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General Details about Uganda

Getting There
Entebbe International Airport,  lies Forty Kilometers from Kampala the Capital and  is serviced by several international airlines, like SN Brussels, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, Egypt Air , South African Airways, Rwandair Express, Kenya Airways and Air Tanzania . Uganda as well can be arrived at overland through Tanzania,  Kenya and Rwanda  .

On Arrival
Customs plus migration official generally are polite and effective, plus a visa for individuals who need one, may be bought at that moment at Entebbe Airport Terminal or at the overland border .the Foreign Exchange plus ATM facilities can be found at the Entebbe airport, that is as well serviced by a number of shops plus restaurants .Many mid-range to luxury hotels within Kampala as well as Entebbe will organize airport transfers on request, just as the  tour operators  .the Local time is GMT+3

A  yellow fever vaccination certificate  is needed.  visitors must take Malaria prophylactic medicines .It is recommended to drink only bottled instead of tap water.

The local currency is the Uganda shillings however The US dollar is typically the better currency of choice, yet Euro plus Pound Sterling also are broadly accepted. Hard-currency cash may be changed for country’s local currency at private bureau de change  or banks within the  large towns, however traveler’s cheques aren’t widely recognized outside Kampala. The Local currency may be drawn against the Visa as well as other main credit cards at chosen ATMs within Kampala, Entebbe International Airport, as well as within some other big towns.

Learned Ugandans  typically are fluent in English, the official language. Among the more than 30  different   languages; Luganda is the lingua franca.

When to Visit
Uganda may be visited anytime, although mountain hikes, forest walks and gorilla tracking  are rather challenging throughout the rains that normally peak through mid September up to November as well as March – May.

What to Wear
Temperatures during the Daytime are normally warm or hot, therefore bring  light clothing. the Evenings are much cooler, particularly at higher altitudes, hence carry  light sweaters as well. People who plan to hike  the mountains are going to be subjected to alpine temperatures and must pack appropriately .Strong walking shoes plus durable clothing are perfect for forest walks .do not   forget to carry a hat , waterproof  jacket and sunglasses .

What to bring
A legitimate passport is required, plus visa requirements must be checked prior to traveling. To get the most from game reserves plus national parks, bring binoculars plus field guides. also Photographers will require a zoom-lens for wildlife (of 70 to  300 ).Print film plus developing can be got in Kampala .Toiletries together with other essentials can be purchased in the cities.

Driving is done on the left-side. Visitors without having experience of any African roads are encouraged to arrange a transportation  with a private driver instead of self-drive.

Tipping isn’t standard practice at the local hotels plus restaurants, however it will often be appreciated .It’s perfectly normal to tip 5  to 10% at the tourist-oriented restaurants .the Guides plus drivers must be tipped.

Food and  drink
Tourist-oriented hotels plus restaurants offer great western-style  meals , whilst a broader variety of cuisines is offered  in Kampala and a few larger towns .the Local restaurants offer Ugandan dishes , normally ugali (a stiff maize-porridge) or steamed bananas- matooke  served  with stew.

What to Buy
Many local handicrafts are offered as souvenirs .among these are: musical instruments , like the hide drums created in the area of  Mpigi , and great local basket-work , pottery, paintings  and  batiks  .

 More Information
Guide-books from lonely planet, Bradt and Spectrum plus  a great deal of other publications about Uganda, are available at bookstores within Kampala.