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Unforgettable Trips to Uganda with Bamboo

Uganda is an amazing country, full of talent, and heritage. Traveling to Uganda with Bamboo Adventure Travel is one thing that you will never regret choosing. Travel to Uganda with Bamboo Travel and you will get the best tour experience. Traveling in Uganda is so surreal that you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the country. Traveling to Uganda with Bamboo Travel is so interesting because you will get to interact with the friendliest people that are full of life and culture. Traveling in Uganda is one memorable activity that you will never forget as a traveler.

Group travel Uganda is the best option when traveling in Uganda because you will have different activities planned for you, and they will be created to suit your needs. Traveling around Uganda with Bamboo Travel is the best way of ensuring safety whenever traveling in Uganda. Traveling to Uganda as a solo traveler can be so difficult but with Bamboo Travel everything will be organized for you so that you don't need to worry about anything. Whatever activity that may appeal to a traveler whether it's hiking or biking, bird watching, or even if they want a complete off-road experience, all can be arranged for them by Traveling in Uganda having Traveling Uganda Travel with Bamboo Travel is the best way of ensuring safety whenever traveling in Uganda. Travel with Bamboo Travel to Uganda and you will have an adventure that you will never forget.

Traveling in Uganda with Bamboo Travel is full of excitement; you get to see different animals, birds, and other species which are usually hard to spot when travelling by yourself.

Tours Available in Uganda
Bamboo currently has 1 tour(s) in Uganda:

What are some Uganda Travel Tips?

Traveling in Uganda can be safe; however, there are things to look out for Travel when traveling:

- Travel with the right people; know that you have chosen the best Traveling in Uganda Travel company so you do not have to worry about anything while Traveling. Make sure that your travel insurance is up-to-date and valid beforehand.

- If you have a tour guide or driver make sure they understand all your instructions fully as misunderstandings can make the trip unsafe especially when Traveling solo. Always remember to check if they are qualified and familiar with the places where you will be going while on Uganda Tours.

- Get the best Uganda Essential Travel Advice

- Though there are many pieces of advice that may help you plan your trip to Uganda, Bamboo's tour experts have firsthand experience in the area and can provide some of their insight.

5 Reasons to Travel to Uganda

Travel to Uganda with Bamboo Travel and enjoy as you go through your travel. Here are some of the tips that will make sure that all Traveling in Uganda is memorable.

  • Travel in a group; this ensures that safety is at its best whenever Traveling in Uganda for your tour experience. Traveling solo can be so dangerous especially when you have different people around who want to do bad things all the time.
  • Traveling alongside other travelers keeps you safe from any danger there might be while on your travel plan, help you build positive friendships also making it enjoyable.
  • Find out about Uganda's wildlife, birds, culture, and arts as they are one of the main attractions when Traveling in Uganda. They come with such amazing things that Traveling in Uganda Travel will never be the same whenever you travel.
  • Get trained on Travel safety before traveling to Uganda, and use your Travel experience to help others when they are in need.
  • Travel photography is one amazing thing that Travelers should practice as there are many beautiful moments that you can capture all through your Travel experience, it allows you to share with others what exactly happened during your visit and also enable you to capture those amazing moments again whenever Traveling in Uganda.

FAQ: Uganda

Visitors come with many questions, and we have compiled the most frequently asked about Uganda to help answer some of your inquiries..

Uganda's currency is the Ugandan Shilling, and it would be best to get some on arrival.

Dozens of hotels and restaurants in downtown Kampala accept U.S. dollars with minimal transaction fees but traveler's cheques and credit cards are far more convenient at exclusive lodges in rural areas of Uganda where electricity is intermittent or scarce.

Tipping etiquette in Uganda varies and is dependent on reservation service, but 10-15% is normal for good service. Tips are usually given in US dollars or Ugandan shillings. If you take a gorilla trek, the porter should receive the highest tip, followed by one to other guides and trackers.

Year-round average temperatures range between 14°C and 27°C, with a rainy season from March to May. Weather changes with the seasons, so refer to when is best time for Uganda's climate charts.

There are two seasons in Uganda, a cool season between December and February where the temperatures can be mostly warm. You need to pack light clothing for daytime excursions. But if you are on a gorilla trekking tour, you will require gear for cooler months like long trousers with long-sleeved tops and gloves as protection against ants, neets (tall nettle plants) and rain showers that sometimes occur without warning.

Wear comfortable, broken-in hiking boots while exploring the mountains of Uganda, bringing backup clothes and warm clothing in case it gets chilly.

Sunscreen and insect repellent are also important on a sunny day.

If you plan to travel to Uganda, then you will need a visa. Single and double-entry visas are valid for up to three months at a cost of $30. They can be obtained in borders and at the airport, and are extendable on-site in Kampala as well. As always confirm this before arrival with your local foreign office.

Uganda group tours and Bamboo

Join us on the Uganda tour of a lifetime. It’s an experience that will change your life forever and give back to the community in so many ways. We know you want to make friends for life, explore Africa, visit our schools and hospitals, see gorillas up close or just have fun with it all - we can't wait for you to be here! Book now by clicking the button above as spaces are limited.

 

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Uganda Travel Hack

Hey there!

Firstly, on behalf of everybody at Bamboo, | would like to offer you our thanks for choosing to experience this incredible part of the world with us. We guarantee you an amazing time and we're all very much looking forward to meeting you in Uganda soon.

| imagine that right now you're very excited about your upcoming adventure and this little guide has been put together to help you understand more about what will be happening, what to expect, how to plan and more. We guarantee your time with us will be  unforgettable from start to end.

Bamboo is growing as our style of 'travel' has proven to be the ‘way’ to travel. You are now a part of this journey and we welcome you with open arms and hearts. This growing experience is down to people like you, so do get stuck in, become part of our way of life, live every moment and take nothing for granted.

Peace, Love & Bamboo
Mark (& the other Panda, Colin)

This information is taken from the Discover Uganda Travel Hack and is intended to provide a guide of what to expect. For more specific information you can view our full hacks:
Discover Uganda Travel Hack

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Amazing lake views

White water rafting on the Nile

World famous tree-climbing lions

Safari in two incredible locations

Lessons in traditional art making

Help out in small village communities

Get a crash course in traditional African dance


THE NITTY GRITTY

Uganda Entry Requirements

Visas are required to enter Uganda. These can be obtained before you travel either from the Ugandan embassy or using the E-Visa system. Please plan in at least 5 working days for processing.

Visa costs can be anywhere from $50 - $200 depending on the type of visa you wish to receive. If you want to get your visa before arrival, the address you write on the form should be: Plot 130, Jinja Road, Mukono, Uganda.

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months after your date of entry. You must also be able to show proof of a return or onward ticket.

To find out more details about visas please visit the below link:

https://volunteertherealuganda.com/uganda-e-visa-application-procedure/

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you arrange travel insurance that provides suitable cover for the duration of your trip before you travel.

Bamboo offers a comprehensive policy through our partners, Chubb. Please contact us for more information.

FAST FACTS

Please note that entry into Uganda is at the discretion of
the Immigration officer at the Passport Counter.

VISA, passport requirements and yellow fever vaccination certification are YOUR responsibility


ACCOMMODATION

Mukono

HOTEL

You'll get your own room here unless you're sharing with a partner. All rooms include a satellite TV, and a private bathroom.

There is no air-conditioning available here.

Jinja

GUESTHOUSE

Your accommodation will be twin shared. All rooms are fitted with a private western style bathroom.

Free WIFI & air-conditioning is available through all rooms. There is a restaurant and a pool onsite.

Kampala

HOTEL

Rooms are twin share. All rooms include air conditioning, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom.

Lake Mburo National Park

LODGE

Your accommodation will be twin-shared tents with a private eco bathroom.

This location offers a stunning view of Lake Mburo National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

LODGE

Marafiki Safari Lodge is in a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community.

You'll be staying in luxury safari tents on a twin-share basis here.

Entebbe

HOTEL

Your accommodation will be twin-shared. All rooms are fitted with a private western style bathroom.

Free WIFI & air-conditioning is available.


MONEY

When it comes to advice on how much money to bring, it’s impossible to say. All our intrepid explorers are very different. Where some go all out, others are on a budget. You can find both high end and budget restaurants, bars and shops across Uganda. A rough guide for meals and drinks can be found below:

Typical exchange rates are:

$1 - 3,771 UGX
£1 - 4870 UGX

ATMs, or cash machines, are prevalent throughout Uganda and will issue the local currency. If you do plan on bringing your ATM card with you, we recommend that you inform your bank. This should prevent your card from being suspended due to irregular withdrawals.

We don't recommend bringing traveler's cheques with you. The reason is that bank across Uganda have odd hours of operating, and it may cause unnecessary hassle finding a bank open when you wish to make a transaction.

If you do bring your own currency in cash please ensure you change this to UGX before departing the airport.

Negotiating a purchase, known as bartering, still happens in the tourist areas of Uganda however not so much outside of these areas.

If you're unsure as to whether or not you can barter for a discount please speak to your guide.

FAST FACTS: MONEY

Basic costs of things:

Local meal 10,000 UGX
Bottle of beer 5.000 UGX
Bottle of water 1.000 UGX

The currency in Uganda is known as the Ugandian Shilling or UGX

Remember to tell your bank that you are leaving the country to avoid your card being suspended


TRAVEL

For up to date information about the best travel vaccinations to have before arriving in Uganda we urge you to contact your own GP, a travel health clinic or to check the World Health Organisations website. Bamboo are not medical professionals and therefore can’t offer you medical advice.

Please note that a yellow fever vaccinations is mandatory for entry into Uganda. If you can not show prove of a recent yellow fever vaccination certificate you will be required to get on arrival for an extra cost

Thanks to the world wide web we all now have access to great flight deals through websites such as Skyscanner, Google Flights and more. If you'd rather use the services of a booking agent, the likes of Trailfinders and Flight Centre are all available online.


ARRIVAL

Entebbe International Airport is a very busy airport and can be a confusing place.

You will be staying at Jobiah Hotel. Please keep this address handy as it will be requested on your arrival form when entering Uganda:

Address: Jobiah Hotel,Kampala Road, Mukono, Uganda.

Once you've passed through Immigration (Passport Control) you'll need to collect your luggage from one of the carousels. Once you have your bags please make your way to the exit passing through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel. Once through you will enter the busy main arrivals area. (Remember this is the point to exchange any currency needed for your trip).

Please keep a look out for our team. They should be easily recognizable with their Bamboo T-shirts and holding a sign showing the Bamboo logo. Once you've spotted our team, please head over and introduce yourself. You'll then receive further instructions. Please bear in mind that we may be waiting for others to arrive so your transfer to the hotel may not be immediate but we'll get you there as soon as possible.

In the unlikely event that you can’t find our team, please don't panic. As long as you have provided us with your correct flight details one of our team will be there, Please check again in the arrivals area. If you still cannot locate one of our team please call the following number +256-782-513140,

If you have supplied us with a mobile phone number, please make sure your phone is turned on as we may be trying to contact you.

On arrival to the hotel, we'll help you to check in and give you more details of what’s happening next.


TRANSPORT

Entebbe to Mukono

The journey from Entebbe to Mukono takes approximately 3 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time.

We will be take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus.

Jinja to Kampala

The journey from Jinja to Kampala takes approximately 3 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the roa conditions at the time.

We will be take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus.

Kampala to the Equator

The journey from Kampala to the Equator takes approximately 5.5 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time.

We will be take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus

Lake Mburo to the Queen Elizabeth National Park

The journey from Lake Mburo to the Queen Elizabeth National Park  takes approximately 3.5 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time.
We will be take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus.

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Entebbe

The journey from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Entebbe takes approximately 7 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time. We will take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus.


GUIDES

Any tour is only as good as the guide - fact. The input of a tour guide cannot be understated. Their input into your tour, their little insights, the off-the-beaten-track adventures, the knowledge and experiences that they share with you will make or break your time wherever you are in the world.

At Bamboo, we take the selection and training of our guides and coordinators very seriously. Each guide undertakes a structured training program of three months and only once we're convinced that they are genuine representatives of Bamboo are they signed up to the family.

Each of our tours has English-speaking guides to support you, answer your questions, educate you and to ensure that your time is unforgettable. From time to time we may have new guides-in-training on our tours. If you’re lucky to have a trainee on your tour, please be patient. They are undergoing training and therefore their knowledge won't be that of the trained and experienced guide who will be accompanying them.

Although not in any way expected or encouraged, anybody who goes over and above the call of duty to ensure that you have the very best time, may deserve a special little thank you.

Did you have extra special service in a restaurant? Did the bus driver make an additional pit-stop just for you? Did your guide go out of the way so that you could experience something unique? At Bamboo we're firm believers in Karma - what goes around most definitely comes around!


WHAT TO BRING

The 'must brings’

  • An open mind
  • Backpack or suitcase
  • Travel towel
  • Light, loose-fitting clothes
  • Long trousers & t-shirts
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Trainers or sneakers
  • Day pack/bag
  • Insect spray
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Multi-use plug adapter

The 'can brings’

  • Medical Kit
  • Toiletries
  • Padded gardening gloves
  • Small umbrella or water jacket
  • Pillow (for added comfort)
  • Headlamp
  • Earplugs
  • Bandana
  • Water shoes
  • Home luxuries (can't live without)

YOUR PROJECT GUIDE

Way back in 2005, The Real Uganda began as an initiative to bring skills and funding to tiny, locally-led community-based  organizations. In just over a decade, it grew into a network of international volunteers and Ugandan leaders transforming rural communities.

By introducing volunteers to the beauty and complexity of Ugandan culture, and encouraging them to build relationships with ordinary Ugandans working hard to improve their society.

The Real Uganda is successful because they put organizations and the communities they serve at the forefront of all planning. The outcomes and impact of our programs are set and evaluated by local people. Volunteers join in, learn, and support local solutions to local problems.

And they learn a tonne about the reality of life in Uganda.

After 13 years working exclusively in Uganda, The Real Uganda has learned what motivates local organizations to host international volunteers.


OPTIONAL BOLT-ON: GORILLAS

It was only 1981, when it was estimated there were only 254 mountain gorillas left in the world, but the small population is rising slowly thanks to intense international conservation efforts and funding from visitors who pay for permits to observe these primates in the wild.

Since these critically endangered creatures can’t survive in captivity, the only way to see them is by trekking up to their natural habitat. One of the few places Mountain gorillas live in is the dense vegetation of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is the location of our Discover Uganda add-on.

Join us on a search through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (also called “The Place of Darkness” due to its dense treetops) is an ancient, montane and lowland forest spanning 128 square miles.

It's hard work to reach the gorillas. It requires navigating uphill and downhill through thick tangles of vines, thorns, and roots and is only accessible by foot.

There are no paths, no signs, no directions—and more often than not, no clearings (which is why the park rangers carry machetes). The good news? The reward seems that much better after all of the hard work.

Contact our bookings team to find out more about the perfect add-on to your Uganda Experience.

Bamboo currently has 1 tour(s) in Uganda:
Tours Available in Uganda