Uganda

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Why Uganda?

Uganda is a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.

 

Uganda’s popularity has lots of reasons:

– Easy availability with only little time difference (+ 2 hours during winter)
– good flight connection with KLM via Amsterdam or Emirates via Dubai
– uncomplicated entry regulations: valid passport, visa available at the border or in advance at the Embassy
– ideal location with the huge African lakes: palm beaches at Lake Victoria, wide savannahs for game drives, volcanos and mountains, rain and bamboo forests and jungl
– Home of the rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees
– Possibility to watch primates, wild animals and bird (e.g. shoebill) from close distance

Travel Season

Good travel time:
January, February, June, July, August, September
Green-Season:
March, April, May, October, November, December
     

Tips before your Departure

Entry

Germans need a passport that has to be valid for at least 6 more months after leaving the country. Children entries are no longer valid, every child needs an own passport or child ID with photo according to old sample. A visa is valid for 30 days and will cost 50 US$ at the airport at the moment. We recommend to apply for a visa before departure. Inhabitants of other countries should ask for their respective entry requirements at their responsible Embassy.  

Health

Besides sunscreen and your personal first-aid kit we recommend medicine for diarrhea due to the climatic change. When entering Uganda you don’t have to show a certification of a valid yellow fever inoculation. But please note that you might need this in other countries if you are on a round trip through Africa. Beyond that, no immunizations are required, but please ask your doctor or local health authority before departure. In addition we suggest you invest in a travel health insurance, and will be happy to inform you about it.  

Currency

Currency is the Uganda-Shilling.  

Time Shift

The time shift during European summer is + 1 hour and + 2 hours during winter.  

Climate

Uganda offers a moderate and pleasant climate as most of the country is located on a plateau of about 1.000 meters. The daily temperatures normally range between 25° C and 35° C, at night it gets colder with temperatures from 12 °C to 18 °C. Rain is falling mostly in the months of April and May, but also October and November are more rain-laden than the rest of the year. But normally there only is a short downpour, rainfalls for several hours are uncommon.  

Luggage/Clothes

For safaris please think of clothes in muted colors, long trousers, long sleeves, headgear as well as comfortable shoes. Please also remember to take sunscreen and insect-repellant spray. For the rainy seasons you should also bring some rain protection, and in the evenings you might need a pullover or cardigan for lower temperatures. Skirts and trousers that are too short aren’t liked to be seen in public.  

Day of Departure

Flight

At the moment there are no direct flights from Germany to Uganda. Entebbe is the most important airport of the country and located near the capital Kampala. You can reach Entebbe with connection flights from different airlines, e.g. KLM, KLM, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Turkish Airlines or Brussels Airlines. We will be glad to advise you on prices for flights in Comfort/Business Class. For a fee of € 30, - we can reserve your preferred seat. We can also reserve a parking place at the airport in advance. We recommend to call the airline 1-2 days before departure to let them confirm the time of departure. Please keep your passport ready for your return flight.  

Security Advice

Please note that you have to be at the check-in counter of your airline at least two hours before your departure. We will be glad to send you some information on your airport. Please remember not to pack any sharp objects into your hand luggage like nail scissors etc.  

Your travel destination

Arrival

After arriving at your airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by your tour guide and accompanied to your hotel or you will directly start your safari.  

Population

The official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili. Besides, there are several different tribal languages that are spoken.  

Round trips/Excursions

By land or by sea: The landscape and animal kingdom (especially under-water) of Mozambique have a lot to offer. We offer an interesting choice of round trips and excursions and will be glad to advise you. It is recommended to book before your departure as in the peak season many safari lodges are booked up and you may lose valuable vacation time.  

Security

Please deposit your money, jewellery as well as your documents in the hotel safe. Don't take too many things with you and take care of your handbag and camera. After sunset it is recommended to use a taxi instead of public means of transport. It is prohibited to take pictures of military or security relevant facilities, for example airports, bridges, government buildings etc. In case of doubt, you should ask before taking the pictures. Drinking alcohol doesn’t infringe ethical principles as long as it is done in appropriate localities and not on the streets. Smoking in public areas is mainly prohibited. Even if the laws aren’t always applied consistently, there might be fines or imprisonments.  

Electricity Supply

The voltage is 240 Volt alternating current, 50 Hertz. You need a three-pole adapter.  

Telephone

Calling from Germany: 00256/ local area network/subscriber; calling to Germany: 0049/ local area network without 0/subscriber  

Diplomatic missions

German Embassy: 15 Philip Road, Kololo, Kampala, Tel.: +256 41 4501111 Austrian Embassy: 3, Portal Avenue, Kampala, Tel.: +256 31 235104 Swiss Embassy: 1-27, Nasser Lane, Kampala, +256 41 347131  

Tip

In hotels and restaurants you don’t have to give a tip, but of course they will be happy about it. 5-10% of the invoice amount is normal. A tour guide or driver receives about 1 - 2 Euro per day, you can give the housekeeping about 30 Cent per day.