As a tourist destination, Uganda is both exotic and accessible, an attractive balance showcasing the natural and cultural wonders of the country with friendly hospitality. A stable, peaceful democracy with a well-established tourist infrastructure, Uganda is a classic destination with diverse attractions extending well beyond the wildlife circuit.
National Parks and Reserves
According to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), the country has more land dedicated to parks and reserves than any other wildlife destination. The most interesting parks include Rwenzori National Park—home to Africa’s tallest peak and Bwindi impenetrable National Park, whose name alone evokes images of a classic safari in search of the much-sought-after mountain gorillas. Along with the adjacent volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi is a home to more than a half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The Queen Elizabeth national park is famous for its tree climbing lions; Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth is also famous for chimpanzees, savannah plains and spectacular highlands. The park is home to lions, herds of elephants, buffalos, antelopes and hogs. The lesser-known parks and reserves offer stunning scenery and wildlife too, but with fewer visitors and the chance for tranquil seclusion.
The Ssese islands
Dominated by Unspoiled sandy beaches and warm waters teeming up with brilliant marine life, Ssese islands attract tourists in need of relaxing from around the world. Once independent from mainland Entebbe, the Ssese island archipelago is a center for nature wonders and a cultural place of significance for the Baganda people in Buganda kingdom.
Tours, Excursions and Expeditions
Traditional safaris in Uganda– tracking and viewing wildlife in a 4WD vehicle with a guide and/or driver–are enduringly popular with visitors to Uganda. There are, however, many other styles of safari available, including hiking tours, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, mountain biking, night safaris and horseback riding. You can as well take guided walking trips through the bush, tracking animals and experiencing the landscape up close with all of your senses. Some safaris focus specifically on birds or big cats, and some include cultural excursions to local villages. Hundreds of people each year attempt to reach the 5109 metres peak of Mount Rwenzori. Although various routes to the top do not require mountaineering skills, they demand physical fitness, preparation and enough time to acclimatize to changing conditions on the way up.
Citizens from Angola, st. Vincent, Comoros, Zambia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Malta, Zimbabwe, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Solomon Islands, Belize, Vanuatu, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tonga, Italy (only Diplomatic Passports)and Cyprus do not need a visa to enter Uganda, but most visitors can obtain one upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. It is highly recommended to carry a copy of your passport at all times while in Uganda. Credit cards are not widely accepted outside major hotels, but there are ATMs in urban areas. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted so not a good idea to carry one.
Health and Safety
In addition to yellow fever and routine vaccinations, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends immunizations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid and polio before traveling to Uganda. A rabies vaccination is recommended for those who intend to spend a lot of time outdoors and in rural areas. Ant malarial and bite-prevention measures also are essential. Consult a travel health professional at least a month before your trip to Uganda.