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Getting There
Entebbe International Airport, which lies 40km from the capital Kampala, is serviced by a number of International airlines, including SN Brussels, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch airlines, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwandair Express, Egypt Air, Qatar airways, Turkish Airline and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

On Arrival
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 well a tour operator company.

Visa
Ugandan visas are issued at our missions/ embassies abroad and also at the
Entry / Exit point like at the airport, borders etc. Underlying the Uganda Visa policy is the principle of reciprocity that is, all countries that require visas for Uganda are also visa prone in Uganda.
Visa fees
Single entry – US$ 50
Multiple entries – US$ 200
Inland transit – US$ 50.

Health
It is advisable for clients to be vaccinated against Yellow fever before entering Uganda. It is not compulsory, but it is for your own good. . All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs or Anti-malaria’s. It is advisable to drink bottled rather than tap water. Carry Insect repellents

Money
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureau de change in all large towns, but travelers’ cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major credit cards at selected ATMs in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport, and in a few other large towns. Please note, when coming to Uganda please carry new US dollar notes that is 2006 and above, older noted attract a surcharge and they are not acceptable in some bureau de change centres.

Language
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language. Of 30 plus different indigenous languages, Luganda serves as something of a lingua franca.

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
Day time 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 water proof jacket. For gorilla tracking, please Endeavour to carry Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something handy, Gloves, A warm cardigan
Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking and a Rain Coat

What to bring
A valid passport is mandatory, and visa requirements should be checked before you travel. To make the most of the game reserves and national parks, carry binoculars and field guides. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or similar). Print film and developing is available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities. 

Driving
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experienced of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.

Tipping
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 be tipped based on your appreciation of their services. It is not a Must to tip them because we will have paid and catered for their stay while in the field.

Food and Drink
Tourist-oriented hotels and restaurants serve good Western-style meals, while a wider range available in the capital and some larger towns. Local restaurants serve Ugandan dishes, typically ugali (a stiff maize porridge) or matoke (cooked banana) eaten with a stew.

While tracking Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
Be Submissiveness
When you encounter the gorillas always remember to be submissive, Do not look at them straight in the face rather give a sideways glance. Do not stand over them-crouch instead, stay in a tight group, Speak in whispers, do not use flash photography

Gorillas are wild
Most visitors might be tempted to think that the gorillas are tame. On the
Contrary, gorillas are wild and they should not be provoked in any way. The ORTPN or the Uganda wildlife authority does not take any responsibility for any injury sustained by wild animals in their habitats, hence keep your distance about 7 meters from them and bear in mind that gorillas have freedom of way
· Do not feed the gorillas
· Do not entice them to get into contact with you in any way.
· Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
· Environmental Consciousness
· Do not litter the park
· Always burry decomposing stuff.
· Hiking, trekking and Tracking gorillas- the facts

 

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