WHEN TO GO
Safari is an exciting and adventurous vacation. UGANDA being in the of equator, the climate is very pleasant throughout the year because of the high altitude. A large part of East Africa is Savannah.. In June to October , morning and evening can be quite cool. Daytime temperatures often warm up quite nicely. In October to February, afternoon temperatures can climb well into the 90s Fahrenheit. The sun is very strong we have two rainy seasons: Long rains in March/May, Short rains in November/ December. Given the influence of global warming, these rains aren’t as regular or as intense as they once were.
Communication in some other areas is difficult,(those are the few) but you will have a good mobile phone network , internet connections are available in most safari lodges and Tented Camps in uganda.
- Calling within uganda: The “0” in the regional code is used only for calls placed from other areas within the country.
- Calling uganda from or out of uganda: To call from abroad, dial the international access number 00, then the country code +255, and then the telephone number, which should have six or seven digits.
- Mobile Phones: Vodacom, Airtel MTN, AFRICELLland UTL are the main service providers in UGANDA. The best option is to bring your own mobile phone (if it’s not locked to a particular network) or MOST Car rental copnaies and tour agents like goorilla walking safaris give you a phone and simcard. The only option is for you to buy credit and start calling.
Local time is GMT + 3
Official language: English, luganda and kiswahili
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Malaria is the biggest health threat in uganda, mostly the type brought by mosquitoes so be vigilant about taking anti-malarias and applying bugs spray. Consult with your doctor or travel clinic before leaving home for up-to-date anti-malarial medication. .
Yellow Fever Vaccine is required for entry into uganda. Please make sure you obtain this vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in uganda. You must carry with you the Immunization card that you are given when you get the vaccine. Visitors unable to show proof of vaccination will most likely be refused entry but it may be possible to be vaccinated on arrival at a cost of approx. US $ 50 per person ormore.
The International Society of Travel Medicine’s website (www.istm.org) contains the list of travel clinics worldwide where you can go get the Yellow Fever vaccine.
It’s imperative to use strong sunscreen: Stick to bottled water and ensure that the bottle seal is unbroken. taking plent of fluieds and water will helpyour body to keep most. Put your personal medications in your carry-on baggage and bring copies of prescriptions.
- Police Hotline (999.)
- Medical-Assistance Companies
The regulated currency is the ugandan Shilling (ush). Notes are 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000,20000,50000. we have coins from a 50,100,200 and 500 .At this writing, the exchange rate was about ugx 3620 to US$1.
Please do not bring US dollars notes post dated 2006. Older , written on and torn notes are not accepted in uganda. Most large hotels accept U.S dollars. euros and uganda shillings and take all major credit cards at a surcharge of 10%.-30%
Bargaining, especially at marketplaces, is part of the shopping experience. But always be aware of the exchange rate and pay appropriately—you do not want to underpay, but you also do not want to be charged exorbitant “tourist” prices.
ATMS AND BANKS
There are banks and ATMs in all major cities; you can draw cash directly from an ATM in alldistricts in uganda. Most ATMs accept Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa, and MasterCard. The best place to withdraw cash is at an indoor ATM, preferably one guarded by a security officer. Most machines won’t let you withdraw more than the equivalent of about $300 at a time which you will receive in local ugx.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Most visitors require a visa to enter uganda. You can purchase one on arrival at USD $ 50, or USD $ 100 cash for US passport holders. Passports must be valid for six months after your planned departure date from Tanzania. However, if possible, get your visa ahead of time to avoid the long lines and headaches. . If you plan to fly to Nairobi, Kenya , rwanda or Arusha and then travel to uganda, then you are required to purchase a multiple entry visa to enter Kenya. Visas are valid for three months and allow multiple entries.You will need a valid yellow fever certificate to enter and exit uganda.
It is strongly advised that every client purchase a trip insurance. You can contact any trip insurance company that you choose, and they can answer any questions that you might have regarding the insurance they offer, what is covered and what options would be best suited for your trip.Most of the isurance polises in uganda cover the car and theird parties, in case of any thing you should carry your own isurance for travel to be oin a safe side.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
The confirmation of a booking for a chosen safari is regarded as a contract between the client and gorilla walking safaris ltd, in which the client agrees to the terms and conditions set out therein. Upon confirmation of a reservation, gorilla walking Safaris will immediately request a 30% non-refundable deposit of the total price for a chosen safari. The contract comes into effect as soon as the deposit payment is received. Up until that point, the correspondence between the Company and the client is treated as a quotation, subject to price increases, eg increases in park fees entrance fees, government levies are subject to increase often without due warning and are subject to change without notice and the availability of the option being quoted for. The balance of the amount to be paid at least 45 days before departure date or on ariival. All payments are to be made in US Dollars unless an arrangement was made with us for payment in another currency.
Cancellation by you:
A cancellation of a reservation must be in writing by email from the the same individual as on the original confirmation.
– In respect of a cancellation 0-15 days or less prior to departure: 100% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited!
– In respect of cancellation from 16 days to 60 days prior to departure 50% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
– In respect of a cancellation from 61 days to 90 days prior to departure: 30% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
Cancellation by the Company:
Though is very rare for the company to cancel a safari already booked. But if gorilla walking Safaris has to cancel your safari in any other circumstances before departure, we will do our best to offer you a safari to equivalent standard or will give you a full refund if their was hotel booking and permits those monies must be deducted .
Your driver/guide is complete with experience, information and knowledge of all the areas that you will travel to. Be sure to ask them lots of questions and feel free to chat with them about anything regarding your safari.