Get to know Uganda
UGANDA – The Pearl of Africa!
Situated in the heart of Africa, Uganda is the undiscovered Pearl of the continent. So far, discovered by few tourists, Uganda is still virtually untouched and pure. Uganda is a country of many surprises with rolling hills, sparkling crater lakes, abundant wildlife, adrenaline activities and, of course, the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Uganda is still authentically African, lush green and home to the friendliest people on the continent. Take time off and discover a lifetime of memories.
Capital City: Kampala
Population: 45 Million
Currency: Ugandan Shilling – UGX (USD, English Pounds, and Euro also used.)
Time – 3 hrs + GMT
Besides a passport that should be valid for six months after your return, you also need a tourist visa when entering Uganda. Visas can be purchased upon arrival at Entebbe Airport and cost USD 50 per person.
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, just as cholera stamp in your vaccination passport. In addition to bringing mosquito repellent, we also advise taking malaria prevention medications.
Currency & money matters
The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). US dollars and Euros, and Pounds can easily be changed at banks and Bureaux de Change in all significant places. Withdrawing money from ATM’s is currently only possible with a limited number of banks, and also VISA credit cards are accepted in few areas. Important: US dollar notes of the year 1999 and below are not taken!
The official spoken language in Uganda is English. Besides, the country has more than 30 different indigenous languages, including Luganda, mainly spoken in Kampala and its surroundings.
When visiting Uganda
Uganda can be visited at any time, as it has a pleasant tropical climate the whole year through. Rainfalls occur regularly, with a general peak in October-November and April-May. During the day, the temperature averages between 23 and 27 degrees and at night, it can cool down to 15 degrees Celsius.
Uganda is one of the friendliest and safest countries in Africa. This reputation is thanks to the hospitality of the inhabitants and the low level of crime. In addition, the country has been politically and economically stable for many years, and the infrastructure is developing rapidly. All national parks are supervised and well protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla tracking Permit
If you are interested in Gorilla tracking the mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, you must buy a gorilla permit. Note that the demand is very high, and we advise you to secure your permit well in advance. Hola Africa LTD can assist you with booking your gorilla permit.
Gorilla tracking can perfectly be combined with visits to other national parks in the country. Just inform us about your ideas, requirements and budget, and we will design a private safari wholly adjusted to your individual needs.
How to arrive
The international airport of Entebbe has located 40 km from the capital city Kampala. Several international airlines can be reached, including KLM, Brussels Airlines, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, and Egypt Air.
Uganda uses 240 voltages of power with a three-pointer plug charger system. You will not be able to use hair dryers or electric razors while in most tented camps. They have low wattage fuses, which will trick if such appliances are used; for Kampala/ Entebbe accommodations, you will be able to use the hair dryers.
Food and Drinks
Tourist-oriented hotels and restaurants serve good Western-style meals, while a broader range of cuisines is available in the capital and some larger towns. Local restaurants serve Ugandan dishes, typically ugali (a stiff maize porridge) or matooke (cooked banana) eaten with a stew.
A single entry visa costs the US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied and paid for online via the Uganda Immigration website.