About Uganda

Uganda is the 3rd small country found in East Africa and bordered by Congo on the West, Sudan on the North, Kenya on the East and Tanzania and Rwanda on the South. Uganda lies on the Equator and is divided into 3 main areas which include the Swampy Lowlands, the fertile plateau with wooded hills and the desert region.  Kampala is the country’s Capital City and it is located 40 Kms away from the International Airport of Entebbe. The city is built on 7 hills and these are: Kibuli hill, Nakasero hill, Kasubi hill, Mengo hill, Namirembe hill, Rubaga Hill, Nsambya hill and Old Kampala Hill. The Country is now well known for being Lonely Planet’s Number one destination for the year 2012 and is famous for its Mountain Gorillas which are found in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. The country is also known as the “Pearl of Africa” and geographically, the country has a blend of Savannah and forests.

Climate
Uganda lies across the equator and has a tropical climate that is spring like in nature all year round. The country basically experiences seasonal climate of wet and dry, though it can be wet and cool at any time of the year. Due to varying global weather patterns, evolutions between rainy and dry seasons can come and go intermittently. The months of December- February are the hot dry season which provides birds and game viewing opportunities. However, the grass is rather long and smaller species may be hard to view. This is a perfect time to track the Gorillas. The Month of March is the beginning of the rains and game viewing is excellent. Also Gorilla tracking activity is pleasant. April and May are the heavier rainy season months and some roads turns slippery and muddy. Tune to October is the peak tourist season and at this time, its cooler and the roads are dusty which provides exceptional wildlife game viewing and mountain Gorillas trekking. November is the seasonal Short rains and the month is good for bird watching.

Accessibility
Uganda can be accessed by land from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Uganda can also be reached by air. All international flights land at Entebbe International Airport.  There are a number of both regional and international airlines which include: Precision Air, Egypt Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Rwanda Air Express, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, British Airways, Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Uganda, Fly 540 and South African Airways.

Attractions:
The country has a number of tourist attractions in different locations such as the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Wildlife animals in Parks like Lake Mburo, Kidepo, Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other tourist destinations in the country include: Lake Bunyonyi, Ngamba Islands, Mabamba Swamp, Mt. Rwenzori National Park, Kibale forest National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Semliki National Park, Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands, Source of the Nile, Jinja and so many others

Passports and Visas
All travelers entering Uganda must have a valid Passport and Visa. Visas can be obtained from the entry points such as Entebbe International Airport and on borders like Malaba, Cyanika, Katuna, Mutukula, Busia and so on.

Health
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required and also all visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs before entering the country. It is also advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water while travelling around the country.

Money Issues
The unit of currency is the Uganda shillings (Ugshs). Though the US Dollar is the preferred hard currency. Other units accepted in the country include: Euro and Pound sterling. All hard currency cash can be exchanged for local currency at banks and private bureau de change in large towns.  However, Traveler’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Visa, Master and American Express cards are also accepted and any one can withdraw money from any Visa ATM machine in Kampala and in major cities.

Language:
The country’s official language is English. However, there are over 30 other different indigenous languages which are spoken in the country and Luganda, Lunyankole, Lusoga are the most widely used across the country.

Best time to Visit the Country
The country can be visited all year round. However tourists with specific interests and needs like Gorilla tracking and Hiking will face more challenges during the Rainy season of Mid September to November and March to May.

Driving in Uganda
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to stick to the drivers & vehicles organized by our company. Self drives are only accepted if you have an international recognized driver’s license.

Tipping in Uganda
There is no standard tip in Uganda’s hotels and restaurants. However, once a tip is given, its highly appreciated and its normally between $ 5 to $ 10. Guides and drivers should be tipped but there is no standard set tip price.

 

 

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