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UGANDA SAFARI HOLIDAYS

This compact country has all the best of Africa and much more. It has the highest concentration of primates in the world, with the mighty mountain gorillas at the top of the list and although comparatively expensive to visit, any trip to Uganda should definitely include a gorilla trek. Away from the mountains, Uganda has stunning freshwater lakes, verdant rolling hills, expansive grasslands and colonial cities all with some of the most welcoming and friendly inhabitants to be found anywhere in Africa. Bordering the vast Lake Victoria to the south, it is also the source of the Nile and has some of the best white water rafting in the world.

Packed with amazing experiences, Uganda is well set up for tourist and this combined with great wildlife, beautiful picture perfect landscapes, and smiling locals makes it the perfect destination for you next African adventure.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Uganda?

Uganda is one of the safest and most secure countries in Africa. Common crimes include petty theft and pickpocketing.

What is the official currency of Uganda?

The currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan shilling (UGS), which is subdivided into 100 cents.

When is the best time of the year to visit Uganda?

From June to September is the best time to visit Uganda, as it is not too hot and there is minimal rainfall. The best time of the year for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February, and from June to September.

Should you tip in Uganda?

Tipping is highly appreciated in Uganda, especially for safari guides. A 5-10% tip is expected in upmarket hotels, restaurants and lodges.

Can you drink the tap water in Uganda?

The tap water in Uganda is not safe to drink, and you should not even use it to brush your teeth. Bottled water is readily available.

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Uganda Country Guide

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Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +256
Area: 241,037 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Uganda is Lake Albert at 621m 9 (2,037 ft.) | The highest point in Uganda is Margherita Peak on Mountain Rwenzori at about 5,110m (16,762 ft.) above sea level.
Population: 44,270,563 (2018)
Capital: Kampala
Governemnt: Democracy, Republic, Presidential system, Semi-presidential system
Language: Swahili, English

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. This country is bordered by Kenya to the east, South Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Rwanda to the southwest, and Tanzania to the south. Lake Victoria covers a large part of the southern part of the country and lies within the Nile Basin.

The name Uganda derives from the Buganda Kingdom, which covers a substantial portion of the south of the country, including Kampala, the capital. This sovereign state gained independence from the UK in 1962. The official languages spoken in Uganda are English and Swahili. Luganda, a central language, is also spoken across the country. Swahili is widely used in the police and military forces.

Scattered throughout Uganda, there are 60 protected areas, including 10 national parks. The south of the country is largely influenced by Lake Victoria - one of the world's biggest lakes. Most of the country's main cities are situated in the south near the lake, including Kampala, the capital, and Entebbe.

The most prominent religion in Uganda is Christianity, and Christians make up most of the population, followed by Muslims. The northern region of Uganda is predominately Catholic The country has a vast number of communities, resulting in a diverse country. Uganda has continued to experience consistent economic growth. The country's main export is coffee and it has untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.

Highlights

  • Kidepo Valley National Park – an expansive savannah in the Karamoja Region, with cheetahs and caracals.
  • Rwenzori Mountains – a mountain range and World Heritage Site on the border of Uganda.
  • Ssese Island – an archipelago of 84 islands on the northwestern part of Lake Victoria.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda's most visited national park, known for the famous tree-climbing lions.
  • Igongo Cultural Centre – a museum displaying artefacts, cultural village replicas, and a restaurant offering traditional dishes.
  • Mengo Palace – constructed in 1922, this small palace is the former home of the king of Buganda.
  • Jinja – a town on the shore of Lake Victoria in southern Uganda, popular for adventurous activities.
  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee National Park – a sanctuary on the shore of Lake Victoria, housing 47 orphaned chimpanzees from East Africa.

Tips

  • Wear lightweight clothing for the warm climate, and women should dress conservatively.
  • Presoak your long pants and long-sleeve shirts in Permethrin to deter mosquitos.
  • There is a high risk of malaria in Uganda, so you should check with your doctor before you go.
  • Avoid ice in your drink or salads that might have come into contact with unhygienic water.
  • Bargaining is acceptable in markets, stalls and family-owned stalls in Uganda.
  • Traveller’s cheques are not recommended, as they are often difficult to exchange.
  • Stay hydrated, wear a hat and don’t overexert yourself in the hot temperatures.
  • Do not swim in the lakes in Uganda, as they contain a parasite, which causes bilharzia.

Overland Uganda TOURS

TAILOR-MADE Uganda TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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