What is the best time of the year to visit Uganda?

Uganda is best regarded as an all year-round safari destination. This means that even during the wet season, you can still visit and explore this magical country although most travelers prefer the dry season. The dry or peak season in Uganda begins from June-September and December-February whereas the rainy or wet or low season usually occurs from April-May and October-November.

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Which airline can I use to fly to Uganda?

There are many airlines that fly to Uganda and they land into Entebbe International Airport. They include among others; KLM, Emirates, Brussels airlines, South African airways, Ethiopian airlines, Egypt air, RwandAir, Kenya airways and many others.

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Can I use MasterCard in the East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania?

Yes, it is very possible for you to use a MasterCard but this service is limited to few areas. And besides carrying cash, it is also fine to come with a Visa debit card.

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Are visitors allowed to use travelers’ cheques in Uganda?

No, travelers’ cheques are no more allowed in Uganda.

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Is it possible for me to use my ATM Card or Credit Card in Uganda?

It is possible for you to use ATM or visa credit cards to withdraw money in Uganda but the challenge is that there are very few banks that allow this. Also, the amount to withdraw is limited per day from ATM machines and usually this service is available in major towns like Kampala and once you get to the wilderness you won’t find. As well, if you are paying by credit card in Uganda, you may incur extra charges which usually ranges from 5 to 10 percent. To be on a safer side, we encourage our clients to have cash and have it changed once you arrive in Kampala. There are many forex bureaus in and around Kampala for you to exchange your US dollars, British pound or Euros into local currency. Note, Uganda is entirely cash based nation and Uganda shilling is its currency. It is also important to note that when exchanging, usually small bills do attract low exchange rates.

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Do I require a visa to enter Uganda?

Yes, you are required to have a valid tourist visa that will allow you get to Uganda. You are advised to secure your tourist visa early enough before embarking on actual trip to Uganda and you can do so through Uganda embassy back at your home country or on arrival at Entebbe International Airport/at overland border. A single tourist visa can be secured at $100 per person and it is usually valid for about 3months. In case you plan to combine Uganda with Kenya or Rwanda then you will need East African Tourist Visa which you can also get at $100. Note, Tanzania is not yet part of this visa arrangement.

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Is Uganda safe for visitors?

Uganda is very safe and secure to visit by travelers on African safaris. Whereas Uganda has its dark history on the other hand, it is by far a few safest destinations one can think of exploring in Africa and the world at large. The people themselves are very warm welcoming and its destinations too are safe to visit. Uganda comprises of 10 national parks plus many tourist sites all of which are safe and secure.

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Are vaccinations needed for my tour in Uganda?

Yes, you will be required to vaccinate and have proof of a yellow fever vaccination. You may also vaccinate against Hepatitis A, Meningitis, tetanus, typhoid and DPT among others.

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What should I carry for gorilla trekking trip in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking in Uganda like it is a case with other gorilla destinations require you to pack appropriately starting with essentials first. In your packing list, don’t miss to include waterproof hiking boots, energy giving snacks, gorilla trekking permit, valid visa, passport, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, first aid kit, camera with no flash light, binoculars, bottled water, long sleeved shirt or t-shirt, trousers, socks, walking stick and others.

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What are the safari accommodation options like in Uganda?

There are many safari accommodation options for you to have a night stay in Uganda. They are categorized into 3; budget, mid-range and luxury/up-market. The budget options usually consist roof basic rooms or bandas/tents; mid-range lodges comprise of well-furnished rooms with private bathrooms.

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What cars to rent for safari in Uganda?

We have wide range of car hire for your road trip in Uganda. They range from 4×4 land cruisers, coaster buses, super custom, Toyota Rav 4 and others. They are fit for self-drive tours and guided tours.

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What does Uganda safari include?

Uganda safari includes mainly all safari activities in your travel plan apart from the optional ones, accommodation and meals except extra hotel fees, park entry fees, bottled mineral water, ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari car, service of professional English-speaking driver guide, relevant government taxes and others.

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What does the rate of my Uganda safari exclude?

Usually a Uganda safari excludes extra hotel fees, tips (for the guides, driver guides, porters, waiters, waitresses), airfares, personal insurance, laundry services, beverages, optional activities and others.

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How Much is a Gorilla Tracking Permit?

A mountain gorilla tracking permit costs $ 1500 in Rwanda, $ 700 in Uganda and $ in Congo.

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Can I trek mountain gorillas in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking is one of the prime and the most sought-after wildlife adventures in Uganda. In Uganda, you can trek mountain gorillas in anyone of its two pristine parks where these massive creatures thrive; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. However, you will be required to have gorilla trekking permit each of which costs $600 as per 2019 but there is proposal to increase the rate to $700 starting 1st July 2020. You can book your permit through a reliable and trustworthy tour operator in Uganda or reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority. Note, only persons above 15 years are eligible to purchase gorilla permit and one gorilla family is trekked by 8 people per day.

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Are there other wildlife species to see in Uganda apart from mountain gorillas?

A visit to Uganda is not only for you to trek to see mountain gorillas but also to explore its other distinctly diverse wildlife species. It boasts of over 1080 bird species that make up about 60 percent of all the birds in Africa and 10 percent of the birds in the world. There are also over 5000 chimpanzees to see and explore in different sites as well as other primates including golden monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys to mention but a few. You will also have a chance to see African lions, bush elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, zebras and countless antelopes.

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What does Uganda safari include?

Uganda safari includes mainly all safari activities in your travel plan apart from the optional ones, accommodation and meals except extra hotel fees, park entry fees, bottled mineral water, ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari car, service of professional English-speaking driver guide, relevant government taxes and others.

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