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Travel Guide

Country
The Republic of Uganda is a multilingual landlocked country in East Africa and bordered by Sudan in the North, Kenya in the East, Tanzania to the South, Rwanda in the Southwest and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.
The country was named by the wartime British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill as the "Pearl of Africa." Her beautiful and dynamic scenery is characterized by lakes, rivers, ancient forests and savannas. The country is crossed in the south by the equator.

Climate, travel time
Uganda can be visited anytime throughout the year. Her seasons are divided into the rainy and dry seasons, which can rarely (although possibly) interfere with the tour plans. Uganda enjoys a relatively mild climate between 20 - 30 degrees Celsius. Only in the area of Lake Victoria, the humidity is slightly increased. Otherwise, you can expect a rather dry heat. In the higher elevations and in the mountains (Mt Elgon, Ruwenzori), temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. The rainy season comes twice a year (October to November and March to late May). The best time is during the dry season from June to September and December to February.

Visa                                         
Immigration to a visa and at least another 3 months valid passport is required. The visa you can re-apply at the Uganda Diplomatic missions in your country, at the payment of a Visa fee.

Health
To travel to Uganda are no vaccinations required, with the exception of yellow fever vaccination. The health care is the responsibility of every traveler. Vaccinations can help you feel good to travel with a very concrete and protect from infection of certain diseases. Vaccinations, which are generally recommended include: Hepatitis A and B, polio and tetanus. To travel to Uganda Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory. Furthermore, we strongly recommend malaria prophylaxis. Make this with your doctor first.

Languages
The official language of Uganda is English and is spoken by all residents with education, at least in part. In addition, each ethnic group has its own language or dialect. Significant foreign language other than English is Kiswahili.
Flights and Airports
Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, 45 km southwest of the capital Kampala. Uganda is served at the time, unfortunately, not directly from most of the world. But there are a variety of alternatives of different airlines to get to Entebbe, such as British Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopia Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways and SN Brussels Airlines.

Currency / Foreign Exchange
The currency in Uganda is the Uganda Shilling. Foreign currencies that can be easily exchanged in the banks are the US Dollar, the Pound Starling and the Euro. From the Forex Bureaus in Kampala you can also change a Japanese Yen, the Canadian Dollars, and the South African Rand. We advise that on your trip you take with you some few dollars (for example, for the visa fee). For drive of U.S. dollars is to ensure that nobills be adopted that are older than the Year 2000. For large slips (50, 100) you get some better exchange rate than in smaller denominations.
Traveler's checks are exchanged only in very few banks. If you still do not want to miss travelers' checks, please think of your receipt of the check. This is required by most banks for inspection.
Paying by credit card in Uganda is possible only in large hotels, expensive shops or at the international car rental companies.
With a VISA card or a master card you can withdraw from Barclay's or Stanbic bank ATM points across the country.

Security
Security in Uganda has improved after more than fifteen years of stability ever. However, you should also note here are some precautions as you would in any foreign country you visit as guest: Never carry more money than necessary. Do not be exhibited with valuables in the streets, expensive watches and jewelry at home, lifted the safest. When visiting markets Bus parks and other highly frequented places you should take care of pickpockets. Avoid streets or remote areas.

Travel Insurance
Insurance is always a question of personal risk taking and safety awareness. From our experience, we recommend that you definitely take out travel health insurance, which includes reimbursed medically necessary expenses, and again in an emergency return.

Clothing
Safari clothing should be casual and comfortable. Lightweight, light cotton clothing, T-shirts,  long trousers, sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirts / blouses, a sweater or light jacket for the evening are recommended. By Uganda's proximity to the equator is sufficient sun protection (sun hat, cream, sun glasses) is essential.

We recommend:  

  • A very good hiking shoes with ankle support for the gorilla trekking
  • Appropriate socks
  • Light shoes sandals possibly during car trips
  • Long pants
  • Short / three quarter length trousers
  • Long sleeved shirts and T Shirts
  • Sweat Shirt
  • Light jacket
  • Waterproof clothing / lightweight rain gear (no flashy colors)
  • Backpack for the day pack
  • Waterproof bag for camera and film

Gorilla Tracking
The minimum age for participation in the gorilla trekking is 15 years  old and each permit is likely to costs $ 650 starting from Jan. 2014. This applies to Uganda. In Rwanda the Gorilla permit cost $ 700 and in any case the Gorilla permits need to be fully purchased early in time to avoid inconveniences when planing a successful holiday trip with a Gorilla trekking activity. What you need a very good  hiking safari shoes, a sweater or long sleeved shirt, a rain jacket and a backpack. All other game drives are mainly from the car instead. Since the roof flaps remain open for better game viewing it is recommended to bring a light rain jacket and a hat. Avoid the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking with bright  color dresses. Subdued colors like gray, cream ,green are the best.

Road conditions
Please note that the roads and paths in the wilderness is very uneven and bumpy, and occasionally go "off road".

Tips
Although tipping is not obligatory in Uganda, in tourist related sites and activities, this culture has been highly adapted. Be therefore prepared to tip everywhere, where foreign tourists can be found. These include protected areas, hotels and upscale restaurants as well as drivers and guides in organized tours. Here's an appropriate tip is expected:

  • In restaurants here, the amount to be paid simply rounded
  • Driver / guide $ 10 per tourist per day
  • Camps and Lodges U.S. $ 5 per tourist per night
  • Gorilla trekking guide U.S. $ 10 per tourist  
  • Porters in the National Parks, Hotels / and lodges you can tip accordingly 

Make the height of the tip contact on the performance of the person subject!

Smoking
Smoking in  public places is  prohibited. NOTE THAT SMOKING IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH

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