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Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is perhaps East Africa’’s best kept secret. Whether you are a first time safari goers or a seasonal African traveler, Uganda is an amazing place to enjoy a safari. It is quite unlike any other African country, with spectacular mountain scenery along with rain forests, rivers and lakes and areas of open plains, which provide homes for an extraordinary diversity of life.

Discover Uganda with its unique blend of Savannah and forest creatures, its rare wealth of mountain and lake habitats is simply dazzling. One of the highlights has to be gorilla trekking – foot safaris to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga in their natural habitat. Mountain gorillas can only be seen at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, at Mgahinga or in the Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in neighboring Rwanda which is easily accessible from Uganda.

On a safari in Uganda, you can also see chimpanzees, go bird watching for the 27 Rift Valley endemics or the shoebill stork, see elephants, lions and hippos and other great African wildlife in a range of wildlife areas such as the Kibale forest and the Queen Elizabeth (Ruwenzori) National Park. The local communities also really make a trip here very special, sharing their cultural traditions and welcoming us to their country.

Uganda highlights

  • Spectacular mountain scenery and other environments such as forests, rivers and lakes.
  • Treks to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi or Mgahinga.
  • Excellent wildlife including chimpanzees and other primates.
  • Superb birdwatching, including the rare Shoebill Stork.

Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, is a country with spectacular natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. It has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. It is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.

The parks offer ‘traditional’ savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivaled on the continent as a bird watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

Explore Uganda – on the tip of discovery with the safest and most hospitable parks in Africa!

Uganda National Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kibale Forest National Park
Lake Mburo National park
Murchison Falls National Park
Mount Elgon National Park Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Bird Watchers

Bird Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bird Watching in Kibale Forest National Park

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Language
English is the official language, with Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken.

Visas
Visas are required for UK citizens which can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.

Health
No compulsary vaccinations but several are recommended and you should take malaria prophylactics.

Best times to go
Due to a mainly equatorial climate, temperatures do not change hugely during the year with an average of between 24-28 C. Main rains are March – May and October – November. Birding is best November – March.

Getting there
You can get to Uganda via Air or Road.

Travelling Tips – Essential Information for Uganda Visitors

Coming/traveling to Uganda takes some preparation and planning which involves getting the best use of services from a tour operators that can give you a memorable trip.

Preparation involves the following.

Packing.

Packing for a Uganda safari doesn’t have to be complicated keep it essential based on the reasons you are visiting Uganda if its tourism, pack what is essential for the tourism and likewise to business trips/ other trips. With the Uganda’s weather, there’s little fluctuation in the temperature and the really no summer or winter in Uganda, the hottest months are December, January and February with the average day temperature of 24-33,the southern part of the country has got two wet seasons normally from, mid-September to November and March to May. Second dry months are June, July and August but sometimes experience unpredictable rains and of the gorilla parks are cool during this months because they are situated at high altitude. With above weather information it’s advised to carry with you clothing suitable for a worm and cool climate because Uganda is generally a worm place but also experiences some cool conditions.

Uganda Tourist Visa

Getting a visa is a must. Uganda visas are issued at the different embassies abroad, they can also be found at Entebbe airport. Below is the pricing for the different visa categories: student visa is 20$, single entry 50$, multiple entry six months 100$ this guarantees visits three east African countries of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, multiple entry 1 year 200$ this still guarantees entry to the above mentioned east African states, inland transit 15$. Uganda also immigration announced the use of online E-tourism visas- all arriving visitors must have an email with bar codes that create a tourism visa that is glued to inside their passports. The same applies to east Africa at large especially if Uganda is the first country you are entering, in East Africa an online E-East African tourism visa is also can be applied for online.to get online visas visit https://visas.immigration.go.ug.

Money Tips and Advice

Uganda is a cash based country where the US dollar is used as currency of choice alongside the national currency (Uganda shillings).The use of credit card is widely accepted with visas cards being the most commonly used cards in the country while traveler’s cheques are limited everywhere as it’s a tedious process to be converted into cash. The country has several banks, forex bureau and other financial institution which operate from 8:00am to 40:30pm from Monday-to Friday and they operate from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays. Where any financial transaction can be carried out.

Travel Insurance.

In case you’re in need any medical care, you need to be aware that the medical service providers don’t accept payment through your insurance company. In this case you will need to file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you need to carry cash either from the credit card or from the wire transfer. For any assistance you need to contact your country’s local embassy

For the compensation to reflect, you need to be treated from a licensed medical center and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.