Uganda Travel Guide

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    Gorilla trackers
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    Kampala matatu station
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Uganda Highlights

  • Pro
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    dandnlee says…

     Lush, beautiful, friendly, up-and-coming safari & rafting destination 

  • Con
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    suubi says…

     Well, things move at a slower pace than in the Weste, the factor time has a quiet different meaning. In this line, make sure you bring enough with you. However, in a few days you will have mastered... 

  • In a nutshell
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     "The Pearl of Africa" offers a great variety of attractions - and it's still a hot tip for relaxed travelling 

Map of Uganda







Fort Portal






Banda Island




Ngamba Island






Lake Bunyonyi








Murchison Falls National Park




Ruwenzori National Park




Bugungu Hippopotamus and Elephant Sanctuary








Bwindi National Park


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Entebbe Animal and Bird Sanctuary





See all 231 Kampala Tips
  • Cheetah Safaris Uganda Ltd

    Kampala Transportation

    We used Cheetah Safaris Uganda Ltd for all our safaris and tours within Uganda. The owner and safari/ tour consultant Robert is a former safari driver I had employed. Robert adds personal touch to the tours/ safaris because he is the one driving you and if he is not available, he will give you someone as qualified.I had contacted Robert while in...

  • Kampala Sheraton Hotel

    Kampala Hotels

    If you want to stay in a luxurious hotel in Kampala, here it is. The Sheraton is located in some...

  • Akamba bus

    Kampala Transportation

    Sadly Aklamba are no longer in business Good old Akamba bus safe and reliable and possibly reassuringly slow now have a website whose information I found contradicted what I was told at the office.I always thought paying the extra for the royal service would be a bit of a rip but I was well impressed with the no messing drivers and the veg samosa...



See all 55 Entebbe Tips
  • swimming in the lake

    Entebbe Local Customs

    I was warned that swimming in the lake is not recommended, especially not for the whites. Apparently the lake is inhabited with some algae and jellyfish that can caused a variety of infections and other diseases. In addition, the water is murky and very muddy and I really would not feel comfortable in such an environment. The local school children,...

  • Sheraton Kampala Hotel

    Entebbe Hotels

    Ternan Avenue, Entebbe, KM, UG

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • souvenir shop

    Entebbe Shopping

    There is a small souvenir shop inside the park with a typical craft products, mostly drums musical instruments and wooden masks. It was my first day in Uganda and I didn't buy any souvenir in the shop, considering that offer in Kampala will be much better, but my friends bought a souvenir for me. It was a black colored t-shirt with the inscription...



See all 37 Jinja Tips
  • Swaminarayan Hindu temple

    Jinja Things to Do

    I was told the main Hindu temple is situauted on the way to the show ground from Jinja town but this temple is a lovely building and the askari on the gate was quite happy to show me around.

  • Better than the average market

    Jinja Shopping

    Better than the average market was Jinja market. It was a crowded friendly place full of friut, veg, spices and all the other usual things for sale at an African market but since my last visit like a few markets in Uganda at the moment it has been bulldozed and and brand spanking new market is being built in its place. In the mean time the market...

  • Akamba Bus and Kampala Coach

    Jinja Transportation

    If you are needing a bus to Kenya from Jinja the place to go is either the Akamba Bus or Kampala Coach bus offices which are pretty much next to each other on the roundabout north east of town. This is not the roundabout near Owen Falls dam it is further along the Tororo highway than this. Both offices are in a block of buildings opposite the Gapco...


Fort Portal

See all 12 Fort Portal Tips
  • Kifunka and Nyinambuga

    Fort Portal Things to Do

    If you are staying at Lake Nkuruba for a not too distant stroll around the area you can't go far wrong in wandering south of the Village of Rwaihamba. Carry on for a few clicks you will come to a stretch of the road where a lake lies either side of the road. Each lake seems completely different from the other. As you approach from the north the...

  • Lurking arond

    Fort Portal Nightlife

    As you look at this picture just past the statue is the Gluepot pub, the best boozer in Fort Portal. Mama has been running this place since the Amin years, The Wednesday afternoon *** up is a bit of an institution in the area. Wednesdays is also the day for the market in Mugusu, So I suggest you go to Mugusu in the morning and show off your new...

  • Burn baby burn disco in Toro

    Fort Portal Nightlife

    I remember one night as I was staying in Nkuruba seeing the night lit up like the northern lights it wasn’t the equatorial version of aurora but the lights coming from the newly opened night club. A rather expensive night out compared to the rest of the town, especially if you enter the executive area of the club, but if you are desperate for a...



See all 24 Gulu Tips
  • Malaria? Mola medical centre

    Gulu Things to Do

    These people were brilliant when I came down with a fever and shakes. Soon after arriving I had a consultation and then malaria test straight away afterwards. After 20 mins I came back to find my test was positive and had the first of 5 injections to sort it out and thankfully the artesunate jabs did the trick. All the staff here were helpfull and...

  • Market

    Gulu Shopping

    I was in Gulu in May 2013 and the market had been replaced by a building site. If the proposed artists’ impression of what the market in the future looks like is accurate then Gulu will have a mall like all singing all dancing multi storey market. I was told that building of the market started 3 years ago. In the meantime the market has temporarily...

  • More malakwang

    Gulu Restaurants

    If my favourite place for dek ngor is shut as it tends to be come evening time. The obvious place to eat would be Binnen. For 2,500 I had a really nice meal here of Malakwang with a side order of dek ngor or even a dirty graet bowl full of Lapena.It is also possible to stay here but non of the rooms have their own bathroom.



See all 4 Kitgum Tips
  • Bomah Hotel

    Kitgum Things to Do

    I was really pleasantly surprised to find a swimming pool up here in the North of Uganda. The pool at the Bomah was not so big but very welcome all the same.Pool 5,000 UGXSadly there were no sun beds so you can rule out slobbing for hours in the sun unless you fancy stretching out on the floor or drape yourself over a chair.I first arrived at the...

  • Bus to Kitgum

    Kitgum Transportation

    The first bus in the morning to Kitgum leaves the main (Qualicel) bus park in Kampala at around 7:30 - 8 o'clock in the morning. It will only leave when it is full so this time varies a bit but everyone I asked seemed to think this is about the time it leaves. I arrived at the bus park just after 8 and missed it so had a near 2 hour wait for the...

  • Malakwang

    Kitgum Restaurants

    After a long walk out of town then having a swim at the pool on the Bomah Hotel I had worked up a really good appetite. I was happy to eat anywhere but was so lucky that I stumbled into the Broadway Hotel. The restaurant dealt mainly in local dishes so I was glad I could order Malakwang and laiyatta (sweet potato) washed down with a bottle of...


Banda Island

See all 14 Banda Island Tips
  • Sunrise Kitobo

    Banda Island Things to Do

    This is the best that Kitobo gets. This is what you see from Banda Island well before the toast and Marmite appears.

  • Transport, Banda.

    Banda Island Things to Do

    It is a 3 hour trip from Kasenyi to Banda as the sun goes down it can get cold! This was the only time I wore a jacket in the whole 4 months that I spent in UG. Boarding at Kasenyi can be a right pain in the arse as scores of people want to help you on board the boat FOR A COST!

  • Chill

    Banda Island Things to Do

    The most enerjetic thing I did on Banda was pick chillies! Excellent food prepared by the staff under Dom's strict instructions. I didn't even have to bring my own Marmite (now there is a rareity). Since the Dutch goverment have bought a ferry to run to the Ssese islands that goes straight to the big island very few tourists make the short trip to...



See all 15 Soroti Tips
  • Thursday market

    Soroti Shopping

    Every Thursday a few clicks outside of Soroti is a brilliant market. Shared taxis shuttle back and to from town to the market or if you are on a bike there is even a special compound where bicycles are looked after for a small fee of 500ugx while you wander around the market. The whole area is huge just when you think you ghave finished the matrket...

  • Cycle hire

    Soroti Things to Do

    I was wandering along the main street in Soroti when I came across a well stocked second hand bike shop and I imediately started missing my bike at home. The young chappie who worked there asked which bike I ws interested in and I told him I was juist missing old faithfull. "You can hire a bike for the day for 7,000" he said. Well that was it I...

  • e-mail @ this place

    Soroti Things to Do

    A few places arouind town where you can search the web. There is a cyber cafe at the Landmark Hotel, There is this one that I have a picture of the sign outside on Solot Avenue and there is one at the crossroads by the gardens and near Teso Coach. I never got to use the the one in Landmark which I was told was fast. But I have used the other two...


Ngamba Island

See all 35 Ngamba Island Tips

    Ngamba Island Transportation

    Yep – boat. They provide the floatation jacket and wet gear. You are going to get wet. If you get sea sick, sit in the middle of the boat. If you like to have fun and try and hang on for dear life like I did – ride on the back! Only one person has ever fallen out. No it wasn’t me.


    Ngamba Island Things to Do

    These guys eat well and they eat often. They are fed 7 times a day! And their food looks and smells delicious. Ripe, and I mean ripe, pears, bananas, oranges, melons, the works. All this stuff gets thrown at them from a great height, but it ends up being a game. Yep, chimpanzees can catch with both hands and feet and they rarely miss a catch. In...


    Ngamba Island Warnings and Dangers

    Chimpanzees need the companionship of other Chimpanzees literally to survive. They also need a place to live. The main threats to them today are: Deforestation, Snare Hunting, 'Bush Meat' and the 'Pet' Trade. There are many reasons for this from slash and burn agriculture to their meat being prized as an expensive delicacy. Snaring is illegal and...



See all 10 Mbale Tips
  • Mbale bus park

    Mbale Transportation

    With a few exceptions transport from Mbale in all sorts of directions leaves from the bus park. Buses from here leave to Moroto, Kotido, Nakapiriprit, Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, and Busia.Some of the early Gateway buses don't enter the park but stop outside Tawfiq restaurant. Elgon flyers have their own office on Kumi Rd with regular buses to...

  • Take a dip

    Mbale Things to Do

    Nothing better to do on a nice hot day in Mbale than to take a refreshing swim in the pool at the Mbale Resort Hotel. In what was once the gardens of the hotel they are now building another even bigger hotel which will have a bigger pool or so I am told! The cost of a swim is 5,000 UGX, but as well as a pool there is also a gym and a sauna

  • Restaurant or Restuarant, you decide

    Mbale Restaurants

    Al the usual Ugandan favourites plus on occasions you can get bamboo shoots Malewa . These are usually cooked together with ground nut sauce.



See all 13 Lira Tips
  • Avoid White Horse bus

    Lira Transportation

    I'd paid my fare and boarded the White horse bus to LIra. Aftre an hour the bus was full ready to leave. But it didn't! Some real serious repair job was being done under the drives wheel arch. Various bits of engine were being removed in basins and amechnic was sucking out fuel from a pipe and spitting it back in a bottle (mmm nice). Passengers...

  • Great Indian food plus a car wash!!!

    Lira Restaurants

    This place advertises itself with the tag line "Indian, local and Chinese food and a car wash!!Loved this place. Stumbled across The Wash as I was wandering around town and ended up spending a whole afternoon here supping cold beers and writing in my travel journal. After several hours of this I went back to my lodge, showered changed came back and...

  • JB 24-7

    Lira Nightlife

    I arrived at Lira on a Saturday and I was fully expecting the night club to be blaring out music all night. It may well have done but being in possession of a tidy pair of ear plugs I slept like a log. On that first night that I was in town I honestly thought the nightclub was called JB 24-7 but it wasn't until the next day that I could see that...


Lake Bunyonyi

See all 16 Lake Bunyonyi Tips
  • Birdnest Hotel

    Lake Bunyonyi Things to Do

    this is one of the best hotels around the area, it's lovely, the scenery is amazing. its a really warm and friendly welcoming place too. the lake is lovely and great to have a little swim in or take/hire a wooden canoe! I loved my time as a missionary in Uganda, and this was a great place to take a break and some time out! also a little bit of a...

  • Ugandan Countryside

    Lake Bunyonyi Things to Do

    I really never expected to see this type of scenery in Africa. But we did, here we were in Uganda traversing high mountains on dirt roads looking out at some spectacular scenery.Driving towards Lake Bunyoni from either direction you are sure to encounter this type of scenery.

  • The Beautiful Locals

    Lake Bunyonyi Things to Do

    The Ugandans on a whole are such beautiful people. But a memory which sticks in my mind is when we were on the way to the Lake and almost there, we stopped on the side of the road to take some piccies of the spectacular scenery and out of nowhere these kids in my piccie arrived - so friendly, so happy - always smiling.



See all 7 Mbarara Tips
  • Slap up eatery

    Mbarara Restaurants

    Good traditional African eatery selling all the usual Ugandan staples in huge quantities.Service was excellent in this busy local place near the market. Similarly as good and as cheap I found was the Western Hotel right across the road from this place Toast. yeah proper toast I struggle to find a slice of toast in Kampala or else where in UG but...

  • Beer and Dancing

    Mbarara Nightlife

    The place to go to in Mbarara town for nightlife is Bananuka Rd. On this street there are a few bog standard bars such as Sabs Guest house bar, a couple of quite impressively large places to go if you want to dance the night away such as Another life Disco and Vision Empire Night Club. My favourite watering hole on Bananuka Rd and in fact in the...

  • Nice Pizza

    Mbarara Restaurants

    I guess this place is part of the Hot loaf Bakery group that I see in a couple of places in Kampala. The food here is obviously the same as the shops in the capital but the prices were definitely different. I paid 1,800 for a good sized veggie pizza here in Mbarara; it was lovely so good I bought one the next day as well. In Kampala a smaller...



See all 6 Masaka Tips
  • A Scultpure Park and Arts Village in...

    Masaka Things to Do

    Are you a fun of art and community? while you are in or around Masaka you don't want to miss an opportunity to visit the first of its kind a growing community for the Arts in East Africa. This is in Ndegeya (Weaver Bird), a village located only about 6KM from Masaka town center in the direction of Katwe and the through Ssaza. In Ndegeya you will...

  • Camping in a Ugandan Sculpture Park

    Masaka Things to Do

    I think that there's still a very huge gap between art and Community in Uganda but after the establishment of a sculpture park in Weaver Bird (Ndegeya) , Masaka art lovers can now enjoy a weekend out in Masaka while they get acquainted with sculpture making. Camp Ndegeya Sculpture Park hosts Art camps every 3 months which attracts artists from the...

  • Masaka Taxi Park

    Masaka Transportation

    From the centre of town if you head downhill and in a southerly direction you will I’m sure end up in the taxi park, but it is pretty hard to see until you almost enter the park itself. The park is surrounded by low rise buildings that obscure the usual bustle of all the usual comings and goings. Luckily for me it was right next to where I was...


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    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Update (19 August 2013): Uganda Wildlife Authority is offering discounted gorilla permits for the month of November 2013, at 'only' $350 USD (whilst permits last). This is a USD150 saving on the standard rate of USD500


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