Uganda Travel Advisory: Uganda, also known as ‘The Pearl of Africa,’ possesses obvious natural beauty. The Rwenzori peaks soar for the sky in the west, providing the ideal challenge for daring adventurers – Parks around the country are home to some of the world’s most unusual animals; with a variety of wildlife species as such as lions, silverbacks, and numerous others, Uganda is home to Africa’s big 5.
Winding roads lead to locations of great beauty and distinct cultures for those who venture out. There’s a tale around every corner, especially from our people, who are known for their friendliness and charm.
What currency is used in Uganda?
The Uganda Shilling is the native currency in Uganda, and it is significantly easier to buy beverages, souvenirs, and meals with the local currency when traveling between places. Although US dollars are commonly accepted across the nation, cash is preferred: traveler’s cheques and credit cards may be used at most lodges and downtown Kampala, but incur high transaction costs.
How much should one tip during a Uganda Safari?
Tipping between 10% and 15% is usual in Uganda for excellent service. Tipping is often done in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. Tipping is at your option if you are on a gorilla hike; your porter (if you want to take one) should normally receive the largest tip, with a second tip spread among your guides, trackers, and security officers. Inquire with one of our Safari travel experts for more detailed tipping recommendations; they’d be pleased to share their knowledge with you.
What can I pack for a Uganda Safari?
Temperatures in Uganda are often warm throughout the day, so bring lots of lightweight clothing. Pack long pants and long-sleeved tops, long socks to wear over your trousers as ant protection, a pair of light gloves to guard against nettles, a hat, and a raincoat if you are going gorilla trekking.
The most vital item is a pair of durable, comfortable hiking boots; try to break them in before your trip rather than wearing them fresh new because blisters are possible. Because the mountains are chilly and damp, prepare appropriately for the altitude, including a change of clothing and a warm fleece in your day pack, as well as sunscreen and bug repellent.
How to get to and around Uganda?
Entebbe International Airport: Located 35 kilometers from Kampala, Entebbe International Airport serves as Uganda’s international gateway. Most visitors arrive in Nairobi.
Flying by private charter aircraft is too expensive in Uganda; instead, most visitors take road transfers in minibuses or, preferable, 4X4 cars.
Despite its tiny size, Uganda’s infrastructure is limited, and roads are sometimes in poor shape; expect long days in automobiles when traveling between places, especially during the rainy season. In most national parks, game drives are performed in open-sided 4X4s.
What travel documents do I need when travelling to Uganda?
All travelers to Uganda require a visa, and their passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. Visas for Uganda are available at all main crossings and at the international airport in Entebbe. Single and double-entry visas are good for up to three months and cost roughly US $30, with extensions available at the Kampala immigration office.
Are Ugandans hospitable people?
Uganda’s 34 million inhabitants are concentrated in the better-watered south and west, with the Baganda, who live in Kampala, being the biggest of the country’s various ethnic groups. There are 40 regional languages in Uganda, although Swahili and English are the official languages. Though Islam is popular among Uganda’s Asian community, Christianity is the dominant religion. It should be highlighted that Ugandans value their ancestors.
Uganda is a conservative nation, and tourists would be wise to follow local customs. Visitors frequently comment on the warmth and civility of the locals: greetings are an extensive affair that may include enquiries about the health of your family – cursory pleasantries and a demand for rapid action are frowned upon!
What to expect on a Uganda Safari?
Visitors planning a Uganda safari may expect to study and explore about the various scenery, which ranges from the savannah plains to the rocky western area, which is home to a variety of game drives, monkeys, and important bird species. Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity here, and there is a lot to see and do when hiking.
To enhance your experience, our safari specialists recommend hiking the mountain gorillas twice. The safari itinerary might fly guests back into Entebbe or prolong the trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park after the gorilla trekking encounter. Most safari packages include a visit to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the bottom southwest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park in the upper southwest.
Travelers can explore the lesser-known yet rewarding Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe Game Reserve. Visitors may have a Mara-style trip with greater seclusion and diverse wildlife but fewer animal populations. Kidepo is a fantastic place to see lions, cheetahs, Rothschild’s giraffes, and hunting dogs.
In conclusion; A very gratifying Uganda wildlife safari encompassing all of the country’s key attractions should take at least 14 days. Contact our team of travel experts at Explore Rwanda Tours for a more personalized travel itinerary for a Uganda Safari.