TRAVEL TIPS

  • – Daypack.
  • -High SPF sunscreen (Uganda is on the equator!).
  • -Flashlight/torch.
  • -Insect repellent.
  • -Spare or rechargeable batteries (these are difficult to find once you are in the Parks).
  • -Waterproof bags to protect equipment.
  • -Electric plug adaptors for 240 volts AC 50 Hz. UK-style square-pin plugs are used.
  • – Some people find contact lenses uncomfortable in Uganda because of the dust –
  • you may find it more comfortable to wear glasses while on the road.
  • -Antiseptic handwash.
  • -An International Driving License if you are thinking of hiring a vehicle.
  • Clothing
  • -Good walking boots/shoes.
  • -Sandals or other light shoes.
  • -Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • – Lighter clothing for Kampala and the savannah, with layers for the cooler evenings.
  • – Warm clothing for mountainous regions, including thermal layers and a fleece.
  • -Sun hat/cap.
  • -Professional climbing gear is required for summiting the Rwenzoris.
  • -Uganda is a conservative country, and visitors should dress respectfully. Avoid short skirts and short shorts.
  • Uganda enjoys a tropical climate, though the heat is tempered by the altitude,  as much of the country is more than 1000m above sea level.
  • -Rainy seasons are from March to May, and September to November
  • -Dry seasons are from December to February and mid June to mid August
  • -Average temperatures range from about 16°C (61°F) in the southwestern highlands to 25°C (77°F) in the northwest; but in the northeast, temperatures exceed 30°C (86F).
  1. This depends on your interests – for photography, birding and wildlife enthusiasts we recommend the following:
  2. Binoculars: The better ones start at about $250: you get what you pay for! Waterproof binoculars are great in Uganda as they are also dustproof.
  3. For most travelers stick with 8 or 10 magnification and 32 objective. These will be lighter than the 42 objectives
  4. which are heavy to carry all day.
    Cameras: Choose something which you know you can handle – a heavy camera with many settings will
  5. be off-putting for some people to use. For good wildlife shots, get at least 8x optical zoom.
  6. Six to eight megapixels is fine unless you want poster-size photos. Bring a lens cloth to remove
  7. dust, several changes of batteries (even if you use rechargeables – not all sites have power points)
  8. and take several 1GB memory cards instead of one large one, to avoid losing all your photos if something goes wrong.
  • For most nationalities, including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland, 90-day tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at Entebbe airport for $50, or at the Ugandan Embassy in your home country prior to departure.
    – Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the date of entry.
    – As visa regulations change frequently, please check with the Ugandan Embassy in your country before departure.
  • The Ugandan Shilling. This cannot be purchased outside the country.  

 

  • US dollars, UK pounds and Euros are accepted by UWA for gorilla/chimp tracking permits and park entry fees. Many larger hotels will also accept US dollars and Euros – though you should check in advance.
  • – Note: All US dollars must be printed post-2003, and should not be damaged in any way. Higher exchange rates are given on larger value notes
  • – Banks and Forex bureaus will exchange cash, alternatively you can use ATM machines – common in the major towns. They should accept Visa Debit and Credit cards.
  • Visa is more widely accepted in city hotels and stores, followed by Mastercard. Other credit cards are unlikely to work.
    – Do not count on being able to use cards outside of Kampala.
    – Alert your bank before using your card abroad to avoid it being blocked.
  • Prices are fixed in shops, but food and craft markets will be more flexible. You stand a better chance of getting a reduced price if you purchase several items from the same seller.
    – Prices are generally very low – so do consider if what you are asking for is fair.
    – Agree on charges for minibuses (matatus) or motorbike taxis (boda-bodas) with your driver beforehand.
  • A yellow fever vaccine is essential – bring your certificate with you.
    – Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid vaccinations are also recommended
    – A rabies vaccination is recommended for anyone who expects to be in close contact with animals, or in a very remote area
    – Be aware that some of these require a course of injections, and others take several days to take effect, so you should visit your doctor or travel clinic as soon as possible before you travel.
  • Anti-malarial tablets are recommended throughout Uganda – visit your local travel clinic to determine which type is best for you. Note: Chloroquine does NOT protect against malaria in Uganda.
    – Bring all prescription medications with you – they may not be readily available in Uganda.
    – Be sure to purchase travel insurance before you begin your trip, including medical evacuation in case of an emergency.
  • Even if you are taking anti-malarials, you should still wear insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and closed shoes. This will also help protect you from other diseases carried by mosquitoes and other insects such as tsetse flies.
    – All accommodation in high-risk areas will have mosquito nets – be sure to use them.
    – Avoid swimming in Uganda’s lakes – they carry a high risk of bilharzia
    – Tap water is not suitable for drinking, though bottled water is readily available throughout the country.
    – Mountain climbers should familiarize themselves with the symptoms and treatment of altitude sickness. Above 2500m, altitude sickness can affect anyone, irrespective of age, fitness or previous experience. The risk is reduced by slow ascents to enable acclimatization, while the most effective treatment is immediate withdrawal to a lower altitude.

ENTRY POINT

The main entry point for flights into Uganda is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) located near the town Entebbe, about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala. Uganda is a relatively compact country and further transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle. In most cases, your local tour operator will collect you from the airport or hotel and will arrange further transportation as part of your safari-package.

SAFETY

Uganda is safe to visit as a country, as the security situation has vastly improved in recent years. The National parks have always been considered safe destinations with maximum security, even more so your visit is primarily an organized safari. Many tourists visit Uganda every year, and most visits are trouble-free. As with many developing countries, theft and muggings are relatively common, but most incidents are in cities.

Walking alone around the city is ok but we recommend having a guide for maximum safety as our guest, however Ugandans in general are hospitable people and condemn any form crimes or violence.
An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the city is risk-free. Fortunately, most of Uganda’s tourism highlights are located in safe areas, with no risky zone thus compromising your safari for the best experience in Uganda. When taking normal safety precautions, Uganda can be considered a safe destination and for most general tourism.

VACCINATION

IS VACCINE REQUIRED?
Compulsory
– Yellow Fever –

RECOMMENDED
– Typhoid –
– Hepatitis A –
– Malaria tablets (no vaccine) –
– Yellow Fever – Compulsory
– Hepatitis B –
– Rabies –
– Meningococcal Meningitis ACWY –
– NHMRC Routine Vaccines –


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UGANDA

Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, Rwanda in the southwest and Tanzania in the south.

Uganda’s total land area is 241,559 sq km. About 37,000 sq km of this area is occupied by open water while the rest is land.

The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Kenya and Tanzania.
Uganda is located on the East African plateau, averaging about 1,100 meters (3,609 ft) above sea level.

The plateau generally slopes downwards towards Sudan explaining the northerly tendency of most river flows in the country.

Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform since the altitude modifies the climate.

Uganda’s elevation, soil types and predominantly warm and wet climate impart a huge agricultural potential to the country.

They also explain the country’s large variety of forests, grasslands and wildlife reserves. Uganda has a total population of about 32 million people.

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