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For anyone interested in taking a Safari to Uganda you need to have clear information that will guide you through planning a wonderful and successful travel experience in Uganda.
Where to Go
There are lots of places to visit in Uganda. From the popular Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the Kidepo National Park in northern Uganda, there are lots of amazing destinations that can be visited by tourists in Uganda.
When to Visit Uganda
You need to know when to visit Uganda in spite it has a warm climate all year around. Since it lies on the Equator, seasonal temperature variations are insignificant. The main factor you should consider when planning a safari to Uganda is the rainfall pattern more especially if you are planning to have a hiking or a camping safari in Uganda’s national parks. The wettest months are April, May, October and November. During these months, camping is not very practical, hiking can be an endurance test and some un surfaced roads may be difficult to pass through.
As you plan, just get prepared a valid passport and that it won’t expire within six months of the date on which you intend to leave Uganda. When it comes to visas, Nationals of most countries require a visa in order to enter Uganda. This can be obtained in advance at any Ugandan Embassy or high commission abroad but in most cases it will be simpler to purchase the visa upon arrival.
In case you would prefer to drive or hire a vehicle while in Uganda, organize an international driving license, which you may be asked to produce together with your original license. Any AA office in a country in which you are licensed to drive will do this for a nominal fee. You may sometimes be asked at the border or international airport for an international health certificate showing you have had a yellow fever shot.
Customs & Immigration
Once in Uganda and through with customs and immigration, you will require to change your currency to Ugandan currency and there are 24 hours’ foreign exchange facilities at the airport and around Kampala though the rates are more expensive than the prevailing rates on the general market. A private taxi from the airport to Kampala the city center costs around USD30. The other alternative is to get a motor cycle commonly known as Boda Boda. From the airport, it will drop you in Entebbe town where you will have to board a matatu from or if you conducted any tour operator, transportation will be easier for you because the tourist van will be available.
Healthy and Safety
It is advisable that visitors to Uganda take anti-malarial medication. The use of mosquito repellents and nets are recommended for use especially those taking out camping holidays in Uganda. More so, consult from your tour operator on what to pack your luggage depending on the type of safari you are most likely to have while in Uganda.