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  • Bradt: the best travel guide for Uganda

    As a general rule of thumb, we find the Bradt guides about the best for sub Saharan destinations that are somewhat off the tourist track. To date we've used them for Madagascar, Rwanda and Uganda trips, and my husband has also found them reliable for business forays into Ghana, Gabon and Cameroon.When we visited Uganda in March 2013, we used the...

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  • Some amateur tips on amateur photography

    Mea culpa: I fall firmly into the 'point and fire' school of photography (no fiddling with F stops and exposure times for me) and didn't even start taking photos until my daughter was born ten years ago. However, the more I travel, the more I find myself inspired to experiment with photographic composition than I would previously have imagined.Of...

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  • Brighton from Churchill Tours: our ideal...

    As a rule, we prefer to self drive and explore under our own steam: however, because we weren't too sure of how practical this was in the Great Lakes region and were travelling with our children, we decided to opt for a package tour. In hindsight, a wise choice.We chose Churchill Tours, who are a Ugandan company that also covers Rwanda. After a...

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  • Two sides of the capital town

    Kampala is dispersed on a six or seven hills and it doesn't have usual city structure with the main square in the central part of the town. It is very unlike to other African capitals which I have visited so far. The Old Taxi Park could be easilly be considered as the heart of Kampala. It is where most of the people could be seen during a day and...

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  • Currency Exchange

    There are many currency exchange office all over Kampala and the exchange rates are same as Central Bank of Uganda, Prefered Currency is US Dollar (50's and 100's)The rates fluctuate daily (3 times a day)http://www.bou.or.ug/bou/collateral/interbank_forms/interbank_forms.html

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  • Visa on Arrival at the Land Border

    It is simple and swift procedureI arrived via Malaba Border (GPS 0‹ 38Œ 20" 34‹ 15Œ 57") from Kenya about 480 km from Nairobi, reached the Uganda Immigration at 3.30 am there were 2 Immigration Officers on duty and they handled 2 buses full of passangers within 30 minutes.You will need to fill one landing card (will be provided by the Bus/Coach...

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  • Ugandan traditions

    Ugandans still have their ancient traditions at heart. Many different tribes live in Uganda and all of them have their own traditions; Baganda, Batooro, Acholi, Toro, Teso, Bauyoro, Bagisu, Alur...and many others. Most of the tribes were organized into kingdoms, based on tradition and each with ots own king. Disintegration of the traditional...

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  • Very busy streets

    Kampala as a capital city and gives the impression of a very busy place but fact is, most of this people just wandering aimlessly around. During day light everybody is out in the streets moving up and down around Nakasero where no traffic rules excisting. Streets are virtually occupied by the crowd of people and thousands of cars and just in a...

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  • Poor country hard to survive

    Uganda is incredibly poor country, from the Pearl of Africa, as it was used to call before, it turned into one of the poorest country in the eastern Africa. During era of Idi Amin Dada the whole economy of the country was totally ruined and demolished. Just to mentioning, before Idid Amin Uganda was the major producer of cocoa in the world and the...

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  • Two sides of the capital town

    Kampala is full of contrasts, on one side stands fancy buildings (mostly banks) and next to it the city slums. Next step, same in the city centre, one could see marabou while digging wild junkyard. The city streets are in terribly bad conditions, big open holes all over the city centre which making driving during rain very risky and dangerous. I...

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  • Safari - Murchison Falls

    Murchison Falls National Park A 3-day safari through Murchison Falls National Park, complete with a cruise along the Nile River, was a great way to end our 5 1/2 weeks in Africa. We went with Speke Uganda Holidays and Tony was an excellent guide (very knowledgeable on his birds & mammals while still being very personable). Access from Kampala is...

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  • Esimu, phones, phone cards

    Phone calls are really cheap in Uganda using a local sim card, which are available literally everywhere in Uganda from specialist shops run by the phone companies to independent mobile phone sellers to young lads on the street with a handful of brand new sims from all the phone companies.If your own phone in your home country is locked it is cheap...

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  • Humble School in Mukono

    The children of Uganda are beautiful and it was a pleasure to visit with them at Humble School while on a mission trip with my church. Watching the children sing and dance, having dinner with them out in the field as dusk fell

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  • Gorilla Treking in Uganda

    Yeah it's very timely to book your permit around this time of the year(February) as it will be cheaper and the price increases with time and if i am not wrong, the treks are usually more in June,July and August, but i don't know the reason behind but i guess it's because thats when most tourist are out there(winter season abroad). Please visit...

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  • The real Pearl of Africa

    Uganda is truely the Pearl of Africa as its refered to and the best expression of this is in its natural beauty! From an evergreen vegetation to a variety of wild animals , natural and fresh foods, rivers, lakes ,birds....... i can't say it all. However, it becomes hard to witness this if you are to tour the country by tour companies whose interest...

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  • moving to Uganda Jinja

    hello I'm moveing to Uganda Jinja in 50 days... I feel so unprepared. I would like to know if you can give us tips. We have a an ministry opportunity there. We plan to stay 4 months first and then longer. WE have a 1 year old daughter. do you know anybook I should read before to leave? And waht else should I think of? WE have a flat that we will be...

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  • Soroti Rock

    It is possible to climb up Sororti rock but you have to get permission first. In the last few years since the rise of the LRA there are now armed arrow boys on top of Soroti rock guarding the water tank that supplies the town. If you want to climb the rock you will need to get permission from Soroti Municipal Council they have an office; if you...

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  • Agricultural country

    Uganda is predominantly agricultural country, not much of industry can be seen around. It is amazingly green, not in accordance with the predjudice most of us have about Africa. I will remember it mostly because of lots of fruits around and its delicious taste. Back home I had ananas many times besause it is one of my favourite fruit, however, here...

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  • Waragi

    Bananas are everywhere in Uganda, any little patch of green in the country usually contains at least one banana tree. So it is not surprising that the local spirits in Uganda like Waragi and Kasese are made from bananas. There are several different brands of Waragi with “Uganda waragi” being the premium brand, it’s triple distilled and goes down...

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  • Drinking!!!!!!

    Beer beer we want more beer.Everybody’s cheeringget the f***ing beer in.Ugandans love a beer and unlike their near neighbours in Kenya they like it cold. After a hot sticky day walking around Kampala what could be more refreshing than a cold bottle of "Nile Special".There are 2 main bottled beer brewers in UG. Nile breweries who are based in Jinja...

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  • Travelling with pets into Uganda

    I travelled with a pet from Benin to Uganda. The rules and regulations are not very clear and hence I thought that it would be a nce idea to post it here.Firstly if you are travelling with a pet or bringing the pet into the country. He should be medicaly termed fit by a doctor upon entering the country or he should have already completed this...

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  • Moving with cargo

    We shifted from Uganda to India in the year 2006. After having spent 2 years in Uganda, we knew that the rail and road transport is not trustworthy, hence we hired the service of Kuhene Nagal. We wanted our cargo to be sent by air. The day we left the country, I met the marketing personnel who had already collected our cargo and promised me that...

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  • Visas

    Even as a Thai citizen who normally needs a visa in advance, I could get it on arrival. I paid $20 for a transit visa as I was going to Rwanda next. They wrote down Rwanda on my visa too so make sure you've made up your mind of where to go. The queue wasn't long and the room to get it done is on the left side.

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  • Aids

    This might sound very obvious but Aids is a massive problem in Africa and, in particular, Uganda. The scale of the issue is frightening.Lots of people are carrying out useful and positive work to reduce the problem (you`d need to walk around with your eyes wide shut to miss the clinics/poster campaigns and positive PR).

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  • Make Friends.....

    Since I wasn't able to take part in some activities due to my ankle injury there were occasions where I would be sitting at the bottom of th ehill when everyone else climbed to the top. This wasn't always such a bad thing as I'd always attract attention and end up making a few new friends.

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  • Border Crossing - Uganda to Sudan

    We drove from Entebbe, Uganda, to Maridi, New Sudan, over a two-day period, stopping in Kaya, New Sudan, to spend the night. Leaving Uganda, we had to pass through their border check point, have our passports inspected, be interviewed, and information from our passports, and purpose of our visit recorded in their books. The officials in Uganda do...

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  • Bird Life

    One of my favourite aspects of Uganda was its rich and varied bird life. Birds are very easy to spot and are found along the side of the road as well as in nature parks. We identified somewhere in the region of 70 different birds on our trip, many more can be seen if you take the time and efford and have a good bird guide with you.

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  • lions on the trees

    all night we have felt to roar next to the curtains but looking for the next day we didn't imagine here but the lions to the place to sleep under the trees they sleep us above

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  • money exchange rates

    before exchanging currency into the local ugandan shillings make sure you shop around for the best rates.my experience at the airport proved that the rates can vary greatly......example at airport $1us was 1600 ugandan sh.at bank in kampala rate was $1us was 2000 ugandan shillings.this was in july 2003.so dont be in a rush.....check out your...

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  • BAGGAGES

    The most usual thing when you are reaching Kampala by air , is not a rare thing that your baggages arrive next day, specially if it's not a direct flight from an european country and has a stop in Nairobi.So, just fill in the formularies at the arrival desk, next day take a taxi to the airport , get the baggages and back in Kampala with the taxi go...

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  • CHANGING MONEY

    The best exchange rates are in Kampala, where there is a big quantity of banks and will be able to sell you not only Uganda's currency but also change the remaining shillings into Kenyan, Tanzanian or other african currencies if you have to continue your trip to other close countries.Think that prices in Uganda are quite low ( meal 3$, stay in a...

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  • Cheap e-mail

    If you are keeping in contact with home by e-mail, then uganda is a good value place to mail from. Although the connection is quite slow, you pay hardly anything. We were paying 2 ugandan shiillings per hour, which is about 40 pence I think.... Very cheap compared to other countries that have just connected to the web! Not my favourite thing, but...

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  • The Equator

    Uganda lies on the Equator. You are likely to cross it at some point. And probably every tourist will stop and take a picture (if one doesn't travel by public transport)...Those monuments were set on both sides of the road- on the road from Kampala to Masaka- and between Ishaka and Kasese, just north of Queen Elizabeth N.P.- (don't know about the...

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  • Ugandan Beer

    Mmm, let's see how many of you (especially those who know me personally) are now smiling, finding out that the first tip I create on my first Africa adventure ever is a beer tip... (It's just because it's a very easy one - and hey, of course beer is one of my favorite things about Uganda!)You get half liter bottles of "Nile Special", "Bell",...

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  • Go and stay at the Speke Camp...

    Go and stay at the Speke Camp at Bujagali Falls. This has to be one of the best backpackers in the world. i know, I've been here. Cheap to stay, great food and drink, fabulous view and great people! Meeing my beloved Ann for the first time. Changed my life, as well as meeting the other people of this great country.

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  • Attractions at a glance

    By the way, its helpful to know that Ugandas centers of attraction are concetrated in the south and south western parts of the country.

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  • When visiting Uganda Jinja is...

    When visiting Uganda Jinja is a must. It is where the Nile river begins. It is a beautiful city with a magnificent landscape. I really enjoyed spending time with the people of Uganda. They were very friendly and had a great sense of humor.

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  • experience the works of mother...

    experience the works of mother nature in form of rolling hills, tranquil lakes, the snow capped Mountains of the Moon, majestic River Nile, rainforests, gorillas and chimps, elephants and lions, glorious butterflies and over 1000 species of birds. Let nature happen in front of your eyes. My fondest memory of Uganda is Uganda itself, that small...

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  • Silverback trekking.

    The time I spent in Kisoro, Mgahinga National Park, and going gorilla treking and spending time with a family of silverback gorillas. Male silverbacks are especially massive - I wouldn't want to get one of them mad at me.

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  • Get out of the tourist areas...

    Get out of the tourist areas and see the REAL Uganda. Why visit the Sheraton Hotel? It looks like any other Sheraton (although the pool is very refreshing after a day walking the dusty streets). Instead, visit the markets, local bars, and local restaurants - support local Ugandans, not rich Westerners! Near Entebbe there is a great little town...

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  • I visited Kibali National...

    I visited Kibali National Forest and did a chimp walk through the forest. Not everyone is successful in finding chimps but a 3 hour walk only costs $18 US and is an amazing experience if you do happen to find them. I didn't do a mountain gorilla trek while I was in Uganda (current price is $250 US and scheduled to go up dramatically) and feel that...

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  • geoffrey.d's General Tip

    The nature of this country! There are so many wonderful places to visit, I couldn´t tell you where to start. One of this sights are the Bujagali-Falls near Jinja you can see on the postcard.

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  • As an Environmentalist,I value...

    As an Environmentalist,I value Nature and the Green. You will see what am talking about, animals in their Natural forms in the parks, lakes rivers the all green features -trees, flowers grass. Dont forget the rare species like mount Gorillas and Chimps.All water wetlands and good soils..... Did you know that Uganda has the source of River Nile....

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  • 'Ngabo's Nation'-...

    'Ngabo's Nation'- UGANDAUganda is a landlocked country, bordered by Sudan to the North, Congo to the west, Rwanda and Tanzania to the South, and Kenya to the East. Lying astride the equator between latitudes 4deg.0' North and 1deg.30' South of the equator, and longitudes 30deg.0' East and 35deg.0' East of Greenwich, covering an area of 242,554 km2....

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