Uganda is an astonishingly beautiful country, full of vibrant, confident, courteous and indomitable people. It boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and waterscapes. Perched on an immense plateau several thousand feet above the equator, Uganda has the best of both worlds, year round of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. After well over a decade of peace, Uganda is prospering, having been ranked number one destination 2012 by lonely planet, Uganda is once again becoming Africa’s most attractive tourist destination
Uganda offers a dream tourism destination to all visitors as it is endowed with abundant natural and cultural resources that form the basis of a lucrative tourism industry. Uganda, a country “Gifted by Nature” is characterized by some of the most diverse and unique assemblage of pristine eco-systems, scenic physical features, water bodies, variety of flora and fauna species and a fast and vibrant stable economy.
From the source of the Nile on lake Victoria the most powerful natural flow on earth, to the snow caped Rwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes to the deepest plains of Karamoja, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts.
What then would stop you from coming to such a paradise? I invite you to Uganda, a country famously described by Sir Winston Churchill in his African journey as the “Pearl of Africa”. You will discover that Churchill’s fascination and observation stand true to the test of time. For more information please visit http://www.visituganda.com/destinations
See and what to do
Located across the equator, with almost everything that the continent has to offer, crammed into one small but dazzling destination. From the highest mountain range in Africa, the mountains of the moon, the source of the Nile, this offers the best water rafting in the world, highest concentration of primates including the mountain gorillas and many other cultural and ecotourism activities.
With so many activities to engage in and things to see, Uganda provides for a true ecotourism destination. A gorilla safari is undoubtedly the preferred tour for almost all tourists to Uganda. Uganda is the only country where more than half of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla can be seen in its natural habitat. Uganda also hosts many other primates such as the chimpanzees- the closest relative of man and monkeys. Fascinating, unique, traditional, and warmly culture and environment. From a variety of interesting historical and cultural sites, to wildlife adventures, cultural interaction, traditional art and craft, sports, leisure and entertainment, and vegetation. Come and discover the Pearl of Africa. For more information please visit http://www.visituganda.com/see-and-do/
Uganda is strategically located in the region with a lot of air connectivity. Existing airlines fly more often to and from Entebbe international airport and new low cost airlines have added Uganda to their networks making the country accessible from all over the world. The prevailing peace and political stability in the country should not be missed; this is where you will have your holiday in peace.
You will arrive at the Entebbe International Airport. At the airport you can obtain a Visa for one, three, or multiple visits. A special taxi from the airport in Entebbe to Kampala is about $50US or 60,000-80,000 Ush. It is possible to take a cheap matatu or public taxi to and from the airport, but it will be inconvenient if you have a lot of luggage
Uganda is GMT + 3 hours
Uganda enjoys ideal weather conditions, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas and lake shores to the coolness of the highlands. Temperatures range between 21C and 25C. The rains are mainly between March and May, and October and November
The currency of Uganda is the Ugandan shilling, US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are also widely in use. You can take traveler’s checks, but realize that you should exchange these in Kampala and that the exchange rate is less than that of cash. US dollars in higher currency amounts (ie $100) are your best option in regards to exchange rates, but smaller amounts less than $20 are rarely accepted. Bring bills that have been printed after 2000. That is very important. Many merchants will absolutely not accept bills printed earlier. ATM machines are available in Kampala only. Barclays Bank and Standard Charter accept VISA cards; however you will be charged a fee by your bank for each withdrawal.
Mobile phones are widely used in Uganda and on the GSM network. Landline calls are more expensive are being used less and less. The main mobile phone companies in Uganda are MTN Airtel, Warid, Orange and UTL. MTN has wider upcountry coverage. It is very useful to have a mobile phone while in Uganda. All you need to do is have a GSM phone and buy a Uganda SIM card once you arrive.
Internet cafes are readily available in Kampala and even a few in upcountry. The fastest LAN connections and Skype telephone headsets and connections are also available, if you happen to travel with your laptop, many of the telecommunication companies have modems for the 3G network. Wireless hotspots are also available in hotels and major restaurants Fax services are also available
There are multiple housing options in Kampala, ranging from basic to more luxurious. It is not uncommon to learn of accommodation choices once you arrive and you are welcome to make your own arrangements. We would recommend, however, that you consider safety for yourself and for your belongings and that you use mosquito netting at all times when you sleep. For more information please check out the approved hotels here
Moving around the city of Kampala and into other parts of the country is easy once you are familiar with the system. When in doubt, you can always ask, as the Ugandans are more than willing to help. The best map available is the Macmillian map of Uganda and Kampala for 8000 Ush. It is available at Aristoc bookstore on Kampala Rd. in the City Centre and Garden City Mall.
Walking during the day is generally safe in most areas and is often a pleasant way to strike up conversations or see the various sites of Kampala. In Uganda drivers keep left, Be aware that the cars drive on the opposite side of the road than they do in some countries, so look right when crossing the street.
Taxis, or matatus, are the most frequently used modes of transport and are the public transportation system. They are easily recognized at the white Toyota mini- vans with the checkered blue stripes on the side.
What to wear
Uganda is informal and for day time wear men need only sports shirts and slacks. We recommend clothing which is light and easy to wash. Ladies need little more than cotton dresses, skirts and tops. Make sure you bring a strong pair of walking shoes/boots. Don’t forget sunglasses and a hat as protection against the equatorial sun.
In the evening you may need a sweater on trail, and in the cities a little more formality is required. Don’t forget your swim wear, many hotels and lodges have swimming pools.
A local publication called The Eye is published every two months and is a wonderful guide to events, entertainment, shopping, and attractions in Uganda. It is available at most hotels or guesthouses.
What to bring
Don’t forget to bring your camera as well as a good pair of binoculars.
What to buy
A souvenir is an essential purchase during your visit to Uganda, to bring back many happy memories when you get home, and some wonderful handicrafts can be found all over the country. In every village local people are skilled in colorful arts and crafts, both traditional and modern, which are hand worked to a very high standard; all of the items are of beauty patterns and in colors that reflect our cultures.