Explore Uganda – the pearl of Africa

 
 

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Explore Uganda – the pearl of Africa

Uganda is packed full of surprises! what no one tells you about Uganda is how green it is and how hospitable Ugandan people are with lots of smiles. The garden of Africa. Roads are lined by mango, jackfruit, and banana trees, and welcoming locals,

It's home to Africa's tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the River Nile, the world's longest river, and Africa’s largest lake - Victoria. The country's most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi & Mgahinga national parks. Gorillas share 97 percent of their DNA with humans, so watching them is like looking in the mirror.

In Uganda, you will discover the diversity of unique primates every day! Walk to meet Chimpanzees, unique monkeys around Kibale Forest. See animals by boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth park, enjoy Africa's Big 5 safari away from crowds by River Nile in Uganda's Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Parks.

Ugandan cuisine is known for its freshness. The staple food is matoke, a starchy type of banana - usually boiled and mashed, then served with different meaty sources. The ‘Rolex’ is one of Uganda’s popular street food- a rolled wrap of chapati containing an omelet and vegetables served any time of the day as a snack. You’ll connect with the unique culture of Ugandan people.

Add Uganda to your travel inspiration list for 2023/24; a trip to Uganda is a trip of a lifetime.

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UGANDA FAQS: Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Do I need a visa to enter Uganda?
Yes, you do need a visa to enter Uganda. (frequently asked questions). All travellers must apply for a visa online before travel to Uganda using this link UGANDA E-IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. Single Entry/Tourist Visa costs USD$50. East Africa Tourist Visa costs USD$100 - permits entry to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya Valid for 90 days. Visa is applied and fees paid for online. If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Kenya or Rwanda, we recommend you apply for the East African Tourist Visa. This visa costs $100 USD per person and allows 90-day multiple entries into Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Please note that if acquiring the East African Visa before travel, your first entry must be the country through which you applied for the visa.
2. Do I require travel insurance?
We do recommend you take out travel insurance before commencing on your journey to Uganda. Medical insurance is also a must-have.
3. When is the best time to visit Uganda?
Uganda’s weather is generally very pleasant all year round. The dry seasons are from December to January, thought mid-March and June to mid-September. These have become the peak tourist seasons and advance booking (sometimes a year ahead) if planning to travel around this time is highly recommended. The rains here come in average downpours, so even if you planned to come during the rainy months of October – November or April – May, you would still have a great tour experience.  For more detailed information visit our Best time to visit Uganda page
4. Is Uganda a safe place to visit?
Uganda has had a turbulent history but currently, the country is safe to visit, stable and welcoming. Uganda’s hospitality is legendary and you will be warmly welcomed everywhere you go. All our national parks and wildlife reserves are well protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers and a Tourism Police force has been created to ensure safety and security of all tourists, tourist attractions, sites and facilities in Uganda. If you are unsure about safety during your planned travel to Uganda, please contact Chigo Tours Africa. Your safety is our absolute priority and you can rest assured that we will always give you the best travel advice about Uganda.
5. Do I need vaccinations for my Ugandan Trip?
We do suggest you get your yellow fever vaccination before coming to Uganda. Although Uganda is Yellow fever-free, having a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate is mandatory. You have to present it together with your passport upon arrival at the airport. For purposes of your own safety, other vaccinations to consider may include Covid19, Hepatitis A & B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, and measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. We also advise you to take malaria prophylactics medication (malaria preventive medication). Other Health Concerns: HIV / AIDS is real and even though Uganda has registered lower infection rates compared to other African countries, the prevalence rates are still high. Tourists are therefore warned against engaging in risky behaviour; so protect sexual health seriously.