The Pearl of Africa – Uganda is situated in the eastern part of the continent, encompassing four different geographical terrains. Swahili is the mother tongue of the natives, but the majority of the population also speaks English, making it an easy travel tropical destination for international tourists. Uganda is enriched with serene landscapes, diverse plant species, mesmerizing wildlife, amazing people and incredible culture. Next time you visit this East African country, remember to refer to this guide.
Climate in Uganda
The temperatures in Uganda typically range between 24°C-30°C throughout the year. However, it gets cold at night, so it’s recommended to carry a jacket in the evenings.
Furthermore, Uganda has two seasons – dry and rainy. Generally, the dry season is ideal for participating in every kind of activity, but during the monsoons, there are fewer people, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the activities at your own pace.
Dry season: December to February and June to September
Rainy season: March to May and October to November
Below mentioned are the applications a tourist would need to visit Uganda:
- Every foreign tourist needs a visa to enter Uganda.
- Visitors can apply for the visa at the airport on arrival.
- You can also apply for the visa online.
- You can even apply for an East African Tourist Visa online, which allows you to travel to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, but remember to apply to the country you visit first.
A Yellow Fever injection and certificate are required for every person visiting Uganda. Additionally, tourists are advised to get the following vaccines or boosters before their visit – chickenpox, diphtheria, flu (influenza), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, polio, tetanus and typhoid.
The Ugandan Shilling is the currency used in Uganda. However, US dollars are widely accepted in large hotels. Remember not to use US dollar notes printed before 2006. Also, ensure all the notes you use are in prime condition and no torn or damaged, as they will not be accepted. Furthermore, all major cities have ATMs that accept most international bank cards and Visa.
In Uganda, tipping is optional, but it is suggested to tip if the service is well delivered. Following are some guidelines you can follow if you want to tip someone for a good service they provided:
- Camp, hotel, lodge and resort staff: $5 per person/per day
- Guides and drivers: $5 to $10 per person/per day
- Boat cruise captains: $5 to $10 per person
- Rangers on chimp and gorilla treks: $20 per person
- Porters of chimp and gorilla treks: $25 per person/per day
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