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Accommodation in Kisoro-Gorillas
Submitted by M20444 on 2010-08-25
Mgahinga/Kisoro/Nkuringo/Nshongi hotels, lodges and camps

Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge: Luxury Lodge where wines and spirits and massage are included in the lodge costs. Up in Mgahinga and overlooking the dramatic ... view more Virunga volcanoes, the Lodge has 7 bandas (cottages).

Mgahinga Safari Lodge: Mid-range with 7 rooms.

Nkuringo Safari Lodge: Modern luxury lodge at Nkuringo Park area. Within Mgahinga Park.

Travellers Rest Hotel: Mid-range hotel. In Kisoro town. 8 rooms and 2 suites.

Blue Sky Hotel: Basic hotel in Kisoro town. About 20 rooms.

Virunga Hotel: Basic hotel with 8 rooms and a camp site. In the centre of Kisoro town.

Nkuringo Walking Trail and Safari Camp: Basic camp with 12 rooms and a dormitory, managed by Nkuringo Local Community.

Heritage Guest House: Basic with 10 rooms. In the centre of Kisoro town.

Accommodation in Murchison Falls-Masindi
Submitted by M20444 on 2010-08-25
Murchison Falls/Masindi hotels, lodges and camps. Nile Safari Lodge: A luxury tented camp with 8 thatched cottages and swimming pool, overlooking the Nile.

Paraa Safari Lodge: Luxury lodge with 54 bedrooms and ... view more swimming pool overlooking the Nile.

Masindi Hotel: A mid-range colonial hotel in Masindi town with 22 rooms. Recently renovated.

Court View Hotel: Basic hotel in Masindi town.15 rooms

UCOTA Guest House Budongo: Simple guest house near Budongo Forest managed by local women in the area.

Uganda Tour-Gorilla Tracking
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-05
Chances for one to see gorillas in Uganda are almost 100% depending on the family one is interested in. This is because the number of gorillas have increased and Uganda has more than half of the worlds' remaining mountain gorillas.
Uganda Culture
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-05
Its a year of circumcision among the Bagishu people in eastern Uganda. This is the best time for one to learn more about the way of life of the Bagishu.
Uganda Tour
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-05
The rainy season has began in Uganda. Its also the best time to take a tour to fields. You will be able to see the worlds' best organic fruits.
Customs
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-05
All visitors holding a valid passport, return tickets, proof of accommodation, and sufficient funds are issued a 30-day tourist visa (single entry visa) on arrival at the airports and at the land borders at a fee of ... view more US$50. Uganda follows a policy of reciprocity (if your Country requires a Visa for Ugandans to enter, Uganda will impose the same). Irish Nationals do not require visa.
Uganda climate
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-06
Uganda is on the Equator which gives it an ideal climate with little variation. Mean temperatures are between 21C and 31C all year round. There are two rainy seasons from March to May and October to November.

Travel ... view more is often slower in the rainy season and trekking more difficult. Mountainous areas tend to be much colder than the plains and receive more rain. Temperatures in mountainous areas can go down to 10°c in certain months. Lodges and other facilities are open all year round.
Clothing
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-06
Light summer cotton clothing supplemented by a sweater or jacket should be sufficient all year round for most of East Africa. In the hilly and mountainous areas, waterproof jackets or ponchos, strong waterproof walking ... view more boots and warmer fleece or heavy sweaters will be required in the evening.

Informal dressing is usual, although Africans appreciate modest dressing. Cotton slacks and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari. Don't forget to bring a hat and sun protection, along with your swimsuit. Request additional details at the time of booking for specific requirements tied to adventure or activities.

Telephone and Internet
Submitted by M20040 on 2010-10-06
International telephone communication is good throughout the East African countries. There are both landlines, and competent mobile network services. Mobile service providers include: Vodafone, Orange, MTN, Zain, Warid ... view more Telecom, Safaricom and Uganda Telecom adequately servicing the areas. Local SIM cards can be purchased right from the airports or from any accessible area throughout the region. International roaming facilities are also available.

Dial up Internet services are widely available in major towns through internet cafes. In addition the mobile networks offer Internet services on special arrangements and would normally require compatible handsets. Wireless connections are also available at major hotels, and hotspots.

All our drivers/guides have cell phones and maintain contact with the Head Office throughout safaris.

Changing money from USD to shillings in Uganda
Submitted by M20425 on 2010-10-11
Make sure to bring only recent US dollar notes to Uganda as forex bureau's will not accept bills older than 2002 due to fraud. Furthermore, changing 50$ bills and above will give you a better rate than changing 1$, ... view more 5$, 10$ and 20$.
Forex rates are negotiable in town so try your luck at bargaining!

Malaria-free holiday in Uganda!
Submitted by M20425 on 2010-10-11
Make sure to bring a good mosquito repellent to Uganda. Wear it in the evening, as malarial mosquitoes bite after 6 pm. Make sure to sleep under a treated mosquito net, and close all windows and doors after 6 pm to avoid ... view more having malarial mosquitoes indoors.
Rainy days in Uganda
Submitted by M20425 on 2010-10-12
When it rains in Uganda, it RAINS. Forget umbrellas and a rain jacket; wait out the rain like most other Ugandans. Downpours tend to be short and heavy, and since roads do not have good drainage systems, many roads tend ... view more to flood. Sewage often comes up, causing health hazards. Furthermore, as there are many uncovered manholes, there is also a danger of falling into one when they are flooded by muddy waters! Find a cozy restaurant and order a cup of "African tea" (milky, chai spiced tea), sit back, and read the paper while you wait for the sun to come back.
Accommodation in Kampala, Uganda
Submitted by M20443 on 2011-01-28
Kampala Hotels

Sheraton Hotel
Sheraton is A modern 5 star centrally located hotel with 251 rooms, health club, pool and 9 acres of gardens.

Kampala Serena Hotel
Serena is A modern 5 star centrally located hotel ... view more with 85 rooms, health club, pool and 6 acres of gardens.

Emin Pasha: A boutique hotel in central Kampala, with 20 rooms and a pool.

Protea Hotel: A good modern 4 star hotel with 70 rooms. Located 5km from City center.

Serena Hotel: A modern 5 star hotel which opened in 2006 after complete refurbishment. With 146 rooms, health club, pool, sports and conference facilities.

Sheraton Hotel: A modern 5 star newly renovated and centrally located hotel with 251 rooms, health club, pool and gardens.

Le Bougainviller Hotel: A mid-range eco-style hotel with 20 rooms. 8km from the center.

Cassia Lodge: A mid-range eco-style hotel with 50 rooms. 8km from the center.

Hotel Africana:
A Modern 4-seater 4 star hotel centrally located with 183 rooms, health club and pool. 1 km away from the City center.

Speke Hotel: A mid-range colonial-style hotel with 50 rooms in the center.

Forest Cottages :A mid-range eco-style hotel with 25 rooms. 8km from the center.

Speke and Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo: An upmarket Resort, large property on the shores of Lake Vctoria. Fit for large conferences. 2500 rooms, 15 conference rooms. With gym, Olympic-size swimming pool, a horse center, marina.

Namirembe Guest House : A budget hotel with 50 rooms on Namirembe Hill overlooking the City.

Fairway Hotel: A mid-range colonial-style hotel with 70 rooms. 4km from the center.

Humura Hotel: A mid-range, family-run hotel with 20 rooms. 5km from the center.

Metropole Hotel: A mid-range colonial-style hotel with 50 rooms in the center.

Where to stay in Bwind
Submitted by M20443 on 2011-01-28
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Hotels, camps and Lodges
- Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge: Situated overlooking the forest. 8 bandas.
- Gorilla Forest Camp: Modern luxury Tented Camp with flash toilets, solar power. 8 ... view more tents. Within the park.
- Buhoma Homestead: Upmarket Lodge with about 8 rooms. Flash toilets and solar power.
- Bwindi Engagi Lodge: Upmarket Lodge with 8 tents. 5 minutes drive from the park gate.
- Bwindi Gorilla Resort: Mid-range tented camp with 8 tents.
- Bwindi Community Camp: Basic 8-room camp run by the community in Bwindi. Also offers the Buhoma Village Walk.

Flight information to East Africa
Submitted by M20443 on 2011-01-28
There are daily flights to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) out of Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express. Clients can make their own arrangements to arrive in Entebbe or Kigali on the day of, or the day ... view more before, their safari starts. SN Brussels flies to Entebbe and Kigali, from Brussels. South African Airways flies to Entebbe and Nairobi regularly. Ethiopian Airlines flies from London/Rome/Milan via Addis to Entebbe and Kigali. KLM flies to Entebbe direct from Amsterdam. Emirates Air flies from New York to Entebbe and Nairobi via Dubai. Egypt Air flies from Rome/Milan via Cairo to Entebbe. Rwandair has daily connections between Kigali and Entebbe, Kigali and Nairobi and Kigali and Kilimanjaro (Near Arusha in Tanzania). From other African countries, countries can fly to Nairobi using Kenya Airways, SA or Ethiopian Airlines and get a connecting flight to Ebb/Kgl.

From Europe the easiest way to get to Entebbe (for Kampala in Uganda) directly from London is with British Airways. Kenya Airways and British Airways have daily connections between London and Nairobi from where you can connect to Entebbe or Kigali with Kenya Airways or other airlines.

From the USA, clients need to fly to London, Brussels or Amsterdam and then get connecting flights to Kigali and Entebbe. Alternatively clients can fly from New York, Washington DC or Atlanta to Johannesburg with South African Airways and then take a connecting flight. Contact your travel agent for reservations.

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