The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling, notes of which come in denominations of 1,000 through to 50,000. However a dollar rules the whole world as it dominates the uganda market also, most of the hotels and travel agencies take dollars only 2009 year of printing and above.
As a rough guide US$1 = 3,800 and £1 = 5,000 Nearly all tourist lodges will accept $US notes (newer than 2009) however if you wish to purchase anything locally (souvenirs, snacks etc…) you will need Ugandan Shillings.
The best idea is to change $US upon arrival in Entebbe – notes of $50 and $100 attract a better exchange rate. Visa and MasterCard Credit Cards are becoming more widely accepted, we can advise you on which lodges do or do not accept them.
HEALTH ON A GORILLA TOURS UGANDA
If you are planning to travel to Uganda for a gorilla tour uganda safari,your advised to take a visit to your local travel clinic or Doctor for advice on vaccinations and medication. For an overview of the typically recommended vaccinations, the CDC Traveler Health page is a good place to start.
Most parts of Uganda contain a malaria risk and a preventative medication is considered mandatory for travelers. Consult your doctor or travel clinic as to the best medication for you.
Yellow fever vaccine is a must upon entering uganda please consider getting one while on your travel to uganda tours
Uganda is a largely peaceful country and the vast majority of tourist visits are enjoyed without incident. Crime when it occurs is generally in the form of petty theft; we advise to always carry your money securely on your person and use room safes in the hotels and lodges that you visit.
Please consult your government’s Travel Advisory Page for Uganda and feel free to ask us for clarification on any thing is traveling for a gorilla tour uganda.
Uganda straddles the Equator so experiences a tropical climate of “wet” and “dry” seasons. Changes to the global climate in recent years means seasonal changes are less predictable than they once were, however seasons are generally:
Dryer: January to February & June to September.
Wetter: March to May & October, November till december. Travel is possible and enjoyable all year round, rain does not usually hinder travel and can produce some dramatic vistas and a welcome coolness in hotter areas.
FOOD AND DRINK
Traditional Uganda food consists of starch staples such as maize flour, matoke (plantain), cassava and potatoes. These are served with beans, vegetables and meats such as fish, beef, chicken or goat. Most lodges and restaurants serve western dishes incorporating some of the above local ingredients.
Drinking water is widely and inexpensively available; we do not recommend drinking tap or river water in Uganda. Sodas and beers are widely available and safe to drink. The best value wine/GIN is UGANDA WARAJI.