GETTING TO UGANDA
Uganda can be reached through Entebbe International Airport, which lies 40km from the capital Kampala. The Airport is serviced by a number of international airlines, including SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwandair Express, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania.
WHEN TO VISIT
Uganda can be visited at any time, though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
More than 33 different indigenous languages are spoken in different parts of the country, most of these belonging to the Bantu language group, several Nilotic and Cushitic languages and the Karimojong in the extreme northeast. The official languages, English spoken as a second language by most Educated Ugandans and Kiswahili are the most useful languages for tourists and are widely used between Ugandans of different linguistic background while Luganda serving a lingua franca.
DRIVING IN UGANDA
By East African standard, Uganda’s roads are generally in good conditions, however visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive. Driving is on the left side.
Uganda and Rwanda have a pleasant climate year round with minor temperature variations. The altitude on a typical Uganda safari varies from 1,000 metres to 2,400 metres above sea level. Days are pleasant, 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nights are moderate, 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At higher altitudes it can be cooler, especially at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The green season is usually from April to May and again from late October to November.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling, printed in denominations of Ush50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 notes and Ush500, 200, 100 and 50 coins. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureaux de change in all large towns, but travelers cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major credit cards at selected ATMs in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport, and in a few other large towns.
AMEX, VISA and MASTER CARD may be accepted at a few choice establishments in Kampala and some up-country hotels and lodges. Kindly note that credit cards are not widely accepted and most organizations reserve the right to levy a surcharge on credit card transactions, usually 7-10% on top of the original cost.