generators to be run throughout the night, you are advised to pack a torch (although some lodges provide) or flashlights and batteries.

Visas: Tourist visas, which actually cost 50USD, can be obtained from all arrival/entry points into the country, such as Entebbe International Airport and boarder points.