Uganda Travel Guide / How to Reach Uganda by air

Uganda Travel Guide / How to reach Uganda by Air; There are several airlines that fly to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. The most common from Europe are Brussels Airlines, KLM, Emirates and British Airways. Other companies are Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, South African Airways recently also Qatar Airways and Turkish airlines. There are daily flights to and out of Entebbe International Airport although none is direct from the USA.

Best Travel Period / Uganda Travel Guide

The best period to visit Uganda is during the dry seasons from December to March and from June to September. October, November, and April-May are considered periods of rain. However, tourism in Uganda is not seasonal, and road conditions and temperature are stable all year round.

Luggage / Uganda Travel Guide

We advise you to travel light as most of the trip will be on the safari vehicles.

Visa entry fees / Uganda Travel Guide

You will be issued an entry visa on arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will need to present a valid passport for at least six months from departure. However, we advise that if you are traveling to Rwanda through Uganda, please apply for a visa before arrival in Uganda and in Uganda, you should request for multiple entry if your departure flight is from Entebbe International Airport.

Health requirements

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is no longer mandatory. Take your antimalarial drugs before arrival in Uganda and come along with mosquito repellants. We recommend that you bring all your personal medications.

Currency and Exchange rate

The Local currency is the Shilling (UShg). It is exchanged on the average as follows 1¼ = 3200 UShg, 1 US$ = 2400 UShg. Make sure that you are traveling with dollars from the year 2000 series and above as these will be given a higher and better rate as compared to those series before the year 2000. You can exchange your values upon arrival in Kampala. International Credit Cards are only accepted in Kampala and main hotels; however, it might require long processing and they attract a surcharge of 5% commissions. Electron Credit Cards are not accepted.

Clothes / Uganda Travel Guide

The dress is mainly informal and should be light as well as practical, like long trousers, t-shirts, trekking shoes. Something warm should be brought along for early mornings and evenings and shirts/jumpers in the evening are better helping against mosquitoes. Light rain jacket for the rain is necessary.

Things to Remember

Do not forget sunglasses, hat, sunscreen products, torch for evening, insect repellents, swimming costume, backpack, binoculars for game drives and birding. Remember to bring with you disinfectant products for the hands and face.

Cameras and Videos

In Uganda it is easy to purchase films in town and in Kampala, you can find the batteries for digital cameras. It is prohibited to take photographs of military and State buildings and military personnel. It is allowed to take photographs and filming for personal reasons and not commercial within the national parks and mountain gorillas.

Telephones

Uganda has a well developed mobile phone network as well as a telephone booth.

Roads

Uganda has a developed network of tarmac roads connecting Kampala with the main towns and regions. However, in national parks, the roads are not tarmac but generally well maintained.

Uganda Travel Guide

Nubian Giraffe in Kidepo Valley National Park

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Most Visited Uganda Safari Parks / Where to go for a Wildlife Safari in Uganda

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK; Bwindi Impenetrable national park, 331 km, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, at an altitude range from 1.160 m to 2.607m. This is a real tropical rainforest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. In the local language “Bwindi” (from “mubwindi”) means “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature of the swamp located southeast of the Park, according to legends. There are 11 species of primates, including chimpanzees, Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, olive baboons. Read More…

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK; Mgahinga National Park, only 38 sq.kms in size, is the Ugandan part of the bigger Virunga Conservation Area, which is a jointly protected area with Congo and Rwanda. It includes three extinct volcanoes: Mount Sabinyo (3.669 m.), Mount Gahinga (3.474 m.) and Mount Muhavura (4.127 m.). “Mgahinga” is named after Mount Gahinga plus the initial of Mount Muhavura. The vegetation is the one typical of Afromontane areas, with a consistent bamboo forest. There are 76 mammal species recorded, including buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys, leopards. 115 bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite and crowned crane. Mgahinga hosts a population of golden monkeys and a few families of mountain gorillas. Read More…

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK; Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Uganda, 5.025kms, including Murchison Falls National Park. Read More…

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK; This park lies on 2.056 sq. km of land situated south of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering Congo and including two lakes. Read More..

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK; Kidepo national park was not a national park as it was just another area inhabited by the Dodoth pastoralists who are famously known. Read More…

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK; Kibale National Park, 766 km, forms a contiguous block with Queen Elizabeth National Park, at an altitude of 1.100-1.590m above sea level. Read More…

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK; This park, 260 sq.kms, is located in Mbarara District, with an altitude range from 1220m to 1828m above sea level. The park is named after the lake which lies in this territory. Read More…