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Uganda travel tips
What to bring for your visit?
Visitors to Uganda are required to have valid passports, and visa requirements should be checked with the customs and immigrations at the Airport on arrival before you travel. Binoculars and tour guides will enable you reap the most of game reserves and national parks tours and game drives.

Zoom lens for Photographers who intend to capture the beautiful wildlife and scenery (70-300 or similar). Printing film and developing facilities are available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essential commodities can be purchased at any of the numerous supermarkets and shopping centers in the cities
What is the best time to Visit?
Uganda has a beautiful climate all year round and can be visited at any time. The temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius in the day and 16-20 degrees Celsius in the night. The hottest months are from December-January and the wettest and coolest months are March-May and the mid-September to November.

Activities like mountain hikes, gorilla tour which involving tracking through steep slopes with dense foliage and undergrowth and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
Health information
Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) may be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. Air travellers who only pass through the airports of such a zone are exempt from the requirement. It is also advised that all travellers be vaccinated against Meningitis, Typhoid and Hepatitis.
As Uganda and Rwanda are in a malaria zone, visitors should also take prophylactics against malaria although the best way to avoid catching malaria is to avoid bites by using mosquito repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. For your own comfort take a mosquito repellent. Mosquito nets are provided in most hotels, lodges and camps. Precautions should be taken against malaria both when visitors are in the country, and when they return home.

It is advisable to drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid swimming in ponds and still water pools. It is also advisable to drink bottled which are readily available in any of the many supermarkets, restaurants and shops rather than tap water.

The AIDS scourge which afflicted the nation has dramatically dropped due to a strong AIDS sensitization campaign by the government and NGOs but one is advised to take precaution. Medical Insurance should be purchased before you leave your own country and should include emergency air evacuation coverage if you’re spending any time in remote parts of the country. There are some medical rescue organizations available.
Currency or Medium of Exchange
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private forex bureaus in all large towns.
However traveler’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala
Passport and Visa
For any visitor to enter Uganda, a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry is required by all nationals. Entry may be refused to passengers not holding sufficient funds, return or onward tickets, and other necessary travel documents. Obtaining a Ugandan Visa Requirements for Uganda visas and entry into Uganda differ from country to country, are subject to change, and each Uganda visa application is treated as an individual case. Always make visa inquiries before travelling to Uganda.
A Uganda visa is a clearance permitting an individual to proceed to visit Uganda. Uganda visas are issued at Missions/Embassies abroad and also at the entry and exit points of Uganda like Entebbe airport, Busia border, Malaba border. In 1999 Uganda introduced visa requirements for all visitors and people entering Uganda except nationals of a few countries. There are different types of visas needed depending on what you are going to do in Uganda: Student Visas, Single Entry visas, Multiple Entry 6 month’s visas, Multiple Entry 1 year visas, or Inland Transit visas. If you arrive or enter Uganda without a valid travel visa, you may be fined and immediately deported at your own expense.

You must obtain a Uganda Government VISA before entry into Uganda. To obtain a Uganda Government VISA the following are required:- Fill out both sides of Visa Application Form "J". Submit your passport and two (2) passport-size photographs. A passport issued by your government valid for at least six months. Your passport must also be valid past the date of your expected departure from Uganda. (Passport must be signed.) One completed Uganda visa application form, Two passport-size photo taken within the past six months, International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever and Letter from applicant's company if travelling for business (on company letterhead and signed by someone other than the applicant).


Most must get their visa online with Rwanda Immigration – some countries have a reciprocal agreement with Rwanda and such citizens do not need a visa.
You can easily apply for your visa online or with the Embassy of Rwanda in your country.
You cannot obtain a Visa is at the point of Entry unless you are from an exempt country.
You can also get a Tourist Visa for Rwanda – Uganda and Kenya. Information about how to apply is found at this link.
Clothings and What to wear
During the day, temperatures are generally warm depending on which region of the country one is at, so bring lots of light clothing. Evening temperatures are cooler at especially high altitudes, so it is advisable to bring a couple of light sweaters as well. For the tourist intending to hike or climb on the mountains, you are advised to pack accordingly due to the alpine temperatures.

You would do well to carry solid walking shoes and strong clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses, waterproof jackets which are ideal for forest walks, game drives and national park tours
Driving principles & Guidelines
Visitors who wish to do self-drive are advised that driving in Uganda is done on the left side. There are numerous car hire service providers within the city with attractive rates although the fuel prices are fairly high, considering that Uganda is a landlocked country.

For visitors that have no experience of African roads, you are advised to arrange for a vehicle with Trekking adventure Uganda plus a driver
Tipping
Tipping is not a culture that is practiced often at local hotels, bars and restaurants, but it is always appreciated. The amount depends on the tourists’ discretion, although tour guides and drivers should always be tipped
Smoking
Smoking is not permitted but all safaris include frequent stops that can provide you with an opportunity to smoke
Public Holidays
It is important to note that Tourism being a year-round activity, these holidays do not affect the operations of travel agencies/tour operators, national parks and other tourism-service providers.

The following are public holidays in Uganda on which offices, including banks and diplomatic missions, may not open: New Years Day (1st Jan); Good Friday (variable); Easter Monday (variable); NRM ruling Government Anniversary Day (26th January); International Women's Day (8th March); Labour Day (1st May); Uganda Martyr's Day (3rd June); National Heroes Day (9th June); Independence Day (9th October); Christmas Day (25th December); Boxing Day (26th December); Idd-el-Fitr (variable); Iddi Adhuha (variable)
Hotel and Safari Lodge
Uganda has a number of hotels and safari lodges that offer meals and overnight accommodation to both budget and luxury travelers.

You can do your booking to Uganda Hotels, safari lodges, Guest houses and apartments in Uganda through the experts of Trekking adventure Uganda
Security cautions
Precautions should be taken as in any major city. Unless safety deposit boxes are available in your hotel or lodge, always carry travel documents, travelers cheque's, cash and other valuables with you at all times. We recommend that you do not walk late in the night but instead take a taxi if you have too though Uganda is extremely safe, we can’t guaranty you safety


Rwanda travel tips
Best time to visit?
Rwanda has been called the Land of Eternal Spring in Africa which gives one a pretty good idea as to the weather in the Land of a Thousand Hills – due to its elevation – due to its mild climate Rwanda is a good country to visit in Africa all-year long.

There are two rainy seasons – even during the rainy season the sun always comes out – Rwanda a great country to visit in Africa with favorable Weather conditions.

Rwanda – 365 days of the Year.
Security?
Rwanda is one of the safest, secure and most stable countries in Africa. You can safely walk in Kigali on your own, even at night. Security is found everywhere, Kigali seemingly rolls up the sidewalks after dark unless you know where to go.

It is however always good to apply some simple steps to even make yourself more secure in an unfamiliar country and here are some ways. You will find practical tips, advice, information that will make your time in Rwanda safe and secure.
Health information
Most visitors who visit Rwanda on Safari will have a problem free time without major health issues if one stays at good lodges and hotels. There are certain things one should do while at the same time also avoid others things. Things like Street-Food to an untrained stomach is a no-no, salads except at upmarket restaurant can make you ill. If you cannot peel it do not eat it.
Money
East and Central Africa including Rwanda are cash based societies where the US dollar reigns as the currency of choice, where the use of credit cards is limited since Traveller Cheques are not accepted everywhere and in Rwanda very rarely used.

In Rwanda it is about Cash and here is the information you need in order to make the right money choices for your time in Rwanda, notify your bank if you are going to use an ATM Machine – that is just one step.
Visa
Most must get their visa online with Rwanda Immigration – some countries have a reciprocal agreement with Rwanda and such citizens do not need a visa.
You can easily apply for your visa online or with the Embassy of Rwanda in your country.
You cannot obtain a Visa is at the point of Entry unless you are from an exempt country.
You can also get a Tourist Visa for Rwanda – Uganda and Kenya. Information about how to apply is found at this link.