Below are some of the important things you need to know while planning your trip to Uganda.
As you plan your travel to Uganda please ensure to upload all required documentation because only travelers with approved visas having applied online will be granted entry into the country. Online visa applications are made at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ Single -USD50 or East Africa tourist -USD100
Our guests arrive by air, through Entebbe International Airport. The drive to/from Entebbe and Kampala City is about 45 minutes to 1hr. Transfers are organized to and from the airport for any size group.
Also check with your airline or your travel agent if you require a visa.
Orogu Tours and travel maintains upto date information regarding security in the country. We advise clients accordingly when they are booking about the safety and security of the country. Like in any other country whereby occasional security issues may arise. maintains up to date information on all parts of the country and we will advise clients accordingly at the time of booking, if any risks appear to be present, we advise the clients accordingly.
Uganda is blessed to have several airlines that land regularly and these include:- including Uganda Airlines, Kenya Airways (KQ), Rwanda Air, Air Tanzania, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, South African Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Egypt Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. Etc we also have some domestic flights that include Aerolink, Bar aviation, Kampala executive aviation, eagle air etc.
The companies offering domestic include Aerolink Uganda, Eagle Air and Fly KEA.
Most of the roads in Uganda major towns are tarmacked and others have road works of maintenance going on which has improved the road network around the country.
One of the reasons Uganda is described as the pearl of Africa is because of its beautiful weather all year round the average temperatures are between 21ºC and 31ºC all year round. There are two rainy seasons from March to May and October to November. Temperatures in mountainous areas may go down to 10°C in certain months. Parks, Lodges and other facilities are open all year round. Any time of the year is good to visit Uganda
Health & Medical
Please bring all personal medications required, clients are fully responsible for securing adequate medical insurance. And its highly recommended that clients cover their own travel insurance to protect them from heavy costs and medical Just incase they may get sick during their safari.
We use AMREF Flying Doctors offering evacuation cover; an Air ambulance cover for the tourist is only aimed at providing air evacuation services for members with serious medical conditions. The low cost charge for access to the scheme and quick response is based on the concept that the flight cost from the clients is eventually recovered from their insurance company overseas
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes except for high altitude mountains over 2000m; you cannot be vaccinated against malaria. Precautions are essential avoid mosquito bites by covering up with long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and when necessary sleep under a mosquito net. Also check with your doctor for suitable anti-malarial tablets (malarone).
Vaccinations & Immunisation
Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers.
Other vaccines to consider Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid It is recommended that you drink bottled or boiled water only sodas and alcoholic drinks are considered safe coffee and teas, as well as fresh fruit juices, are prepared with boiled water.
It is only polite to ask people before taking photographs but note photographs of military buildings or soldiers is not allowed.
Safari Equipment & Gadgets
Handy devices and gadgets that you will need on safari to capture precious sights and sounds or video. A camera, charger, extra batteries, memory card and binoculars are priority. In addition you will need the 3 pin UK style adapters but you are better off carrying convertible adaptor to make your charging easy while at the camp or lodge.
The currency in Uganda is the Uganda Shillings. US dollar, GB Pound and EURO are readily exchangeable. Large US dollar bills attract the best exchange rates. Currency exchange rates vary and are posted at all banks and forex bureaus around Kampala and in the local newspapers. The rates can be checked from Bank of Uganda website using this link
Cotton clothing augmented by a cardigan/sweater or jacket should be adequate during your stay in Uganda. In the mountainous areas, waterproof jackets, waterproof walking boots and heavy sweaters will be essential.
This is a tiring activity therefore one should be physically fit to enjoy gorilla trekking. Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guides will lead the group; porters are also available to carry personal belongings at a small fee of USD15. Minimum trekking age is fifteen years. Anyone with signs of transmissible disease like flowing nose and sneezing or cough will not be allowed to trek.
Electricity and piped/mains water supply may not always be available, though clients will always find a hot shower waiting for them after a day’s activity. In some places have eco toilets. With food you are assured of fresh produce and a variety of tropical fruits which taste so much better than canned foods