Uganda Safaris and Tours
UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS
Bwindi National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
Kibale Forest National Park
Mt. Mgahinga Gorilla N.P
Mount Elgon N.P
The further you are acquainted with information about a destination and the conditions you can expect on your Wildland Adventure, the more you will enjoy your experience. We invite you to call our destination specialists on any numbers on the contact page so that we can answer any questions or concerns. The information below will also help you prepare for the thrilling experience ahead and enable you to get the very most from your trip.
Uganda is a non-coastal country magnificently positioned on the northern shoreline of L. Victoria in the Hub of Africa. Located at the geographical heart of the African Continent, Uganda’s society is still principally rural with 80% of the population living in rural areas. Customary traditions and routines are still alive in many parts of the country, which flavors to the tourists experience. Uganda is inimitable in a way that it has various groups of people and each group has its unique traditional customs, artifacts, and many colorful ceremonies. Say for example, The Bagisu of Mbale are commonly known for circumcision known as imbalu, most of the tribes have their own dances like the Runyege dance of the Banyoro, Ntogoro of Batooro, Dingi dingi of the Acholi, Runyege of the Batooro , to list but a few. The traditional marriages are a must see, while the ways of dressing are worth a display. Uganda has long been a cultural melting pot as evidenced by the existence of 30- plus different indigenous languages belonging to five distinct linguistic groups and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and handicrafts. Uganda’s most antique inhabitants set to hilly southwest are the Batwa and Bambuti Pygmies found around the western corners of Uganda. Far in the North Eastern Uganda is the presence of the Karamajongs- the conservative pastoralists whose life style is reminiscent of the popular Masai in Kenya, The introduction ceremonies are also a must see .Visitors are often welcome to observe any of the traditional ceremonies of the country, although as a courtesy, tourists should always seek permission before taking photograph.
Not wastefully, it’s where the savannah meets the West African Jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe Lions Prowling the open plain in the morning and track Chimpanzees through the rain forest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels crowded with hippos and crocodiles previous to heading into the misty mountains to track and gaze deep into the eyes of the endangered mountain Gorillas with their dominants the Silver backs? Then one would say Uganda is compelling and unique with an assortment of natural infinite beauties!!
Most flights to Uganda connect in Nairobi, with British Airlines and Kenya Airways being the major carrier. Other flights to Uganda include; KLM, Emirates, Ethiopian airways, SB Brussel among others.
Once you book a safari with us, we give you comprehensive information about health safety measures and possible immunizations for travel to each destination. A consultation with your doctor, a local travel clinic, or public health office will help you decide which medications or vaccinations are necessary for your safe partaking in the safari/ tour. Our Staff are not licensed medical authorities, however, we know the exact areas, atmosphere and circumstances under which you will be traveling, all of which can affect the relative risk of exposure to health conditions and help you make decisions concerning immunizations and prescription medicines. Anticipatory measures against infectious diseases may require advance planning for immunizations. Pregnant women and parents traveling with young children should consult their physician or pediatrician.
With appropriate protection, travel to Uganda is exceptionally safe. As is the case in any developing country, travelers are advised to be careful of what you eat and drink, keep away from eating food from roadside stands and drinking bottled water. Protect yourself from the tropical equatorial sun, stay well hydrated, and bear in mind to wear mosquito repellent in the evenings. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended, either Larium (mefloquine), atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline. You should also think about vaccination against yellow fever, hepatitis, and typhoid and update your resistance to measles, polio and tetanus with vaccination shots..
Visa and Passport Requirements
A Traveler’s passport is requisite for entry into Uganda, and should be valid for six months after your return date. A visa is also required. We recommend that you obtain your visa in advance either directly with the Ugandan Embassy or through a visa service. A single entry visa is $50. Non-US citizens should check with the Ugandan Embassy for current entry requirements.
Travel Supplies and Packing List
We offer you with a precise packing lists and suggested travel products for your trip once you have signed up for your safari on your request.
Lake Kyoga forms northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking peoples, who dominate much of east and central and southern Africa and, in Uganda, include the Buganda, and several other tribes like Busoga, and Bagishu. In the north live the Lango
(near lake Kyoga) and the Acholi ( towards the sudanese border), who speak Nilotic languages. To the east are the Iteso and Karamojong, who are related to the Maasai and who also speak Nilotic languages. Pygmies live in the forest of the west.
Official Language: English
Despite what is claimed in some guidebooks, credit cards are not widely accepted, and where they can be used, mainly with the larger hotels and tour companies, hefty surcharges are common. Barclays Bank offers cash advances against Visa cards, as does Standard Chartered through its network of ATMs. Foreign debit and charge cards cannot be used. The Ugandan Shilling is generally quite stable against the US Dollar, though overall the trend is downwards.
US Dollars cash is the most welcome foreign currency. Other major currencies, like Euros and Sterling, are far less welcomed. Paying with Dollars can also lead to some frustration because US $$ Notes dated prior to 1990 are turned away. Also, bizarrely, notes smaller than $50 attract a far lower exchange rate. Currency should be changed in the capital where possible, as rates elsewhere often amount to day-light robbery. If tempted to change money at the borders, beware con-men with magical powers of sleight of hand if you are in doubt or feel intimidated, walk away.