Recommendations/ Travel tips for Uganda
The Airport Tax is about US $ 40 (or it’s equivalent in Uganda Shillings at the prevailing rate) is compulsory for every International traveler, unless it’s included in the price fr your tour/Safari package. Those who book with Harmony safaris limited need not to worry about airport transfers. We pick our clients from the airport on arrival and we take them back to the airport for departure
Uganda has 2 main rainy season: March to May and September to November. The rest of the months are dry, but occasionally punctuated with short rains which keeps the country lush and green
all year round. The hottest areas (about 35 degrees C.) are the low altitude places like the Semliki and Nile Valleys and the Northeast of the Country, well as the cooler parts (about 23-28
degrees C.) are the high-altitude areas of the south -west stretching from Kabale (the Switzerland of Uganda) though the Volcanic areas of Kisoro to the Rwenzori mountains (Mountains of the Moon) on
the Uganda Congo boarder.
We advise travelers to Uganda to carry light clothing and a sweater since the temperatures vary a lot in short distances.
There is a wide array of banks and forex bureau’s to choose from , mainly in and around kampala the capital city, with several international banks represented (Barclays, Standard Chartered, Stanbic).
The US dollar and the pound sterling are the strongest currencies used in Uganda and are the easiest to exchange. US dollar notes dated prior to 1997 are turned away, we recommend if you are using US$ to bring notes issued not earlier than 2000. Also, notes smaller than US$50 attract a far lower exchange rate. All the forex bureau’s take cash – look around for the best exchange rate. We suggest you bring cash and/or credit cards with you as opposed to traveller’s cheques, as the exchange rate (on traveller’s cheques) is much lower.
There are very few Camera shops in Kampala, so clients are advised to carry their own Cameras and enough films or a good memory cards for the digital cameras and their charging accessories. The power supply in Uganda is the standard 220- 240 volts hydro and generated power. So we advise you to carry your own adapters to suit your equipments
Internet access is available in in some form or another in just about all of Uganda's major centres of population. Even the smallest of Internet cafes are able to boast a wireless connection or similar. Speeds are acceptable although costs can be as much as Ushs 200- per minute in some outlying areas. Kampala is at saturation point in the number of cafes open to the public which has driven surfing rates down to as little as Ushs 20- per minute.
Uganda with its agricultural resources, combined with the conducive climate, produces a wide range of food products. Bananas, millet, maize, sorghum, rice, wheat, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes and cassava grow in abundance. Fruits and other vegetables are also plentiful - watermelon, passion fruits, pineapples, mangoes, tomatoes, aubergine, green peppers. You will probably eat better here than you do at home! Tea and coffee is readily available almost everywhere and the latest craze is coffee houses or cafes. Soda (coke, fanta, sprite, bitter lemon, etc) are sold by the (glass) bottle, which are returnable and recycled. Local beer (lagers only) are as good as any international beer and there are many to choose from – Bell, Club, ESB, Pilsner, Nile Special, Eagle, Castle, Guinness (all brewed in Uganda).
The people of Uganda are probably the most welcoming people in the whole of Africa, but, value their culture and are always happy to teach it to the visitors. They feel honored if the visitors do respect them too. We have a very rich culture and a lot of this is included in our itineraries, and our guides interpret it during the site visits and during the course of the trips, its our duty to advise clients on how they are expected to conduct themselves when interacting with the local people.Its easy to adopt some simple routines
Despite the exaggerations, the Country has been quite stable for over ten years and security beefed up quite often when need arises. There is a Military unit attached to National Parks and other tourist destinations including lodges and Camps to ensure tourists safety when visiting those areas. However, safety precautions must be considered especially when walking in the streets of major cities and towns as is the case in other cities around the world.
One has to be reasonably physically fit and healthy to participate in the Gorilla tracking excise.
A daypack for carrying water and packed lunch .
Light water proof steady hiking boots and thick socks and gaiters if possible..
High-speed films or memory card.
Waterproof gloves and Raincoats or Poncho is a must carry.
A baseball Cap is recommended too.
Harmony Safaris aranges for your ground transportation, accommodation, meals and a whole range of other activities. We take care of the details so that you can relax and make the most out of your dream Safari. With our tailor made packages and a variety of options, we are sure to design a switable packages for you.