Uganda Travel Guide
Uganda is a lush and fertile country with spectacular scenery & abundant wildlife, thereby justifying its description as “The Pearl of Africa.” The country is landlocked and is bordered by Kenya to the east, Tanzania to the south, Rwanda to the north, The Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and South Sudan to the north.
Despite its relatively small area (241 551 sq km) Uganda has some of the friendly people on earth as well as remarkably diverse landscape – the Kigezi highlands (commonly referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”), the legendary snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, dense tropical forests, rolling savannah, freshwater lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls on the River Nile.
Visitors to Uganda can enjoy many outstanding attractions such as: the numerous National Parks and Wildlife Reserves which provides uncrowded viewing of the varied animal, bird and plant species; the source of the River Nile where it begins its 3000 kilometre journey to the Mediterranean Sea; the extremely rare and endangered mountain gorilla in the Muhavura Range; the spectacular Murchison Falls on the River Nile; and the famous Rwenzori Mountains which provide challenging climbing expeditions.
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1. Visa Requirement
Any visitors seeking to enter Uganda is subjected to a valid passport (with an enquiry date extending 12 months beyond the date you intend to leave). Visas are necessary for all visitors; however nationals of certain countries are issued visas free-of-charge on arrival (please check prior to departure). Visas can be obtained at any Ugandan Embassy or high commision; they can also be bought on arrival at Entebbe Airport or applied online at a cost on the Uganda Immigration Department website (www.ugandaevisagov.com) for an evisa. The Single-entry visa is valid from the date of issue and Multiple-entry visa is valid for either six or twelve months of the date of issue.
2. Health Certification
Inoculation against yellow fever is only required if visitors are arriving from an endemic area, however, we strongly recommend our guests to have a yellow fever certificate since Uganda is considered to be a yellow fever risk area. Inoculation against Cholera is recommended as are anti-malarial medication and precaution. For short trip ensure you’ve been vaccinated against tetanus, polio, diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis A and for longer trips of more than a month, we strongly advise you consult a specialist travel clinic.
3. Language & Religion
The official language is English; Luganda and Swahii which are widely spoken; many other languages and dialects are also used locally and the three official religion practiced in Uganda include: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism with the largest population being Christians
Uganda has a well developed communications system for both domestic and international services. Telephone, fax and internet services are widely available. The country uses GSM network for mobile phones.
The country’s code is +255 and it is 3 hours ahead of GMT.
5. Currency & Banking
The unit of currency is the Ugandan shilling and is available in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10 000, 20 000 and 50 000 shillings. US $ are more easily exchanged than other currencies. Forex bereau are usually open from 09;00 to 16:00 on weekdays (although some branches close later at 19;00). Only few banks are open on Saturday. Otherwise, out of hours foreign exchange facilities can be found in some hotels and at Entebbe airport.
Ideas for How to Experience Uganda
Below are some of our most popular Uganda travel experiences that have been suggested by our travel specialists. Each experiences features endless opportunities for adventures and breathtaking moments of discovery wrapped with warmth of people:
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