Uganda

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Lake Victoria, various national parks such as the Kibale Forest, Bwindi, Murchison Falls, and the Queen Elizabeth National Park ... When traveling in Uganda you go from one nature reserve to the other. From spectacular waterfalls to swamp areas. From snowy mountain peaks to tropical rain forests and of course the most impressive animals such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, 12 other monkey species, but also elephants, lions, buffalo, and hippos. In this African country, you will not get bored of all the natural beauty that is here in all its diversity. For the adventurers among us, a trip through Uganda is an experience to remember!

If you travel a little further south through the beautiful Rift Valley during your trip through Uganda, you'll end up in the national park of Bwindi, where you have the unique opportunity to admire the rare mountain gorillas that live there with your own eyes. The search through the rich fauna alone is an adventure in itself, it only becomes overwhelming when one of the gorillas appears in your field of vision. Visit a fascinating pygmy tribe in the area, for example on one of the islands in Lake Bunyonyi! 

Not only the natural beauty in the southwest of the country is a good reason to travel through Uganda. More natural beauty and exotic animal species can be found in the Murchison Falls National Park, while during your trip through Uganda in the Rwenzori Mountains you can find the snowy mountain top of the country's highest mountain (Mount Stanley at more than five kilometers). In short: traveling through Uganda means constantly enjoying nature and free time!

Bwindi Forest in Uganda

Best of Gorillas

4 Days / 3 nights
Starting from: $2,050 USD per person

Keeping it short but adventurous. This 4 days program, will allow you to go gorilla trekking and spend enough time with these beautiful creatures.

Green heart of Africa

6 Days / 5 nights
Starting from: $3,190 USD per person

During this tour, you will visit historical Kigali and the beautiful Rwandese tribes. You will also cross to Uganda for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to one of the few gorilla families left.

Primates of Uganda

8 Days / 7 nights
Starting from: $4,480 USD per person

Uganda is rich in wildlife, which will be clear during this tour. We will take you to all the highlights of Uganda from the gorillas to the chimpanzees to all the other wildlife Uganda has to offer.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives to the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water scares in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local partner. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, we have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.

+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

What to Pack? – Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhoea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a telephoto lens (in the 200-400mm range) to catch animals at a distance; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
•  Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colours. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for C and J Type Plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements A tourist visa should be obtained online before arrival. It is valid for a maximum stay of 45 days. You have to make sure that your passport is valid for another 6 months from the day of departure from Uganda. As well you will need proof of travelling out of Uganda.

Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended when travelling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitisers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular, the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. The use of drones in national parks in Uganda is allowed when having the right permits, these permits need to be obtained by our team 2 months before your arrival.

Electricity For Uganda, there are two associated plug types, types C and J. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins and plug type J is the plug that has three round pins. Uganda operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Religion Christianity is the largest religion in Uganda.

Climate Uganda has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries due to its high elevation. Kampala, in the centre of the country, has a typical daily temperature range between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), with little variation through the year.

Best time to visit The best wildlife-viewing months in Uganda is during the Dry season, from June to September. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. Walking in the forest is easier in the Dry season and that is also the recommended time for most primate walks, including gorilla trekking.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Uganda. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.

Money and currency In Uganda, the local currency is the Ugandan Shilling. You can bring USD, Euros or Pounds and exchange them at any bank in Kampala. American Dollars that are series 2006 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change in Southern and Eastern Africa, because of past forgeries. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3.5% - 5%.

Dress code During the safari, we recommend you wear comfortable clothes in natural colours like beige, khaki, and green. Always bring a hat while on safari as it’s easy to catch a sunburn. During safaris, comfortable shoes like sports shoes are recommended. In the case of hiking, comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. In cities and villages, we advise you to wear modest clothing as Uganda is a conservative country.

Why book with us?

Great value for money

With our partners being on the ground and getting the best prices for you, we assure you that our prices are unbeatable.

Travel with Care

Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

Need any help booking? Call us anytime: +1 (757)-656-3391