5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO UGANDA

I know  how it feels like to visit a new country with absolutely no idea where to start from or even what to expect since everything may be completely different from your home country. So I have taken it upon myself to avail you with the necessary information  before you pack your bags to visit uganda.

  1. Visa requirement

Just like traveling to any other country, you will need a visa before you enter Uganda.The only difference is that it might be a little easier to get .  It can be processed online using the e-visa application form on the Uganda immigration website or you  can simply just  purchase it at the immigration desk at the port of entry- Entebbe international airport. It usually costs  50$ for a period not more than 3 months. Be sure to carry your yellow fever card as its required. ( Please check with your nearest consulate for more guidelines).

  1. The hospitality nature

The people are very friendly. If you are a tourist you can expect to see people smiling at you every now and then.  Expect  glances as you move around and if you are from the western countries the locals will call you “mzungu” which means a white person. Some might even want to engage you in a conversation if you are up for it, and will most definitely be willing to offer some kind of help if you need it. ( people are always more friendly to the tourists than their fellow locals-I guess this happens in most of the places.) However a few people may expect some  coins as a thank you tip.

  1. Transportation in Kampala

Transport is pretty much fair price in Kampala from the public taxis to the motor cycles famously known as boda bodas. Or you could opt for the special hires- uber, taxify, or quick taxi. And yes like any other big city, traffic is very bad in Kampala-like really crazy. During the peak hours of the day you can curse why you even opted for a car.  A journey of 30 minutes can even take you up to 1 hour in traffic.

kampala tp

  1. Social life in  Kampala

Its not all about work in Kampala, people know how to have fun and party like there is no tomorrow. Bars and clubs  are always open throughout the week, beaches fully packed over the weekend,  cinema halls to see you favorite movie – you can never lack what to do in Kampala.  And since the cost of living is relatively low,  you can be sure to have a time of your life without robbing a bank.

    5. Be street smart

Yes i know i said the local are very friendly but take precaution as you walk along the streets of Kampala. The streets are not the best place to wander around using your phone-it might get snatched by a random goon. Carry your backpack from the front instead of the back or else you wont have your valuables by the time you check. Tourists are normally charged highly when making any purchase so be sure to use your bargaining skills, you might just get the product at an unbelievable price.

Note: 

Language : Luganda but English is widely spoken

Currency : Ugandan shillings but dollars and credit cards are accepted in some high-end places.

If you have anything else you want to know before you visit the pearl of Africa, leave it in the comment section and i will guide you through it or you can just click here and learn more.

Love Esy

 

 

 

 

 

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