Uganda Roads & Driving distances

While travelling through Uganda, you will be mostly on tarred roads and they are in reasonably good condition by African standards. There may be some VERY LONG days in the vehicle, but the interesting and diverse scenery generally makes up for it! There are, however, some really bad sections of dirt road, especially in the […]

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Photography guidelines

There is no charge for personal filming of gorillas and other scenes with personal video cameras, e.g digital, SLR etc in Uganda or Rwanda. Professional photographers, filmmakers or media should advise us at the time of booking as special procedures are required as well as costs to be incurred for photographing and filming. The safari vehicles you travel […]

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Wifi & Internet Access

This is a service which is available at some locations, more especially those in towns and the larger International style hotels. Upcountry, if the service is available it can still be limited (only available at certain times for example) and quite erratic due to the quality of the network signal from the providers and so […]

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Souvenirs & Curios shopping

The Entebbe airport has a reasonable duty free section – with an array of curios, t-shirts and books, maps etc – for last-minute shopping. Certain of the more up-market lodges also have curio shops. There is also a limited choice at the curio markets around the country and in Kampala. Speak to your guide for […]

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Health & Vaccinations guidelines

Yellow Fever – inoculation is required should you travel between East African countries, and should you be flying into SA after visiting East Africa. This must be done no later than 10 days prior to your departure. If you have a history of liver disorders (hepatitis etc.) you must consult your physician first. Tetanus is also recommended, […]

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Luggage and packing guide

Due to space limitations in the vehicles, it is imperative that luggage be kept to a minimum. We suggest a barrel or soft bag (15 kg maximum) for your main gear, plus a camera bag or smaller ‘day pack ‘ for inside the vehicle. Sonsonate / hard bags/suitcases, etc. are not suitable as it makes […]

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Gorilla trekking eligibility

The age limit for gorilla tracking in Uganda and golden monkey trekking is 15 years. The authorities are very strict on this, so kindly make sure all clients and children are 15 or older to avoid any sad incidents like guest(s) kids being refused to track! The age limit for trekking chimpanzees in Uganda is […]

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Money on safari

Cash US Dollars cash is the preferred option to bring when travelling to Uganda. Once in Uganda, we advise guests to change some dollars into local currency for use as spending money on the road e.g. for drinks, curios. We suggest a combination of small denomination notes (USD 1, 5, 10, 50) as well as […]

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Food & Drinks in Uganda

You will generally be expected to purchase your own drinks on safari. Most camps/lodges have a reasonable selection of wines and spirits – with the more upmarket ones generally offering more choice. Beer, cool drinks (sodas), bottled water, local gin, etc. are readily available everywhere. Prices vary depending upon where purchased. Please be aware that […]

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Uganda Tourist Visa

Most nationalities require entry visas when travelling to Uganda. Visas can be purchased on arrival at the airport for USD 50 or can be issued by Ugandan High Commissions in countries where they are represented. The fees for visas issued at Ugandan high commissions abroad are generally more. USD notes have to be dated 2006 […]

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Tipping guidelines

It is at your discretion as a guest, customary in this part of the world, but not compulsory, and based upon service levels received. Our guidelines per passenger travelling are: Gorilla & Chimpanzee Guides: Tips should be placed in the central tip box if provided or given to the main guide who will distribute amongst […]

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Accommodation in Uganda

Depending on the class or style of your safari, your accommodation may range from luxurious to Comfort to Standard. There are many different styles of accommodation in Uganda varying from large hotels to smaller more intimate lodges and tented camps. Our scheduled departures and most tailor-made itineraries use the best accommodation options available, ranging from 3 to 4 star […]

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Uganda Climate & Seasons

Weather Straddling the equator, there is little year-round fluctuation in temperature and no real winter or summer. The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) with peaks of up to 40°C/104°F in the far north. The south has two Wet seasons: from mid-September to November and from March […]

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Responsible Travel Tips

Before You Leave If booking your Uganda safaris and accommodation beforehand, try to choose a responsible tour operator and lodge. Think about what to take. Stuff Your Rucksack and Pack for a Purpose provide details of hundreds of projects around the world that need donations of anything from books and stationery to clothing and car parts. A small […]

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ABOUT MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

Background Information on Mountain Gorillas Facts & History The endangered Mountain Gorillas of Uganda won’t be found in any zoo in the world (they do not survive in captivity and there are no surviving mountain gorillas in zoos), you can only find them and see them in Africa, in the countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and […]

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Gorilla Trekking Tips. Insights to prepare you for a gorilla trekking safari

For most travellers, Gorilla Trekking ranks among one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Uganda. The feeling of being in the midst of these wonderful giants is indescribable and unforgettable. Gorilla trekking is a thrilling experience where the park ranger leads you through the mountain gorillas home, the thick rain forest and informs you […]

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