Passports and Visas
It is advisable to obtain an East African Tourist visa for this trip, which allows travelers to travel freely between Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya at most points of entry (please note, this trip only goes from Uganda to Rwanda). To apply for an East Africa visa please go here
, and select "East African Tourist Visa" under the "category," and select "Entebbe" as the port of entry, unless you are beginning your travels elsewhere.
The East African visa application costs US$ 100, and approved visas are valid for 90 days days starting from the issue date. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
For travel into Uganda, some doctors recommend getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, as well as for rabies and typhoid. Visit your medical professional to confirm what precautions you should take, specifically regarding cholera and malaria. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers over 1 year of age.
With no true winter or summer, Uganda has a relatively steady temperature all year. January and February are hottest, averaging 24-33°C up to 40°C further north. The south has rains from mid-September to November and then from March to May. December to February and June to July are “dry seasons” in that there’s less rain. With 1,000 to 2,000 mm in rain annually, it can rain at almost any time. In the north, such as around Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley, there is one continuous wet season from March to November before it goes dry season from December to February.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Ugandan cuisine draws on English, Arabic, and Asian, especially Indian, influences to cook up local produce. Matooke (green bananas) is boiled or steamed then cooked in or served with a sauce of peanuts, beans, fresh fish, or meat. Luwombo and ugali are traditional Ugandan dishes, comprising a stew of either chicken, beef, mushrooms, or fish steamed in banana leaves. We’ll make sure you get to sample a large variety of local cuisine. Vegetarians may struggle outside of major towns, but we will do our best to cater to any special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking.
The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling. US Dollars are widely accepted (make sure they are printed after 2006), but you should have some shillings handy for small purchases. There are ATMs that except foreign VISA cards in the bigger towns and cities, and make sure you plan ahead as most places outside Kampala will not except credit cards.