The idea of impulsively packing your bags and running off to a place you have never been to sounds appealing to the adventurous, thanks to Hollywood. However, travelling can be a disaster if not planned for accordingly. So, when the dust in your thoughts has settled, after battling over where to travel next, and Uganda has come through the haze as your destination choice; which is a great choice, there will be a few more things for you to consider before you hit the road, mount the plane and soar the skies to the Pearl of Africa.
You may travel to Uganda by road, water or air but Entebbe International Airport as the major entry point for Uganda. The requirement that cuts across these modes of travel are travel documents; the Visa. An application for a tourism visa may be made online and acquired before you leave for Uganda or get it on arrival at the Entebbe international Airport. Does your trip include visiting Kenya, Rwanda? The ideal visa decision would be the East African visa which is a single process to save you each country’s visa formalities. It is essential to have a Yellow Fever Vaccine Card because it is a requirement into Uganda.
Travelling around Uganda is mostly by road and will therefore require you to use vehicles. One would need to have mastered the culture and a bit of Luganda which is the mostly used local language in the Kampala to comfortably use public means of transport. Uber is operative in Uganda but is only in and around Kampala and not in the countryside where the parks are found. Kagera Safaris as a tour operator plans your itinerary; picking you up from the airport taking you to the pre-agreed destinations and saves you the hustle and bustle of finding your own cab or local taxi. This itinerary may include, depending on private arrangement, domestic flights to the game parks of your choice which is in most cases used to travel to Kidepo Valley National Park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth.
While in the Pearl of Africa, the land where we do not wear Rolex but eat it, there are activities that ought to make an appearance on your bucket list. Birding – Uganda is a birding haven with over 1000 bird species both water and land birds. The birding experience can be enjoyed on your nature walk, game drive or on a boat ride for the water birds; your choice. You Community experiences soak you in the day to day lives of Ugandans; from the lives of salt miners on Lake Katwe, to the coffee farmers neighboring Queen Elizabeth and the gifted hands behind the art crafts that you may purchase as souvenirs from the various workshops near the parks and cultural sites. Delve into the culture by visiting the Tooro and Bunyoro Kingdom while in Western Uganda, the Buganda Kingdom while in Kampala, the Busoga and Acholi while in the East and North respectively. Do not leave out primates by taking gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking and the bonuses that come along such as the black &white Colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons, etc. You also have opportunities for sighting various animals while on game drive in the different savannah parks, white water rafting on the River Nile, to the zip lines in Mabira Forest, Uganda is an activity hub that will leave you with great memories.
When we say pack your bags and come on in to Uganda; we really mean, pack your sunscreen, rain poncho, safari friendly clothes, water proof hiking shoes, flashlights and mostly cash since Uganda operates more on cash than credit or debit cards. Uganda awaits you with open arms!