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Travel Tips
Uganda is near the Equator. As a result the climate does not change much; this makes it an all year round destination. The rainy seasons tend to be from March to April and October to November, but this varies in different areas and it can rain any time of year, especially in the gorilla parks areas. Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking can be muddier but remains open. In the mountainous areas it is much colder than on the plains and the rainfall is greater. The temperatures on the plains tend to be between 21°C and 30°C and in the mountainous areas they can go down to 10°C in certain months. So our advice is to travel when it is most convenient and usually the rain is often for short periods and is part of the great experience. You may avoid the "official" rainy season only to find that it pours throughout your visit and doesn’t during another period!
About Uganda
Uganda-Gifted by nature; was aptly described by Sir Winston Churchill as the “pearl of Africa”. With a plethora of beauty, ranging from the people with their diversely rich cultures to the majestic mountain sceneries and gentle rolling hills covered with green lush rainforests and vegetation in the south, central and western regions, and flat savannah plains in the north and north eastern regions. The country is teeming with wildlife due to the great conservation efforts of the government and Non Governmental Organizations. Uganda has become a hot tourist destination offering mountain gorilla tracking, bird watching, mountaineering, chimpanzee trekking, primate watching, rafting, kayaking, sport fishing, cultural tourism, bungee jumping, game drives to mention but a few. We as African Secrets would like to offer you a few travel tips when you get to the country.
Uganda Visa
Visas are issued at Uganda missions abroad and also at the entry or exit points underlying the Uganda visa policy is the principle of reciprocity, thus all countries that require visas for Uganda are also visa prone in Uganda. Visas are issued at Uganda missions abroad and at the entry and exit points. See the Diplomatic mission offices for your country.
Visa Information
Ugandan visas are issued at Missions/Embassies and also at all Entry/Exit Points. The Uganda Visa Policy uses the principle of reciprocity that is all countries that require visas for Ugandans are visa prone in Uganda.
Visa Fees
Visa Fees 
-Single Entry 3 month’s US$50
-Multiple Entry 6 months US$200- you have to pay single entry first then apply for multiple entry visa in Kampala headquarters. 
-Inland Transit US$50
How To get to Uganda
By Air 
Lying 40km from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city is Entebbe International Airport, which has a number of world class airlines like KLM, BA (British Airways), South African Airways, SN Brussels, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Egypt Air, Kenya Airways, Qatar airlines, Turkish airlines offering flights to and from. 

By Road 
Uganda is also accessible overland from the neighboring countries of Kenya, Tanzania, And Rwanda which are also hot tourist destinations.
On Arrival
Uganda’s Customs and immigration officials are very welcoming, polite and efficient. For those who require a visa, you can process right at Entebbe International Airport or at any border crossing. Forex bureaus for currency exchange and ATM facilities are provided at the airport. There are also a number of shops and restaurants for those who would like something urgently at the airport. When requested we will arrange for airport pickups, car rentals, transfers, hotels, tours and any other services required.
Uganda is generally a safe country. It is advisable to have a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. All visitors to Uganda should take anti-malaria drugs as a precaution against this prevalent disease. It is also advisable to drink bottled water which is readily available in any of the many supermarkets, restaurants and shops rather than tap water.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling (UGX). We prefer that tourists pay in US dollars, but Euros and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for the local currency at any of the banks and forex bureaus in all the towns within Uganda, although one will find difficulty using travellers’ cheques outside of Kampala. You can draw the Ugandan Shilling against Visa and other major credit cards at selected bank ATMs in Kampala, Entebbe International Airport, as well as in other larger towns outside of the Capital.
English is the official language in Uganda and most Ugandans are generally fluent when it comes to speaking English. Although the country has over 36 different tribes who speak different dialects, Luganda serves as something of a lingua franca. We also have a number of people who speak French due to the strong influence from Congo and Rwanda, not to mention the influence of Alliance Francias, a French language teaching school in the city.
When to Visit
Uganda has a beautiful climate all year round and can be visited at any time. The temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius in the day and 16-20 degrees Celsius in the night. The hottest months are from December-January and the wettest and coolest months are March-May and the mid-September to November. Activities like mountain hikes, gorilla tour which involving tracking through steep slopes with dense foliage and undergrowth and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
What to wear
During the day, temperatures are generally warm depending on which region of the country one is at, so bring lots of light clothing. Evening temperatures are cooler at especially high altitudes, so it is advisable to bring a couple of light sweaters as well. For the tourist intending to hike or climb on the mountains, you are advised to pack accordingly due to the alpine temperatures. You would do well to carry solid walking shoes and strong clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses, waterproof jackets which are ideal for forest walks, game drives and national park tours.
What to bring
Visitors to country are required to have valid passports, and visa requirements should be checked with the customs and immigrations at the Airport on arrival before you travel. Binoculars and tour guides will enable you reap the most of game reserves and national parks tours and game drives. Zoom lens for Photographers who intend to capture the beautiful wildlife and scenery (70-300 or similar). Printing film and developing facilities are available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essential commodities can be purchased at any of the numerous supermarkets and shopping centers in the cities.
Gorilla Tracking
Notes on Gorilla Tracking 

Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to trek. While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves either from your home town or from Kampala. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film with you

Please note that Gorilla tracking is date specific, so you will need to advise exact dates of travel for us to go ahead and advise availability. Permits are only purchased upon receipt of your deposit, after confirmation from you. 

Gorilla permits are booked on a "first come first served" CASH basis (USD 500) and therefore can be purchased by others. Please do make a decision as soon as you can in order to avoid disappointment. 

On confirmation, please advice:
Full names as they appear in your passports, nationality, passport number and date of birth.
Tipping is not a culture that is practiced often at local hotels, bars and restaurants, but it is always appreciated. The amount depends on the tourist’s discretion, although tour guides and drivers should always be tipped.


Looking for a safari or tour to any of the different national parks within Uganda and East Africa as a whole? Look no further, have a look at our adventurous tours. We tailor-make programs to suit our clients preference and budget.

We do provide both scheduled, and small group Tours, as well as customised itineraries that meet your specific interests

We do provide airport transfer services to the various hotels within the city centre. Depending on the number of people, we have a well maintained and comprehensively insured fleet of vehicles very competitive rates.

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