Most of the International airlines fly through Entebbe International Airport which lies 40 Km from the capital Kampala. Alternatively Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
A visa can be arranged at the airport for those who require one. It can be purchased at the airport on the spot or at any of the overland border points.
Local time is +3 GMT
A Yellow fever certificate is required from some countries. All visitors are advised to take Malaria prophylactic drugs. Its advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference; but the Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency can be changed fir local currency at banks & private bureau de change in all large towns; but travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major Credit cards at selected ATM’s in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport and a few other large towns.
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English which is the official Language.
Uganda can be visited at anytime though mountain hikes, gorilla trekking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons which generally peak over mid- September to November and March to May.
Day time temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. But also don’t forget to bring an umbrella, a mackintosh, a pair of gloves and a pair of good solid walking shoes and study clothing are ideal for forest walks and gorilla trekking. Don’t forget to bring a hat, Sun glasses and water proof jacket.
A valid Passport is mandatory and Visa requirements should be checked before travelling. A pair of good Binoculars & Camera. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife. (70-300 or similar).
Driving is on the left side, visitors without experience of Africa roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than a self drive.
Tipping is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will always be appreciated. Its normal $5-10 at tourist oriented restaurants. Drivers and guides should always be tipped.
Tourist oriented hotels and restaurants serve good western style meals, while a wider range of cousines being available in the capital, National Parks, Lodges and some Large towns with imported variety of assorted drinks and local beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Wide selections of local handicrafts are available as souvenirs and Atlas African Safaris Ltd can assist to take you to the market places around Kampala.