UGANDA

“For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly the ‘Pearl of Africa’.” – Winston Churchill

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Uganda is characterised by relatively dry and flat savannahs in the North, verdant mountains in the West, and vast, dense, and remarkably lush forests in the central region. The nation is home to an astonishingly diverse range of African wildlife, including the highly endangered mountain gorilla, which can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

A popular spot for wildlife watching is Queen Elizabeth National Park, which hosts four of the Big Five and the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their adrenaline fix with plenty of white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, quad biking, and horseback riding. Friendly locals, a burgeoning cultural scene, and a capital city full of lively clubs and restaurants have given Uganda its reputation as ‘Africa’s friendliest country’.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

CLIMATE

Uganda has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 21-25°C.

The hottest months are December, January, and February. Evenings can feel chilly after the heat of the day, with temperatures around 12–16 °C.

Heavy rain takes place between March and May and October and November. Road travel can become difficult in parts of the country during these months.

CUISINE

Ugandan cuisine draws on English, Arab and Asian - especially Indian - influences.
International restaurants can be found in larger towns, with Indian, Chinese, and Italian being the most popular.

Tap water should be regarded as a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth, or making ice should be boiled or otherwise sterilised.

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Uganda Shilling (UGX).

The US dollar, Euro, and Pound Sterling are all recognised currencies in Uganda and are widely accepted for cash payments.

Any other currency can easily be converted to Uganda Shilling at main commercial banks or foreign exchange bureaus.

DRESS

Lightweight, light-coloured cottons are preferable during the summer months, especially for safaris.
Attention should be given to sun protection. Good-quality sunscreen, sun lotion, and polarised sunglasses are essential.

Travellers can purchase second-hand clothes at markets in Kampala, Jinja, and Fort Portal.

ELECTRICITY

'Type G' plugs and sockets are used in Uganda.

Travel plug adapters are essential for all appliances that do not match the shape of the 'Type G' plug and socket.

INTERNET

Some hotels, lodges and guest houses offer internet access or WiFi (free or paid).
Internet access in more remote rural areas is often hard to come by.

TRANSPORT

Fly Uganda, Eagle Air, and Aerolink offer scheduled and charter internal flights.

Domestic bus travel is cheap, but departures are not always on schedule. There are two classes of bus travel: matatu (minibus) and kigati (van), which travel fixed routes.

Self-driving is available but can be dangerous as the majority of minor and side roads are unpaved and bumpy.

ABOUT US

Outdoor Africa was formed in 2009 by Hayden Elliott and Peter Kummerfeldt with the sole purpose of offering safaris of the same level of quality and authenticity that they experienced while growing up in Africa.

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