Medicals: All travellers to the Repubic of Uganda must have a valid Yellow Fever Immunisation card.
Visa fee: The charges for Uganda’s Visa start from US$ 50. For more details on visa applications: visas.immigration.go.ug (opens in new window)
East Africa Tourist Visa: The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. This visa costs US$100 and is valid for 90 days as long as one does not travel outside the partnering countries. You can apply for this at: visas.immigration.go.ug (opens in new window)[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Uganda Climate: What’s the weather like in Uganda?” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-cloud” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]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). In warmer months (December – March), temperatures reach in excess of 30’C.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Communication: Official languages used in Uganda” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-language” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]English is the official language of Uganda (British English). Secondary languages include Acholi, Karamojong, Luganda, Luo, Lusoga, and Swahili. Uganda is a multilingual country. English, inherited from the colonial period, is the official language. In all of the Bantu speaking areas of Uganda, dialect continua are very common. In south central Uganda, the Bantu languages of Luganda and Lusoga are largely inter-intelligible.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Health Requirements and Safety Tips in Uganda” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-user-md” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]A yellow fever vaccine is essential. Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid vaccinations are also recommended. 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
Staying Safe in Uganda
Uganda is generally considered to be a safe, stable country with low crime rates. The South Sudan border region and Karamoja in the north should be avoided, with the exception of Kidepo Valley National Park. Use common sense in cities as you would elsewhere – do not carry large amounts of cash or valuables, and keep money and credit cards in an inside pocket.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Phone Calls and Internet” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-mobile mobile-phone” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]If your cell phone is compatible, you may be able to purchase an inexpensive SIM card, widely available throughout the country. The international dialing code for Uganda is +256 Internet cafes are common in Kampala and all major towns, though the connection is likely to be very slow. Some hotels and restaurants also offer Wi-Fi.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Power and Electricity: What you Need to know” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-bolt flash” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]Few areas outside the towns and cities have electricity. Lodges in rural areas will usually have solar panels or generators. This may mean that there is only power at certain times of day, or that plug sockets are limited. Throughout the country, there are regular “load shedding” blackouts to keep up with the demand for electricity. These may occur several times a day, and vary in duration – it is recommended to bring a flashlight. Load shedding will not affect the lodges with solar panels or generators. Uganda uses a 240 volts AC 50 Hz square-pin plug, the same as the UK and Ireland[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”When to Visit: Best Time of the Year to go to Rwanda” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-calendar-o” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]Uganda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla safaris and wildlife safaris are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Palaearctic migrants supplement resident bird species.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Getting There: Which transport means you ca use!” heading_tag=”h2″ list_icon=”Defaults-plane” title_font_style=”font-weight:bold;” title_font_size=”desktop:25px;” title_font_color=”#5b941b”]Uganda is well served and connected regionally and internationally by a number of airlines, including the national carrier; Uganda airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Fly Emirates, among others. All international flights arrive at Entebbe international airport, about 40km from the Kampala. [/info_list_item][/info_list]
What You Need To Know about Uganda
Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Uganda), is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa 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 people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.
Way back in 1894, Uganda was once ruled as a protectorate by the UK, who established administrative law across the territory. Uganda gained independence from the UK on 9 October 1962. The period since then has been marked by intermittent conflicts, including a lengthy civil war against the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Northern Region led by Joseph Kony, which has caused hundreds of thousands of casualties.
The Time Zone in Rwanda
Uganda Standard Time is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+3 ). Uganda is in East Africa Time Zone ( EAT ). Uganda does not operate Daylight-Saving Time
The Ugandan Shilling is the currency of Uganda. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Uganda Shilling exchange rate is the USD to UGX rate. The currency code for Shillings is UGX, and the currency symbol is UGX. you can check the latest exchange rates with www.oanda.com.
Uganda’s International Dialling Code
The International Dialling Code is for telecommunication in Uganda is +256. Calling from Rwanda, you need to dial 0044 for the UK, or 001 for the United States, followed by area code and the local number. Calls can be made with Airtel Uganda, MTN Uganda or Africell Mobile communications, the leading telecommunications service provider in Uganda
Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, Uganda offers a wide variety of impressive attractions and unique things that you can’t see or do anywhere else. Not only can you go mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, but can also stand in two different hemispheres at once in this country. From amazing wildlife, awe-inspiring waterfalls, grand lakes, vibrant culture, and heart-racing adventures, there just alot more tourist activities you can do to enjoy a safari holiday in Uganda. See them below;
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep mountain rainforest, the park is home to an estimated 340 gorillas: undoubtedly Uganda’s biggest tourist drawcard.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi gives you an exceptional trekking experience while on yout tour and Uganda safari. With our expertise in organising gorilla permits, pre tour advise, you will find this website usefull.
Gorilla tracking entails hiking long distances in steep and sometimes wet and muddy vegetation and can be tiring. For the best experience, participants are advised to pace themselves, and follow your guide’s advice at all times. As you enter the forest however, it is stunning and magical fairytale world of diverse features and creatures with ancient trees, lobelias, many birds and butterflies species, as well as primates and other mammals. And your specialist guide, many of whom have lived in this forest for years and years, always makes it more interesting and enjoyable with tales about the forest, its inhabitants and secrets of its hidden treasures; did you know that gorillas are vegetarians, they do not drink water and a fully grown male (silverback) can be as strong as 8 men, and so much.
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Top of The Falls in Murchison
Whether you go by safari or boat cruise, you will see why this enormous waterfall is considered one of the most powerful in the world. Once described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its 6700km length, the 50m wide Victoria Nile is squeezed here
Dubbed as the World’s most powerful waterfall, the Murchison Falls is one of the incredible Uganda tourist attractions that come along with adventure and recreation to many tourists.
The Murchison Falls is positioned within Murchison Falls Conservation Area which forms the greatest natural landmark along the course of the mighty Nile River as it flows from Lake Victoria in East Africa to the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Europe. It derives its name from Sir Roderick Murchison who was the President of the Royal Geographic Society at the time of its discovery by Sir. Samuel Baker a re-known ancient explorer.
The exploration of this amazing natural feature where the Nile River squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed as the Devil’s Cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a trade mark rainbow can be done in two ways; hiking and driving.
A traveller on a wildlife tour in Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park can choose either to hike or drive to the top of falls but the concern would be about understanding the difference between the two;
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The Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
Among the intriguing things to do in Uganda that you can’t do in other places is see tree-climbing lions. Your best chance of seeing these odd lions is in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Since the lions hunt by night and sleep most of the day in the trees, you may be able…
A Must Visit in Uganda and one of the biggest tourist attractions are the “The Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha in the Queen Elizabeth National Park of Uganda”. The Tree Climbing Lions are very rare in Africa, however, in Ishasha you will find about 50 of them sleeping the day away in the Fig and Acacia Trees found here. They provide you with some of the best Big Cat “Lion” Photo Ops in Uganda.
Ishasha’s Tree Climbing Lions are one of those must visit places in Uganda, Just let us know that you like spend a day there. Ishasha is also home to one of Ugand’s best exclusive Tented Camps, Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
It is somewhat uncommon for lions to actually climb trees. There are no more than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their day after day behavior. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector which is found in the south part of the well known Queen Elizabeth National Park within Uganda. The other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in the Southern part of Tanzania.
It is supposed that this type of lions climb trees as a way of protecting themselves against the numerous biting tsetse flies on the ground level, whereas other people claim the they actually climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze; nonetheless the reason why they climb up into the tree branches remains unknown.
To experience the tre climbing lions of Ishasha, you can book a 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari to get a chance of viewing the enchanting tree climbing lions of Ishasha on a Safari.
Igongo Cultural Center
Located 12km from Mbarara on the road to Kampala, this cultural village features the best museum displays in Uganda. There’s a restaurant serving traditional Ankole dishes, such as smoked Ankole cow’s milk and boiled meats. There’s also a new on-site hotel that will give an amazing African safari-like experience
Igongo Cultural Center and Museum is a private run tourism center of attraction in Uganda that is worth a visit by Uganda safari travel enthusiasts. The Igongo Cultural Center is located along Masaka highway in a location of about 12 kilometers before Mbarara central business district. This state of art cultural center is prominently known for its Erijukiro Museum that features collections from all the cultures of south western Uganda.
Besides the cultural museum, the center has a well set Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant that serves delicious traditional cuisine in traditional equipment to allow travellers on safaris in Uganda to have a taste of African tradition. This restaurant is a perfect lunch stop for travellers connecting to and from the destinations of south western Uganda including; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park famous for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park famous forwildlife safaris in Uganda among other tourist areas.
Igongo Cultural Center has gone ahead to setup Igongo Country Hotel that offers overnight stay to travellers on safari holidays in Uganda. It is an ideal accommodation establishment that is located at a distance from the urban noise of Mbarara town but offering a close link to the road connecting to various desirable tourist destinations including Lake Mburo National Park.
Most of the employees are from local communities in the area, so the Igongo cultural center is a source of employment for locals and a market for local farmers as well. So whatever money you spend is eventually going to the community, good deeds manifest in many ways
The gardens of Igongo cultural center cannot escape to be mentioned as they have always amazed travellers on Uganda safaris. The magnificent sculpture of Mayenje g’ Ishinjo, an ancient historic cow that sparked off the war between Buhweju and Nkore Kingdoms, the sculpture of Ishe Katabazi a re-known man who applied a lot of survival tactics in a comic way and not forgetting the lush gardens that gives a true taste of the African green landscapes. The combination of these makes Igongo Cultural Center worth to be included on the list while planning a safari tour to Uganda.[/ultimate_modal]
Outdoor Recreation at Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria offers much more than the picturesque views and stunning photo opportunities. Enjoy fishing, water sports, boat cruises, picnics, birdwatching, cultural walks through local villages, and hiking trails that lead to ancient rock art sites. You may also get the opportunity to see the reptiles and…
Not only does Lake Victoria offer picturesque views and stunning photo opportunities but a wide range of outdoor activities as well.
You can enjoy fishing, water sports, boat cruises, picnics, birdwatching, cultural walks through local villages, and hiking trails that lead to ancient rock art sites. You may also get the opportunity to see amazing wildlife species such as crocodiles, hippopotamuses, turtles, and otters just to name a few.
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The Big Five Safari in Uganda
Going on a safari trip to see the African big five mammals ranks near the top of things to do in Uganda. You will discover many expert tour guides to explore the big five animals which include the Cape Buffalos, Elephants, Lions, Cheetah, and Rhinos plus much more amazing wildlife experiences
Big Five safaris in Uganda are a must-do for anyone fascinated by wildlife. Big Five refers to buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino and the term comes from the animals considered most dangerous to hunt. Now the thrill comes from photographing them in their natural habitat.
If you’re looking for a Big Five tour in Uganda you can opt to go to almost any region in Uganda, but the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western region and Murchison falls national park remains an iconic tourism draw card. The Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) abound in the park, and you see them by self-drive, guided drives or guided walks.
But remember, you are not in the middle of a National Geographic documentary. You may well see all Big Five; you may well not, although your chances are high in Uganda. Drive slowly, stop at waterholes, listen for the warning calls of birds, watch when other vehicles stop, and always keep your eyes open.
In Uganda, Prepare to be awed. To see a leopard dozing in the bough of a tree, spotting a white rhino half-hidden in thick shrubs, finding a pride of lions in the shade after a kill, or watching a large herd of elephants or Cape buffalo move soundlessly across the road – these are all priceless moments. Always remember that you’re dealing with wild animals, and that you’re in their territory.
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