Uganda boasts Africa’s longest bird list (over 1,040 species as well as more primate species than any other country on the continent. This includes 13 diurnal monkeys and two great apes, chimpanzees and the endangered mountain gorilla of which Uganda is home to over half of the world’s population. These are also complimented by a wide range of habitats including forests, woodlands, wetlands, savannas, rivers and lakes
Uganda’s 240,000 sq km area is also inhabited by the subjects of traditional kingdoms and tribes, each with its own history and cultures. Add the fact that these people are widely held to be the most friendly and hospitable hosts in Africa, and we can claim to be the continent’s most welcoming and varied safari destination. It is not surprising therefore that Uganda received major international as a must visit destination including being named “Number One Destination for 2012” by Lonely Planet.
MONEY and ECONOMY
Uganda’s economy has been ranked among Africa’s fastest growing economies since 1986 .Uganda has simultaneously a steady expansion of its infrastructure such as the road network , schools, hospitals, communication networks which has greatly boosted the volumes of international tourists ‘ arrival in Uganda.
Several international banks such as Barclays, Standard Chartered, and Stanbic operate in Uganda.
There are as well many forex bureaus for changes of foreign currencies into shillings and vice versa
Despite what is claimed in some guide books.
Credit cards are not widely accepted and where they can be used, mainly with larger hotels and tour companies hefty surcharges are common.
Dollar is the most welcome foreign currency .Credit cards when accepted are widely used in Kampala .When traveling upcountry; you are strongly advised to carry cash.
Several money transfer companies such as Western Union, money Gram operate in Uganda.
The Uganda shillings exists in the denominations of 50,000shs 20,000shs, 10,000shs, 5000shs, 2000shs, 1000shs notes 500shs, 200shs, 100shs and 50 shs coins. Banks are open between 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday 9:00am – 1pm on Saturdays.
Uganda has one international airport known as Entebbe International Airport .A number of international airlines fly direct ton Entebbe e.g. SN Brussels, KENYA AIRWAYS, BRITISH AIRWAYS, EMIRATES,ETHIOPIAN AIRWAYS, SOUTH AFRICA AIRWAYS and many others Many towns around Uganda’s national parks and wild reserves have air strips and there are various domestic charter compaies for flying Safaris
Uganda has got a variety of hotels, safari camps and cottages ranging from 5 star status to comfortable lodging. Every budget is well catered for Through out, all wilderness, game parks and places of tourist attraction, lodges, cottages, hotels, camps and guest houses are available for travellers.
The Uganda visa can be obtained from all our international diplomatic missions and national entry points such as Entebbe Airport plus all border posts at 60 USD