Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

Know before you go

As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you’re going to, regardless of where you are traveling to or how you are traveling.

We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travelers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Uganda’s History

In 1962 Uganda became independent of British rule. Uganda was dominated by the regime of Milton Obote, Uganda’s first Prime Minister, and subsequent President, who after being deposed by Amin returned to power in the 1980s.

After a military coup in 1971, Obote was deposed from power and the dictator Idi Amin seized control of the country. Amin ruled Uganda with the military for the next eight years and carried out mass killings within the country to maintain his rule.

Time in Uganda

There is no time difference between winter and summer months in Uganda; it’s always three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).

Currency in Uganda

Uganda’s currency is the Ugandan shilling (UGX).

Uganda’s International Dialing Code

Uganda’s International Dialing Code is +256.

Food in Uganda

Many of Uganda’s main dishes are usually centered on a sauce or stew of groundnuts, beans or meat. The starch traditionally comes from ugali (maize meal) or matooke(steamed and mashed green banana) in the South, or an ugali-like dish made from millet in the North.Ugali/posho is cooked up into a thick porridge for breakfast.

Traveling in Uganda

The Mane Tours has a fleet of safari vehicles to transport you comfortably for your safari.

Health in Uganda

There are medical facilities of Western standards in Nairobi; elsewhere facilities are rudimentary.  It is generally wise for you to be up-to-date on vaccinations for typhoid, tetanus, polio, and diphtheria. Many travelers also have the Havrix vaccine to guard against infection by hepatitis A and a yellow fever certificate is usually required for entry into Uganda. Malaria is widespread so malaria precautions are generally essential.

That said, it’s vital that you always check the latest recommendations with your own doctor or travel clinic before you travel.

Ugandan’s health and life expectancy are among the lowest across the globe. In Uganda, one in every 200 births ends the mother’s life, around 1 million people are living with HIV and although malaria accounts for 14% of all deaths, less than 10% of children under five are sleeping under insecticide-treated nets.

Language in Uganda

Uganda is a multilingual country. Forty of its living indigenous languages fall into three main families—BantuNilotic and Central Sudanic—with another two languages in the Kuliak family. English, inherited from the colonial period, and Swahili, which is regionally important, are official languages.

Uganda Visa

A single entry visa can be purchased at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon arrival.  This visa is good for one entry into the country and is valid for 30 days.  If you plan on staying longer than 30 days, you must apply for an extension.

Weather and Climate

Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 °C (84 °F). The average annual temperature is about 26°C (78 °F).  The rainy season is from March till May and October till November.