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    Uganda

    Be captivated by its beauty and discover Uganda’s rich green countryside home to ten national parks home to lush flora and fauna. You will find and amazing array of birdlife, primates including the mighty mountain gorilla, aquatic life like hippos and crocodiles, lions on the open plains, chimpanzees and butterflies in the rainforest and many tree species; a wonderful sight to experience amongst the rich mosaic of tribes and cultures.

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    About Uganda

    Official Name:  Republic of Uganda

    Population: 35.8 Million

    Land Area: 241,000 sq km

    Capital:  Kampala

    Currency:  Ugandan Shilling.  AUD 1 = UGX 2571.71 (Ugandan Shilling; calculated 18 June 2019). US Dollars are accepted as tips however make sure they are free from marks or tears and printed within the last couple of years.

    Time: EAT + 3

    Language: English, Lugandan, Swahili

    Schooling:  Although some primary education (up to 7 years of primary) is compulsory under law, in many rural communities this is not observed as many families feel the cannot afford costs such as uniforms and equipment. Child labour is common in Uganda.

    Agriculture:  Coffee and Tea, cotton, tobacco and cocoa, cereal crops, banana plantations

    Key Industries: Agriculture, Coffee, Tea, freshwater fish, copper and cobalt, tourism is growing. Uganda has substantial natural resources including fertile soils, regular rainfall and but due to decades of wars and corruption that nation is considered one of the poorest nations in the world.

    Health Tips:  Malaria poses one of the biggest health threats in Africa.  Elevations above 3000 mt are malaria free however it is recommended to consult your travel doctor for medication advise.  Yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age if coming from or having passed through areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.  Tap water is not considered safe to drink including brushing teeth.  Bottled water is readily available. Tsetse flies can be repelled with RID repellent (not DEET).  HIV is very common in Uganda.  Up to date information refer to http://www.smartraveller.gov.au

    Please note Australian Passport holders require a Visa to visit Uganda prior to departure from Australia.

    Geography & Climate:  A land locked country on the Eastern African plateau lying in the Nile basin and contains many large lakes.  Extensive marshy areas , snowy peaked mountainous regions, farmland and 60 protected areas including ten national parks are found in Uganda.  Although considered equatorial the climate is influenced by Lake Victoria, one of the worlds largest lakes and the mountainous areas.

    During the day, temperatures are generally warm depending on which region of the country one is at, so bring lots of light clothing. Evening temperatures are cooler at especially high altitudes, so it is advisable to bring a couple of light sweaters as well. For the tourist intending to hike or climb on the mountains, you are advised to pack accordingly due to the alpine temperatures.

    Be captivated by its beauty and discover Uganda’s  rich green countryside home to ten national parks home to lush flora and fauna.  You will find and  amazing array of bird life, primates including the mighty mountain gorilla, aquatic life like hippos and crocodiles, lions on the open plains, chimpanzees and butterflies in the rain forest and many tree species; a wonderful sight to experience among the rich mosaic of tribes and cultures.

    Lonely Planet ranked Uganda as the worlds’ most preferred tourism destination for 2012 but don’t take their word for it – come to the Pearl of Africa; Uganda.

    GORILLA TREKKING TIPS:  Uganda is a great place to trek for gorillas and can be trekked all year round – especially during the dry months of February, June, July, August and September.  The mountain gorillas are found in the rain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There are 14 Gorilla families located throughout the park. Gorilla movements are monitored by Bwindi forest rangers so it is guaranteed that you will sight them. Trekking group sizes are limited to 8 visitors and a maximum of one hour will be spent watching the gorillas.  Please contact us about the Habitation Visits which permit a longer viewing time.

    How easy is the trek?  this is a common question.  As gorillas are wild animals it will depend on where they are currently searching for food as to their location – You may only trek for 15 minutes while others you might spend 7 hours trekking to have a face to face encounter!

    You will need to take the following with you: long sleeved clothing such as shirt/blouse and long socks, a good pair of walking shoes/boots, a sun hat, sunglasses, waterproof jackets which are ideal for forest walks, game drives and national park tours. 

    Please Note: Hand gloves are very important too as the bushes can be prickly.  The Jungles of Bwindi are always wet and muddy.

     

    Traveljoy safaris that include Uganda:

    15 Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

    7 Day/6 Night Gorilla and Chimpanzee Extension