Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa — about twice the size of Pennsylvania — situated at the geographical heart of the African continent: bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by the Sudan, on the west by Congo, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also bordered by Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is divided into three main areas—swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Uganda is known as “Africa’s Friendliest Country,” a reputation that stems partly from the tradition of hospitality common to its culturally diverse populace, and partly from the remarkably low level of crime and hassle directed at tourists.

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The star attraction of this breathtaking, impossibly lush country is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest of living primates, and among the most peaceable. The thrill of witnessing these magnificent creatures is compounded by the fact that fewer than 700 individuals survive, divided between Bwindi National Park and the Virunga Mountains. Within Uganda, five habituated gorilla troops – four in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga National Park — can be visited by a few dozen visitors daily. Uganda is also home to man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, a delightful ape whose evocative pant-hoot call is a definitive sound of the African rainforest. Chimpanzee communities have been habituated for tourism at Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kyambura Gorge. Murchison Falls National Park serves as the headwaters of the Nile River and is a sight not to miss.

Yet there is far more to the country than wildlife. There is the mighty Nile River, setting for some of the world’s most thrilling commercial white-water rafting. There are the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori, which challenge even the most dedicated mountaineers, as well as the Virunga Volcanoes. And there are the islands of Lake Victoria and Bunyonyi are idyllic venues, as are the myriad forest-fringed crater lakes that stud the rift valley floor and escarpment around.

Whether you’re a first time safari-goer or a seasoned African traveler, you will surely find Uganda simply dazzling.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used.

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Banking

Money in Uganda

Uganda’s unit of currency is the Uganda shilling (UGX), which is divided into 100 cents. Notes are in denominations…

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Cuisine

Food and Water in Uganda

Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along…

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Climate

Weather in Uganda

Like most of the countries in the Rift Valley Uganda has the gift of splendid weather year around.  There are two…

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Transport

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi…

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Dress

What clothing should you bring to Uganda

Travel light! Laundry services will be available at all private game reserves. The basics…

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Health

Health in Uganda

Medical facilities in Uganda are limited outside the capitol, Kampala, and despite medical facilities being more limited…

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Safety

Safety in Uganda

As with most of Africa, most issues of safety issues in Uganda rest in the major population centers. Kampala and a…

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Visa

Visas for Uganda

US citizens will need a visa to visit Uganda. The cost is $50 for a 3 month visa and it can be purchased at all major…

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Featured Accommodation

Flatdog Lodge

Great neat and comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls Town at the most affordable price. All rooms are en-suite with fans, built in cupboards. Its a great lodge for family and friends to enjoy their stay in Vic Falls.

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Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National…

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