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Uganda National Bird -the Crested CraneUganda 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.Nile Special

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.
Entry requirements
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

Uganda First CurrencyThe 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.


Cellular phone:
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.

Weekend trips/tours:
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.


Current News

Traders advised to shift focus on regional trade


Uganda is now prepared to increase trade with the continent’s regional blocs after it became apparent that it can reap just as much or even more from regional intra-trade than with its traditional trade partners in the EU and the Asian markets.

The Trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde said she is committed to ensuring that Uganda fully takes advantage of regional intra-trade through provision of inducement.

Comesa political federation is unrealistic, says Museveni

President Museveni has discouraged a political integration at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) level, saying it is “unrealistic”.

According to the President, it does not make sense for the 19 Comesa members to federate politically.
“At the EAC (East African Community) we are doing the economic integration and then move to a political federation. But for Comesa, it should be economic integration because political federation is unrealistic,” he said.

Museveni asks Comesa to focus on intra-trade

President Museveni has advised the Comesa member states to shift to intra-regional and local trade. Speaking at the closure of the Comesa meeting in Kampala on Friday, President Museveni said: “The problem is not the market, but the entrepreneurs to take up the opportunities available.”

According to President Musveni, Uganda’s growth was halted by conflicts that peaked during the 1970s with the expulsion of Indians who were the drivers of the economy.

COMESA pushes for joint infrastructure projects

By Raymond Baguma & Samuel Sanya

Member states of the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) have resolved to fast-track the implementation of joint infrastructure projects in railways, energy, roads and ICT to boost regional development.

COMESA gets new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)

COMESA now has a new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes). Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget has been sworn in. Dr. Cheluget before his appointment was Kenya's Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi.

COMESA summit opens in Kampala

By Raymond Baguma

The African heads of state meeting in Kampala is today expected to adopt a report on regional trade, arising out of a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The Summit Opens

Presidents Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Joyce Banda(Malawi) are in the Summit at Munyonyo.

Uganda will be the chair,DR Congo - vice chair and Malawi - Rapporteur.

Optimism as Uganda joins Comesa’s free trade zone


The eighth Comesa Business Forum closed yesterday November 21st 2012, leaving behind both the good and bad news. The good news is that Uganda is now a member of the Comesa Free Trade Area (FTA) and the bad news is that — depending on how Uganda plays the ball - it could end up as a dumping ground for regional products.

Peace and security paramount to achieve Comesa objectives: Amama Mbabazi

Peace and security amongst Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states and with our neighbours is paramount to achieving all other objectives.

This was Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s message at the opening of the 31st COMESA Council of Ministers meeting going on in Kampala.

Comesa Business gurus meet Tuesday to discuss role of SMEs

Comesa businessmen are converging today Tuesday 20th November 2012 in Kampala to discuss how to promote small and medium enterprises development in the region. The 8th business forum under the theme: ‘Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development; Seizing opportunities for Innovation and Prosperity in Business’ will take place at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo.

COMESA deal to boost exports

By David Mugabe

The private sector has lauded the Government for ratifying the COMESA free trade area, saying it will open huge markets for the country.

The Private Sector Foundation boss Gideon Badagawa described the decision as a good development for trade and investments.

“Now that the Government has pronounced itself, we will go full scale to sensitise our members,” said Badagawa over the weekend. Cabinet last week approved a recommendation by the minister of trade for Uganda to join the COMESA free trade area (FTA).

Six presidents for Kampala COMESA mee

By David Mugabe

Six presidents have confirmed participation in next week's COMESA heads of state summit to be held on November 23, 2012 in Kampala.

Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee

Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee will be starting today 15th November 2012 at 9:00 AM (GMT+3)

Uganda to sign Comesa free trade area treaty

Uganda will ratify the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) free trade area, according to Mr Mr Gerald Sendaula, the chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

Uganda assumes COMESA leadership

By David Mugabe

Later this week, Uganda will assume the chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a development that trade experts believe will bring huge benefits to the country.

COMESA 2012 Summit Kicks Off!

The COMESA 2012 Summit has kicked off with the 14th COMESA Meeting of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee  at Munyonyo Resort today 13th November 2012. The meeting is to be attended by delegates from Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Media Breakfast on 8th November - Imperial Royale

There will be a media briefing Breakfast on the progress and preparations of the COMESA 2012 Summit at Imperial Royale Hotel on 8th November 2012. Be there.

16th Summit launched in Uganda

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives in the Government of Uganda, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 held a press briefing in order to launch the country’s hosting of this year’s Summit to the media. At the briefing hon. Kyambadde said that Uganda is a founder member of the PTA in 1982, and that the Treaty transforming the PTA to COMESA was signed in Kampala on 05 November 1993.

“Uganda agreed to host the Summit this year, and it shall take place at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo on 23-24 November 2012 alongside various Policy Organs’ meetings that commence on 13 November 2012.”


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