ABOUT US

Based in Kampala Uganda, We are a local Ugandan Tour Operator,  fully Ugandan owned & operated.

With years of experience in safari planning, travel and holiday accommodation in Uganda and Rwanda. We have provided travellers from  all over the world with quality travel services. We take great care about each and everyone of our travellers.

ADDRESS

+2567 72443096

+2567 02443096

+1 818 939-6450 (USA)

+47 4636 0746 ( Scandinavia)

Shumuk House Ground Floor.Kampala, Uganda

 travel@enjoysafarisafrica.com

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Uganda Practical travel Information

Here is  important practical information you need to know  before travelling to Uganda.

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Basic Information

Official Name:Republic of Uganda
Area: 236,000 sq km

Population: 42,86 million (2017)

Capital: Kampala

Largest Cities, with Population (2012)
Kampala: 1,353,000
Gulu: 146,000
Lira: 119,000
Mbarara: 97,000

Religious Affiliations:
Catholic: 42%
Aglican 36%
Muslim: 12%
Other 10%

Climate

Uganda is located around the equator. Because of this, the climate is pleasant the whole year through! Traveling in Uganda is, for this reason, not limited by climate! The temperatures average between 22 and 32ºC. In the higher location areas the temperature drops quite a lot (mainly at night). This is in areas like Bwindi, Kisoro, Lake Bunyonyi, Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls and Rwenzori Mountains.

Due to climate changes it’s hard to predict when the rainy seasons will be. However; the heavy rainy season is normally in March – May, light rainy season is November – December, though there will always be plenty hours of sunshine.

Visa Uganda

A visa for Uganda is $100 per person.

The government of Uganda has introduced an online visa application system. This system came into effect on the 1st of July 2016.

The application for the visa can be done at the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

If the application is accepted, a letter of approval will be send by E-mail. This letter of approval has to be showed – together with a valid passport / travel document - at the port of entry.

Please contact Enjoy Safaris Africa in case you need assistance with handling online application for the visa.

If you have booked your tour with Enjoy safaris Africa, of course Enjoy Safaris Africa will provide your invitation letter / confirmation of booking to hand in with your online visa application. Please ask your contact person at Matoke Tours for this invitation letter. 

You can as well buy a East Africa Visa, which allows you to enter Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. This is as well US $100. You have to apply for this visa in advance.

You are responsible for organizing your own visa. If - for any reason - you are not allowed into the country, Enjoy Safaris Africa does not take any responsibility in this.

Currency

The Ugandan currency is the Ugandan Shilling.

In Uganda they do NOT accept US dollars given out before 2006.

When you exchange money, use big notes (50 or 100 US dollar). The exchange rate of smaller notes is much lower.

Make sure notes are not cut, or damaged in any way. They will not be accepted.

We advise that you budget your cash needs per person:

US$20 per day on full-board tour packages to cover drinks and other personal expenses.

US$40 per day on bed & breakfast tour packages to cover meals, drinks and personal expenses not included.

ATM & Credit Cards

ATM: In all cities ad big towns you find ATM machines from Stanbic Bank and/ or Barclays. They accept most international bank cards and Visa. Do realize that the amount you can take aout per day is limited to about $100,-. Realize as well that ATM's can be empy or not working due to powercuts. Make sure you always have enough cash with you as a back up!

Credit Card: Credit cards are not yet used much in Uganda. Only in Kampala and at mayor hotels and upmarket lodges this can be used.

Traveler Cheques: Traver cheques are only accepted in a few banks in Kampala and they will give you a terrible rate for it.

Plugs and voltage Uganda

British-style plugs with three pins: 240 V,50 Hz. For more info check: 

Charging camera and phone

You can charge your cameras, phones and other electric items in most hotels/ lodges. Not every hotel/lodge offers charging facilities in the rooms. If that is the case they will offer charging options in the lobby or restaurant.

Some lodges Hotels run on either solar power or generator. Those lodges often don't have power all day, but only at specific hours in the morning and evening (when it's dark).

If you bring a couple of chargeable items you might consider bringing an extension with extra outlets, since the amount of outlets is often limited. We advise to bring extra batteries for your camera, since some hotels don’t have power and power cuts might occur.

Climate

Uganda is located around the equator. Because of this, the climate is pleasant the whole year through! Traveling in Uganda is, for this reason, not limited by climate! The temperatures average between 22 and 32ºC. In the higher location areas the temperature drops quite a lot (mainly at night). This is in areas like Bwindi, Kisoro, Lake Bunyonyi, Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls and Rwenzori Mountains.

Due to climate changes it’s hard to predict when the rainy seasons will be. However; the heavy rainy season is normally in March – May, light rainy season is November – December, though there will always be plenty hours of sunshine.

Phone

There are several mobile providers in Uganda. You can purchase a SIM card for relatively low cost (3 US dollars). SIM cards and airtime for the the different companies are available all over Uganda. MTN has the best network. Make sure that your phone is SIM-Lock-Free. You have to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up.

The country code for Uganda is +256.

Gay travellers

There is an Anti-gay law in Uganda and being gay is absolutely NOT accepted in Ugandan culture. It is very safe to travel in Uganda being gay, but make sure you don’t openly speak about it and surely not show it.

Charging camera and phone

Uganda is in general a very safe country to travel in. Ugandans are considered among the friendliest among planet earth and are very welcoming. Kampala is known for one of the safest capital cities in Africa.

Do feel free to meet and talk to Ugandans, as they will be most honored.

Be however always careful to your belongings.

Be responsible and sensative during your tour and use taxi's (called 'special hire') when you are going out at night.

Traffic in Kampala can be rather hectic and sometimes even dangerous when using boda boda's (motor bike taxi's).

During Election time it can be dangerous around the city center of Kampala. It's easy to avoid going to the city center, and we strongly advise to do exactly that during election time.

Contact your embassy in Uganda for safety instructions.

Internet

Internet cafés are found all around the country and are now even to be found in remote areas. Realize that internet speed is often very slow.

Most upmarket lodges provide wifi, but not all of them. some mid-range lodges provide wifi as well.

If you bring your own laptop you can buy a 3 GB wireless internet stick from MTN. This Internet is relatively quick. The cost for this stick is about 50 US dollars per month (minimum 1 month). This stick can be bought in Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala and you need to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up.

When you buy a MTN simcard (register with passport and passport photo) you can use the 3G or even 4G option to provide internet to your smartphone or tablet.

Phone

There are several mobile providers in Uganda. You can purchase a SIM card for relatively low cost (3 US dollars). SIM cards and airtime for the the different companies are available all over Uganda. MTN has the best network. Make sure that your phone is SIM-Lock-Free. You have to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up.

The country code for Uganda is +256.

Emergency contacts

Enjoy safaris Africa office

Below you can find emergency contacts to reach Enjoy Safaris Africa. We request you to use the office phone for all regular questions.

Please respect the privacy of our staff and only use the emergency numbers when it's a real emergency. 

Email: travel@enjoysafarisafrica.com

Office Phone: (+256) 772 443096

Emergency Number 1: (+256) 702 443096 (Sophie)

Emergency Number 2: (+256)  783 435 332 (Sauda)

Weather

The climate in Uganda is as near to perfect as you can find. The nights are cool, but rarely cold. A fleece or light jumper is all that is necessary. The days hover around 18-30 degrees C averagely. The sun is hot on the equator and a wide brimmed hat provides the best protection against sunburn and heat stroke. Sun cream is also essential.

Rainy season comes twice a year – April /May and again in October /November /December. But the sun still shines during the rainy season, and the rain still falls during the dry season. The wettest month is probably November, and the hottest month is February..

The wild awaits you

Come enjoy spectacular wildlife and untamed nature, beautiful scenery, the best weather all year around and the most friendly people you will ever meet. Book your dream safari with us today. CALL

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