Welcome to Uganda

 

Uganda referred to as “Pearl of Africa” is a country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

 

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala.

The official languages are English and Swahili, although “any other language may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative, administrative or judicial purposes as may be prescribed by law. Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Luo and Lusoga.

The “Pearl of Africa”, has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.

 

Climate:

Uganda is located within the great lakes equatorial region. Because of this, the country experiences a warm tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 250-310C (770-870F), apart from its mountainous areas which are much cooler. E.g. Mt Elgon and Rwenzori ranges that are covered with snow. The hottest months are December to February, however the evening can feel chill after the hot days.

Most regions of Uganda, apart from the dry areas in the north have an annual rainfall between 1,000mm-1500mm. There is heavy rainfall within March – May and September –November, making road travels difficult in some parts of the country.

 

Terms and Conditions

Kindly read through our terms and conditions to make sure you understand what we need you to consider before you travel with On holiday Safaris.

Read terms here

Clothing:

Lightweight clothes with a warm cover-up for the evenings are advised. Very short or revealing clothes should be avoided, women should avoid shorts in particular. Knee-length skirts or dresses are more acceptable. On safari, take a pair of good walking shoes or boots for forest trekking and long sleeved tops to protect against insects ie mosquitoes and body scratching’s.

If going to mountainous areas, be sure to carry your warm clothing, as temperatures drop substantially. Due to nature of the roads in Uganda, you are advised to wear darker colored clothes due to the dusty roads along some routes.

 

Tourist Visa:

Visa applications can be done at the following linkhttps://visas.immigration.go.ug/  when you need a Ugandan entry visa. 

Visa Options;

Uganda Tourist visa (Multiple Entry) @$100

This is good for tourists coming to Visit attractions in Uganda only and valid for 6-12months

East African Tourist Visa @$100

This one is good for tourists who wish to travel all the East African countries in a single visit. This Visa is accepted in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya and is valid for 90 days. Tanzania does not apply for this Visa. If you quit the 3 eligible countries and then you return, you will have to pay for a new visa.

For more information visit https://www.immigration.go.ug/  

Money:

The Ugandan currency is the Ugandan Shilling.

In Uganda, they do NOT accept US dollars given out before 2006.

When you exchange money, preferably use big notes (50 and 100 US dollar). The exchange rate of smaller notes is much lower.

Make sure notes are clean, not written on, not cut, or damaged in any way. They will NOT be accepted.

We advise you to budget your cash needs per person to cover your personal expenses that are not included in the tour packages.

 

 

Forex Rates:

You can change dollars, pounds and Euros in Kampala and other towns in Uganda, but the best exchange rates are found in Kampala. It is a good Idea to carry US dollars with you at all times.

You can check on XE.com for current rates.

 

Getting Money:

Inter-switch ATMs are in all major cities and accept VISA cards, Master Cards and other international bank cards. Note that Credit cards are not widely used but are accepted at some big hotels.

At ATMs withdraw amount may be limited to around 100$. 

 

 

Cellular network:

In case you have an unlocked phone, you can purchase a SIM card for roughly about (USD 2). You can top-up airtime by use of Easy load service. Note that there is no sell of airtime cards. The most reliable network services are Airtel and MTN, you will present your passport so that your sim card can be activated. 

 

 

Charging Gadgets:

You can charge in most hotels/ lodges. However, not every hotel/lodge offers charging facilities in the rooms. Some do offer charging options in the lobby or restaurant areas.

Some jungle lodges run on either solar/generator. These lodges often do not have power all day, but only at specific hours in the morning and evenings. Therefore, we advise you to carry extra batteries and power banks to juice up your gadgets any time.

Uganda uses British-style plugs with three pins: 240 V, 50 Hz

  

Internet:

You can connect to Wi-Fi in most Mid-range and Up-market Lodges/Hotels. You can as well but a Sim Card and enjoy 3G & 4G connectivity on your smart phone and gadgets wherever you are.  

Meet Ugandans:

Ugandans are known worldwide for being very friendly and hospitable. You will love the interaction with people of different cultures and customs. You will also interact with people from the other East African countries depending on where your tour leads you.

Food:

Ugandan restaurants offer a wide range of dishes ranging from Ugandan dishes, continental dishes, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, Italian and more. The finest restaurants and hotels in Uganda are located in Kampala, the capital city, although Up-market lodges in the National Parks provide excellent cuisines.

Is is always good to try Ugandan dishes to boost you. These dishes high in cabs will satisfy your hunger! Staples include: Matoke (steamed green banana), Posho (maize flour/corn), sweet and Irish potatoes, chapati, cassava, yam, rice, goat stew, beans, beef stew, chicken and groundnut sauce.

Not forgetting Street food such as the Ugandan Rolex (Chapatti with rolled in eggs)

 

Safety Tips

Uganda is generally a very safe destination today, Kampala is known as one of the safest capital cities in Africa. However, as a traveler always be careful to your belongings. Always be cautious when on your journeys and endeavor to follow traffic rules at all times.

 

Kampala is highly populated in downtown areas and traffic jams can be intense some times.

 

Gay travelers should be aware that recent evangelical-led campaigns against homosexuality have resulted in a high level of homophobia.

 

Health:

Travelers are advised to contact the Uganda representative in their countries or regions to determine whether vaccination is necessary before entry into Uganda.

 

A yellow fever certificate is required if you have been transiting infected areas. Malaria is prevalent in Uganda and it is advisable to take anti-malarial and to utilise mosquito repellents.

 

Malaria Prophylaxis is recommended. It is not recommended to drink tap water. Boil it or buy bottled water from the restaurants/supermarkets/shops. The equatorial sun can be deceptive even on overcast days. Sunglasses, sun creams and hats are highly recommended to avoid sunburns.

 

Tipping:

This culture at hotels, restaurants and bars is not a must in Uganda although it’s highly appreciated. I you wish the amount would depend on your satisfaction. However if on safari, tour guides and drivers should be tipped for their service.