Uganda is a lush, green country in East Africa. Straddling the equator, the country's dominating feature is water: the vast blue of lake victoria, the ever-flowing river Nile, Lakes Edward, George and Albert, and the expansive network of wetlands and marsh. Dramatic mountains punctuate the landscape: the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains (Ptolemy's famous 'mountains of the moon'), the volcanic ranges of the southwest, the the massive Mount Elgon in the East of the country.
The climate in Uganda is as near to perfect as you can find. The nights are cool, but rarely cold. A fleece or light jumper is all that is necessary. The days hover around 24-28 degrees C. The sun is hot on the equator and a wide brimmed hat provides the best protection against sunburn and heat stroke. Suncream is also essential.
Rainy season comes twice a year - April /May and again in October /November /December. But the sun still shines during the rainy season, and the rain still falls during the dry. The wettest month is probably November, and the hottest month is February.
Yellow Fever immunisation is Mandatory for entry into the country.
We also strongly recommend that all visitors take malaria prophylactics and carry repellent with them. Mosquitoes are rarely bad, but malaria is simply not worth it.
Prescription drugs should be carried with you, but over the counter drugs are easy to find in Uganda and very inexpensive. If you have any allergies, please ensure you are equipped to deal with any reactions you may have. Ideally, you should let us know before you arrive if you suffer from any dangerous allergies.
Visas are needed to visit Uganda. You can get one before you leave, or they are obtainable on arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Visas cost US $30.
We use the Ugandan Shilling here, but often things are quoted in dollars as well. Currently one US Dollar is worth approximately 2,550 shillings. Credit Cards are rarely accepted, and upcountry it is advisable to carry shillings in smaller denominations. There are numerous forex bureaux in the main towns.
Please note: Cash commands a better exchange rate than travellers' cheques. US dollars must be issued later than the year 2006 or they will not be accepted by many forex bureaux, and bills of larger denominations command a better exchange rate (ie: 50's and 100's).
English is the national language of Uganda.