Travel Guide - Frequently Asked Questions about Safaris in Uganda

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Questions:

  1. How safe is Uganda?
  2. What is included and excluded on the price charged?
  3. When should I travel to Uganda?
  4. How big are your groups?
  5. How about single travelers?
  6. What are the travel requirements?
  7. How possible is it to trek gorillas?
  8. How are the means traveling?
  9. How are the accommodations?
  10. How can pay for safari?
  11. Are vaccinations required before traveling to Uganda?
  12. Are ATM/ Credit cards/ traveler cheques accepted?
  13. How much should I tip?

 

Answers:

  1. Is Uganda a safe country?
    Even when Uganda has registered unstable history and suffered from war for many years, it is one of the safest and most friendly countries to visit right now. You will be warmly welcomed by the happy friendly faces right from Entebbe and Kampala is proclaimed as the one of the safest capital cities in Africa.

 

Uganda is a fully democratic country and there is no segregation amongst kinds of people and believes. Although in the recent past gays faced  isolation, Ugandans  are nowadays more liberal and this is evidenced by guys night clubs in Kampala-Kabala gala and the increasing rate of gayism in the country and guys openly say it out in public as opposed to the past. Most national parks are situated in the south west of the country and are safe to visit. The border area with Rwanda and DRC remains stable crime rate in this area is very low. All national parks and wildlife reserves are well protected by the rangers of the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Visitors of Bwindi National Park are always accompanied by a military escort during their activity. Murchison Falls’ safety is a little questionable and this to big percentage is due to twisted information and the impression that the area gives, some foreign ministries are giving false and negative travel advisory for Murchison Falls National Park. However, tourism programs continue normally and tourists tour this area with happiness all the way. We carefully selected the routes to be taken and thanks to the measures that are implemented UWA guarantees security for all intending visitors.

2. What is included/excluded in the price?
All mentioned prices are inclusive of :
      - full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
   - bottled mineral water of 2 liters per person per day in the vehicle
   - government taxes
   - ranger fees
- ground transport per comfortable safari vehicle
   - visit to all mentioned places in the program
   - the service of an experienced English speaking driver/guide
   - national park entrance fees
   - activities that are mentioned in the itinerary, except for the optional activities
   - overnight in the mentioned accommodations, based on a twin or double room

Not included are:
   - international flight
   - visa (available at the airport)
   - meals and snacks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    - beverages other than the bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
   - tips and gratuities for the guides
   - laundry
   - gorilla permit
   - optional activities that are mentioned in the program
   - items of personal nature
   - travel insurance
   - international transaction costs
   -Shopping sprees
In most case we mention the extra charge of optional activities in an itinerary. If not, or if it is not clear for you, please contact us for the additional fee.


3. When should I travel to Uganda?
Officially Uganda has a dry season from December/January till mid March and from June till mid September. These months are also most popular with tourists, with July and August as the peak season. Most rain falls in October-November and April-May. However, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day. Usually it is a tropical shower at night or shortly during the day, but in Uganda you can trust that after rain comes sunshine! The weather is no reason to avoid travelling in the wet season. You might even consider it because of the availability of gorilla permits. Like in the rest of the world, climates seem to be changing and make it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. On the contrary, the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine 365 days a year. During the day the temperature averages between 23 and 27°C, though in some places it can cool down night. One remarkable aspect about coming to Uganda is, whether you travel in the dry, dusty months or in wet season, you will never find the crowded tourism like in Kenya or Tanzania. If you spot a lion or leopard, it is very likely that you will be the only one, even in peak season!


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