Here you will find answers to all the questions that may arise when you come to Uganda. Read more about climate, vaccinations and visa.
- Weather and wildlife in Uganda in different months
Uganda can be visited all year round. Its high position on the sea surface helps to stabilize the temperature so it never gets too hot despite the presence of the equator.
The average temperature is approximately 26 degrees during the day and about 17 degrees at night.
Mountain hiking, gorilla tracking and other hikes in the forests are more challenging during the rainy season (October to November & March to May).
However, there are no additional reasons to fear the rainy periods because the sun is often in the sky and it rains mostly during the night and during the early hours of the morning.
- Travel conditions for your trip to Uganda
Please read our general terms of travel carefully, as these are part of the terms of agreement in connection with travel purchased at hightownsafaris.com.
- Pay special attention to the following
- Minimum age for participation in the gorilla track is 15 years.
- Be prepared for this to be a physically demanding journey.
- Book the trip in good time to fit the number of licenses for the gorillas which is limited and may end well in advance.
- In case of illness / cold / flu, one can be refused to participate in the gorilla tracking, despite paying for the license. The guide has the last word if you can participate or not.
- Issued gorilla license is not refunded and cannot be changed to another date.
- Gorilla tracking can take place anywhere from 1 to 9 hours.
- The visit to the gorillas lasts about 1 hour.
- There is the possibility of renting a helper during the walk, carrying your rucksack, helping you get through the dense vegetation and holding your hand in difficult passages, for only 5 USD.
- Remember to include a lighter snack, such as muesli bar or similar, as it may take a long time before returning to the lodge.
- Keep in mind that you do not have to leave something in the woods – it also applies to food residue, toilet paper etc.
- The possession of all forms of drugs is strictly prohibited in Uganda and punished severely.
We advise you to contact a specialist doctor, your own doctor or a vaccination center.
Uganda requires a yellow-fever certificate.
You must have a valid visa to travel to Uganda. You must apply for visa pre-authorization online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
You must print your approval and bring this to Uganda. Please be aware that you will only receive your visa on arrival to Uganda. The visa costs USD 50 per person and is payable on arrival to Uganda.
It may take up to seven days to get prior approval, so we recommend that you apply in time. After seven days of no feedback, we recommend that you contact the Ugandan embassy, who can also issue a visa.
The passport must be valid 6 months after departure from the country
There must be room for entry / exit stamps in the passport
An entry and exit card must be completed
Visa and passports can be changed at short notice.
- Service Confirmation
Once you have purchased a trip through us, you will receive our service confirmation letter before departure.
In the service letter you will find important information such as; check in online, what to do in case of delays and our agreed drinking guidelines.
You will also find important phone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.
Therefore, it is important that you print the service letter and take it on the trip.
- Transport in Uganda
Our good driver / guide will pick you up at Entebbe International Airport. He drives you to the hotel, safaris tours, other sightseeing and the last day back to the airport.
- Distance by car on safari in Uganda
From Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park is 600 km.
From Queen Elizabeth NP to Ishasha is 95 km.
From Ishasha to Bwindi is 55 km.
From Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park is 300 km.
Keep in mind that all distances are around and the times are also subject to weather and road conditions.
- Safari Vehicles & Transport
For all the safaris, we drive in 4-wheeled cars that have open roofs to allow you stand and get a better sense of proximity to the animals and the nature around us.
In the car there is room for 9 people, but we never take more than 7 people in each car, because everyone should have a window seat and room for camera, water, etc.
It is possible to book your own safari car with accompanying driver / guide for a supplement and if you wish to do so – contact us for more information.
- Gorilla permits (permission to visit the gorillas)
It is important to be aware that the mountain gorillas are wild animals that can move freely and therefore cannot be nourished with one hundred percent safety to see animals on the day they are out.
The likelihood that you will see the gorillas is very big and therefore a gorilla permit is valid for a specific day and cannot be changed to a different date than they were issued for.
It will not be refunded and you will be prohibited from seeing the gorillas.
In case of illness, the victim is not allowed to go out on the walk. It is the wizard who has the last word when it comes to determining whether a person is healthy enough or not to participate.
Costs for gorilla permits, diet and lodging are not refundable in case of illness.
- Currency and Uganda
Uganda’s currency is Uganda Shillings.
We recommend that you do not switch to Uganda Shillings from home but wait until you reach Uganda. Dollars dated / printed before 2002 are not received in Uganda.
Any kind of gratitude for our services well done is welcomed.
- Time Zone
East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00
- Languages in Uganda
The official language of Uganda is English. However, there are more than 50 different languages in the country.
The power is 240 volts and three-legged contacts of another type are used to us from home.
- Uganda’s Facts
- The capital city of Uganda is Kampala which has 1.35 million inhabitants (2016).
- Uganda’s area is at a total of 241,038 square kilometers. Uganda is more than 5 times larger than Denmark, for example.
- In all, Uganda has nearly 42.9 million inhabitants (2017).
- What to pack when traveling to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda & Tanzania (East Africa)
- Bright summer clothes for the safari tours and it is cheap to have your clothes washed, so there’s no need to drag too much.
- Some finer clothes for the evenings at the hotel and lodge, long trousers and long sleeved shirts to protect against mosquitoes after sunset and if necessary against the sun during the day.
- Wind jacket, as it may be a bit chilly in the morning and evening.
- Rain jacket for gorilla tracking.
- Summer shoes and cotton socks. Avoid walking with bare feet and legs in the evening.
- A power outlet for 3-4 connectors, such as shaver, trimmer, mobile phone, electric toothbrush and batteries can be charged via an adapter.
- Small flashlight and extra batteries.
- Also pack the following in your bag
- A hat that protects against the sun
- Mosquito repellent (both to keep them away and to any itching)
- Sun cream
- The medication you use daily at home (always carry it in your baggage if you are on your way to a suitcase!)
- Medicine: pain reliever, allergic medicine, something against bad stomach (maybe iodine), malaria tablets, patches and wet wipes for laundering.
- Binoculars (so you get a closer view of the leopard high in the tree)
- Cameras, memory cards than you expected to get use for + battery chargers and a bag of some kind to protect your electronic stuff against Africa’s fine red pond.
- Shoulder bag with sturdy strap and zipper, pocket bag or good inner pockets that can be pulled back.
- A couple of photocopies of all personal documents such as passports, visas, air tickets, travel insurance, vaccination cards, debit cards (Visa-Master card), driving licenses, etc.
- Phone list for immediate barring of missing debit cards and to insurance company etc.
- Postal addresses of those to whom you will send a postcard, and also email addresses
- Notepad and ink pen
- A good book or several to your long flight time there and home.
- Perhaps a good English / Swedish – Swedish / English dictionary in pocket format.