Getting Here

uganda_map_fullUganda is a landlocked country is East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya to the East, Tanzania and Rwanda to the South, Congo to the West and South Sudan to the North. The most convenient means of entry into the country is by air, landing at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which lies 40Km from the capital Kampala. EBB is serviced by Air Uganda, SN Brussels, British Airways, Emirates, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Air, Ethiopian airways, Turkish Airways, Qatar, Egypt Air, Precision air, Delta Airlines, and KLM.
Uganda also has several land border crossings with all its neighbouring countries, the most popular being Busia and Malaba at the border with Kenya, Mutukula at the border with Tanzania, Gatuna at the border with Rwanda, Bunagana at the border with Congo and Nimule at the border with South Sudan.
On Arrival
Local time is GMT +3.
Customs and immigration officials are polite and efficient. Ugandan visas are issued at missions/embassies and at all entry points. Current visa fees are as follows:-
  • Single Entry for 3 months US$50;
  • Multiple Entry for 6 months US$100;
  • Inland Transit US$50;

Forex and ATM facilities are available at the airport, which is also serviced by several shops and restaurants. Lake Basin Tours will arrange airport transfers to your accommodation.

Health
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs and carry insect repellant. It is advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water.
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The unit currency is Uganda shillings (UGX). The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but the Euro and Pound are widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureaux de change in all the larger towns, however travellers cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major credit cards at selected ATMs in Kampala, Entebbe International Airport and in a few major towns.
Language
The official language is English. However there are more than 40 different indigenous languages and Luganda serves as something of a lingua Franca.
When to visit
Uganda can be visited any time of the year though mountain hikes , forest walks and gorilla tracking are more challenging during the rainy seasons , which are generally from September to November and March to May.
what to wear in ugandaWhat to wear
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so carry lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes so carry a couple of light jackets/sweaters too. Those who intend to hike the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes, long sleeved tops and sturdy clothes are ideal for forest walks. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and waterproof jacket.
What to bring
A sense of adventure. A valid passport is mandatory, and visa requirements should be checked before travel. To make the most of the game reserves and national parks, carry binoculars, Lake Basin Tours will provide the field guides. Photographers and birders 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 towns.
Driving
Driving is on the left hand side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to hire a vehicle with a driver rather than self drive. Lake Basin Tours offers both self-drive and chauffeured car hire services.
Tipping
Tipping is not a standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it is appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% at tourist oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.
food and drinkFood and drink
Tourist-oriented hotels and restaurants serve good western-style meals, while a wider range of cuisines is available in the capital and some larger towns. Local restaurants serve Ugandan dishes, typically posho, matooke or kalo eaten with stew. Be sure to try it!
What to buy
A selection of local handicrafts are available as souvenirs.
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