Travel Tips

  1. Passport: Remember to carry along a valid passport at least of six months validity otherwise you won’t be given a visa with an old passport.
  2. Entry Visa: You are advised to consult the Ugandan embassy in your home country and acquire yourself an entry visa. However, a visa can also be obtained in Uganda upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport. It is advisable that you obtain sufficient information early enough prior to departure.
  3. Back up all your documents such as passport, Visa, certificates and photos so that in case of anything you have an alternative. Avoid keeping all your valuables in one place.

LAGGAGE: We request you to bring a bag or suitcase from soft material. Hard cover suitcases are difficult to place in the car and are likely to break on the bumpy roads in Uganda. When traveling in a group or private tour with 4 persons or more we request that you limit the weight of your bag/ suitcase to 15 kg.

  1. Currency: The currency that is mainly used is the Uganda shilling. The current exchange rate is: US $1 can be exchanged at an average of UGX 3600. However this varies over time therefore you have got to inquire and get the appropriate rates.  Be informed that US Dollars before 2006 are not accepted in Uganda. When exchanging money, bigger notes of $50 and $100 are exchanged highly than small notes.
  2. Credit cards: These are allowed and can be accepted in major companies and big hotels.
  3. Cash: It is important that you travel with sufficient cash. There are many forex bureau in Kampala and other major towns to facilitate you change your money to the local currency

PAYMENTS: These are made by electronic bank transfer and our Bank account details will be provided upon request.  

CREDIT CARDS: ARC accepts payment by credit card which you can do immediately upon arrival either at your hotel or at the company offices. This is applicable for balances on safaris and car hire otherwise clients are required to confirm safari bookings with payment.

 

GORILLA PERMITS:

This activity is highly competitive hence requires six months advance booking. It is upon your booking that the gorilla permit is purchased. There are 12 gorilla families in Bwindi that are habituated for gorilla tracking – giving tourists greater chances of tracking them. Tourists are guided in groups of 8 per gorilla family per day. Kindly pay early enough to be guaranteed a permit.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING: This mainly takes place on the Rwenzori Mountains, Mt Elgon with the largest caldera in the world then Mts Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga. You need to prepare appropriate clothing for this activity and climbing gear. However climbing gear can be hired locally. You only need to communicate to us accordingly.

  1. Mobile phones: Uganda’s telecom sector is very vibrant with several telecom companies from which you can get services. You could also access loaming facilities on your phones as there is mobile telephone coverage in the major tourist attractions.
  2. Internet: About 30% of Uganda’s population can access internet. With latest phones that have applications which enable internet usage, one can access it from most parts of the country. However, one has got to subscribe to a local provider that has stronger coverage in attraction areas.
  3. Post mail: the Uganda post office situated in the middle of the city offers postal services for those who may wish to send passels and registered mail. 

CLIMATE: Uganda has friendly climatic conditions all through the year with temperatures ranging between 16°C – 28 °C. On rare occasions, temperatures could rise up 33°C mostly in the north and north eastern semi-arid areas of Karamoja region. Uganda experiences wet seasons in the months of March –May then October – December. Whereas it is conducive to travel during the dry season, the wet periods are not so grave to deter you from enjoying your trip. 

ROADS: The road network from Kampala city to the major towns is mostly tarmac. Well maintained marram roads connect you to and within the National parks.

SECURITY: Uganda is generally secure across all regions. The insurgency in the Northern Uganda region ended and there is rehabilitation and reconstruction going on. People have returned to normal life.  

There are police stations across different corners of Kampala city and the metropolitan. In case you encounter any challenge as you mingle around the city, ask for a nearest police post and you will surely get help. In addition to this, in our national parks we do have the tourism police that is always at your service.

While moving in the city, be careful not to carry sensitive belongings to avoid heavy losses in case of pick pockets. Make sure that you hold your bag firmly on your belly.

FACTS ABOUT UGANDA’S POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

The country had a history of political instability in the 1970s under Idd Amin and other leaders. But since 1986, a new leadership under the visionary president Yoweri Museveni urshered in peace and security plus freedom of expressions. The country’s national army is highly disciplined and citizens are peaceful with it

  1. In the city: Dress informally while moving around Kampala. For ladies, the African culture seems still sensitive to exposure of a woman’s body. So prepare and come with clothes that cover you below the knees. Avoid wearing your expensive jewelry while walking on Kampala streets as it could be grabbed from you. This is not to say that Kampala city is a hub for thieves but simply to caution you because such incidents occur occasionally. 
  2. While on Safari or Tour: depending on the day’s weather, you may need to wear casual and warm clothing in the early mornings and evenings. While in Bwindi for gorilla tracking, gloves too would be helpful as you trek holding onto stems for support. In other parks such as Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls, light casual clothing is relevant. So you have to prepare for both warm and cold weather conditions as it changes as you move from one part of the country to the other.  
  1. Facilities: There several health facilities in Kampala and other major towns. The national referral Mulago hospital has of late opened up specialized and well equipped centers in different parts of Kampala. There are other private player such as IHK, Nakasero Hospital, Kampala Hospital, Norvick, extra.
  2. Malaria: Given the climate of the region, malaria is common and mosquitoes. It is important that you prepare, take anti-malarials and carry all necessary medication, mosquito repellants. You may also undertake any other measure against malaria. 
  3. Hepatitis B: As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure” it would be important to get vaccination for hepatitis B to avoid any risk. Try and do it early as it is given in three dozes at different intervals
  4. Yellow fever: Vaccination against yellow fever is no longer mandatory. However, it wouldn’t do you harm if you took the vaccine to guard yourself. 

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