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Uganda Travel Advice

There's nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from the experts - get Go2Africa's essential Uganda travel advice before you go.

Money & Spending

Uganda's unit of currency is the Uganda Shilling and you'd be advised to get some on arrival as it is far easier to buy drinks, curios and meals in the local currency when travelling between destinations.

US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country though note that cash is best: traveller's cheques and credit cards can be used at most lodges and in Kampala but attract hefty transaction fees.

Tipping

Tipping of around 10 - 15% is customary in Uganda for good service. Tips are usually given in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. If you are doing a gorilla trek, tipping is at your discretion - your porter (if you choose to take one) should usually receive the highest tip, with a second tip distributed between your guides, trackers and security personnel.

For in-depth tipping guidelines, enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts - they'd be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Climate

Average year-round temperatures: 14°C to 27°C

Rainy seasons: March to May and September to December

Refer to “best time to visit Uganda” for climate charts and advice on the best times of year for gorilla trekking.

What to Pack

During the day, temperatures in Uganda are generally warm so pack plenty of lightweight clothing. If you are going gorilla trekking, pack long trousers and long-sleeved tops, long socks to wear over your trousers as protection against ants, a pair of light gloves to protect against nettles, a hat and a raincoat.

A pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking boots is most important – try to break these in before your trip rather than wearing them brand new as you’re likely to get blisters.

The mountains tend to be cold and damp so pack according to the altitude - a change of clothes and a warm fleece in your day pack, along with sunscreen and insect repellent are advised.

Flights & Getting Around

Did you know you can book your flights through Go2Africa? For more information and frequently asked questions, please see our Flights section.

Entebbe International Airport: located 35km from Kampala, Entebbe is Uganda's international gateway. Visitors usually arrive via Nairobi.

Flying by private charter aircraft is very expensive in Uganda - most travellers use road transfers with mini buses or, preferably, 4X4 vehicles.

Despite Uganda's small size, infrastructure is limited and roads are often in poor condition; expect long days in vehicles when driving between destinations, especially in the rainy season. Game drives in the national parks are generally conducted in open-sided 4X4s.

Visa & Passport Requirements

All visitors to Uganda require a visa and every visitor’s passport must be valid for at least six months from their departure date. Visas for Uganda can be obtained at all major borders as well as at the international airport at Entebbe. Single and double-entry visas are valid for up to three months at a cost of around US $30 and extensions are available at the immigration office in Kampala. 

Uganda

At a Glance

Most famous for its gorilla trekking expeditions, friendly Uganda is also home to classic game reserves and is rapidly making a name for itself as an excellent chimpanzee tracking and bird watching destination.