Uganda Travel Tips.
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Uganda has a good climate all year round; temperatures generally range between 24 -28C during day time. The nights are considerably cool, but woolen sweaters are not necessary. Rains come twice a year, in October/November (short rains) and mid- March to end of May. The rainy season should not make you postpone travel plans as it usually rains for an hour or less and the rest of the day is sunny.
There are over 33 local languages spoken but the official language is English, spoken widely by most urban Ugandans. Others include Luganda a local dialect, Swahili is also widely spoken and understood.
Visas should be obtained prior to travel at a fee of $ 30.00 per person. You can also get a visa upon arrival at the airport in Uganda at the same cost.
Uganda currently has one International Airport at Entebbe. A number of international airlines fly directly to Entebbe, among them British Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Egypt air, South Africa Airways, Ethiopian Airways. There are airstrips however in most major towns and National Parks and Game Reserves.
Uganda Shillings the local currency. American dollars (the series should not be less than the year 2000), or Traveler’s cheques or any more hard currency. There are numerous Forex bureaux and banks in the capital and the man towns. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but generally it is best to carry cash upcountry.
Yellow Fever vaccinations are mandatory, and we strongly advise that you have anti - malarial tablets. Most prescription drugs can be bought affordably and with ease over the counter.
You have 20 kg limit and 30 kg for first and club class travelers when returning from East Africa. Laundry facilities are readily available, packing heavy is not necessary.
The Minimum age for Gorilla tracking is 15years and each permit costs $ 500 for both Uganda and Rwanda. Remember to carry sturdy hiking shoes if you are going for gorilla tracking. When tracking gorillas or chimps, try to avoid bright colours dark shades of greens, browns, blues etc would be best.
While on other safaris, there is not much walking and you will spend of the time stay in your vehicle during game drives. A raincoat and a hat for sun protection would be advisable.
We strongly advise that you arrange to pay for personal travel insurance when planning for your holiday. AAR Health insurance is strongly recommended.
Health & Travel
People who are not fit for long trips due to chronic illness, heart disease, physical handicap, advanced pregnancy or mental illness are advised to avoid itineraries with strenuous activities.
Personal belongings should be well minded by the owners as they are at all times at the passengers own risk.
We will do our best to maintain and provide the holiday arrangements that have been confirmed, but still reserve the right to alter the program/itinerary if unforeseen circumstances like security matters, accommodation changes, flight schedule, make such alterations necessary.