Welcome to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Wildlife Safari, Bird Watching Tour, Get information about Uganda safari tours when to visit Queen Elizabeth Park, Safari Attractions, Safari accommodation, Safari activities. Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is one of the leading Uganda Wildlife Safari and Uganda Birding Safari destinations which was gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National Park by the British colonial government. But before it was gazetted, it used to exist as Lake Edward and Lake George game reserves since the 1920s. The park was later renamed Queen Elizabeth in commemoration of the visiting British Monarch in 1954 and Iddi Amin later attempted to name Rwenzori Mountain National Park but his efforts did not last. The park lies in the shadows of Ruwenzori Mountains along the flats of the western arm of the East African rift valley.

Queen Elizabeth National Park covers a surface landscape of 1,978km2 and is apparently the most visited park in Uganda and listed as a world biosphere reserve. Queen Elizabeth National Park has got great biodiversity concentration including 95 mammal species which is the highest of all Uganda safari parks. Ten (10) species of primates exist in the park including; common chimpanzees, black and white colobus, Lhoest’s monkey and olive baboon. 20 species of predators exist in Queen Elizabeth National Park including side stripped jackal, lion, spotted hyena and leopard.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

leopard in Queen Elizabeth park

Over 600 species of birds thrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park which makes number one in Uganda in terms of bird count, the second in Africa and the sixth in the whole world. Alongside the 54 raptors, the bird checklist of Queen Elizabeth National Park features almost all waterbird species resident in Uganda, a variety of woodland and forest birds with these largely confined to Maramagambo forest.

Queen Elizabeth National Park the most popular Uganda safari park is bounded to the west by the Ishasha River and Lake Edward along the Congolese border, to the north by Kasese and the Ruwenzori foothills, to the east by Lake George, the Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest Reserve and to the south by Kigezi Wildlife Reserve.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is primarily associated with open savannah, studded in some areas with dense cover of acacia and euphorbia trees but it also embraces the large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve. A minimum of ten (10) crater lakes lie within the park including the highly accessible Katwe cluster in the north of the park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is amalgamation of a range of wonders including the 45km Kazinga Channel which connects lakes Edward and George, the deep gorge of Kyambura which has got lush tropical forest below sea level supporting populations of chimpanzees, the mature tropical rain forest of Maramagambo, the tree-climbing lions that dwell in the savanna landscapes of Ishasha, salty lake like Katwe among others. Politically, the Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the districts of Kasese, Bushenyi, Kamwengye, and Rukungiri. It is about 417km about 7 hours’ drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree-climbing lions species, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, bushbucks, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 400 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like Lake Katwe and Kikorongo Conservation in Queen Elizabeth National Park began in 1952, when the Imperial British government designated this place as a game reserve and named it Kazinga game reserve but it was later renamed Queen Elizabeth national park in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Uganda in 1958.

Queen Elizabeth National Park at a Glance

Queen Elizabeth National Park at a Glance

Name: Queen Elizabeth national park

Location: Continent-Africa, region- Eastern Africa, country- Uganda, district- Kasese, Kamwenge, Rukungiri, direction- west of Kampala city the capital of Uganda.

Geographical co-ordinates: 00o08’14”S 30o02’28”E.

Size: 1978sqkm                                Year of designation: 1991

Responsible Governing body: Uganda Wildlife Authority

Elevation of Queen Elizabeth National Park: generally flat landscape with lowest elevation being 884m or 2900ft and highest elevation being 1337m or 4386ft.

Climate of Queen Elizabeth National Park: Tropical savanna climate with short wet seasons of 15-25in of rainfall and long dry seasons with high temperatures between 27-32oC

Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park: 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree climbing lions’ species, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, bush bucks, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 400 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles, snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like lake Katwe and Kikorongo.

Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park: game drives, boat cruise, birding, nature walks, chimpanzee tracking, and community encounters and hot air ballooning.

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park : mweya safari lodge, parkview safari lodge, elephant plains lodge, ishasha wilderness lodge, simba safari camp, ishasha jungle lodge, jacana safari lodge, kyambura gorge lodge, ihamba lakeside lodge, kingfisher lodge kichwamba, the observatory, UWA hostels, bandas and tented camps

Access: the park can be accessed by both air and road transport means

Travel distance and time in Queen Elizabeth National Park: 400km or a 6-hour drive away from Kampala city the capital of Uganda.

Best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park:  It can be visited any time of the year with the best convenient months being December- February and June- August when it is a dry season as all murram roads are easily navigable within the park.

When to visit Uganda

When to visit Uganda

Uganda can be visited all year round and safari tours to Uganda run throughout the year. Depending on the safari activity that you are interested in, you can always select the Uganda safari tour dates accordingly. What can be noted is that the country has got rainy seasons which make the activities like gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in Bwindi and Kibale National Parks respectively a bit difficult due to difficulties that travelers encounter in traversing the jungle with dense undergrowth like the case of Bwindi with slippery surfaces while the rain is keenly hitting you. Even the weather is very cool than the rest of the periods. The savannah landscapes where wild game viewing in conducted experience great grass growth and the tall grass prevent the travelers from easily spotting wildlife compared to dry seasons.

Must Know About a Uganda Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Undertaking a Uganda Safari requires one to understand the following;

  • The Uganda safari activities are paid for and some of them require advance booking depending on the availability. For example gorilla trekking permits and chimpanzee trekking permits require advance booking and their availability is subject to first come first serve. Thus, a traveller willing to undertake a safari in Uganda can book these activities through an agent or directly at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala.
  • The activity like gorilla trekking requires one to have a gorilla trekking permit which is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority at its headquarters in Kampala in Kamwokya along Kiira road. Gorilla trekking which is carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is done at a cost of $600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000/= for East African citizens. However, in low season, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tends to offer discounted gorilla permits reducing the prices for promotional purposes. This tends to happen in the months of April, May and November. The foreign nonresidents pay $350, foreign residents pay $250 while the East African citizens go as low as 100,000/=
  • The Wildlife safaris to the game viewing micro destinations particularly requires paying park entrance fees putting items like transportation aside. The national parks have well informed rangers who can offer guidance throughout the game drive activity at a fee of $20. However, tour companies have professional driver safari guides who are knowledgeable and can provide the same service as part of the package price.
  • Important to note is that most of the Uganda safari activities have scheduled starting and end times thus one has to put the time in consideration so as not to miss on some of these activities. In this, you need to get detailed information from your travel agent regarding your itinerary so as not to miss on these activities.
  • Uganda safari destinations are distributed all over the country and some of them are in remote areas with poor accessibility. Thus strong vehicles might be required to traverse these difficult landscapes which are also an experience of their own.
  • If you are travelling as an independent tourist, you need to put in mind the road use rules as traffic in Uganda follows the left hand, consider the type of safari vehicle to use, the routes to take for particular destinations, attractions on different micro destinations, accommodation establishments and their categories that is luxury/upmarket, midrange/standard or budget/basic not forgetting basis about community norms so as not to conflict with the locals.
  • The flights to and from Uganda is also a point of concern. The International flights have different arrival and departure times some of which are late in the night. Thus, it is very significant to send your flight details to the travel agent to avoid getting stuck at Entebbe International Airport after arriving or missing your departure flight due to clashes in the Itinerary.
  • Security is also another point of concern to know about Uganda safari. The Uganda which was known for instability and dictator ship during the Amin’s era in 1970s has dramatically undergone the wave of change following the power take over by the NRM government under President Museveni in 1986. The rebel groups that emerged in the subsequent times have been neutralized and now one can say that Uganda is apparently secure. The Lord’s Resistance Army (Kony Rebels) that had tormented the northern part of the country were defeated and repelled out of Uganda. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on the Congo side was weakened and strong military bases of UPDF are in Rwenzori region to stop them from advancing. The Al shabaab terror threats arising from Uganda’s peace keeping mission in Somalia are a point of concern. However, the country security operatives are on alert 24/7 to stop any terror attack that might present its self. Regarding crime, the situations like highway robbery are not so common in Uganda though things like pick pocketing can be encountered in major urban centers like Kampala thus, the traveller on Uganda safari is advised to avoid carrying valuable items while walking along the streets of these urban centers and to always leave the vehicle fully closed after parking.
  • Ugandans are very hospitable people and have gained a great recognition amongst world travellers for their welcoming attitude and willingness to handle guests. In fact, travellers have always remarked that they come to see mountain gorillas and leave talking about people. In this, they have no issues with you taking pictures of them or their items however, it very significant to first ask for permission from the people responsible so as to avoid clashes.
  • Understanding the local terminologies. Most local Ugandans in the country side refer to the white person as Mzungu. Thus, it is very important to understand that Mzungu is not an insult but the local referring of any white person. And since the white people are perceived to be clean and smart, even the community members that appear to be smart, clean and organized are sometimes referred to as Bazungus (plural for Mzungu). You will drive in the country side and groups of people including children will always wave at you saying Bye Bye Mzungu as a sign of hospitality. Do not hesitate to wave back at them and if they are children, simple sweets would mean a lot to them.
  • Listening to the guide. The safari guide is your point of reference while on your safari tour in Uganda. He is informed of all the endeavors that you have set out to encounter and the dynamics at the destination. Thus, it is very important to listen to him and be flexible where ever the need be. This is common in terms of wake up times and behavior on the safari. Avoid conflicting with the safari guide for it will affect your safari experience too.
  • Understanding the accommodation element is very important. Accommodation units in Uganda’s protected areas appear in ranges of Luxury/Upmarket, Midrange/Standard and Budget/Basic. However, what should be noted is that these accommodation units are not similar across all protected areas. For example what may appear as a midrange lodge in one national park might appear as a luxury lodge in another park and vice versa. Thus, there is no uniformity something that should be understood while planning a safari tour to Uganda in order to avoid disappointments.
  • The aspect of seasonality is very important to note. Uganda has got two travel seasons i.e. the high and low season though all the safari activities can be carried out throughout the year. The low season occurs in rainy season in the months of March to May and from late September to November. The high season occurs in the dry season in the months of December to February and June to September. During the low season the prices of some tourist activities are discounted like gorilla permits and some accommodation establishments offer discounts on their room rates. Due to rains, the transfer to certain destinations like Kidepo and the remote regions of Bwindi like Rushaga and Nkuringo tends to be challenging as the roads slippery while others are covered by floods.

Attractions in queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth has a rich biodiversity which attracts tourists to come here and enjoy and this biodiversity ranges from 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree climbing lions species, 3000 elephants, over 10000 buffaloes, leopards, 5000hippos, bush backs, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 400 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like lake Katwe and Kikorongo. Read More Here…

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Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park: As witnessed by many Uganda safari tourists, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is a diverse park with wide range habitats that are ideal for existence of a range of wildlife. There are 95 mammal species in the park which makes it the highest on Uganda standards, 10 species of primates including common chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkey, Lhoest’s monkey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, and blue monkey. Read More Here

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Birds in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestre. Read More Here

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Chimpanzee in Queen Elizabeth Park: These are close relatives of humans alongside gorillas and orangutans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Queen Elizabeth National Park has the Common chimpanzees’ species. An adult Common chimpanzee can weigh between 40-60 kg with a height of 1.6 meters or 5ft3inches while an adult female can weigh between 32-47kg with a height of 1.3 meters or 4feet3inches. Read More Here

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Primates in Queen Elizabeth Park: These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches. The black and white colobus are herbivores primates and they have a gestation period of 4-6 months. Read More Here

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Volcanic features in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park has a number of volcanic features that have been left behind to remind us of the brutal geographical forces that shaped this land scape to what we see it today. The volcanic features in this park include volcanic cones which stand prominently throughout this vast plains, beautiful crater lakes, many of which have fresh water which attracts. Read More Here

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cultures in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is bordered by the Bakonzo people who have an interesting culture to exhibit. According to population census results of 2014 census, there are 850,646 Bakonzo in Uganda hence representing 0.025% of the country’s population. The Bakonzo people are closely related to the Nande people of eastern D.R. Congo in their ways of living. Read More Here

Activities in the Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a variety of activities to anyone who pays homage to it but for any of these activities to be carried out by a tourist in queen Elizabeth National Park, a park entry fee has to be paid  first at the park offices  and these fees are 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$ foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils. Read More Here..

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park: These can be done in Ishasha in order to catch a glimpse of the tree climbing lions, in Kasenyi and north Kazinga plains for an assured sighting of cape buffaloes, African elephants and the antelopes. For tourists who are enthusiastic about sighting the big cats, night game drives are advisable as most of these cats are nocturnal animals. Read More Here..

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Launch trips at Kazinga Channel: These are boat cruises that are operated on the Kazinga channel. These trips assure tourists with sighting of Hippos and Crocodiles and also many of the water bird species and game that has come to have a drink at the shores of this channel. The launch trip takes place in the morning at 10:00hrs and in the afternoon at 14:00hrs at a cost of 30$.. Read More Here

chimpanzees

Chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth: This occurs at the Kyambura gorge in Maramagambo forest which has thick vegetation growth and plays host to the close relatives of humans, the chimpanzees with a 99% DNA match to humans. If you are in for this kind of adventure experience, you should brace for a 2-3 hours walk under the thick canopy of the gorge’s forest. Read More Here..

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth: These can be done on Mweya pensisula and this offers chance to the tourist to view various wild game species and also birds. Nature walks are carried out along Ishahsa river presenting an opportunity to anyone involved to get up close with the water giants the hippos while remaining in the perfect safety of the water platform. These walks cost 30$ for foreign nonresidents. Read More Here…

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cultural visits in Queen Elizabeth: These can be carried out at leopard village and Kikorongo women community center, Nyanz’ibiri cave community, Agro-tour walk and Katwe Tourism Information Center. These visits offer a tourist with chance to be entertained or even take part in the cultural dances and drama from the Bakonzo people and this will leave you totally refreshed. Read More Here..

Bird species found in the different sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda Safari News

Birding in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestrel. Read More Here..

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth park offers accommodation to all classes of tourists that suites their budget sizes and also tries to imprint their visit to this wilderness in their memories for a life time from luxury budget to mid-range budget and finally low budget. Read More Here….

ishasha Game Lodge

Luxury accommodation in Queen Elizabeth Park: For tourists in need of upmarket accommodation, their needs can be met by the following facilities. Read More Here…

 

kingfisher safari lodge

Mid-range accommodation facilities in Queen Elizabeth Park: For mid-range budget travelers, accommodation can be sourced from. Read More Here….

Accessing queen Elizabeth national park.

This park can be accessed by both road and Air transport

Using road transport, the park can be accessed using to major routes i.e.;

Kampala- Mbarara- Bushenyi- Kasese route. This route covers a distance of about 420km or 6 hours’ drive from Kampala city. While on this route a tourist can make a detour in order to visit lake Mburo national park before Mbarara town and also Igongo cultural museum and the lunar eclipse monument in Mbarara town.

Kampala- Mubende- Fortportal- Kasese route. This covers a distance of about 410km or 6 hours’ drive from Kampala city. While using this route, a detour can be made to visit Kibaale national park for chimp tracking, amabeere ga nyina mwiru and the crater lakes of Fortportal and also the royal palace of Omukama of Tooro kingdom.

Using public means

You can still use public means to go to Kasese by buying a local bus ticket which can cost between 30000-35000ugx from Kampala to Kasese. The total journey time from Kampala- Kasese can be 10 hours depending on the bus company operator you are to use. For example, Post bus service is reviewed by many as the safest but it’s a bit slow, another bus company which operates on this route is Link bus service. Bus services to Kasese from Kampala can be accessed from Kisenyi bus terminal in Kampala. From Kasese town, you need to hire a private car to take you to Mweya via the katunguru gate which lies about 10km away

Air transport

Chartered flights from Entebbe international airport and kajjansi airfield are available to kasese landing at kasese airstrip or mweya airstrip.

Aerolink Uganda has daily flights operating from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip or Mweya airstrip the flight usually departs in the morning but timing may change depending on the flight routing. Aerolink club uses an 11 seater and 2 flight crew Caravan aircraft equipment that is highly comfortable. The cost of this flight is determined on request and can vary depending on the seasonal demand.

Fly Uganda. Fly Uganda operates private flight charters around Uganda from Kajjansi airstrip. The minimum number of passengers required is 2 passengers. The flights usually depart from Kajjansi airfield in the morning hours but this is subject to flight routing and demand. The cost for a flight to Kasese with fly Uganda ranges about 290$ per person one way

Air-Serve Limited and Mission Aviation Africa (MAF) also do private charters to kasese.

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Uganda travel Entry requirements and Health Advice

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Entry Requirements

All travelers to Uganda are required to strictly conform to the following requirements.

You must be in possession of a valid passport issued and recognized by your government.

You must have an International immunization Certificate against Yellow Fever.

You must obtain a visa if you are an American, British National or European National.

Countries exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda include; COMESA countries:

Kenya, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Eritrea, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia, Antigua, Jamaica, Cyprus, Bahamas, Barbados, Sierra Leone, Belize, Fiji, Gambia,Grenada, Malta, Tonga, Singapore, Lesotho, Solomon Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines,

Vanuatu, Italy (Only Diplomatic Passports).

Uganda visas are available at entry points including Entebbe International airport. The cost for a single entry visa is $50.

For those visiting Rwanda, nationals from the USA and Germany are not required to have visas. British and South African citizens do require a visa for Rwanda however is issued free of charge at the border. Other nationals have to get their visas before proceeding to the border.

Uganda Travel Information

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Uganda Travel Information, Best Time to Travel, Health Considerations, Uganda Visa Information, Uganda National Parks Game Reserves, Uganda Safari Attractions. Uganda is famous as the premier safari destination in Africa teeming with abundant wildlife and wetlands and it’s not surprise that safari activities are at the top of every vacationer’s “must-do” list. Tourist attractions consist of sparkling waterfalls, wetlands and rain forests filled with wildlife, and the untouched wilderness of Bwindi where Batwa tribe still lives without any contact with the rest of the world. But a vacation in Uganda is not complete without making time to visit with local people, explore Uganda’s culture and heritage sights, gorilla safaris and do a little shopping for that “just right” souvenir to remind you of your perfect Uganda vacation. Sooth and expect your soul to be touched forever with a safari experience since Uganda is synonymous with wildlife and nature. Here, you’ll find the Big Five, birds, primates but so much more – myriad species amid dramatic, unspoiled landscapes.

From Entebbe zoo to Ssese islands a World for marine wildlife or up north to Kidepo national park with its nearby endangered Ik culture, a host of smaller game reserves and Sipi falls in north eastern Uganda, or down south to wildlife and striking land scapes or inland fresh lakes with stunning islands or gorge – there’s wildlife aplenty not far from Kampala. While Kampala is a busy urban centre, a few hours’ drive from the city lounge a number of phenomenal wildlife destinations.

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari, Uganda Travel Information

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari, Uganda Travel Information

Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.

In developing countries like Uganda, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.

Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)

To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.

Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide). If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.

What you are supposed to do while on your Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).

Do not drink beverages with ice

Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.

Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.

Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

There are both international and regional flights to Uganda being offered by various airbuses including British Airways, Kenya Airways, Brussels and so much more. You can as well charter a flight but this can be damn expensive. Uganda has all means of transport although the most accessible is by bus; it’s cost effective and safe when it comes to traveling. Bus companies for instance Regional Coach, Link and Scandinavian Express and Akamba have strict departure time if travelers can’t adhere to this, they are often left behind.

The Min buses usually go for shorter journeys. Transport in Uganda has been improved with well-maintained roads, speed governors as well as seat belts to ensure the safety of all passengers. The buses assemble in the new taxis park and some may be got along the public roads. The bus fares are fixed but cheaper to all the passengers. In the villages, there are motorcycles, bicycles, taxis for hire that can take you to your destination and remember to get small denominations of money to ease on transport. Ugandans are friendly people and are so willing to give directions when required. A visa to Uganda guide has also been put here.

Flights in Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

On Arrival.

There are 12 airports in Uganda and the 4 biggest are

Entebbe Airport (Entebbe, Uganda)

Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Entebbe Airport.

Entebbe Airport offers nonstop flights to 22 cities.

Every week, at least 49 domestic flights and 490 international flights depart from Entebbe Airport.

Arua Airport (Arua, Uganda)

Arua Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Arua Airport.

Gulu Airport (Gulu, Uganda)

Gulu Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Gulu Airport.

Kasese Airport (Kasese, Uganda)

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Kasese Airport.

Uganda language

English is the national language. There are other local languages like luganda, runyankore, lusoga, luo, runyakitara, lugisu, lugbara and many more spoken by different tribes in Uganda. For those who can only communicate using languages like Chinese, Germany, French, Arabic and others, we can organize special interpreters for them while taking their tours in Uganda.

Uganda’s Climate - Uganda Travel Information

Uganda’s Climate

Uganda’s climate is humid; it combines hotness and coldness in some parts. Uganda has dry spells from June-September and rains from November to mid-January and many rains from March-June but at times such seasons change unexpectedly.

Uganda travel clothing/dress

Carry along lightweight, washable clothes plus a coat, jacket or sweater for morning wildlife game drives or any cold as a result of any weather changes. Items like sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen etc. are also important. Trousers or long sleeved shirts save you from dangers of insect bites. Any other form of dressing by one’s preference is good as long as it isn’t offensive for public displeasure. Women travelers need to carry a wrap to cover legs in the village and towns. At Lodges and hotels with swimming pools, better to carry a swimsuit along with you.

Baggage on safaris

Baggage on safari is limited to one bag, plus one small piece of hand baggage per person (excluding a camera bag). In total this should not weight more than 20kg. Suitcases and other heavier items can be stored in town hotels whilst clients are on safari.

Uganda tour and travel photo shots

To make your tour unforgettable, its better you carry along with you a video and a digital camera with enough charged batteries for shooting anything that interests you throughout your trip. Keep cameras from dust, sunshine or rain. It is advisable to seek permission first before photographing anyone or anything.

Uganda travel security

Uganda is a very safe and sound country in African continent .The country presently has no rebel activity going on inside of Uganda. Even the north of Uganda is enjoying a state of peace and rebuilding since the LRA has signed a cease-fire in the summer of 2006.

Hence Uganda is a very safe country to visit, work and stay, but still precautionary measures have to be ensured while traveling. Below are some guides on how to be cautious so as to keep safe.

Money should be hidden:

The best way to carry your money is when you keep it at your front pocket where you can put your hand over it rather than a back pocket where it can easily be stolen. Do not flash money or count it in public, pull out what you need and pay, never carry large amounts with you. Keep money and any other valuables in your hotel safe.

Carrying Passports and Return Tickets:

It’s very risky carrying your passport on you, it’s best to make a copy of your travel documents and leave the originals at your hotel safe. If you are traveling on a safari, keep it all such things in a small backpack that you can easily carry with you. It is best to carry that small Backpack even if you go on a game drive while on safari. It is always best to be on the safe side of life instead of having later sorrow.

Keep your Jewelry at home or hotel safe:

Take inexpensive jewelry with you (you can buy some lovely items here in Uganda at a low price). Gold chains and jewelry can be torn off you. Avoid expensive watches and if you are wearing one, have one preferably with leather strap that can be tightened and safely worn.

Buy some local Ugandan crafted jewelry and support a local artisan and their families and you will safe-keep your expensive items at home and at the same time make a difference in Uganda through your purchase of local hand-crafted items.

Cell Phone:

Keep your Mobile Cell-Phone in your pocket and do not carry it in your hands. If you carry it in your hands, someone may take a cigarette burn your hand and you drop the phone when pain strikes and it is gone.

Do not put in on a table in a restaurant or bar since again someone might just come and grab it – Stay on the safe side. Mobile phones are stolen daily in Uganda – hold on to it tightly.

Walking at night:

Do not walk alone on your own in most neighborhoods to be on the safe side – what you would do at home, do here while visiting Uganda. You do not hear of many cases where Visitors to Uganda are robbed or harmed but it is best to be wise and smart.

Visits to Slums:

Slums in Kampala happen to be a place of misery and where you can find quite a few people who would not have the best intentions in mind when it comes to dealing with you. Most slum-dwellers are there not because of choice but because of circumstances in life.

Visiting a slum unless you are visiting a school, an NGO, a charitable work such as an orphanage is ill-advised. We do not offer slum tours as is the fashion in Kenya in order to make money and once company does here in Kampala. We believe in the dignity of all human beings and do not want to benefit off another person’s misery.

Gay Travelers Safety:

In February of 2014 President Museveni signed the stronger anti-gay bill into law. 97% of Ugandans concurred with his decision. Uganda had been in the news for five years regarding the anti-gay bill and it had an effect on Uganda’s image in the world even though it is one of 38 African Countries and over 80 worldwide with strong anti-gay laws.

What does it mean to a gay traveler wanting to come to Uganda? In Uganda there is no public affection between any gender. No promotion of homosexuality and simply discreet behavior that does not draw attention to a visitor to Uganda. The traditions of held values of Uganda and most African Nations are simply different.

The law is there – the choice is up to the gay visitor to Uganda whether to come or whether to stay away – the previous anti-gay law was hardly enforced since in Uganda personal relationships are kept private.

Statement from Stephen Asiimwe -Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board “no gay visitor to our country will be harassed or not welcome for the only reason that he or she may be gay. Cultural policies are important in Uganda. We ask visitors to respect them. They include touching in public for example or engaging in sex with children.”

Is it safe for single travelers?

It’s very safe for tourists to travel solo on safari in Uganda. It’s always best to travel with a reliable tour company like Africa Adventure Safaris Ltd to run your safari in Uganda.

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

One new and expanding approach to handle money within Uganda is using cell phones commonly known as Mobile money. You can Sign up with any of the local carrier and then send and also receive money directly on your phone, obtainable almost any place across the country. But of course, you need to have some money deposited on it.

Shopping in Uganda

From jammed but fascinating markets filled with collectable handicrafts, to glitzy malls in our big city with the latest must have name brands, more so because our favorable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer too. Uganda’s shopping centers provide world-class shopping, plenty of entertainment, the latest movies and delicious food in conveniently situated and safe surroundings. Whether you are looking for something specific, have time on your hands to browse around or just love to shop, the boutiques, chain stores and specialist shops in the country’s malls have it all. The quality, cost and variety of goods on offer along with the safe, sophisticated environment provided by Uganda’s shopping centers should not take visiting international holidaymakers and business people by surprise.

Uganda’s malls are famous for their excellent shopping and entertainment facilities. When you leave the country after your holiday or business trip, you will lament the baggage restrictions of the international airlines and wish that you could take more of Uganda home with you! Vacationers can choose from dining and enjoying a drink at local or hotel bars and restaurants, seeing a movie at the cinema, attending a theatrical production at the cultural centre or gambling at one of the two casinos in town. Some bars host live music sessions at weekends. Uganda is known for their woodcarvings, handcrafted jewellery, textiles and attractive basketry – all make a memorable souvenir of your trip.

Nightlife in Kampala

From a night of fine dining to raucous all-night party in Kampala city Ugandans love to have a good time. Let your hair down and live it up in our clubs, pubs, late-night bars, theatres and live music venues. You won’t just find the best wildlife in our game parks…come on, the party’s starting! Experience a sundowner. Sip a cool drink and enjoy a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying afternoon game drive. In the tourist towns of Kampala, there are a handful of restaurants, cinema and a clutch of places to grab a cold beer with fellow travelers and the friendly locals.

Casinos in Uganda

Bet on having a good time around Uganda. From our most famous Kampala casino for high-rollers to family entertainment venues– we’ve myriad casinos where you can take chance with Lady Luck. Ugandan casinos, including several large entertainment complexes, can be found countrywide. These entertainment destinations are typically designed around a specific theme and include a large range of activities for the whole family. Many are also geared towards business tourism, providing hotels and conferencing facilities as well.

Uganda’s casinos can be found on the fringes of most major centers. The emphasis is on being a one-stop leisure destination, with access to both indoor and outdoor entertainment. In Uganda, casinos are designed around a specific theme, offering a vision of life somewhat different from the run of the mill expectation of Africa. Nor are they typical casinos, most offering entertainment that goes beyond the usual slots and gaming tables. Among the most popular casinos in Uganda is the famed Kampala casino, in the city centre. Garden city is as famous for its golf course, game drives and outdoor activities as it is for gambling.

Uganda Accommodation

Uganda offers a wide variety of hotels lodge’s guesthouses, safari lodges available for travellers ranging from budget, midrange and high-end accommodation that are distributed in all parts of the country. For any destination you want to travel to, there accommodations that you can book at. Feel free to contact us for any of your travel accommodation plans and you will find all answers for Uganda accommodation.

Uganda Public Holidays

Below is the list of Uganda’s public holidays that are officially noticed by all citizens: Liberation day(26 Jan),Women’s Day (8 March),New Years’ Day (1 Jan),Independence Day (9 Oct),Labor Day(1 May),Heroes Day(9 June),Martyrs Day(3June),World Aids Day (1 Dec),Boxing Day (26 Dec),Christmas Day (25 Dec),Human Rights’ Day (10 Dec),Africa Day (25 May)

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Major foreign currencies – like the US$, Pound Sterling and Euros, South African Rand and currencies for the Uganda’s neighboring countries can be exchanged in the local forex bureaus and banks. Travelers’ cheques are accepted in Uganda and are exchangeable at banks and forex bureau in Kampala City and other major towns and hotels. Credit cards are getting common and are acknowledged in some shopping and banks. Majority of banks have ATM facilities. In some national parks or tourist centre, visitors can pay using foreign currencies if they didn’t get time to convert into local money. It is not suitable to exchange money on the streets from individuals as you may be given fake notes of Uganda shillings.

Bank and money transactions in Kampala Uganda;Where to get and how to make money transactions in Kampala.

Uganda Banks, Money exchange, Forex rates, in Uganda

The simplest way to acquire money on your initial arrival is using a Visa ATM card (MasterCard is more challenging; do not bother using anything else). The ATMs are scattered across Uganda, beginning at the airport, and nearly all of them offer the favorable Visa logo. It is a good idea to talk to your bankers back at home and inquire about any kind of deals they offer within Ugandan banks – for example, as I write this, in case you use your Bank of America ATM card in any of Uganda’s Barclays ATMs, you will not be charged that annoying ATM fee. Western Union is as well an alternative for quick cash from foreign countries, although the fees are somewhat large. On the other hand, if it is a better option for you, there are several Western Union places throughout Kampala.

Do I need my International Banking card While in Kampala Uganda?

The majority of properly-ATMed banks are Barclays plus Stanbic that appear to have ATMs almost anyplace you would require one. A properly-informed friend informed me that Barclays, regardless of its international name, is pretty short on service, and that its competitor Stanbic could be a better choice. Additional alternatives include Centenary bank whose ATMs and branches can be accessed in most of the rural parts of the country plus Standard Chartered, that has fewer branches as well as ATMs although fairly good service.

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