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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 80 per cent of the population live in rural areas and directly survive off the environment and natural resource base.
Population: Uganda’s population has continued to grow rapidly over time. It increased from 9.5 million in 1969 to 24.2 million in 2002.
Between 1991 and 2002, the population growth rate was 3.2 percent. The population is projected to have increased to 32.9 million by mid 2011 Ethnic groups: Baganda, Banyankole, Bahima, Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Bunyoro, Batoro, Langi, Acholi, Lugbara, Karamojong, Basoga, Bagisu, and others.The Baganda are the largest ethnic group in Uganda and comprise approximately 17% of the population. Religions: Christian, Muslim, others.
Languages: English (official), Swahili (official), Luganda, and numerous other local languages.
Uganda’s weather conditions are ideal, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas to the coolness of the highlands in the South West Kigezi. For most of the year, Uganda is sunny with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees.
The average temperature is about 26 degrees C, with a maximum of 18-31 degrees and minimum of 15-23 degrees depending on the part of the country. The rain season is March-May. Light rain season is November and December.
Wet seasons are March –May and October-November; dry seasons are December to February and June to August. Rainfall ranges between 500mm to 2500 mm and the relative humidity is 70 – 100%.
The rainfall regime allows two planting and harvesting seasons a year in most parts of the country, without the use of irrigation. About 34% of the country is covered in wetlands with a dense network of rivers, lakes and swamps. Generally, the country is endowed with fertile soils. Uganda has some of the largest lakes on the continent including Lake Albert and Lake Victoria.
Uganda is a presidential republic, in which the President of Uganda is both head of State and head of Government; there is a multi-party system.
Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly. The system is based on a democratic parliamentary system with universal suffrage for all citizens over 18 years of age. In a measure ostensibly designed to reduce sectarian violence, political parties were restricted in their activities from 1986. In the non-party “Movement“ system instituted by the current president Yoweri Museveni, political parties continued to exist but could not campaign in elections or field candidates directly (although electoral candidates could belong to political parties). A constitutional referendum cancelled this 19-year ban on multi-party politics in July 2005. General elections are held every five years.
Since assuming power in early 1986, Museveni’s government has taken important steps toward economic rehabilitation and adopted policies that have promoted rapid economic development. Uganda suffered political turmoil and devastating economic drawbacks between 1971 and 1986. This extended period of regression left Uganda as one of the world’s poorest countries. Under Museveni’s leadership the country initiated a broad range of economic reforms including the notable liberalisation of market prices and privatisation of public enterprises. These reforms have improved economic performance and sustained economic growth at an average of 7% per annum for the last ten years.
The Ugandan Government generally seeks good relations with other nations without reference to ideological orientation. Uganda’s relations with Rwanda,D.R.C. and Sudan have sometimes been strained because of security concerns. Uganda, D.R.C., Rwanda, and Burundi participated in the U.S.-facilitated Tripartite Plus process, which helped ease tensions and contributed to increased bilateral contacts with the aim of resolving conflicts between the neighbors. Uganda has over 4,000 peacekeepers in Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Bilateral relations between the United States and Uganda have been good since Museveni assumed power, and the United States welcomed Museveni’s efforts to end human rights abuses and to pursue economic reform. Uganda is a member of the UN, the Commonwealth of States, and several related agencies, and is a founding member of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). It also belongs to the Non-aligned Movement, the Group of 77, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Uganda welcomes diplomatic relations with all nations, regardless of ideology.
Wondering why it is called ‘The Pearl of Africa’? Where else can you see lions prowling across the open savanna as day breaks before white water rafting down the Nile; then the next day set off into the misty mountains in search of the majestic mountain gorillas before settling in to watch a local cultural evening around the camp fire? Uganda has been ranked the number one destination for tourists for the year 2012 by Lonely Planet which is the largest travel guide and media publisher in the world. The following week, Qatar Airways, a member of the five star alliance, announced that it would be launching a service to Uganda’s international hub, Entebbe Airport.
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