Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weather like?
Uganda enjoys a tropical climate, though the heat is tempered by the altitude, as much of the country is more than 1000m above sea level.
Rainy seasons are from March to May, and September to November.
Dry seasons are from December to February and mid-June to mid-August
Temperatures range from about 16°C (61°F) in the southwestern highlands to 25°C, (77°F) in the northwest; but in the northeast, temperature exceed 30°C (86°F)
What should I bring?
- Day pack
- High SPF sunscreen (Uganda is on the equator)
- Insect repellent
- Spare or rechargeable batteries ( these are difficult to find once you are in the park)
- Waterproof bags to protect equipment
- Electric plug adaptors for 240 volts AC50HZ. UK style square pin plugs are used
- Because of dust– you may need to wear sun glasses while on the road.
- Antiseptic hand wash
- Good walking boots/shoes
- Sandals or other light shoes
- Waterproof jackets rain poncho
- Lighter clothing for Kampala and the savannahs with layers of the cooler evenings
- Warm clothing for mountainous regions, including thermal layers and fleece
- Sun hat/cap
- Uganda is a conservative country, visitors should avoid short shorts and short skirts
Any special equipment?
This depends on your interests – for photography, Birding and wildlife enthusiasts we recommend the following:
- Binoculars: water proof binoculars – stick to 8 or 10 magnification and 32 objectives. They are lighter to carry all day.
- Cameras: get at least 8x optical zoom, bring lens cloth to remove dust, several change batteries, 1GB memory cards
Do I need a visa to enter Uganda?
For most nationalities including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland, 90- day tourist visas can be purchased at the Ugandan Embassy in your home country prior to departure.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the date of entry.
What is the currency?
The Uganda Shillings. This cannot be purchased outside the country.
How do I exchange Cash?
US dollars, UK pounds and Euros are accepted for gorilla/chimp tracking permits and park entry fees.
Note: High exchange rates are given on larger value notes. Banks and forex bureaus will exchange cash.
Can I use Credit or Debit Cards?
Visa is more widely accepted in the city hotels and stores, followed by MasterCard. Other credit cards are unlikely to work. Alert your bank before using your card abroad to avoid it being blocked.
Can I bargain when shopping?
Prices are fixed in shops, but food and craft markets can be more flexible.
What vaccinations do I need?
A yellow fever vaccine is essential – bring your certificate with you.
Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid vaccinations are also recommended.
A rabies vaccinations is also recommended for anyone who expects to be in close contact with animals, or in a very remote area.
Should I bring any other medications?
Anti-malaria tablets are recommended throughout Uganda. Note Chloroquine does NOT protect against malaria in Uganda.
Bring all prescription medications with you – they may not be readily available in Uganda
Purchase travel insurance before you begin your trip, including medical evacuation in case of an emergency.
How safe is Uganda for tourists?
Uganda is safe, stable country with low crime rates.
When in the cities, do not carry large amounts of cash or valuables and keep money and credit cards in an inside pocket.
What language is spoken in Uganda?
English is widely spoken, especially in Kampala city and towns and by those working in tourism. Of over 50 languages, Luganda is most common and Kiswahili.
How can I make a phone call in Uganda?
The international dialing code for Uganda is +256. And if you phone is compatible you may be able to use our local simcards.
Where can I use the internet?
All major towns have internet cafes though the connection is likely to be very slow.