UGANDAUnbeatable climate
Uganda is on the equator, yet at an average altitude of 4,000 feet, enjoys weather rather akin to a year-round British summer.

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What you need to know

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A valid passport and visa are required. Visas may be obtained from the Uganda Embassy.

TIME

Uganda is GMT + 3 hours

CLIMATE

Uganda enjoys ideal weather conditions, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas and lake shores to the coolness of the highlands. Temperatures range between 21C and 25 C. the rains are mainly between March and May, and October and November.

CURRENCY

The currency of Uganda is the Uganda shilling. US dollars are always widely in use.

HEALTH/IMMUNISATION

Good medical facilities are available in the main cities, but we recommend that medical insurance is taken out before arrival. Bring any special medication you may need. Malaria is encountered at certain times of the year, and it is advisable to take the usual prophylactics. For your own comfort, take a mosquito repellent. Bilharzia is present in some of our lakes, and swimming is not recommended except in designated areas. We recommend that only boiled or bottled water is drunk. In hotels and lodges there will be flasks of drinking water.
Consult your physician or local medical centre prior to travel regarding the necessity for vaccination for Yellow Fever and Cholera.

WHAT TO WEAR

Uganda is informal and for daytime wear men need only sports shirts and slacks. On the Uganda Trails we recommend cotton clothing which is light and easy to wash. Bright colours are not recommended if you want to blend into the landscape! Ladies need little more than light cotton dresses, skirts and tops. Make sure you bring a strong pair of walking shoes/boots. Don’t forget sunglasses and a hat as protection against the equatorial sun.
In the evening you may need a sweater on trail, and in the cities a little more formality is required. Don’t forget your swimwear- many hotels and lodges have pools.

WHAT TO BRING

Don’t forget to bring your camera as well as a good pair of binoculars.

WHAT TO BUY

A souvenir is an essential purchase during your visit to Uganda, to bring back many happy memories when you get back home, and some wonderful handicrafts can be found all over the country. In every village local people are skilled in creating colourful arts and crafts, both traditional and modern, which are hand worked to a very high standard. Many of the items are useful, but all of them are items of beauty with patterns and colours that reflect local culture.

EATING AND DRINKING

Uganda is an incredible bountiful country. The range of foodstuffs grown or caught and eaten is enormous. You will want to try Matoke (plantains) – often baked in their skins or in banana leaves, Yams, sweat potatoes, delicious fat tiny bananas, small white aubergines, legendary Nile Perch and Tilapia fish. Banana wine is the local brew and local beers are also very good.
In the major cities there is very good international food on offer, from Chinese and Indian to Greek, Italian, American and British.
Almost all over the country you will have no difficulty in obtaining vegetarian food- the Indian food is very good.

CRIME AND VIOLENCE

Uganda is now a relatively safe country. However, it is sensible to take the same precautions that you would in any foreign country where you are a guest. Do not carry large rolls of money. Do not walk in deserted areas at night. You will be expected to be civil and respectful.

PLEASE REMEMBER

Our country and our profusion of wildlife are not only our heritage and responsibility- it is yours. Please take great care to respect the environment which we are all privileged to enjoy.

Weather

Kampala
May 26, 2017, 11:45 pm
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
18°C
current pressure: 1020 mb
humidity: 95%
wind speed: 1 m/s SSW
sunrise: 6:43 am
sunset: 6:51 pm
 

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