Below are the travel tips to Uganda one should know before his or her safari to this East African country.
Within the country, credit cards are not widely used. A few incidences of credit card fraud have been reported. You ought to carry traveler’s cheques or cash converted in US dollars. Note that, travelers cheques can be cashed within major towns of the country. The United dollar is usually exchanged with very favorable rate.
Ugandan Laws and Customs
Within Ugandan customs, homosexuality is very illegal. It is not tolerated. This has been backed up by the homosexuality bill which was passed on 24th February 2014 and signed into Law. The signed law increases the existing penalties and creates new criminal offences. Take note, penalties for drug trafficking are heavy and severe. You are advised not to take photos of military officials, diplomatic sites. In case you are taking photos of people, you need to seek prior permission.
Travelling locally within the National parks of Uganda
We advise you to use Maranatha Tours and Travel because it is a reputable Tour Company in the Country fully registered and a member of many local tourism bodies including Association of Uganda Tourism Operators (AUTO) and Uganda Tourism Association (UTA). When you are in Murchison falls national park, you should walk with an armed game warden with functional communications well equipped. The national parks of Mgahinga and Bwindi are located in South western Uganda nearing the border with the democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda.You need to be guided with a knowledgeable guide. It is advisable to be accompanied with security personnel in within the park. To Far East in Moroto- Kidepo Valley national park, the first priority should be travelling their by air compared to travelling by road.
Safety and Security
Adaptable crimes including robberies and attacks do occur. You ought to take care when going out on foot after the dark.You are advised not to carry large sums of money, wear expensive watches or jewellery when on your are on a Ugandan safari. Take very keen care of your all travel documents most especially your passport. When on your safari, your car doors and windows must be shut down when you are being driven or driving in Uganda. Consciousness must be taken most especially in the city center. Your valuables must not be left in vehicles.
Travelling to the North- East of Uganda
On your safari to the North East of Uganda (Karamoja region), it quite largely uncontrollable and lawless. Quite often, there have been frequent road ambushes and tribal clashes with small arms being wide spread.
Travelling within the local areas of Northern and Western Uganda
You need to take strict care when you are near the border of Uganda and Southern Sudan, then Congo and the democratic republic of Congo. There have been some risk of robbery and when you are outside the main Towns of Lira, Kitgum, Gulu, Pader and Arua, you have to be with local guides.
Travelling within the local areas of western and South Western Uganda
Well, parts of the Democratic republic of Congo Immediately are neighbors to South Western Uganda. For years, they have had history of violence conflicts. If you are preparing to visit the district of Kanungu and Kisoro, you should seek local guides who are knowledgeable. This is the area which houses areas of Mgahinga and Bwindi National parks, famous for gorilla tracking.
Local Travel to the Eastern part of the country
Very interesting to travel to the East of the Country. This region is quite trouble free, though during rain seasons, there is a risk of landslides more pronounced in the areas of Bulucheke sub county in Bududa district which is near to mountain Elgon national park, the most popular tourist destination in the Eastern part of the country.
Travelling by Road
In the pearl of Africa, travelling by road is quite hazardous, particularly outside the main cities. The driving standards are very poor, vehicles are often poorly maintained and the accident rate is very high. Take not, the Jinja-Kampala and the Kampala-Maska roads have been on several occasions been accident sports.
Speed limits have been built-up in areas generally up to 50 km/hr and out of 80 km/hr. There is a police enforcement law and breaking speed limits which can result into fine by the police and imprisonment too. Avoid travelling outside the main towns after dark with the exception on the road between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport.