Here are simple steps to prepare for your trip to Uganda

 

Make your travel reservations/ bookings ahead of time

Booking your activities and accommodation can easily be done online with a tour operator. If you want to visit Uganda for gorilla tracking or any other activity, try to book your trip in advance. Let’s say you are looking for a customized itinerary. And would love to try out different things such as hiking, wildlife viewing, rafting, chimp trekking, boat trip to see hippos and crocodiles. These are different things that need to be put together. Therefore, contact a genuine tour operator for ideas to help plan your next vacation at least 3-5 months or even a year in advance. It’s possible to book gorilla permits, accommodation for that period and know how much does it cost.

Visas for Uganda travelers

Apply for a visa to Uganda and there are 3 ways to do so. You can fill and submit an application online at Ugandan immigration website, go to the country’s embassies and high commissions abroad or get it on arrival at Entebbe airport or other entry points.

Vaccinations

For any trip to Uganda, an International certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. This document verifies that you have

Take a pocket Wi-Fi device with you

A Wi-Fi device is an essential item because in Uganda free Wi-Fi is limited. Although there are tour guides who offer free Wi-Fi to their clients, there are times you will need your own. Especially if you are self-driving, it can be difficult navigating routes and finding specific locations. Google maps can be helpful and saves time.

Read travel guide books, blogs for inspiration

There several Uganda travel experts on the internet for instance the Ugandan tourist, Uganda uncovered, Diary of Muzungu. I encourage you to always read more on Uganda forum on TripAdvisor to look at opinions of people who have traveled to Uganda before.

Top attractions

 If you want to see gorillas as well as wildlife, these are the best parks to visit. Murchison falls, kibale forest, queen elizabeth, Bwindi Forest, Lake Bunyonyi. A 7 or 8 day itinerary would do better to include gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drive and boat cruise safari.

Those with more than 10 days, it would be a good idea to visit Kidepo Valley. This is one of the best parks in Africa according to CNN Travel. Those with fewer days about 3-6 days in Uganda, you could visit Lake Mburo, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale.

Weather, seasons and when to visit

Uganda lies across the equator with warm tropical climate and can be visited any time of the year. However, the country experiences two seasons, the dry and the wet season.  The dry season occurs between December to February and June to September. This is the peak season and attracts many tourists. There’s less rains and so you will find it easier to do gorilla tracking and chimp trekking into forests.

Exchanging local currency in Uganda

Even though Uganda is still a cash-based society, exchanging money now days is easier due to much acceptance of international ATM cards and credit cards. Plan to exchange your cash at Entebbe airport when you arrive or in Kampala city where there are several forex bureaus such as at lugogo Shoprite mall and grand imperial hotel.  Exchanging cash at forex bureaus does not incur costs and you get better rates than in banks. Be sure to exchange enough cash to cover up your expenses.

Book recommendations

Bradt Travel Guides for Uganda

Lonely Planet – essential travel guide to Uganda

The culture smart series Uganda

Public transportation

If you want to use public transportation from one place to another, you can book tickets for buses online. Ugabus app can be helpful once you arrive in Uganda.