How to reach Uganda:
Uganda International Airport is at Entebbe, 40 km off Kampala. If you come from the neighboring countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda or Ethiopia, domestic flights are available to Entebbe, through Air Uganda, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Airlines, and Rwanda Air.
If you are coming from Europe, many international airlines are travelling to Entebbe mainly through Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Rome, including KLM Royal Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, British Air and Emirates.
If you come from South Africa, South African Airways is directly flying to Entebbe.
If you are connecting from the Middle East or Asia, Emirates connects you through Dubai, Air India, Gulf Air, Interair.
Entry tourist visa is issued directly at Entebbe Airport. All citizens showing a valid passport for more than six months from the expiring date and at the cost of 50 USD or 50 Euros. In case of travelling to other countries like Rwanda or Congo for Gorilla safaris, it is not recommended any multiple visas, visas will be obtained at the border.
Uganda generally enjoys warm climatic conditions, due to its altitude above sea level, therefore the average temperature ranges at 20-25 degrees and normally it does not reach very hot temperatures. There are normally two rain seasons during the year, particularly between October and November and between April and May. Tourism and gorilla safaris to Uganda are advisable all over the year, though the dry seasons are the best period for travelling especially concerning road conditions.
Local currency and credit cards
In Uganda you will need local currency, the Ugandan Shillings, for any expenditure. You can exchange US Dollars or Euros or UK Sterling at the forex bureau mainly in Kampala town for the best exchange rate. Before travelling, check on the exchange rates for your currency in order to decide which currency to bring for exchange.
US Dollars are accepted when the banknotes are not older than 2000 serial numbers or they are accepted at lower exchange rates as well as small notes below 50.
Credit cards and visa cards facilities are still not well developed in Uganda. Payments are made mainly in cash and you can withdraw a limited amount of money per day using your card from the ATM machine. Few banks, including Barclays and Standard Chartered Bank accept visa cards, while master card is not recommended at all. Traveler’s cheques are difficult to exchange and encounter high banking fees.
Roads in Uganda are still in poor condition especially the roads connecting the national parks. However, Kampala is connected to the main towns through good tarmac roads. Generally speaking, travelling through Uganda requires a strong 4x4 vehicle, which we provide for any tour or car hire services. For this same reason, you expect long distance driving in sometimes murram or dirt roads.
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