Travel Guide
Visas
Non- residents of Uganda will be required to purchase a visa when they arrive in Uganda. 90 day tourist visas can be obtained at the airport upon arrival at a cost of $50 US Dollars. You must pay in cash US Dollars only and make sure that bills are issued post - 2001.

When you travel from Uganda to Kenya and/or Tanzania, upon your return to Uganda within 90 days, your visa for Uganda is still valid.

However, Please Note!: if you travel from Uganda to Rwanda, upon your return to Uganda, you have to buy a new visa for Uganda.

Health
Like many other countries, malaria is common in certain parts in Uganda and it is essential that necessary safety measures are taken if you have it in mind to enter a malaria zone. If you are traveling to neighbouring countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and DR Congo, anti-malaria tablets are crucial. Some need only be taken 24hrs before entering the malaria zone where as others have to be taken a week before.

PRECAUTION!

One should apply Mosquito repellent to exposed skin. Sleep under a Mosquito Net amongst others; And if possible, Remain Indoors.
Health requirements
Certificates are required for vaccination against Yellow Fever
Language
The official language in Uganda is English though Swahili and Luganda are widely used.
Currency
The currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling (shs); it is the local currency though among international currencies, the US dollar is highly accepted by Ugandan traders. Other currencies that are accepted in Uganda include, the Euro, British pound and in Africa, Kenyan shilling, Tanzanian shilling and the Rwandese franc. Banks and Forex Exchange
There is an array of banks and forex bureaus to choose from, with several international banks represented (Barclays, Standard Chartered, Stanbic)

The US Dollar and the Pound Sterling are the strongest currencies used in Uganda and are the easiest to exchange. US Dollar notes dated prior 2001 are turned away and therefore we advise you to bring US Dollar notes issued not earlier than 2001. Also, notes smaller than $50 attract a far lower exchange rate. We suggest you bring cash and/ or credit cards with you as traveler check exchange rates are not as competitive.

Weather
Uganda is sunny most of the year, with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees Celsius /85 degrees Fahrenheit. The heavy rainy season is March- May, light rainy season November- December, though there will always be a few hours of sunshine. June is usually dry, but showers can still be expected. Packing for Uganda
The most practical items to pack are:
Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/ shorts in Summer, hat/ cap and light shoes Long-sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives/ boat cruises, which will protect you from Mosquitoes and the Sun Safari trousers, jeans or casual pants for evenings and cooler days. A fleece or sweater is required for those cool winter evening and mornings A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (a tanning lotion and a high factor sunscreen for your face, neck, feet and hands Sandals, open shoes Comfortable walking shoes Camera Film, extra Memory Cards and Batteries, these are difficult to find in Uganda outside of city centers.
Travelling with Children

Traveling with children doesn't have to be anything to worry about. Most kids will love the chance to explore different countries with you, and meet children from around the world. They can be incredibly adaptable; you just need to make sure that you're ready to deal with a few situations and you'll be all right! You must be prepared, and once you are, you will have a stress free holiday

1. Book a bargain
Make sure you know exactly what you're getting for your money when you book. Most big chains offer special deals for families, so ask what they can offer. Shop around, and don't be seduced by a deal that's not really so great. For instance, is a free breakfast for your child all that useful, if all they ever eat is yoghurt? Better to pop to a local supermarket and have breakfast in your room or on the beach instead. Family travel cards can really bring prices down so make sure you ask which are available before you book train or ferry tickets. 2. Before you set off
Like most situations, if you manage your children's expectations of where you're going, they'll feel more comfortable once they get there. Show them online where you'll be staying, so they can see photos and how far away it is. Suggest a few fun holiday projects like reading a book together that's set where you're going, learning the words for hello and thank you, looking at maps, and reading about the country you're going to visit.

Also, picky eaters might benefit from a rehearsal of some of the food you could be eating! Make it fun, research a few basics that your child might like and then cook them together. If anyone in the family suffers from allergies, make sure that you find out how to explain that in the local language and have all the necessary medication that you may need

3. Getting there
If you're driving, it makes sense to set off early, and so you can make a good start on your journey while the children snooze in the back. Make sure that you have plenty to keep them entertained if the journey is long. Portable DVD players are great (especially with headphones!) or you could go old-school and plan some fun games for the journey. Having a bag of treats to dole out once an hour is a must as well. If you're flying, ask to board early so you can settle everyone in without fighting your way down a crammed aisle with your hands full!

Same when you land. Sit tight and leave once the plane is almost empty. Don't check your baby buggy in; it's brilliant for loading up so you can have your hands free. Whenever traveling by train, put the kids on first, then the luggage, and then check you've got everything (and everyone!) before you get on board. A good tip is to set rules on how far older ones can wander off to explore and when they should come back. For instance, ask that whenever a station stop is announced, they have to come straight back. Always make sure they have a piece of paper with your phone number and destination.

4. Settling in
This is where planning ahead will come into its own. When you arrive after a long journey, you'll be tired and might not be paying attention. However, some accommodation can be surprisingly child-unfriendly, so have a plan in mind to deal with any situation before you arrive. Do basic room checks; the locks should be secure and any balconies or railings should be completely safe. If they aren't, call the staff, show them the problem and ask to change rooms at once. It's simply not worth the risk. Also, check the temperature of the hot water – some faucets can gush out boiling hot water so make sure children know that you need to set the shower or bath water. 5. Staying safe
Make sure everyone knows where a family meeting place is every time you go somewhere new. Give each child a card with your phone number and the address of your accommodation. Few things work as well as a reward for staying together. Plan ahead with a bag of treats and toys to be given out