FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISIT UGANDA SAFARIS
1. Where is Uganda found?
2. How do I get to Uganda?
3. How safe is Uganda?
4. What is included /excluded in the price?
5. What is the best time to travel?
6. How big are your groups?
7. How about single travelers?
8. What are the travel requirements?
9. Can I do the gorilla trekking?
10. What transport do you offer?
11. How are the accommodations?
12. How can I pay my safari?
13. Are vaccinations required for my visit?
14. Are ATM cards, traveler's cheques and visa cards accepted?
15. How much should I tip?
16. How long can my stay be?
1and 2 How do I get to Uganda and away?
Uganda is located in East Africa and for obvious reasons access to Uganda from America and Europe is by air transport through various international airlines see list on our website.
3. How safe is Uganda?
Although Uganda has suffered from wars the past, Uganda is a safe country and you can visit any time with its capital ranking the safest in East Africa. Most National Parks are situated in the south (west) of the country and are safe to visit. The border area with Rwanda and DRC remains stable. All National Parks and wildlife reserves are well protected by the rangers of the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Visitors of Bwindi National Park are always accompanied by a military escort during their activity.
The National Park that is most in discussion is Murchison Falls. Due to twisted information and the impression that the area, some foreign ministries are giving a negative travel advisory for Murchison Falls National Park. However, tourism programs continue normally and many tourists are still traveling to this area. We carefully selected the routes to be taken and thanks to the measures that are implemented UWA guarantees security for all intending visitors.
4. What is included and excluded in the price?
Transport within the country in a 4WD safari vehicle
The service of an experienced English speaking driver/tour guide
National Park entrance fees
All places mentioned in the program to be visited
Overnight in the mentioned accommodations
Full board (break fast, lunch, dinner)
First aid and Treatment on board
Use of mentioned instruments
Meals and snacks that are not mentioned in the program
Optional activities in the program (contact us for additional fee)
Items of personal nature
International transaction cost
Tips and gratuities for the guide or accommodation
International transaction costs
5. What is the best period to travel to Uganda?
Uganda has two seasons the dry and wet seasons. The dry season is normally in December to mid march and this is the best time to travel to Uganda, this period with July and August is the peak season of tourists. The rain fall season in October to November and April and may. However this does not mean that it rains every day whole day, in this period, rain is received partly a day with cloudy and sunny weather.
Like in the rest of the world, climates seem to be changing and make it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. On the contrary, the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine 365 days a year. During the day the temperature averages between 23 and 27Â°C, though in some places it can cool down at night.
One remarkable aspect about coming to Uganda is, whether you travel in the dry, dusty months or in wet season, you will never find the crowded tourism like in Kenya or Tanzania. If you spot a lion or leopard, it is very likely that you will be the only one, even in peak season!
6. How big are your groups?
There is no minimum or maximum number of tourists required. We have 27 seater medium bus, 50 -60 seater coach bus, and 10 seater mini bus, 4X4 SUVâ€™S and comfortable 4WD land cruisers offer seats for 4-6 tourists. We ensure that every tourist has complete exposure while traveling (provision of window seat to every tourist) we are therefore in position to tailor safaris for any number of tourists.
7. How about single traveler's safaris?
Single travelers are very welcome. We offer tailor made services for every group and single travelers however group safaris are far more fun and cheaper in comparison. Note that finding a group to join is quite difficult but possible.
If you would like to stay in a single room please notify us well in advance and we will endeavor to meet your request. Take into consideration that single rooms are not common and if accommodations have sufficient availability, you will stay in a double room for single use. Single rooms supplement will apply.
8. What are the Travel Requirements?
Traveling to Uganda, one needs a passport valid for another six months with a tourist visa to Uganda however visas can be purchased upon arrival at Entebbe international airport. The best place to find cheap tickets to Africa in Europe is London with African travel specialists centre or (glen house, stag Pl, londonSW1E5AG; 02076305434), Africa travel centre.
9. Can I track gorillas?
For travelers interested in mountain gorilla safaris in Uganda or Rwanda, in both countries only 8 people are allowed to track per a day at each gorilla group despite of high demand. It's our duty to assist you in bookings all you need to do is give us your preferred date , full names, passport number, nationality .The minimum age of gorilla tracking is 15 and one needs to be healthy to for gorilla tracking.
10. What kind of transport do you offer?
Provided cars for the tours are open roofed 4WD safari vehicles, 27 seater medium bus,50 to 60 seater coach bus, 4X4SUV'S, 10 seater bus and sports bike. We ensure that everybody has a window seat and luggage.
11. How are the accommodation facilities?
We have well distributed accommodation facilities luxurious tourists, medium range and budget tourists like hotels ranging from 3 to 5 star lodges, inns, motels, bandas or tents. It is therefore upon you to choose the type of accommodation depending on how much you're willing to spend on it.
12. How can I pay for a safari?
After travelers have confirmed the final itinerary with us, they will be requested to pay a deposit of 25% for the safari. For gorilla tracking we ask you to make a full prepayment for the gorilla permits. Note that availability of accommodations and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by us. Reservations will be made as soon as the payment has been received on our account. For VISA credit card we accept payments (please include 5% service charge) and bank transfer in either dollars or Euros to our bank account in Uganda. Please note that all bank charges are at the expense of the client. The balance of 75% should be paid upon arrival, before the start of your safari. The balance can be paid by VISA or in cash in dollars, Euros or Ugandan shillings. Note that we do not accept traveler's cheques.
13. Are vaccination required for my arrival to or my visit to Uganda?
We do advise visitors to vaccinate before entering the country and different vaccines are recommended. Mosquito repellent and malaria prevention medications are advised. Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, just as a cholera stamp in your vaccination passport. Immunizations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and Hepatitis A are recommended as well. Please consult your local doctor or health department for detailed and updated advice.
14. Do you accept traveler's cheques, VISA cards or ATM cards?
A few banks accept ATM cards or Visa credit cards for money withdrawal. MasterCard's are not widely accepted either and only a small number of banks do accept traveler cheques.
Therefore we advise you to bring cash and have money changed upon arrival in Kampala. Both US dollars and Euros are easy to change, though for some expenses, like the payment of visa, it is easier to have dollars available.
You should note that US dollars bills from the year 1999 and below are NOT accepted!
15. How much should I tip?
Tipping entirely depends on the level of satisfaction of a tourist though every amount is highly appreciated. You can consider from 5 to 15 dollars when tipping a tour operator.
16 How long can i stay?
With the vast attractions in Uganda one can not exhaust all the sites in any period of stay. however we advise you to choose itineraries that suit your travel schedule.