Located in East-Central Africa, Uganda was called “The Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill at the early start of the 20th century. The country is a very hospitable destination, with friendly locals and sunny days all year round. It is also filled with incredible nature and wildlife that will “wow” you.
Why Visit Uganda
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Emerald green is a dominant color in Uganda. The country is filled with jungles, rainforests, tea and coffee plantations, however the country is also blessed with a variety of landscapes like the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, the Mount Elgon, the Lake Victoria and the famous Nile River. Its diversity allows a variety of wildlife to thrive.
Uganda is the home to some unique wildlife like the mountain gorillas (has the world’s highest population), Nile crocodiles and tree-climbing lions. It is also home to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) and over 1000 bird species, an ideal destination for animal watching.
CULTURE & LOCALS
Uganda has a rich heritage, with a population made up of a number of different ethnic tribes, with many different languages, traditions and cuisines. Regardless of their cultural differences, they are all extremely warm and friendly, among the most hospitable in Africa.
Your money will go a further in Uganda. The country is very affordable, with a lower cost in comparison to its neighbors. You could easily get by with a budget of $35/day.
What to expect
Uganda’s official language is English, spoken by most educated Ugandans. Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken. However, there are 40 living native languages in the country. At least half of the people will be able to help you or respond if you speak english.
In Uganda the standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage (220-240V) in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor. Nearly 60% of the population in urban areas has access to electricity.
The Ugandan Shilling is the currency of Uganda. Dollars are widely accepted, but other foreign currencies not so much, they might be accepted in some tourist places and hotels but that’s about it. You could exchange your money at the airport, exchange houses or banks, or just directly withdraw it from the ATM. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and big restaurant but cash is recommended for remote areas and small establishments. 1 USD equals 3783.25 shillings (as of 2020)
Uganda has a warm tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 25-29°C (77- 84°F), except for the mountains where it can get very cold due to the altitude (it snows). There are two rainy seasons: the first one from April to May and the second is at the first two autumn months. In northern regions there’s no gap between two seasons and they are combined in one long wet period between April and October. These would be the best times to visit as conditions are good to see the wildlife.
Uganda is relatively safe. Crime is relatively low, especially violent crime, although petty crime still exists, especially at tourist attractions and crowded places like bus stations. Common sense is recommended just like anywhere else. Chances of being a victim is rare and incidences would most probably be in cities like Kampala.
Citizens of Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Swatini, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe can visit Uganda for up to 90 days without a visa.
Citizens of all other countries except Somalia may obtain a visa for Uganda on arrival. The price is $50. Electronic visas are expected to replace the visa on arrival facility.
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