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Electricity: 240V/50Hz  |  Time Zone: GMT +3 (10 hrs ahead of PST)  |  Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGS)Approx.2400 UGS-1CDN)

  |  Languages: English, Luganda, Swahili


Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN UGANDA?

Uganda's climate is tropical and generally rainy with two dry seasons: December to February and June to August. Average temperature throughout the year is around 26 degrees Celsius. Mornings and evenings can be cooler than expected.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

 

• Electrical Adapters (for 240 V outlets) 
• Good walking shoes
• Layers for cool evenings

In addition to typical travel items, some essentials to  include are:

• Backpack
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent

 

WHAT’S THE CURRENCY? CAN I USE CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS?  

The Ugandan Shilling (Ush) is the main currency used (USD is also accepted in some places . Your local bank may be able to exchange it for you, however the best rates are usually  attained inside of the country. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Kampala, but are unlikely to work outside the region. 

DO I NEED A VISA?

Yes. 90 day tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at Entebbe airport for $100 USD. Your passport must be valid for six months subsequent to date of entry into the country.

How safe is uganda? 

Uganda is a safe, stable country with low crime rates. The regions we will be in are especially safe, and are home to many expats and western businesses.  As with anywhere, use common sense when travelling: don’t carry large amounts of cash and keep valuable items like credit cards in an inside pocket.

For more information, see the Canadian Government Travel Advisories.  

What are any health concerns?

As with any visit to a foreign environment, there are a few steps to take to ensure a fun, healthy trip. Anti-malarial tablets are recommended - talk to you to determine what is best for you. Travellers should be aware and take care to use insect repellent, long sleeve shirts and pants, and any mosquito nets when available to help avoid potential diseases carried by insects. Tap water is not suitable for drinking, but bottled water is readily available throughout the country.

For more information, specific check out the CDC's Travel Guide, or talk to your family doctor. 

Do I need vaccinations?

Yes. A yellow fever vaccine is essential and you may be requested to present your yellow fever certificate. Additional recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus, and typhoid. Be advised that some of these require a series of injections, so you should talk to your doctor as early as possible before you travel.

For more information, specific check out the CDC's Travel Guide, or talk to your family doctor.

 

Will I have Phone or Internet Access?

On the first day in Kampala there will be a chance to get a local SIM card for cellphone use, and data plans are available. As such, we recommend bringing an unlocked smartphone to use. 

Wifi is available at most hotels and in other urban areas, although speed and reliability varies. 

How will we get around?

Primarily, transportation will be provided by local drivers, in air-conditioned 4x4 LandRovers.  

What will accommodations be like?

Uganda has a booming tourism industry and international business sector, and as such has a well developed hospitality industry. Hotels and guesthouses are world class, in locations that can't be beat. For more information on specific venues, check out the links below. 

 

 

More Information 

Still have questions? Check out these sites 

Accommodations 

Flights  

Entebbe | Protea 
Entebbe | Karibu Guesthouse 
Entebbe | Secrets Guesthouse
Jinja | Wildwaters Lodge
Kampala | Protea
Kampala | Sheraton
Kampala | Emin Pasha
Queen Elizabeth Park | Mweya Lodge