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Uganda the pearl of Africa

Apr 2014

Uganda the pearl of Africa, a Country with fantastic natural scenery and rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Traveling through Uganda, you’ll be captivated by beauty, safety,accessibility and friendliness.

The natural of beauty of its people and its landscapes are outstanding. It is one of the most appealing nations and Africa’s friendly country.






An elegant adventure, reads the slogan of this country's tourism board. And indeed that is the experience awaiting the traveller from the moment of landing at Entebbe's modern airport on the forested shore of Lake Victoria with its many islands. Kampala, the capital, lies a short distance away, sprawling across seven hills. Lush vegetation and the chatter of tropical birds and monkeys characterise these bright and modern cities where dignified old colonial buildings also instill a sense of history. Here the visitor will be exposed to both the East African savannah and the tropical West African jungle; to an impressive range of antelope and predators as well as some of the most amazing forest primates in the world and over 1,000 bird species; to idyllic boat journeys on Lake Victoria or white-water rafting on the Nile River; and so much more.

Uganda is situated largely on a plateau astride the Equator in East Africa and is a relatively small country. It has a reputation for being Africa's friendliest country. The creation of six national parks under the present administration, as well as the recent growth of community-based eco-tourism projects at the grassroots level, attests to the eco-friendliness of this country. One of Africa's fastest growing economies, is considered to be a stable democracy and mostly safe.








  • Uganda a place to remember
  • Uganda the master piece of the maker
  • Uganda the land of biodiversity
  • Uganda the land of beauty
  • Uganda small enough to care, big enough to share.
  • Source of the mighty Nile.


Uganda’s Tourism Calendar of events


26 Jan - NRM day - event tourism


8 March – Women’s day – event tourism


3 June – Matyrs day – religious tourism


9 June – Hero’s day (remembering important figures in the country) – event tourism


27 September – Uganda tourism day


9 October – Independence – Event tourism



English – official; 30-plus indigenous languages.






Time Zone: EAT GMT/UTC + 03:00 hour. No Daylight Saving Time



Travellers from most non-African countries need visas – can be purchased at airport, border posts, or Ugandan embassies



·Numerous international airlines fly to Uganda from all parts of world.


·National carrier Air Uganda operates regionally.


·Smaller regional, local and private charter companies also operate here.


·Entebbe International Airport 35 km from Kampala - offers domestic and international air links.


·Facilities include foreign exchange, bank ATM facilities, several shops, restaurants, customs and immigration.


·Most good hotels arrange airport transfers.


·Taxis and car-hire available



·18% VAT payable on certain goods and services.


·Duties payable on most imported goods, with some personal use exemptions



·Yellow fever vaccination required, while precautions against tetanus, polio and diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, meningitis and malaria are advisable.


·Use bottled drinking water only - avoid swimming in lakes and rivers.


·HIV/Aids and STDs common.


· There are private and state hospitals, clinics and private medical rescue services



·Sunny for most of the year, with distinctive wet and dry seasons in most parts.


·In the south rainfall is from March to May and in September to November.


·Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot while evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes.


·Mountains experience alpine temperatures.



Electricity 240 volts while UK type plugs are used.


·Converter plugs can be bought



Driving is on left, but visitors are advised to employ a local driver.


·International driving licence required.


·Various car rental firms in major centres.


·Various bus services available, ranging from very basic to good.


·Mini-buses (mutates) are plentiful– range from unsafe to good.


·Also special-hire taxis and motorbike taxis.


·There are railway services to and in Uganda of varying degrees of service and reliability



·Currency unit is the Uganda shilling.


·Post-2000 US dollar very welcome, Euro and Pound Sterling also widely accepted.


·Money can be changed at banks, private bureaux de change in all large towns.


·Travellers' cheques not widely accepted outside Kampala.


·Visa and other major credit cards accepted – also at selected ATMs in Kampala, Entebbe airport, and in some other towns, although ATMs mostly do not take MasterCard.


·Various international and local banks provide good services.



·International dialling code: +256.


·Good fixed line and cellular phone service provided by privatised Uganda Telecom.


·Good cellphone network networks including MTN, Celtel and Mango/UTL.


·If no roaming agreement is available and phone is not network-locked, sim cards can be bought locally.


·Good internet network and accessibility - 11 licensed Internet service providers.


·Many internet cafes in Kampala, other major centres.


·Most good hotels have internet facilities and connectivity.



·All mail services provided by state-owned Post Uganda.


·A number of international courier services.




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