Frequently asked questions
Uganda is a land locked country, bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Congo in the west and Rwanda and Tanzania in the south. It is an equatorial contry of astonishing contrasts and straddling the equator, no other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats.
Got it’s name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompassed a portion of the south of the country including theCapital Kampala. It is a member of the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and East African Community.Official languages: English and Kiswahili
There are more than 30 dialects spoken in Uganda however English is widely spoken alongside others.
Population: The current estimated population of Uganda is 32.4 million. Uganda has a very young population, with a median age of 15 years.
Ethnicity: home to many different ethnic groups, none of whom forms a majority of the population. Around forty different languages are regularly and currently in use in the country
Currency: The Ugandan currency is the Uganda Shilling (Ush or Ugx). Traveller’s cheques and preferably US dollars and cash are easily exchanged in kampala.
Entry and exit requirements: A visa is necessary and should be obtained prior to travel or can be arranged upon arrival. It is advisable to check current visa requirements at a Uganda consulate prior to departure. Yellow fever certificates are mandatory and malaria prophylaxis is essential. Most prescriptions can however be obtained in most pharmacies and drug shops around the country.
Travel: Getting to Uganda is easy, with regular flights from Europe to the international airport at Entebbe, 40Kms from the capital. You can as well fly to Nairobi-Kenya and take a connecting flight or one of the several coaches that run between the two capitals daily. Local charter airlines operate out of Entebbe and are most convinient to reach Kidepo valley National park. There is both public transport and private transport that can be arranged with your travel agent. It is advisable that one hires a vehicle to explore the game parks and other destinations for comfort and convenience.
When to visit: Uganda enjoys a tropical climate with very little temperature variations throughout the year. In the southern part of the country, the wettest month is April with the rain seasons stretching from April to May and October to November. The wet season in the north is from April to October with the rest of the year fairly dry with lower humidity.
A gorilla permit is a license issued to the traveler allowing them to be guided in the gorilla jungle to find a habituated gorilla family and spend 1hr interacting with them in their natural habitat.
Cost of a Gorilla permit
- Foreign Non-residents $600
- Foreign Residents $500
- Ugandans/East Africans $100 or UGX250000
Gorilla permits are issued by Uganda wildlife Authority in Uganda. Booking gorilla permits with the government authority is done through a trusted travel agency prior to our trip for proper allocation of a gorilla family to visit. to ease the process for you. A period of about 6 months before the trip is normally recommended to avoid any inconveniences of failing to get a permit due to the high demand of these permits.
BEST TIME TO VISIT UGANDA
The best time to visit Uganda depends on the Activities you will be interested in doing. Hiking, climbing is best done during our dry-season months. Gorilla, Chimpanzee Trekking is done in the Rain forest, where it can rain daily and anytime throught the year.
Dry season (peak season)
June to August, December to February is normally a dry season with a very limited chance of rain during this period. This is always the best time to visit Uganda and do most of the tour activities and this is called the peak season. Gorilla tracking is best done during this time given the nature of the environment where they live that may be slippery during the rainy season.
Wet season (Low season)
The period between march to May and September to November are the wet seasons in Uganda. There’s always much rain during this season and activities like gorilla tracking may not be easy to do though they still happen. This period is known as the low season and the Gorilla Permits are discounted from $600 to $450 due to the low turn up of visitors in the country. You can take advantage to save some money on your gorilla Trip by booking this season and have your gorilla tracking safari and enjoy dis counted offers even on the accommodation.
Travelers to Uganda have steadily been on an increase during this season to enjoy discounted offers and enjoy their trips the same way it would be in the peak season.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is a great activity that leaves great memories in your entire life. It quite tiresome because of the nature of the in which the Gorillas live(Forest) but manageable. Therefore, you will need to prepare for your journey and here are some of the requirements.
Only 8 people are allowed to visit a gorilla family each day to avoid threatening the Gorillas