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Uganda travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Flight information to East Africa
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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 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 ... view more 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.

Where to stay in Bwind
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- 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 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 ... view more camp run by the community in Bwindi. Also offers the Buhoma Village Walk.
Rainy days in Uganda
Submitted by M20425
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 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 ... view more the paper while you wait for the sun to come back.
Malaria-free holiday in Uganda!
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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 having malarial mosquitoes indoors.
Changing money from USD to shillings in Uganda
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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$, 5$, 10$ and 20$.
Forex rates are negotiable in town so try your luck at bargaining!
Telephone and Internet
Submitted by M20040
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 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 ... view more 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.

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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 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 ... view more swimsuit. Request additional details at the time of booking for specific requirements tied to adventure or activities.
Uganda climate
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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 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.
Submitted by M20040
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 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 Tour
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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.
Uganda Culture
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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-Gorilla Tracking
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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.
Accommodation in Mbarara-Kasese
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Kasese hotels, lodges and camps

Hotel Margherita: Basic Hotel in Kasese town with 45 rooms. Well located for visits to the Rwenzori mountains.

Rwenzori International Hotel: Basic Hotel in Kasese town with 12 rooms.

Lake Mburo National Park hotels, lodges and camps

Mantana Lake Mburo Tented Camp: Mid-range Camp with 8 tents overlooking Lake Mburo.

Mihingo Lodge: Modern Luxury Lodge overlooking the park. 10 thatched cottages and a swimming pool.

Rwonyo Camp: Basic camp with tents and thatched ... view more cottages. Shared bathrooms.

Arcadia Cottages: Mid-range lodge in the park. 8 rooms

Accommodation in Bunyonyi-Kabale
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Kabale/Lake Bunyonyi hotels, lodges and camps

Arcadia Cottages: Mid-range hotel on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. 20 rooms

Nature's Prime Camp: A basic camp with 5 tents, on an island in Lake Bunyonyi.

Bushara Island Camp: A basic camp with 6 tents, with adjacent bathrooms on an island in Lake Bunyonyi.

White Horse Inn, Kabale: Basic colonial-style 40 room hotel, with gardens.

Bunyonyi Overland Camp: Basic charming Camp. About 20 rooms with shared bathrooms.
Hotels in Fort Portal Uganda
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Fort Portal/Kibale hotels, lodges and camps

Ndali Lodge: Charming lodge with 8 thatched cottages overlooking a crater lake. Suitable for visits to Kibale Forest. Swimming pool.

Mantana Tented Camp: Mid-range camp with 7 tents.

Primate View Lodge: Charming lodge with 8 tents. Within the park.

Chimps Nest: Small, family run Camp with 8 tents near the park.

Nyinabulitwa Country Resort: Charming wonderfully located Resort with 7 thatched cottages overlooking a crater lake.

CVK: Basic Camp with bandas ... view more (cottages) and conference room.

Mountains of the Moon Hotel: Modern, recently renovated hotel in the center of Fort Portal town.

Chimpanzee Forest Guest House and Campsite: Basic Camp with 7 rooms and a Campsite.

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