What You Need to Know - Important Travel Information

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS:

Kindly note that all nationals require a visa to enter Uganda. The Visa fee is USD. 50 PER PERSON irrespective of adult, child or infant. Visas can also be obtained on arrival at the international Airport. You can obtain them in advance from the local Embassy too. Alternatively, we can forward you our visa application form in advance, so you can fill it prior to your arrival and save some time at the local immigration desks. (One has to queue). Please also note that you require 2 empty pages in your passport for entry into Uganda.

Uganda online visa – https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

If visiting Rwanda or Kenya as part of your trip extension, you can also obtain East Africa Visa for Uganda/Rwanda and Kenya for USD.100 PER PERSON.

As for driver/guides: we do recommend approx. USD. 20.00 PER DAY PER VEHICLE as a recommended guideline.

It is not acceptable for staff to ask you for a tip or for a present for their family to be sent home etc. and we would appreciate it if you reported any behavior of this sort.  

In case of further questions, please. do not hesitate to contact us.

INSURANCE:

There is no national welfare scheme in Uganda and visitors are responsible for their own medical expenses. We recommend for our clients to have an emergency evacuation insurance, which we include in most quotations (pls. check your inclusions/exclusions). All clients are requested to inform us about:

Their overseas travel insurance details:

  • Passport numbers
  • A contact person at home in case of any emergency
  • -Nationality
  • -Your birth date
  • Your blood group

Whilst every care is taken of you and your property, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injury, or illness that you may incur or for any loss or damage to baggage. We therefore advise that you and your property be fully covered by your own insurance and it is advisable to have separate baggage and ticket insurance.

if you have any questions email us:

EMERGENCY EVACUATION INSURANCE:

We offer the above as an inclusion in most safaris (which is clearly mentioned) and if not included, you are free to purchase it through us. This is basically an insurance that is already included in most overseas insurances as they offer repatriation to your home country. Nkuringo Safaris has got Insurance cover by AMREF as a backup, evacuation takes place by air and is far more effective than the overseas insurance. You are transported by air from the point of emergency (the closest airstrip) to Nairobi (to a local well renowned hospital with good medical care).

CURRENCY:

The monetary unit is Ugandan Shillings; there is no limit to the amount of currency that you bring into the country. Uganda is mostly a cash economy with few lodges accepting credit cards. There is no longer “exchange control” the rate of exchange varies between banks, foreign exchange bureaus and hotels. It is recommended that visitors do not change money on the black market, as they are more likely to receive a lower rate of exchange. There is an opportunity for tourists to change their Euros, USD Or GBP among other currency at the all International Airport.

DRINKING WATER:

We encourage all our clients to travel with a water bottle that can be refilled from our dining.

LUGGAGE:

Please ensure that your baggage is packed in soft bags and should weigh no more than 15 to a maximum of 20 kgs.’ per person. It is possible to store luggage during the safari either at your hotel if you are returning thereafter your trip or in our offices. Most lodges have laundry facilities at an extra charge. On air safaris the maximum luggage allowance per person is 15 kgs.’ including hand luggage.

VOLTAGE:

Voltage throughout the East Africa is 220-240AC. Most safari vehicles have a cigarette lighter socket operating on a 12-volt system. Our safari vehicles have inverter so you can charge as you travel. In most lodges and camps there is no mains power and generators are used during limited times during the day and in the evening. Please carry adaptors with a square 3-pin English standard option and sufficient batteries for photographic equipment.

COMMUNICATIONS:

All camps and lodges have radio or phone communication. The outside world is of very little interest or consequence to us on safari, but if there are urgent messages they should be sent to our office in Entebbe for onward transmission by E-mail/Tel. Most camps and lodges have excellent network connections nowadays and it is very possible to call from a lodge / camp to your home country or for your cell phone to be used. Some phones switch to automatic roaming.

EXTRAS / INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS:

Please note that the majority of camps and lodges do not include beverages and excursions. These are payable extras. Hotels in cities and towns for arrivals and departures are always booked and quoted on bed and breakfast. Therefore meals such as lunch and dinner are NOT included. All safari lodges are usually quoted on full board accommodation and more detailed in your safari program.

We recommend you carry some extra money for souvenirs that you may wish to purchase during your trip.

VEHICLE:

Your vehicle will be custom built and safari equipped 4WD Land cruiser, a pop-top van for budget safaris. Our vehicles have game viewing hatches / pop-up roofs or are open, are comfortable.

PHOTOS – prohibited areas:

It is prohibited to take pictures of State houses, airports, military installations, police stations, government facilities, any border post, soldiers or police. Always seek advice from your driver/guide before taking pictures of tribes. Not everyone will agree to have their photograph taken randomly.

TIPPING:

Although tipping is a safari tradition, it is never compulsory and should only be done if you have received good services. The staff very much appreciate receiving gratuity from our guests, because it is one way of assuring them they are doing a good job.

Most lodges have a staff tip box located at the reception, or a central location. We recommend a $ 3.00 – 5.00 per client per day in a tip box. Tips left here will be divided amongst the porters and waiters and all other lodge staff. If you are particularly satisfied with assistance received from someone, a personal tip is also acceptable. However, driver/guides are always tipped separately.