Bulamu Safaris

Travel Information

Entering Uganda has never been easier than today, there’s no complications in entry requirements, since all you need is a VISA, which may be acquired online, at high commission or Embassy of Uganda in your area & on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda our major entry point,as long you have your credentials.

Getting to Uganda:

Uganda has several Airlines flying in and out of the country. Kampala’s international airport is Entebbe which is regulated by IATA, which lies 40km from the capital Kampala, acts as a landing base for different and various number of international airlines. Scheduled airlines flying to Entebbe include: Turkish airlines, Air Tanzania, British Airways, SN Brussels, Fly emirates, Gulf Air, South African Airways, KLM, Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Eagle Air and United Arab Airlines to mention but a few, both Direct flights from Europe, Asia, North America, and from other African countries.

Ugandan visa:

The Government of Uganda, under the department of Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) has introduced the online visa application system which took effect from 01 July 2016. All persons intending to come to Uganda for #‎holiday, #‎tourism, #‎business, #‎study, #‎visit, #‎medical, #volunteer, & #missionary works, all can apply, pay and obtain their visa online.

East Africa Tourist Visa:

The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow you travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visas and it’s valid only for 90 days. This visa is the result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional travel and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa. This can also be applied online, for more information visit; https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Personal Safety:
Much as Kampala is ranked among Africa’s most safe cities to travel, we urge you to take the same precautions you would in any other country, international city or town, particularly if sight-seeing in urban areas.

Most parts of Uganda can be safely visited by tourists. Take common-sense precautions (not walking alone in deserted areas at night). Valuable should be kept out of sight and vehicles locked. Don’t carry your important and portable items in the backpack.

Credit Cards, Banking & Currency Exchange:
Travellers’ cheques will only be accepted at Forex Bureaus (proof of purchase and your passport will be required).

Major credit cards are accepted at major hotels, shopping malls and good restaurants. But at Art galleries, Crafts markets and souvenir shops cash is mainly used. Charges may be as high as 5% and are automatically added to your bill. They cannot be used for cash advances.

Once on safari, only cash can be used for currency (Uganda shillings).

Health:
A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required/must, and a vaccination certificate against cholera is recommended. Other vaccines, ensure tetanus, polio, diphtheria, typhoid, anti-malarial medication and hepatitis A vaccinations are up-to-date. For longer trips of more than one month, consult your specialist.

More adventurous activities such as mountaineering and hiking, gorilla trekking and chimp tracking, white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking may pose additional risks and should be undertaken with care and caution.  Clients must be fit and healthy.

Medical Facilities in Uganda; There are private hospitals and clinics which provide 24-hour emergency and ambulance services. Check with your travel agent as to which one is currently to be recommended.

Travel Insurance:
It is the client’s responsibility to arrange his/her personal insurance through your home insurance company or your agents. It is strongly recommended that clients should also take out insurance to cover their emergency travel, lost baggage, stolen items, like phones, laptops, iPads and any other covers.

Clothing:
Consider shorts, skirts, sandals and T-shirts; occasionally, alight sweater might be required. Warmer clothing is necessary in mountain regions. Swimsuits, hats, sunscreen and sensible walking shoes are a must especially when visiting island beaches and resorts.

Smart-casual clothing is worn for evening entertainment. Smart-casual clothing or suits-and-ties are worn for business and social gatherings.

Weather:
ganda has the gift of holiday weather all year around!  There are two reasons the rainy seasons are from Mar to May and from September to December. The wettest month is traditionally April and dry months are usually June, July august, December and January.

Food and Water:
Tap water is safe, Though it’s highly recommended that you drink bottled or boiled water only. Sodas, beer and alcoholic beverages are generally considered safe. Coffee and tea, as well as fresh fruit juices, are prepared with boiled water. 

Food and hygiene at hotels, restaurants and nightspots are excellent. Roadside grills and markets places sell decent and fairly priced food.

Uganda has a wide range of restaurants which serve diverse cuisines such as African Continental, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Indian, Korean, Lebanese, Turkish and several other cuisines.

Photography:
it is advisable to bring good cameras with high resolutions for better image qualities and also travel with your battery chargers (or to purchase them in Kampala). High-camera resolutions/megapixels is recommended for photographing gorillas and chimps and high altitude filters are best for climbers.

There is no charge for the use of personal cameras and video recorders but if it’s on a commercial basis, like filming there may be a charge in some places (e.g., national parks). Clients are responsible for any such fee. Binoculars will greatly give your safari experience and it is recommended to come along with you.

Electricity:
Uganda: 240 volts. 3-pin (square) sockets. It is recommended that you bring your own adapter. Most hotels, lodges or camps can make arrangements for recharging batteries. Please ask us on booking if you have specific requirements.

Telephone/Internet:
International telephone communication is good from Kampala, surrounding areas and in various towns, but more difficult in some rural areas. Local SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and also throughout the Country. International roaming facilities are available.

Internet services are widely available in Kampala through internet cafes, hotels, restaurants, major shopping malls and most major towns will have access, although the quality and speed of the connection varies.