Skim through this practical information when you are planning your trip to Uganda.
When to visit
Uganda’s climate is warm all year around because it lies ont he Equator. The wettest months are April, May, October and November. If you are planning to go for gorilla tracking or climb the Rwenzori you should take the rainfall patterns into consideration.
Getting here and away
You will arrive in Uganda at Entebbe Internation Airport (ENT). It lies on the Lake Victoria shore about 40 km from Kampala. There are 24-hour foreign-exchange facilities at the airport.
Air companies that operate flights to Uganda:
Brussles Airlines, www.brusselsairlines.com
Turkish Air, www.turkishairlines.com
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, www.klm.com
British Airways, www.britishairways.com
Quatar Airways, www.qatarairways.com
Kenya Airways, www.kenya-airways.com
Uganda borders five countries: Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda, Sudan and DRC.
There are many bus companies crossing between Kenya and Uganda/Tanzania and Ug (via Kenya). One option is Kampala Couch that goes up to Arusha in TZ via Nairobi. One way ticket costs about Ugh 80.000.
Ferry crosses Lake Victoria from Mwanza (close to the western part of the Serengeti) to Bukoba.
Find the fimetable of the ferry here
From Bukoba you will cross Mutukula border to get into Uganda. There are buses leaving from Bukoba. If you contact us in advance we can arrange a pick-up for you.
You will need a valid passport that will not expire within six months of the date on which you intend to leave Uganda. Make sure you have a photocopy of the important pages of it in case it gets lost or stolen.
Visas can be bought in advance at any ugandan embassy or high commission abroad but the easiest way is to buy one upon arrival. The procedure takes few mintues at Entebbe Airport or any overland border.
A standard single- entry visa , valid for 3 months, costs USd 50.
If you have a single entry visa and intend to leave and return to Uganda (eg: to track gorilla sin Rwanda) must purchase another USD 50 visa on re-entry.
It is advisable to be up to date on tetanus, polio, diphtheria (now given us an all-in-one vaccine) and typhoid. Proof of vaccination of yellow fever is needed for entry into Uganda if you are coming from another yellow fever endemic area.
Hepatitis A and B should be considered for longer trips. Meningitis vaccine is recommended for trips of more than four weeks while vaccinations for rabies are recommended for travellers visiting more remote areas.
Proper protection against malaria is highly recommended.
Private clinics, hospitals and pharmacies can be found in most large towns. Consultation fees and laboratory tests are inexpensive compared to Western countries. Commonly required medicines, malaria cures and prophylactics are widely and cheaply available.
The local currency is the Uganda shilling which traded at around Ush 2500 to the US dollar and at 3300 to the Euro in 2015. Banks and forex bureaux ( the exchange rate is generally more favourable at forex than at any bank) convert US dollars/Euro cash to local currency. No passport or other documentation is required.
Credit cards are accepted in most upmarket hotels and in some restaurants and shops in Kampala.
Visa is more widely accepted than MasterCard. Some banks allow you to draw a limited amount of cash (250.000 USh) in local currency.
What to take list:
Trousers:Long light cotton trousers of darker colour which dry quickly and weigh little. Shorts on men are acceptable for travel though many Ugandans consider them inappropiate on grown men. In rural areas, women are probably best off not wearing shorts. Due to the wet climate in SW Uganda showers are common even during dry season therefore if you are planning gorilla tracking you might pack raintrousers in your bag.
Skirts: it is advisable to wear skirts that go below the knee. Short skirts will cause offence to many Ugandans.
Shirts: rather T-shirts of a light natural fabric. One or two button-up shirt for attending an event in Kampala
Sweaters: Uganda is generally warm at night, though at higher altitudes it can cool down. Therefore a warm sweater or fleece jacket should be adequate.
If you intend hiking on Mt.Elgon or the Rwenzoris, you will need very warm clothing. South-Western Uganda (for instance Bwindi) has a wet climate therefore a waterproof jacket and trousers are essential.
Shoes:a good pair of walking shoes, preferably made of leather and with some ankle support. Carry sandals/flip-flops or other light shoes as well. If you go for serious off-road hiking (for instance Rwenzori) think of bringing hiking boots.
If you are doing Rwenzori trekking you will need a special equipment of cloths and shoes. For more infos please contact us
Other useful items
Apart from your bigger luggage you might need a daypack and camerabag
Lightweight sleeping bag- On high mountains you will need an all-weather sleeping bag
Toilet bag:shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste. These items can be replaced here anytime so no need to bring family-sized packs. Razor for men. Tampons/sanitary pads for women ( These items are also available here though)
Suncreme- with high UV protection
In Kampala there is plenty of internet cafés and wifi places. In most upmarket hotels outside of Kampala you will find internet.
Voltage: 220 V
Outlet :square 3 pin
Feel free to write us any questions concerning your preparations for the trip.