Practical Tips for a safari in Uganda


Your passport must be valid six months after date of travel. All visitors require a tourist visa (exception is some African nations, follow up if you think it applies to you). A visitor’s visa costs US$50 per person (price is changed from 22 July 2016). From 1 August 2016 it is mandatory to make an application online in advance, so please visit in good time before your departure. Please, check with the consulate of Uganda in your respective countries for advises on visas if needed. If you are visiting a combination of Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya it is a good idea to go for the East African tourist visa at 100 dollars.


International carriers to Entebbe airport include Kenya Airways in conjunction with KLM, Brussels airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, South African Airways and Emirates. From North America, flights can be taken to Brussels or Amsterdam or alternatively, from New York or Atlanta to Johannesburg and then connecting flights to Entebbe.


The Uganda shilling is the medium of exchange mainly used. Currency should be exchanged in the Capital if possible, as rates elsewhere are much lower (US dollar is the most common although all major currencies such as euro and GB pound are accepted). If bringing dollars make sure that they are reasonably new since dollars from 2006 and older are not accepted here. With Visa and MasterCard money can be withdrawn from some banks ATM’s (Barclays and Stanbic bank works). Visa card is more widely accepted than MasterCard. Remember though that there are ATM’s only in the big cities. Despite what is claimed in some guidebooks, credit cards are not widely accepted for payments, and where they can be used, mainly with larger hotels, hefty surcharges are common. You should make sure that you have sufficient cash to last you throughout the trip.


Tipping is not seen as obligatory in Uganda, but anything or any amount of gratuity is always appreciated if you are satisfied with a service.


English is the official language, some Swahili and Luganda is also commonly spoken in most parts of the country. All our staff and guides are fluent in English and you will enjoy their company. Swahili is also used where need arises. Because of the friendly nature of Ugandans, we can teach you a few words of the local language of Luganda.

Choose Mamaland Safaris for a Uganda Safari tailor-made to your wishes, time-frame and budget. We are a leading local tours and travel company based in Kampala Uganda at the heart of East Africa and we offer tailor-made safaris.

A Uganda safari with us can include game-drives on the savannas, bird-watching, chimps and gorilla trekking, community tourism, relaxation and much more. We can as well arrange combination safaris where Uganda is combined with Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda.

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