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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Accommodations:  In Kampala, a number of good hotels are available to choose from to fit every budget. Elsewhere across the country and in the National Parks, hotels and inns are generally available, but quality of service and quantity of rooms varies greatly

Airport:  Most guests to Uganda arrive by air, landing at Entebbe International airport, approximately 45 minutes drive from the capital Kampala. Transfers to and from the airport are available for any size group.

Airlines:  Several airlines service Uganda regularly including, Air Tanzania, Precision Air, British Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, KLM, South African Airways, Rwanda Air,  Kenya Airways and SN Brussels. There are several reputable domestic charter companies to choose from.

Alcohol:  Several brands of local and international beer are available, including leading local beers like Bell beer, Club, and Nile Special beers. Most spirits and wines are imported and are readily available at slightly elevated prices. There are no legal limitations on drinking of alcohol in Uganda.

Banking:  Several international banks operate in Uganda including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Stanbic, and Citi Bank.  Many local banks and forex bureaus also operate across the country.  Generally the banking hours are 8.30 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.  Some institutions are open longer hours and on Saturdays.  There are no legal restrictions on foreign exchange transactions and currency is easily convertible.  Use only United States Dollar notes dated after 2000.  You get the best exchange rates on large bills.

Climate:  Uganda enjoys ideal weather conditions ranging from the warmth of lowlands to the coolness of highlands. Mean temperatures are between 21c and 31c all the year round. Wet seasons are March-May, October –November.  There is no bad time to visit Uganda.

Clothing:  Light summer clothing supplemented by a sweater or jacket should be sufficient all year round. Usually dressing is informal. Cotton slacks and flat-heeled comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari.  Don’t forget to bring a hat for sun protection and a swimsuit.  Umbrellas and windbreakers are recommended in the wet seasons.  Request additional details at the time of booking.

Credit Cards:  AMEX, VISA and MASTERCARD are only accepted at a few choice establishments in Kampala and some up-country lodges.

Currency:  The Uganda Shilling is the currency used.  It is issued in denominations of 1000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 and 50000 Uganda Shillings notes.  Coins are available for smaller denominations of 50, 100, 200 and 500 Uganda Shillings.  The rates vary from time to time but are posted at all banks and forex bureaus. 

Drinking Water: We recommend that you do not drink tap water.  Most hotels and restaurants provide previously boiled drinking water, or you can opt from several brands of mineral water.

Foods:  Fresh tropical fruits and vegetables abound throughout the country.  A wide range of dishes, both traditional and international, are served in the hotels and restaurants.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please advice in advance.

Health Requirements: Certificates may be required for vaccinations against yellow fever.  Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis.  But these diseases are NOT common, so do not feel obliged to spend hundreds of dollars on injections.  Malaria risk is general, and a prophylaxis is highly recommended.  It is advisable to start anti-malarial medications 10 – 14 days prior to arrival and continue with the same for 14 days after leaving East Africa.

Language:  The official language is English. Kiswahili and Luganda are commonly spoken throughout the country.  We actually have over 40 languages in Uganda.

Luggage:  Airlines will offer you 20-40 Kgs, or two pieces, of luggage on most flights.  It is preferable for you to use soft luggage as space in vehicles is limited

Photography:  Though some types of film are available in many of the lodges, it is advisable to bring films and batteries with you or to purchase them in Kampala.  A pair of binoculars will prove extremely useful for ht keen game viewer or birder.  There is no charge for photography cameras and personal video recorders, but there may be a charge for commercial cameras in some places.  Clients are responsible for any such fee.  High-speed film is recommended for gorilla photos and high altitude filters are best for climbers.  Check with your photo shop.

Security:  Precautions should be taken as in any major city.  Unless safely deposit boxes are available in your hotel or lodge, always carry travel documents, travelers cheques, cash and other valuables with you at all times.  We recommend that you do not walk alone late in the night, but instead take a taxi

Sports Facilities:  There are a variety of sports available in the Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja city centers – squash, golf, tennis, etc.  Fishing on Lake Victoria or the Nile River is popular.  White water rafting and flat water canoeing have been introduced on the River Nile.  WWR on the Nile from Jinja is considered the best one day trip in the world.  Mountain climbing and hiking are popular in the Rwenzori Mountains and on Mount Elgon.  Avid climbers will want to check out the Virunga Volcanoes and Mount Moroto.  For special interest itineraries, please request.

Transport:  The roads are generally in good condition.  Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required for up-country use, especially in the national parks during the rainy seasons

Visa:  Visas are generally available at all entry points including Entebbe airport. 

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