From Spain – After our African safari through Kenya and Tanzania last year, we decided that the next long safari we took had to be in Uganda (Africa). We already had in mind the idea of going for gorilla trekking in Uganda long before visiting Africa for the first time, but we decided to do it the year after. Given the fact that HIGH TOWN Safaris delivered excellently on our first safari, we decided to tour with them again on the Uganda gorilla trekking safari.
In this post, I leave some general information about Uganda and about our African safari, which we recommend without hesitation.
General Info about the home of Uganda Gorillas
Uganda is located in East Africa and borders Lake Victoria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country was a British colony until 1962 when they became independent. The capital is Kampala and the international airport is located in Entebbe, a city located very close to the capital.
The largest income of Uganda comes from the export of coffee. They also have great resources such as fertile soils, thanks to the regular rains, and copper and cobalt deposits.
Much of the population is Christian, about 85%, and there is also a Muslim minority.
The main currency is Ugandan Shilling, but they also accept American dollars and in some places Euros.
We used US dollars but if you want to buy snacks to eat or you want to tip lower, you better change some amount into shillings. People will also appreciate it because if you give them dollars then they need to put together at least 50 USD in order to be able to change it to Shillings.
If you buy gifts and pay them in Uganda Shillings, they will come cheaper than if you pay for them in dollars.
Type of Plug used in Uganda
The Plug in Uganda is of Type G. Remember to take an adapter.
Official Language in Uganda
The official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili, although Swahili is not spoken by so many people.
There are about 40 different languages in the country. Luganda is the most common language, but you will have no problem if you know English.
Visa in Uganda
Spanish citizens need a visa to enter Uganda. It can be processed via the Internet (here). It is paid through the web with a bank card. It cost us 50 USD at the time. It usually takes about 48 hours to approve your visa. It is important that you have a photocopy of your passport, an international immunization record, and a photo ID.
Vaccines in Uganda
The yellow fever vaccine is required to enter Uganda. I always carry my yellow vaccination card internationally.
It is also important to have the Hepatitis A vaccine.
Prophylactic treatment must be done against malaria.
IMPORTANT: It is imperative that you consult with the services of External Health / Tropical Medicine in your country. We did so.
The Weather in Uganda
The weather in Uganda varies variable during the day. In the mornings and evenings, temperatures usually drop (10-15ºC) while during the rest of the day the temperature is about 25ºC.
Rain is very likely, so it is important to wear raincoats during the trip.
Giving Tips in Uganda
In Africa, tipping is common, not tied to the worker’s salary and given for the job well done. You can give or not give, but they always wait for them at the end of the itinerary.
As in our African safari to Kenya and Tanzania, I recommend that you calculate a good budget for tips because everyone wants and needs to be given.
Our Flights: From Spain to Uganda
We flew to Uganda with Turkish Airlines. These were our flights:
TK1854 09JUL BARCELONA – ISTANBUL 1135 1605
TK 569 09JUL ISTANBUL – ENTEBBE 1830 0245 + 1
TK 604 25JUL DAR ES SALAAM – ESTAMBUL 0325 1045
TK1855 25JUL ISTANBUL – BARCELONA 1440 1725
The Safari Vehicle
Our African safari in Uganda was done with a semi-open 4×4 vehicle, i.e the roof could be opened. That way we could stand and enjoy better travel and clear sights of the African wildlife in Uganda’s national parks.
Our Itinerary in Uganda
Our African safari was planned together with HIGH TOWN Safaris. Below, you can see in detail what they prepared us:
Day 0: Barcelona (Spain) to Entebbe (Uganda)
Intercontinental flight from Spain to Uganda. Arrival in Entebbe at night. Stay at Golf View Hotel.
In the morning you will be waiting for the private vehicle which took us to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary of Ziwa. Stayed at Budongo Eco Lodge.
We enter the Budongo Forest national park to find a population of chimpanzees. In the afternoon we travel to Murchison Falls NP. Stayed at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Boating through the Nile to the mighty falls while watching hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, etc. Stayed at the same lodge as the previous night.
Passing through luscious green tea plantations, we head to Fort Portal. Day trip. Stayed at Mountains of the Moon Hotel.
After crossing the Equator, we enter the Queen Elizabeth NP, where we set off in search of large mammals. In the afternoon we sail through the Kazinga Channel. Stayed at Kyambura Lodge
Day 6 and 7:
Still, in Queen Elizabeth NP, we move to the Ishasha area and cross the park in search of wildlife in the Mweya area. Stayed at Ishasha Tented Camp.
We arrive at Buhoma, a gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We made a tour of a nearby village, visiting a school and a tribe. Stayed at Silverback Lodge.
Day 9: Uganda Gorillas
Early in the morning, we enter the forest until we meet face to face with a family of Uganda gorillas. Stayed at Silverback Lodge. Seeing the Uganda gorillas was such a life-changing moment for us.
From Bwindi National Park we take the plane that takes us to Entebbe airport to connect with the flight to Stone Town in Zanzibar. Stayed at The Swahili House.
Day 11 to 14:
We travel to the northern beaches of the Zanzibar island where we relax on the beautiful beaches of Nungwi. Stayed at Hideaway of Nungwi.
We take a plane to link with the intercontinental flight back to Spain. Spent the night on the plane.
Arrival in Spain.
As you can see, the last days of the trip are spent relaxing in Zanzibar (Tanzania) as we did last year. For us, it is important to finish our African safari with a few days on the beach. Anyway, in this post, you will only find details of our trip to Uganda. The part of Zanzibar I will post on another day!(Reviews & Testimonials)