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  • Chimpanzees in Uganda

What language is spoken in Uganda?

The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili. Bantu, Central Sudanic and Nilotic are also widely spoken. 

What currency is used in Uganda?

The currency used throughout the country is the Ugandan shilling. Mastercard and Visa will likely only be accepted in some major hotels and restaurants, however, there can be an additional 5 to 10 percent charge for using your card. ATMs are rare throughout the country, so do take advantage of them in urban areas to get local currency before departing for nature treks.

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Uganda?

A visa is required when travelling to Uganda from the United States and Canada. Currently, you must apply for it online prior to travel as you will be asked for a barcoded email upon arrival. A valid passport is mandatory and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of expected departure from Uganda. 

When is the best time to travel to Uganda?

The best time to visit Uganda is between June and September as this is the dry season. However, temperatures are warm year-round due to its proximity to the equator. 

Is there transportation within Uganda?

Visitors typically pre-book a package prior to arriving in Uganda. This package includes the services of an English-speaking driver-guide and a 4X4 vehicle, which in turn will be their primary mode of transportation. For those short on time and who prefer less driving, there is also the option of flying from the capital city, Kampala, on small aircraft to the local airstrips and returning. The most common forms of transportation are buses and minibuses, which get people between most major towns. 

Is Uganda a family-friendly destination?

Family visitors can view wildlife on a safari or trekking experience, enjoy a boat cruise, or complete a cultural visit. There is truly something for everyone in the family in Uganda. Adventurous travel awaits people of all ages, although you should be aware that trekking requires a certain level of physical fitness.

How welcoming is Uganda to LGBTQ travellers?

Uganda is still on the horns of a dilemma when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Still illegal, homosexuality is often denounced as a non-Ugandan issue, an import of the West. LGBTQ travellers should practice discretion while touring as conservative beliefs are widespread.

What if any vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Uganda?

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate or waiver is required for all travellers one year of age and older. The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory. There are no other compulsory vaccinations required for Uganda, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regard to malaria prophylactics.

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