Ugandan Culture – Rich and Diverse. Culture, Traditions, handed down from generation to generation, not in books, but underneath the Mango Trees by the Village Elders. The Legends and ways of old shared again in Proverbs, legends, tales, and stories, keeping them alive in the hearts of the young.
Those Legends, Tales, Proverbs passed on to younger generations, to their hearts and minds are still practiced in their various forms and make up the Culture of Uganda, makeup what others call Authentic Africa.
The Ugandan Culture, Rich and Diverse, embedded in the lives of Ugandans. There is more to Uganda than Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Primates, Wildlife and Scenic Wonders, There is another which is its People with their Culture which is an enriching and unforgettable experience in Uganda
Thousands of visitors per year come each to visit Uganda – most of them miss the rich cultural diversity of the Ugandan people – something to be experienced during your visit to the Pearl of Africa.
There is much more to do and see beyond Uganda’s Primates, Wildlife, Birds, National Parks. There is Uganda’s Culture and the People of Uganda.
We would love to introduce you not only to the Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Wildlife, Scenery of Uganda but to its people, their culture and traditions, still being passed on from Generation to Generation in villages throughout Uganda. Not only in hamlets, villages but in towns such as Kampala where those who live there are still connected to their roots and only one bus ride away from village, clan, family, and friends.
In Ugandan Cultures, it is all about relationships and that is the foundation of the various ethnic people groups that make up the Pearl of Africa
How to get to Uganda
From outside East Africa, Uganda can be accessed by either road or Air and mostly by Air to Entebbe Airport. Water transport can also be used to travel in and around our destinations especially the ferry crossing from the Southern part of Murchison Falls National Park to the Northern part of Murchison Falls National Park. There are Launch cruises to the bottom of the falls in Murchison Falls National Park and along the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Also Ssese islands are easily accessed by water from either Nakiwogo or Bukakata, some business people use the ferry to travel to Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania.
Getting to Uganda
Direct flights are available from London by British Airways, Brussels by Brussels Airlines, Instanbul by Turkish Airlines, and Amsterdam by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. There are direct flights from Doha by Qatar Airways, Dubai by Emirates Airlines. There are no direct flights from America but there are connections through code sharing airlines from Europe and South Africa. The only direct flights between Uganda and other African countries are; Ethiopian airlines to Addis Ababa, Egypt air to Cairo, Kenya Airways to Nairobi, Rwandair Express to Kigali, and South African Airways to Johannesburg. Charter services can be arranged on request by the leading service providers to include; Kampala Aero Club, Ndege Juu Ya Africa, Air Serv, and Eagle Air or by simply getting in touch with your local Uganda safari operator.
Do I need a visa to enter Uganda?
You are required to purchase a tourist visa before you enter Uganda. Tourist visas can be bought in advance via the embassy or consulate in your country or simply purchased upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Photos are not required and a single entry tourist visa costs US$ 100 per person for up to 90 days stay in Uganda.
If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Rwanda or Kenya it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa instead of a single entry visa. This special visa costs US$100 per person and allows a 90-days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Regretfully, Tanzania is not (yet) a member of the East African community and therefore not part of this special visa arrangement.
What is the best time to travel in Uganda?
Officially, Uganda’s dry seasons are from December/January through to mid March and from June through to mid-September. These dry months are the most popular with tourists, with July and August and Christmas and New Year being the peak seasons.
Most rain falls in October-November and April-May. However, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day, nor does it mean it will rain every day. Usually there’s a tropical shower at night or a shorter shower during the day, but in Uganda you can trust that after rain comes sunshine!
The weather is no reason to avoid travelling in the wet season – you might even consider it because of the easy availability of gorilla permits.
As in the rest of the world, the East African climate is changing, making it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. However, in Uganda the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine almost 365 days a year. During the day, the temperature averages between 23 and 27°C, although in some places it can be quite cool at night.
One remarkable aspect about Uganda safaris is: whether you travel in the dry, dusty months or in the wet season, you will never find the crowded tourism like in Kenya or Tanzania. If you spot a lion or leopard, it is very likely that you will be the only one to see it – even in peak season!
How can I pay for my safari?
Once you have confirmed the final itinerary with us, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 50%. Gorilla permits must be paid for in full at the time of booking. Note that availability of accommodation and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by Humura Safaris Uganda. Accommodation, permit and activity reservations will be made as soon as payment has been received on our account.
For your convenience, the balance payment of 50% should be settled before the start of your safari. We accept payment by VISA credit card (please include 5% service charge) and bank transfer in either dollars or Euros to our bank account in Uganda. Please note that all bank charges are at the expense of the client.
What is included in the price of my Uganda or East African safari?
Humura Safaris Uganda prices are inclusive of :
- ground transport in a comfortable four wheel drive (4WD) safari vehicle
- a visit to all places detailed in the programme
- the service of an experienced English speaking driver/safari guide
- National Park entrance fees
- activities as detailed in the itinerary (except for those that are marked optional)
- overnight in the named accommodations, based on sharing a twin or double room
- full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- 2 litres of bottled mineral water per person per day while travelling in the Humura Safaris Uganda vehicle
- government taxes
- park ranger fees