Before you pack your bags and embark on your journey to the pearl of Africa with scb tours and travel, a little planning needs to be done.There are essential questions you need to ask (and have answered) before you commit to your travel arrangements.
1.What is the best time to visit uganda ?
The best time to visit Uganda is between its two dry seasons: December to February and between June and August. These times are the best for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
2.How to save money on a safari or trip to uganda(how to travel cheaply in uganda)
a)It’s easy to spend thousands of dollars when you travel to Uganda – but you should know that visiting Uganda on a limited budget is possible. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can have a fun and comfortable road trip. Here are our top money-saving tips for how to visit Uganda on a budget.
b)Travel During Low Seasons;If you’re ok with the potential for a little rain – explore Uganda in the low season as it comes with many benefits. You’ll find better deals for flights, car rental prices, accommodation and certain activities, whilst you have the beautiful lush parks to yourself.
The Ugandan rainy season is typically from March till May with some light rainfall and again in October till November. The driest seasons are from December to February ( also the hottest time or the year) and June to August. Peak season is from July- September and mid December to mid January, when you have to reserve your car, accomodation and gorilla permits well in advance.
c)Skip the Gorillas in Uganda;Gasp! Did we really just say that? But yes, it’s ok to skip the gorillas. There are many other wildlife viewing opportunities in Uganda that involve rare chimps and primates. For those on a budget, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest or Kyambura Gorge are cheaper alternatives to see the chimpanzees, than trekking in Kibale Forest. Or go on a golden monkey trek in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – you can see many different types of primates for less than the cost of seeing the gorillas.
d)Go camping in Uganda;With Uganda’s starry skies and beautiful views, camping gives you a special experience where you get close with the great outdoors. And of course, it’s easy on your wallet. Many accommodations have a campground allowing you to camp on their property. This way, you get all the luxurious amenities (pool, cocktails, common areas), without spending extra money for a fancy room you’ll only use to sleep.
e)Travel with Friends;Don’t let those back seats sit empty! Invite friends or family along for your exciting journey in Uganda. The more people you can split your road trip vehicle with, the more money you’ll save on your vacation. Some accommodations also have larger rooms or studio’s that can host large groups, which can also be an economical
3.Can I use my ATM card or credit card in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, or Rwanda?
You can use ATM and Visa credit cards for money withdrawal in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania but there is a limit to how much you can withdraw per day. The banks are available in major towns but it may be difficult once you start your safari. You may wish to alert your bank before using your card abroad to avoid it being blocked. Some establishments do not accept credit cards for payments and in cases where they are accepted, it may attract 5 – 10% additional charges. Traveler’s cheques are no longer accepted.
4.Is MasterCard accepted?
Very few places in East Africa accept MasterCard. Consider bringing cash, which you can change, upon arrival. Banks and Forex bureaus will exchange cash. Please note: US dollars bills issued before 1999 are NOT accepted in East Africa. Bills below 2006 or small denomination dollar bills (anything less than a USD 50 bill) attracts a lower exchange rate. Poor quality foreign currency notes may be rejected. Please ensure you bring with you new or excellent condition notes with no stains or tears.
5.What is the currency?
Uganda ;The currency in Uganda is the Uganda Shilling, which is issued in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000 Uganda Shillings notes. Coins are available for smaller denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 shillings.
Kenya ;The currency unit in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KES), and the currency symbol is KSh. It comprises 100 cents (c). Coins that are currently used for trade are available in denominations of 50c and 1Shs, 5Shs, 10Shs, 20Shs, and 40 shillings. Banknotes (bills) are available in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 shillings.
Tanzania; Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Coins have denominations of 50, 100, 200, and 500 shillings. The current series of coins are all made from brass, except for the 500 shilling, which is nickel-plated steel. Banknotes currently in circulation have 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000 shilling Rwanda The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Francs, which is issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 Rwandan Francs notes. Coins are available for smaller denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 francs.
6.How do you deal with tipping?
Tipping in Uganda and Rwanda is usually according to the level of service and there are no fixed rates. Salaries are generally low in both countries and tips are highly appreciated. On average tips are in the rage of 5-10% in restaurants; USD 5-10 per day, per client for safari driver/guides and Ranger Guides; USD 5 per day for porters on mountaineering/hiking safaris, and USD 3-5 for Forest Walk guides. Remember that tips are very personal and ultimately you decide how much you want to tip.
7.How much is the Gorilla permit?
A Gorilla permit in Uganda for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park costs USD $700 per person. A Rwanda gorilla permit for Volcanoes National Park costs USD $1500 per person.
8.What should I wear when gorilla trekking?
We recommend a lightweight rain jacket, a warm jacket for overcast days and evening, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, waterproof walking boots, leather gardening-type gloves, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, comfortable day pack for carrying water, and the minimum amount of personal items. In the case of sighting Gorillas, no flash photography is allowed and fast film is therefore recommended.
9.Do I need to carry medication?
Please bring all personal medications required. Medical services and facilities are basic. You are advised to take malaria ‘prophylactics’ (prevention medication) in addition to carrying a mosquito repellent. Be sure to use the mosquito nets, which are provided at your place of accommodation. Consult your doctor before traveling for more information scb tours and travel tourists/Clients must be fit and healthy to undertake adventurous activities such as hiking, gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking, white-water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking may pose additional risks and should be undertaken with care and caution.
10.Is it better to apply for tourist visa before we come or get to the airport?
we do recommend that all scb tours and travel agents/tourists/clients to acquire visas before arrival.The Eastafrican visa is ideal when visiting uganda ,Rwanda or kenya.if you’re visiting only the pearl of Africa a visa will cost you 50usd payable online
11.Is uganda safe for tourists ?
uganda is one of the safest destinations for tourists in the whole of Africa