What you need to know


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A valid passport and visa are required. Please obtain your visa online; www.visas.immigration.go.ug.

DEPARTURE TAX
There is a departure tax payable by each passenger on an international flight from Entebbe.

TIME
Uganda is GMT + 3 hours

CLIMATE
Uganda enjoys ideal weather conditions, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas and lakeshores to the coolness of the highlands. Temperatures range between 21c and 25c. The rains are mainly between March and May, and October and November.

CURRENCY
The currency of Uganda is the Uganda Shilling. US Dollars are also widely in use. 

HEALTH/ IMMUNIZATION
Good medical facilities are available in the main cities, but we recommend that medical insurance is taken out before arrival. Bring any special medication you may need. Malaria is encountered at certain times of the year, and it is advisable to take the usual prophylactics. For your own comfort take a mosquito repellent. Bilharzia is present in some of our lakes, and swimming is not recommended except in designated areas. We recommend that only boiled or bottled water is drunk. In hotels and lodges there will be flasks of drinking water. 

WHAT TO WEAR
Uganda is informal and for daytime wear men need only sports shirts and slacks. We also recommend cotton clothing which is light and easy to wash. Bright colours are not recommended if you want to blend into the landscape! Ladies need little more than light cotton dresses, skirts and tops. Make sure you bring a strong pair of walking shoes/boots. Do not forget sunglasses and a hat as protection against the equatorial sun.
In the evening you may need a sweater, and in the cities a little more formality is required. Do not forget your swimwear, many hotels and lodges have pools.

WHAT TO BRING
Do not forget to bring your camera as well as a good pair of binoculars.

WHAT TO BUY
A souvenir is an essential purchase during your visit to Uganda, to bring back many happy memories when you get home, and some wonderful handicrafts can be found all over the country.

EATING AND DRINKING
Uganda is an incredibly bountiful country. The range of foodstuffs grown or caught and eaten is enormous. You will want to try matooke (plantains), often baked in their skins or in banana leaves, yams, sweet potatoes, delicious fat tiny bananas, small white aubergines, legendary Nile Perch and Tupelo fish. Banana wine is the local brew and local beers are also very good.
In the major cities there is a very good international food on offer, from Chinese food, to Indian, Italian, and American. You will have no difficulty in obtaining vegetarian food. You will be expected to be civil and respectful.

PLEASE REMEMBER
Our country and our profusion of wildlife is not only our heritage and responsibility, it is yours too. Please take great care to respect the environment which we are all privileged to enjoy.