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Practical information about Uganda

On this page you will find answers to practical questions that you may have in connection with booking of one of our Uganda safari holidays. Read more, for example, about weather conditions, vaccinations and visa. If you have any other questions, we are always ready to help.

1 Weather and climate in Uganda

Uganda can be visited all year round. Even though Uganda is close to the equator, the country sits far enough above sea level to stabilize the temperature, so it never gets too hot. The average temperature is around 26 degrees and approximately 17 degrees at night.

Mountain walks, gorilla trails, and other walks in the forest are more challenging during periods of rain fall (October-November and April-May). However, there is no real reason to fear heavy rain periods, as the sun is more often than not shinning. The rain occurs mostly at night and early morning hours. Safari and Chimpanzee tracking is actually best during the rainy periods, as the Chimpanzees tend to be more active and visible.

Statistics
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Day temp.
27
27
27
26
26
25
25
25
26
26
26
26
Night temp.
17
17
18
18
18
17
16
16
16
17
17
17
Rain mm
89
72
160
198
206
93
61
69
110
117
141
112
Statistics Day temp. Night temp. Rain mm
JAN 27 17 89
FEB 27 17 72
MAR 27 18 160
APR 26 18 198
MAY 26 18 206
JUN 25 17 93
JUL 25 16 61
AUG 25 16 69
SEP 26 16 110
OCT 26 17 117
NOV 26 17 141
DEC 26 17 112

2 Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from africasafari.co.uk.  Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

3 You should pay particular attention to the following

  • The minimum age for participation in gorilla tracking 15 years
  • Be prepared that this is a physically demanding trip
  • Book preferably well in advance of departure, this will ensure you get a Gorilla license in good time
  • In the case of illness / flu / Influenza you can be denied participation in gorilla tracking. This is despite the fact that you have paid for the license. This is to prevent some of the dangers facing the gorillas. Your guide determines whether you can participate or not
  • Paid gorilla licenses are non-refundable and can not be changed to dates other than those issued
  • Gorilla tracking takes from 1 to 9 hours
  • You can expect to have around 1 hour spent in company of the gorillas
  • Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and tolerability is low
  • Possession of any kind of drugs is strictly prohibited and severely punishable
  • You can hire help of an assistant to help carry luggage and clear the path making things a little easier for you, for only 5 USD / approximately £4
  • Remember that you should not leave anything in the nature. This also applies to food waste, garbage, and toilet paper etc.
  • Bring light snacks such as muesli bars or similar as it can take a long time before you return to the lodge

4 Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

5 Vaccinations

You need to be able to prove you are yellow fever vaccinated before entering the country. We recommend that you contact your doctor or clinic for more information on vaccinations.

6 Visas

UK citizens need a valid visa to visit to Uganda. You should apply for visa pre-authorisation online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. Your approval should be printed out and carried with you to Uganda. Please be aware that the visa itself is not received until your arrival in Uganda. The visa costs 50 USD per person.

It can take up to 7 days to receive your pre-authorisation, so we recommend that you apply in good time. If you have not heard anything within 7 days, we recommend that you contact the Ugandan High Commission, which can also issue visas.

  • Your passport must be valid 6 months after exit from the country
  • There must be room for entry / exit stamps in the passport
  • You must complete entry and exit cards

Visas details can be subject to change at short notice. Therefore, we recommend that you also check the rules on the Foreign Ministry website and ugandahighcommission.co.uk.

7 Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

8 Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

9 Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

10 Transfers to and from the airport

All local transfers to and from the airport are included in the package.

11 Transport

Our skilled and knowledgeable driver / guide will pick you up at Entebbe International Airport. He will take you to the hotel, on safari trips, other sightseeing trips and on the last day, back to the airport.

12 Driving Distances on safari in Uganda

  • Day 2: Airport to hotel, approx. 5km.
  • Day 3: Entebbe till Queen Elizabeth N. P., approx. 600 km.
  • Day 4: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth N. P. and the boat trip
  • Day 5: Queen Elizabeth N. P. to Ishasha, approx. 95 km.
  • Day 6: Ishasha to Bwindi, ca. 55 km away.
  • Day 7: Gorilla tracking
  • Day 8: Bwindi to Mburo Park – approx. 300 km.
  • Day 9: Transfer till the airport – approx. 280 km.

A total of approx. = 1335 km

Remember all distances and times are approximate, subject to weather and changes in planning.

13 Safari cars

On safari we drive in 4WD vehicles. All the cars have the option to open the roof during the safari. There can be up to 7 people inside the vehicle.
It is possible to book a private safari car for a surcharge. Contact us to learn more about this.

14 Gorilla permits

Mountain gorillas are wild animals that move around freely and independently.  It can therefore, not be guaranteed that the gorillas will be around on the days you are out. That said, the possibility of seeing the gorillas is very high, so you would have to be very unlucky not to see them. Be aware that Gorilla Permits can not be changed to other dates than originally issued for. They are non-refundable even if you are unlucky not to spot gorillas.

If you are sick/ill, you are not permitted to go out spotting gorillas. The guide has the final say on whether a guest is healthy enough to go on the trip. The cost of gorilla permits, room and board will be also not be refunded due to sickness.

15 Lunch and drinks

The package consists of full board. Drinks are excluded.

16 Visit to the orphanage

On day 2 of the program there is the opportunity to visit the Kabazaire Orphanage, founded and now run by our local partner in Uganda.
At the orphanage there are around 60 children aged 2 to 15 years, all with their own history and background.
Obviously, it is voluntarily as to whether you wish to provide things for the kids, but it is certainly something that will be met with high appreciation from the children. They appreciate both large and small gifts including, clothes, books (in English, or picture books), toys, balls etc. You may also wish to ask your guide, if you wish to supplement your donation with something that can be bought at the local supermarket.

17 Currency

Uganda’s currency is Uganda Shillings. 5000 Uganda Shillings is about £1.25.
Currencies such as Euro, U.S. dollars and British pounds are used in Uganda. You are able to change money at the banks located in most places. We recommend that you do not exchange your Uganda Shillings whilst at home, but wait until you get to Uganda. Dollars from before 2002 are not accepted in Uganda.

18 Tipping

It is not common to tip in Uganda. But if you want to show that you appreciated a good service, you can of course leave a tip. It is entirely up to you whether you want to tip and how much you will give. It is not customary to leave a tip for those who help with the luggage and cleaning of your room. It is also not expected to tip in bars and restaurants. A guideline could be, 5 USD / approximately £4 per person per night, which we recommend that you tip at the end of your trip.

19 Time difference

Uganda is two hours ahead of the UK during summer and three hours ahead during winter.

20 Language

The official language of Uganda is English. However, there are over 50 different languages found in the country.

21 Charging of mobile phones and other electrical items

Most hotels and lodges generally have their electricity from generators switched off after midnight. Remember to take a small flashlight with you. The sockets are 240 volts and 3 pin plugs as used in the UK.

22 Facts about Uganda

  • The capital city in Uganda is Kampala, which has approximately  2 million inhabitants
  • Uganda’s area in total is 241,038 square kilometers
  • Uganda has nearly 29 million inhabitants in total
  • There are 20 different ethnic groups within Uganda
  • Religion Breakdown: 33% Catholics, 33% Protestants, 16% Muslim, 18% indigenous African religions and other faiths

23 Luggage which is important to bring

  • Bright summer clothes for safari trips (Strong colours can attract unwanted attention from flies found in certain areas of the parks). It is cheap to get clothes washed, so do not bring much with you
  • Nicer clothes for evenings at the hotel and lodge, such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect you against mosquitoes after sunset and, if necessary, against the sun
  • A good jacket, as it can be cool in the morning and evening
  • Summer Footwear (e.g. sports shoes and cotton socks). Avoid bare feet and legs at night due to mosquitoes
  • Power adaptor with 3-4 sockets – this enables a shaver, trimmer, electric toothbrush and any batteries to be charged via a single adapter
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hat that shields against the sun
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • A mosquito repellent for example
  • Nail clippers and file

24 Important items to have in your hand luggage

  • Passports, money, tickets
  • Sunglasses
  • Medication you use at home (always in your hand luggage, just in case you lose your suitcase!)
  • Hand Medicine: analgesic, allergy pills, remedy for diarrhea (maybe Imodium), malaria pills, plasters and disinfectant wipes
  • Binoculars (so you get to see the leopard way out there in the tree!)
  • Camera and memory cards more than you expect to use, including battery charger and a plastic bag to protect the camera from Africa’s fine, red dust
  • Shoulder bag with sturdy strap and zip.  A money belt or good inside pockets that
    can be zipped up
  • A few photocopies of all personal documents such as passports, visas, flights, travel insurance, vaccination card, international debit cards, (Master Card, Visa credit cards etc.) driving license
  • Telephone list for immediate blocking of lost debit card and insurance
  • Mail addresses of those you wish to send postcards or send messages too.
  • Notebook and pens
  • A good book or something to keep you entertained on the flight