FAQ-Africa-Uganda

What you need to know

Information and Facts

Uganda is a stunning country largely due to the fact that it borders two of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Albert.  The country was under British Rule until 1962.  One of the must-do activities in this country is to go Silver Back Gorilla Trekking in Biwindi Impenetrable National Park.  There is much more to Uganda when it comes to game as Uganda also has Chimpanzees, Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, and so much more when it comes to wildlife spotting! 

Uganda: Facts & Information

Weather

Uganda’s climate is mostly of a subtropical climate year-round.  The country has its warmer, drier periods between December to February and again from June to August as well as rainy days that run from March to May (occurring again from September to November).

Safety

Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Uganda.  We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.

The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day, and therefore it is important to bring, and regularly apply, sun block as well as wearing sunglasses and comfortable, long-sleeved clothing.  Stay hydrated and cool off in shaded areas as much as possible.

As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals.

Vaccinations

Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Uganda.  These recommended vaccines include: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others.  Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to prove they’ve received their vaccines. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.  It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.

Currency & Customs

The currency in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling.  There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted.

Your Canadian passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. Canadian passport holders require an entry visa to enter Uganda.

There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into the country.  Plants and animals, and products made from such, will be subject to restrictions and quarantine. All Food Products should be declared on arrival

Electricity

The electrical current for Uganda is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).

Language

The main spoken languages in Uganda are English as well as a variety of indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.