With snow capped mountains and a magnificent lake, there is a lot more that Uganda is actually known for. Like maximum of ecology of Africa, Uganda also has an amazing stretch of wildlife. You will not only find chimpanzees here, but the country is also a haven for bird watchers. One name that features in almost all of Uganda travel guides is Kampala. It offers the much needed urban contrast from the rest of the remote wildlife areas. The people and the culture here are also worth exploring and every travel enthusiast should definitely visit the country once in their lifetime.
Passport holders of Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, the Gambia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe can stay in Uganda visa-free for up to 3 months.
From July 2016, a new rule has been levied where citizens of all the other countries have to procure a travel visa in advance while visiting Uganda. The single entry tourist visa is now priced at 50 USD and lasts for the duration of 30 to 90 days.
There is also a 90-day East African Tourist Visa available on arrival which can be procured and used for Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, and costs about 50 USD as well.
When to go
The best time to visit Uganda is from June to September. If you wish to hike then January and February offer the perfect climate to visit the national parks as well. During this time, you will get decent deals on accommodation as the festive season just gets over and the flight prices also fall.
Destinations to cover
When it comes to things to do in Uganda- then wildlife is going to be on top of your list. Start exploring the wildlife by visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Some other places to see are Lake Mutanda, Ssese Islands, Kasubi Tombs and Uganda Museum.
Get in and around
There are many airports in Uganda so you the best answer for how to reach Uganda is through plane. You can also enter by train, by car, by bus and also by boat. You can get around in a boda-boda, bus or rent a car.
Hotels and Food
By western standards, almost all accommodations here come under the budget category as the conversion rate is very high. There are plenty of hostels available along with guest houses and simple hotels as well. You can also opt for luxury hotels for a better living experience. The food comes in all prices and there are various cafes ready to serve you. Remember to have coffee, chai and try out the local cuisine. There are also plenty of famous worldwide food chains available such as Dominos and Nandos.