Travel Tips

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Local time is GMT+3, Foreign exchange and ATM facilities are available at the airport, including several shops and restaurants. Any tour operator based in or around the capital, midrange and up market hotels in Kampala and Entebbe will arrange airport transfers by request.

Getting there

Entebbe International Airport is 40km from the capital Kampala, featured by many International airlines, including Egypt air, SN Brussels, British airways, South African airways, Kenya airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian airlines, Rwanda air express. Uganda can also be reached overland from Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Language

Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language, however there are multiple local languages in Uganda over 29 different languages, Luganda and Swahili are spoken or easily understood by a lot of people in the Kampala capital.

Health

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 to completely avoid the risk of getting typhoid.

Money

The unit of currency is the Ugandan shilling (UGX). 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 bureau 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 towns.

When to visit

Uganda is an open and welcoming state it, can be visited at any time though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains, especially in September, November and March to May.

Driving

Driving is on the left side. Visitor without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.

Food and drink

Tourist -oriented hotels and restaurants serve good Western-style meals, while a wider range of cuisines being available in the capital and some larger towns. Local restaurants serve Ugandan dishes, typically Ugali (a stiff maize porridge) or matoke (cooked banana) eaten with a stew and also don't forget to taste a rolex which has become one of the most preferred snack by tourists in Uganda.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory and visa requirements should be checked before you travel. To make the most of game reserves and national parks, carry binoculars and field guides. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or similar). Print film and developing is available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

What to wear

Day time temperatures are generally warm to hot, So bring lots of lights clothing. Evening 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 a waterproof jacket and bags where delicate item like the camera, binocular among other things can be stored.

What to buy

There is a wide selection of local handcrafts as souvenirs in Uganda. Made as well as excellent local basketwork, paintings, necklaces, bangles, dresses, hand bags, hats, flat sandals among others in most destinations visited including Entebbe and Kampala city.

Tipping 

Tipping is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% at tourist-oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped. Further information

Guidebooks from Bradt, Spectrum and Lonely Planet, and a wide range of other books about Uganda can be bought at bookstores in Kampala. The Tourism Uganda website (www.visituganda.com) contains information about all tourist attractions and protected areas.

About the visa

Passport: You need a passport that is expiring at least 6 months from time of entry.

Sufficient funds:  The immigration has no specified amount currently, but having a credit card and a return ticket are good evidence to convince the immigration officers that you have enough money with you.

Return/onward tickets: This is your evidence to prove that you have enough money on you, however possessing a one way ticket may require you to o some explaining at the immigration office who my think you do not have enough money to buy a fly back ticket. You will therefore need to present a visitors pass for your next destination outside Uganda to avoid messing up your trip. you may actually be required to buy a return ticket to your country before entering Uganda therefore if you plan to leave the country overland, then organize your flight with an airline where  a refund can be given for the unused ticket and at such dates  and in such countries where you will be able to access  the refund.

International health certificate: Sometimes you may be required to show documents that you have received a yellow fever vaccination.

Entry permits and other immigration fees

Visa

  • Single entry visa US$50
  • Multiple entry visa i.e. 6-12months US$100
  • Multiple visa 24 months US$150
  • Multiple visa 36monthsUS$200
  • Students entry visa US$100
  • Travel documents
  • Uganda passports i.e. official, ordinary and diplomatic US$ 40
  • East African passport US$ 25
  • Temporary movement permits US$ 2.5
  • Certification fees US$ 10
  • Conventional travel documents for refugees 25$ US

Fines

  • Illegal stay US$30 per day
  • Lost passport US$ 50
  • Mutilated/ damaged passport US$ 50
  • Airlines/carrier fines for conveying inadmissible immigrants US$ 2500
  • Appeal fees US$ 500

Accommodation

As soon as you arrive at Entebbe International Airport to Kampala, Uganda’s' capital, and further to all countryside safari destinations, Pamora Safaris Uganda has you sorted as there are various accommodation facilities like Hotels, Lodges, Guest houses, inns, Hostels, Camping facilities that are not only comfortable but also affordable. Uganda National Parks has both Luxury and Budget lodges for all travelers staying within these National Parks.

While at the accommodation facilities, you shall find Single rooms, Twin rooms, double rooms, Family rooms and Dormitories however some of these are Self-contained and others are not, this depends on your preference since the pricing is usually different. There are also Camping facilities where you can hire or pitch a tent in gazetted areas.

When it comes to tasty meals right from Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, There is a Menu for each accommodation facility offering different dishes so feel free to choose what you like. These meals cover for Red and White meat eaters as well as vegetarians.

At Pamora Safaris Uganda, We can get you any accommodation facility as desired. Please feel free to forward us your details of any kind of accommodation facility you would like to have during your stay so we can book it for you in advance no matter the place.

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