Uganda Travel Guide

Overview
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa,(Click To Open East Africa Map) bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Straddling the equator, much of her southern border is dominated by Lake Victoria. It is a tremendously lush country, dotted with lakes and rivers (the most famous being the Nile) and the West is fringed by the glacier-capped Rwenzori Mountains.

Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa” with its vast wilderness areas and perhaps the continent’s most diverse range of Wildlife. The country offers top wildlife destinations, fantastic adventure holidays and the best bird life anywhere. Its hidden valleys and vast grass land plains were once the stamping ground of the infamous elephant hunters.

From the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the awe-inspiring spectacle of Murchison Falls, and from the Impenetrable rain forest of Bwindi to the endless horizons of the central plains, Uganda’s scenic diversity and richness of the landscape compares favourably with anywhere on the African continent. Uganda is also sanctuary to such rare and unusual species of wildlife such as Uganda Kob and the Shoebill stork, together with the magnificent mountain gorilla as well as some of Africa’s largest concentrations of crocodile and hippo.

The Pearl of Africa is indeed a compelling and awesome destination and Lets Go Travel are delighted to extend to you an invitation to follow in the foot steps of those early explorers like Speke, Grant and unlock the secrets of this priceless African gem. Best time to visit.

The climate is good in Uganda all year around, daytime temperatures generally hovering between 24-28C. It cools down considerably at night, enough for a jersey, but woolens are not necessary. The rains come two times a year, in October/November (short rains) and Mid-march to end of May. Rainy season is no reason to postpone travel however, as generally it rains for an hour and the rest of the day is clear and sunny.

Visas
Visas are now necessary for most nationals. For convenience, it is recommended to obtain your visa before arrival, but if you do not have an Uganda High Commission near you, visas can be obtained on arrival for most nationals. Cost $30 per person.

Health
Yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory, and we recommend anti-malarial tablets, especially during rainy season. Most prescription drugs can be bought affordably and with ease over the counter in Kampala. Personal insurance is advised.

Official Language
English, Luganda and many local dialects. Swahili is also widely spoken and understood.

Airport
Currently there is one international airport at Entebbe. A number of international airlines fly directly to Entebbe, ie. British Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, S N Brussels and Emirates. Most major towns have airstrips, as do most National Parks and Game Reserves.

Currency
Ugandan Shilling. It is advisable to carry American Dollars. There are numerous forex bureaux and banks in the Capital and the main towns. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but generally it is best to carry cash upcountry.

Clothing
Light clothing, hats, sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts and trousers. Sweatshirt or fleece for evenings upcountry. Uganda’s position on the equator suggests a need for sun scream

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