The people of Uganda are probably the most welcoming people in the whole of Africa, but, value their culture and are always happy to teach it to the visitors. They feel honored if the visitors do respect them too. We have a very rich culture and a lot of this is included in our itineraries, and our guides interpret it during the site visits and during the course of the trips, and also advise clients on how they are expected to conduct themselves when interacting with the local people.
Uganda has 2 main rainy season: March to May and September to November. The rest of the months are dry, but occasionally punctuated with short rains which keeps the country lush and green all year round. The hottest areas (about 35 degrees C.) are the low altitude places like the Semliki and Nile Valleys and the Northeast of the Country, well as the cooler parts (about 23-28 degrees C.) are the high-altitude areas of the south -west stretching from Kabale (the Switzerland of Uganda) though the Volcanic areas of Kisoro to the Rwenzori mountains (Mountains of the Moon) on the Uganda Congo boarder.
We advise travelers to Uganda to carry light clothing and a sweater since the temperatures vary a lot in short distances.
There are mandatory vaccinations like yellow fever, but, Malaria and bilharzias and other diseases are spread in various parts of the Country. Visitors are advised to consult their Doctors to take the necessary prophylactic requirements. We also advise travelers to Uganda to take medical and travel Insurances before they travel. However, there are International health services provided in Uganda especially in Kampala, with foreign trained doctors 24 hours a day.
Communication, Telephone and internet
The official language is English and the agreed National Language is Swahili, which is also spoken in other country in the region. English is well spoken in major towns and all tourist destinations. Most of the Country is well covered by cellular phone signals that also accommodate international roaming, all calls can be made anywhere.
Wifi is available in all lodges however, slow sometimes.
There are very few Camera shops in Kampala, so, clients are advised to carry their own Cameras with a good memory card and their charging accessories. The power supply in Uganda is the standard 220- 240 volts hydro and generated power. And the pug type is British three pin plug So, please we advise you to carry your own adapters to suit your equipment.
The Country has been quite stable for over 20 years and security is beefed up quite often when need arises. There is a tourism police attached to National Parks and other tourist destinations including lodges and Camps to ensure tourists safety when visiting those areas. However, safety precautions must be considered especially when walking in the streets of major cities and towns as is the case in other parts of the world.
Uganda is 3 hours ahead of GMT
Credit cards and Money..
Credit cards are accepted for most services in Kampala and some few Hotels upcountry, but we would recommend that one should change money in Kampala or Entebbe Airport before proceeding on tour. Most of the services and bills while on tour are settled in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars in a few places. The exchange rates of foreign currencies to Uganda Shillings fluctuates from time to time, check the bureaus for the current rates upon arrival in the Country. Notes issued before 2010 will not be accepted. Also smaller notes are exchanged at a lower exchange rate.
In addition, the most practical items/clothes to pack for an East Africa trip include:
- Shirt with long sleeves for protection from the sun and from mosquitoes.
- Shorts or a light skirt.
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days.
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives or if you are going to the western or eastern mountainous areas.
- Comfortable walking shoes, hiking boots, waterproof sandals.
- Sunglasses, hat, insect repellent – essentials!
- Binoculars and a camera are a must.
- Tracksuit – good for sleeping when in the mountains.
- Light, compact raincoat is vital for Uganda’s rainy climate.
- Swimsuit, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools.
- Towel, torch and sleeping bag for camping/hiking safaris.