Get useful information to help get you prepared before setting off your trip.
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language in Uganda. Next to English there are about 30- plus different indigenous languages.
Uganda experiences a temperate climate even though the majority of the country is within the Tropics with temperatures between 16 – 26’C for the majority of the year(April – November). However, during the warmer months (December – March) temperatures reach in excess of 30’C.
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to Uganda. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. These vaccines include Yellow Fever Vaccination for travellers 1 year of age and above required by the Ugandan government.
Travellers should possess a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (vaccine received at least 10 days ago) prior to entry into Uganda. Travellers who do not meet this requirement must be vaccinated at the Airport (with the possibility of isolation as determined by the Aiport health authority) prior to entry into Uganda at the travellers own costs.
Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should travel with malaria prophylactic drugs.
We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!
Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):
- Yellow Fever
For Malaria one needs to take tablets, Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).
Please take note that visa requirements for certain countries may change from time to time.
The Government of Uganda introduced the online visa application system on 01 July 2016.
When visiting Uganda one must apply for a visa online:
- Go to the website https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
- Please make sure you have the following documents in .pdf, .jpeg, .png or .bmp format: a copy of your passport, copy of recent passport size photograph and a vaccination certificate (Yellow Fever)
- Fill in the form (normally you need an “ordinary” visa, single entry)
- When you send the form you will immediately receive a tracking code. This code helps you to keep track of how far your application has progressed. You can check its status from this webpage
- The Ugandan authorities will send you an email after they have approved your application (please check your SPAM folder too)
- Print this letter and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Entebbe International Airport. You need this letter to be allowed to purchase the entree visa there for USD 50.
Some nationalities do not require a visa, please check this in advance.
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes (areas around Bwindi, Mgahinga, Lake Bunyonyi and Kabale) so carry a couple of sweaters too.
Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a waterproof jacket.
During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies).
If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders
- A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.
- To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.
- Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.
- A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful
Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be quite basic when traveling on a medium to low budget.
In the eco-lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.
- Driving in Uganda is on the left-hand side.
- Visitors without the experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4×4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.
- All our guides are well trained in “Defensive Driving”.
- Try to reach your destination before dark as most stretches are either forests or farms where street lights are minimal in the countryside.
- Plan some games, pack short story books or sing along rhymes if you travel with kids.
In most cities, it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM.
Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise bringing some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.
Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.
The unit of currency is the Ugandan Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.