About Uganda

Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.

These parks offer ‘traditional’ savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivaled on the continent as a bird watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

Explore the wild Kidepo Valley; spot Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions; trek up the Virunga Volcanoes; summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; take on Bwindi’s “impenetrable forest”; learn ancient tribal traditions and crafts  – or just relax at your lodge surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa’s most hospitable destination.

Explore Uganda – on the tip of discovery with the safest and most hospitable parks in Africa!

Weather

The climate in Uganda is as near to perfect as you can find. The nights are cool, but rarely cold. A fleece or light jumper is all that is necessary. The days hover around 24-28 degrees C. The sun is hot on the equator and a wide brimmed hat provides the best protection against sunburn and heat stroke. Suncream is also essential.

Rainy season comes twice a year – April /May and again in October /November /December. But the sun still shines during the rainy season, and the rain still falls during the dry. The wettest month is probably November, and the hottest month is February.

Medical Precautions

Yellow Fever immunisation is Mandatory for entry into the country.

We also strongly recommend that all visitors take malaria prophylactics and carry repellent with them. Mosquitoes are rarely bad, but malaria is simply not worth it.

Prescription drugs should be carried with you, but over the counter drugs are easy to find in Uganda and very inexpensive. If you have any allergies, please ensure you are equipped to deal with any reactions you may have. Ideally, you should let us know before you arrive if you suffer from any dangerous allergies.

Visas

Visas are needed to visit Uganda. You can get one before you leave, or they are obtainable on arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

Currency

We use the Ugandan Shilling here, but often things are quoted in dollars as well. Currently one US Dollar is worth approximately 2,500 shillings but fluctuation are they due to global crisis. Credit Cards are rarely accepted, and upcountry it is advisable to carry shillings in smaller denominations. There are numerous forex bureaux in the main towns.

Language

English is the national language of Uganda.