Recommendations / Travel tips for Uganda
Getting to Uganda the pearl of Africa, If flying in, Entebbe International Airport typically is where big planes land, Entebbe lies 40km from the capital Kampala, it is serviced by a number of international airlines, including SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways , Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania , Rwandair Express, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Customs and immigration officials are polite and efficient, and a visa –for those who require one-can be purchased on the spot at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Foreign exchange and ATM facilities are available at the airport, which is also serviced by several shops and restaurants. Most midrange to up market hotels in Kampala and Entebbe will arrange airport transfers by request, as will any tour operator based in or around capital. Local time is GMT+3.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. It is advisable to drink bottled rather than tap water when in Uganda. its our policy at Harmony Safaris to provide free bottled drinking water to our clients.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureaux de change in all large towns, but travelers’ cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major credit cards at selected ATMs in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport, and in a few other large towns.
Educated Ugandans are fluent in English, which is the official language. Of 30-plus different indigenous languages, luganda serves as something of lingua franca.
When to visit
Uganda can be visited any time though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy season which is generally at peak in mid-September to November and March to May.
What to wear
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too.
Those who intend to hike on the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and waterproof jackets.
What to bring
A valid passport is mandatory, and a visa requirement should be checked before you travel. To make the most of the game reserve and national parks, carry binoculars and field guides. Photographers will need a zoom lens fro wildlife (70-300 or smaller). Printing films and developing is available in Kampala,toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.
Driving is on the left hand side .visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive. Let Harmony safaris handle your road transportation when in Uganda
Tipping is not a common practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will always be welcome and appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% at tourist oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.
Food and drinks
Tourist oriented hotels and restaurants serve good western-style meals, while a wider range of cuisines are available in the capital and some larger towns. Local restaurants serve Ugandan dishes, typically ugali (stiff maize porridge) or matoke (cooked green banana) normally eaten with stew.
What to buy
There is a wide range of handicrafts are available a souvenirs, these include musical instruments such as the hide drums made in the vicinity of Mpigi as well as excellent local basketworks, paintings, batiks and pottery.
People and culture
Situated at the geographical heart of the African continent, Uganda has long been a cultural melting pot, as evidenced by the existence of 30-plus different indigenous languages belonging to five distinct linguistic groups and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music art and handicrafts.
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