When visiting Uganda expect to enjoy your safari in any part of the country although just like any other country in the world there are petty thieves so we advice that you keep well your important valuables. In the National parks, security is well put in place by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Army that back this force to protect visitors, by trained ranger guides who monitor any threats of insecurity here.
On the other hand, the temperatures are very stable and pleasant only rising on the lower altitude of Northern Uganda, with sunshine through out the 365 days of the year.
During the day the temperature ranges between 20°C to 29°C, though it cools down in the night. There are two seasons in the year where most heavy rains are received; the month of March- mid-May, and November mid-December.
The month of April and November receive more rains in the year on average between 500mm to 2500mm; there is relative humidity of 70% – 100% these seasons allow planting and harvesting of crops in most parts of the country, without the use of irrigation. You could consider this month, because there are plenty of mountain Gorilla Permits available and you can choose the group of gorilla to track. The weather conditions here allow you to travel to Uganda either in the dry whether, dusty months or in wet season, you will find fresh and uncrowded tourism unlike in Kenya or Tanzania which is mass.
You can obtain your visa through the Uganda representative in your country, if there is no representative there is no need to worry, visas can be purchased upon arrival at Entebbe Airport at cost of USD $20 for students, US$ 50 per person single entry, USD$80 for multiple entry for 6 month, USD$160 multiple entry for 1 year and USD$15 for inland transit.
Besides vaccination it’s important that you bring insect repellent, also for emergency carry a mosquito net in you bag, though there are mosquito nets in every hotel in the cities and parks. We also advise you to take malaria prevention medications before and during your trip, as Uganda is located within the tropical altitude the are possible occurancies of Malaria carrier mosquitoes to land on your blood for transfusion. Please consult with your local doctor for details and update advice in your country.
The cost of the safari includes:
Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari vehicle with a Guide
Visit to all mentioned places on the program
The service of an English speaking driver/guide
All National park entrance fees for both the passengers and the car
All the activities mentioned on the itinerary, except for any additional activities that shall be mentioned during the Safari Accommodations, base either Tents, Lodges hotels or Banda’s on Single, twin or double room arrangement
Meals as it will be state on your program either breakfast or full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis
Bottled mineral water shall be provided for the whole trip in the vehicle except during your meals in the restaurant
Government taxes where necessary
All game drives and ranger guides fees as indicated.
Excluded in the Cost are:
International and domestic flights unless requested for to be included
Visa fees which shall be paid on arrival at the airport or you can obtain a this from Uganda government representative in your country.
Any alcoholic, beverages other than the bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
Tips and gratuities for the guides
4WD cars are well equipped with seats ranging from 6 passengers to 9 as maximum, its good however to minimize your luggage as space may not be enough for every body, unless the luggage is highly restricted, optionally the luggage is loaded on the car rack to enable enough space.
You can only confirm tracking gorillas only if you have a permit. The permits are issued on first serve-come basis paid cash payment to the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Mountain gorilla safari can either be done in Either Uganda, Congo or Rwanda depending on where the permit is available otherwise you are required to buy a gorilla permit in advance to be sure you will see this Apes. Eight people are allowed per day in each gorilla group tracking.
Whole over the world demand for these permits are high. We would be glad to assist you with purchasing your permit; all we need to know is your preferred date when you are traveling to this country. In order to be able to buy the gorilla permit you have to provide us with your full names, nationality and passport number. You are also required to be fit especially heath wise to trek the gorilla, if you are sick you are advised not to take this adventure and children under 15 years will not be allowed to track the gorillas, older people between 80 – 90year can also see gorillas with the help of porters and UWA staff on request at extra fees
For smaller groups land cruisers can be arranged. For larger groups, coaster buses can also be arranged or groups can be separated in the same but different cars for more space and enjoyment of safari. .
Private bathrooms are not always available, public showers and toilets/pit latrines are used. Hot water is not guaranteed. Luxury accommodations are 4 or 5 star lodges, providing comfortable rooms or luxury furnished tents and a private bathroom. Flush toilets as well as hot and cold running water will be available. .