UGANDA TRAVEL ADVICE
Uganda or the “Pearl of Africa” is one of the most coveted safari destinations in the African Continent, with its definite balance between wildlife diversity and unmatched environment conservation as well as metropolitan contemporary life. This land-locked East African country surprisingly has a lot in store for first-time and repeat visitors alike. Watch the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat, right before your eyes; soak in the warm tropical sunshine, browse through the savannah plains for the African game, relish scenic views of the vibrant Cities and jaw-dropping sceneries throughout your road trips and watch lots of bird species.
Book NowHowever, it is important to first read through our Uganda Travel Advice before even packing your bags and readying for this once in a lifetime safari to one of the most remarkable safari destinations in Africa.
Unless you are a Ugandan, from the East African Community member States or from any of these countries (Angola, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Antigua, Ireland, Fiji, Lesotho, Seychelles, Gambia, Botswana, Solomon Islands, Singapore, Madagascar, Barbados, Sierra Leone, Grenada, Mauritius, Malawi, Belize, Malawi, United Nations Laissez-passer, Malta, South Sudan, Cyprus, Bahamas, Eritrea, Swaziland, Zambia, Comoros, Vanuatu, Jamaica and St. Vincent-Tonga), practically every other visitor requires a Visa to enter Uganda.
The Official Currency in Uganda is the “Shilling” (UGX) and can be withdrawn from Mobile Money, ATMS. However if you are travelling from another country, it is advisable to always cross-check for any extra charges and fees from your Bank before using it to avoid incurring a lot of expenses. Foreign Currencies like US Dollars are used for paying Park entry fees and tourist activities in National Parks. Whatever currency you come with, it can be exchanged from the numerous Forex Exchange Bureaus in major Cities (especially Kampala and Entebbe).
While Uganda has no National Language, English is the most popular language and is spoken at least all through the country. Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken but different regions have native languages belonging to the 56 Tribes.
Exceptional tourist adventures in Uganda
A number of exceptional tourist adventures are offered to travellers in Uganda and they include gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks that allow travellers to see one of the largest Great Apes in their natural habitats.
Go chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo forest adjacent to Murchison falls National Park, Maramagambo and Kalinzu forests.
Enjoy game drives in Murchison falls, Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth and Semliki National Parks where lions, leopards, Cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Impalas, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, giant elands, Defassa waterbucks, Oribis, Bushbucks, duikers, Hippos, Topis, serval cats, jackals, to mention but a few.
Adrenaline-packed activities are offered at Jinja City, Eastern Uganda with options of whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, Quad biking, horseback rides, fishing trips, boat cruises and so much more.
Depending on the country you are coming from or your length of stay in Uganda, you might be required to buy a local SIM Card (MTN, Airtel, Uganda Telecom, SMILE or others) on getting into the country or in advance. This is done to prevent the high roaming charges.
The Best Time of the Year to explore Uganda
Depending on the activities you plan on undertaking, overall budget allocation and individual interest, there is really no bad time to explore Uganda. If you plan to go birding with lots of migrant bird species or hope to enjoy discounted Hotel rates, then you have to explore the country in March, April, May, October and November but you have to brace yourself for the slippery and muddy trails or slightly poor visibility during game drives.
If you are the summer-time of traveller, then explore Uganda from June to September when temperatures are warmer thus favoring most tourist activities. For gorilla and chimpanzee treks, these are perfect because forest trails are drier but make sure to bring a lot of water in addition to expecting huge crowds as well as jam-packed game viewing experiences.
Best places to visit in Uganda
Spread out across the different regions of this East African country, Uganda boasts of 10 spectacular National Parks, over 12 Wildlife Reserves, beautiful Lakes, Forests, vibrant Cities, and many other attractions that will take your breath away.
Getting around Uganda
You can get around Uganda by air and road (bus, Boda boda, Matatu and to a smaller extend Train)
Domestic flights in Uganda are mainly operated by Aerolink, Eagle Air and Kampala AeroClub. Getting information on the routes and schedules of these domestic airlines is likely to offer you a head start in planning your own Uganda safari.
Buses in Uganda are used for long distances and operate across the country. Similarly, Matatus (taxi) are also used for getting around Uganda, especially inter-town travels for shorter distances. Exploring Uganda by Car offers more comfort and you will experience one of the best self-drive trips in Africa.
Ferry services are mainly used for getting to island districts like Kalangala district (Bugala Island) on Lake Victoria.
Is Uganda a safe destination for solo travellers?
Yes, Uganda is absolutely a safe safari destination for solo travellers, regardless of gender but some tips are important for successful completion of the trip. Caution is required when moving in crowded places, be careful while drinking to avoid becoming a nuisance, don’t display valuables in public and so much more. Uganda Travel Advice