Uganda Travel Guide

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Welcome to Uganda Travel Guide, our online safari guide with every information you would like to know about Uganda, Africa. Uganda is a unique safari destination located in East Africa. The country enjoys one of the best climates in the world. The Pearl of Africa is a centre for most interesting travel experiences which include gorilla tours and safaris to Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, game viewing, mountain climbing adventures and bird watching among others. Let’s explore Uganda today!

Before You Go

Your holiday decisions — where you go, how often you travel, the hotels or lodges you stay in, even the season you travel in – can make a huge difference to your African Journey… This is going to be the best guide to find out before visiting any African countries!


When To Travel To Uganda

The best time to visit Uganda is during its two dry seasons: between December and February, and between June and August when conditions are particularly good for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Game in the national parks is also good at this time, as well as between February and March.

Temperatures barely change throughout the seasons, sitting around 24°C to 30°C, so you can visit Uganda all year round. The country is also fabulous for bird spotting at any time of year.

Top Things To Do In Uganda

Uganda is one of the most exciting and beautiful holiday destinations in the world. Whether you are wowed by landscapes, wildlife, and culture, or simply seek adventure – Uganda is the perfect destination for you. But don’t just take our word for it. Read our list of top things to do in Uganda and see if you don’t agree with us!

    • Go mountain gorilla trekking
    • Visit endangered rhinos
    • Canoe on Lake Bunyonyi
    • Go on a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Take a boat safari on Kazinga Channel
    • Visit the salt pans of Lake Katwe
    • Chimpanzee habituation experiences in Kibale 
What To Eat & Drink In Uganda

In Uganda, the staple food is matoke (cooking bananas). Other food crops include cassava (manioc), sweet potatoes, white potatoes, yams, beans, peas, groundnuts (peanuts), cabbage, onions, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Some fruits, such as oranges, pawpaws (papayas), lemons, and pineapples, are also grown.

    • Luwombo (or Oluwombo)
    • Posho
    • Muchomo
    • Chapati
    • Matoke
    • Katogo
    • TV Chicken
    • Groundnut Sauce
The Best Souvenirs To Buy In Uganda

Most of the typical products which you buy in Uganda come from crafts, be it ceramics, textiles, wood carvings, jewellery, or even works of art by local painters; everything has a special and unique touch.

Let’s see below the most successful souvenirs of Uganda among visitors and which ones are the most traditional.

    • Ugandan Coffee
    • Tea from the Pearl of Africa
    • Gorilla Souvenirs & Gifts
    • African Home Decoration for your Home
    • African Fabrics -The Kitenge Cloth
    • African Carvings discovered on you Safari
    • Drums made in Uganda
    • Ugandan Tribal Jewelry
    • Snare-Ware Sculptures
    • Spices from the Pearl of Africa
What To Pack For Uganda

As a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. Please note that muted colours are recommended for game-viewing. Game-drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon, which can be very cold, especially in winter.

The most practical items to pack for safari are:

    • Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
    • Shirts with long sleeves
    • T-shirts
    • Shorts
    • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
    • A jacket and sweater are recommended for early morning and evening game drives
    • Lightweight water-proof jacket
    • Sturdy trousers
    • Rain hat
    • Swim and beachwear while at camp
    • Comfortable walking shoes
Travel Tips For Uganda

Currency: The Ugandan Shilling is the official currency in Uganda. However, like many other African Nations, Uganda uses the US Dollar as the currency of trade, commerce, and tourism. As a Tourist, you will need both the US Dollar and some locally acquired Ugandan Shillings.

Languages: Uganda is a multilingual country in East Africa. There are forty living native languages in Uganda, which can be grouped into three main language families: Bantu, Central Sudanic, and Nilotic. Two additional languages spoken in the country come from the Kuliak language family. English was adopted during the country’s colonial, and it remains an official language. Swahili, which has regional significance, is also an official and has also been adopted by the nation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Uganda Good For Tourists?

Uganda is safe for tourists who travel in the care of a reputable tour operator and take the usual precautions to avoid falling victim to tourist scams and petty crime. In fact, Uganda is one of the friendliest countries to visit in Africa

How Do Tourists Look Like In Uganda?

Ugandans are very relaxed and most types of clothing are acceptable. We suggest you pack for comfort rather than fashion. In Kampala and most of the bigger cities Western clothes such as jeans and t-shirts are fine. Outside of major cities we suggest that you dress more conservatively.

What You Need To Know About Uganda?

Uganda has some of the friendliest people in Africa. Uganda is the second largest banana-producing country in the world. Uganda is one of the countries in the world where you can find endangered mountain gorillas.

Is Uganda Good For Safari?

Uganda outshines all other safari destinations in these two areas, but, in addition, it remains a superb destination for traditional safari by vehicle or by boat, thanks to its lush habitats and variety of species. For those in search of something fresh and vibrant, Uganda is a perfect choice.

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