Getting Around in Uganda
- By Air
- By Bus
- By Rail
- By Water
- Car Hire
Useful Travel Tips
- Climate & Weather
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- Calling Codes
Hours ahead of GMT: 3
Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (some banks also open on Saturday mornings).
Only accepted at a few establishments, expect to use cash in most places. The cash point machines at Standard Chartered Bank, Nile Avenue, Kampala & Barclays Bank, Kampala Road , Kampala accept Visa and Visa Electron Cards.
Entebbe International Airport , which lies 40km from the capital Kampala , is serviced by a number of international airlines, including SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania , Rwandair Express , Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya , Rwanda and Tanzania .
Customs and immigration officials are polite and efficient, and a visa – for those who require one – can be purchased on the spot at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Foreign exchange and ATM facilities are available at the airport, which is also serviced by several shops and restaurants. Most midrange to up market hotels in Kampala and Entebbe will arrange airport transfers by request, as will any tour operator based in or around the capital.
When to Visit
Uganda can be visited at any time, though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
What to wear
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too. Those who intend to hike on the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket.
Tipping is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% at tourist-oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.
Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting. Casual dress is usual for most occasions in the daytime or evening. Ugandans have adopted a socially conservative culture and homosexuality and drug abuse is illegal and widely condemned.
Since 1992, photography has been allowed in all areas with the exception of airports or military installations. However, some areas are still sensitive and it is advisable to take local advice. Commercial photographers should consult the Ministry of Information for a permit.