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Uganda

Facts about country

Capital Kampala

Population

22.8 Million

Main Languages

English + Swahili + 30 Indigenous languages

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Uganda Shilling

Exchange Rate for US $ as of June 2001

1700 Z$ per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

237000 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry), 4WD vehicle is a benefit

Cash Machines (ATMS) Only for local Banks
Credit Card Usage Yes in Kampala
Religion Christian + Muslim + Indigenous Religions
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
20 $ 3 $ (Camping) 3 $ (Self) 5$ 9$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Kampala Y City of contrasts. There is a very modern part and where most people live.  It is the place to book your Gorilla tour with the Wildlife Authority Office.  There is not too much otherwise to do here.  6
Bwindi National Park Y Home of the Gorillas and beautiful National  Park.  The Gorillas are amazing. One is allowed within 5 meters of them.  The park is 330 sq km with an estimated population of 330 Mountain Gorillas.  The park also contains other large mammals and primates. 9
Jinja Y Laid back town on Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile.  Nearby are the Bujagali Falls where one can do  white water rapids. 7
Kabale Y Kabale is a small town where you can do your food shopping, because you will probably be staying down at the lake. 7
Ruwenzori Mountains  N Challenging Trekking in Uganda, also permits are very expensive (acoupleof hundred dollars). It was just opened in July 2001 again.
Lake Albert N
Ssese Islands N Camping on Lake Victoria
Kibale Forest National Park N Chimpanzee Trekking

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving
Historical Sites
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

x
Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding
Canoeing x
Camping x
River Rafting x
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking  x
Sailing  x
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Snorkeling
Water Skiing
Others / Gorilla Trekking x

Feeling and Opinions on Uganda

Uganda has a lot to offer.  There are game parks with all the large mammals you want to see, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, beautiful lakes, white water rafting and more.  We were really surprised with the possibilities available in Uganda. Transportation is once in a while limited and it can be tough traveling. At one point we had over 22 people in the back of a small pickup.  The people are mostly really nice, get used to kids asking you for money and pens.  The Gorilla trekking was our highlight of our Uganda stay and in the end we were satisfied the money was well spent.

 

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