Good to know:
To enter Uganda you need a visa. This can be obtained online and at the airport, for a fee, Costs, approximately € 40,- or $ 50,-.
The currency is the Ugandan Shilling. The exchange rate is highly dependent on economic conditions but is strongly linked to the American Dollar. One can almost never pay with a credit card for local purchases, you will need to have cash with you. You can withdraw money from the ATM machines at most banks.
Best time to travel in Uganda
Officially, Uganda’s dry seasons are from December/January through to mid March and from June through to mid-September. These dry months are the most popular with tourists, with July and August and Christmas and New Year being the peak seasons.
Most rain falls in October-November and April-May. However, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day, nor does it mean it will rain every day. Usually there’s a tropical shower at night or a shorter shower during the day, but in Uganda you can trust that after rain comes sunshine!
The weather is no reason to avoid travelling in the wet season – you might even consider it because of the easy availability of gorilla permits.
As in the rest of the world, the East African climate is changing, making it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. However, in Uganda the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine almost 365 days a year. During the day, the temperature averages between 23 and 27°C, although in some places it can be quite cool at night.
The voltage in Uganda is 220 / 230vac. The plug contacts used are those having three pins, which are also used in the UK. Usually you can borrow an adapter plug in your hotel or lodge or otherwise purchase one before you go.
Vaccinations are required to visit Uganda. For information about this and malaria prevention, we advise you to consult your doctor or clinic.
Language and religion
Because of it being a British colony in the past, the English language can be used mostly everywhere. The country is predominantly Christian: 66% of the population are part of various Christian denominations. In addition, some 16% are Muslim and about 18% observe traditional native beliefs.
Time in Uganda is GMT +3.
Pack and Go
Just some things which are essential for your trip:
– Firm hiking shoes
– Personal medicine
– Sun lotion
– Bug repellent
– Rain jacket
– Wake up alarm
– Not too brightly-coloured tracking clothes