- Days: 14
- Period: August 2007
- Weather: Fresh in the hills (only about 16 degrees). Although it should be dry season we had a lot of rain throughout the whole country.
Currency: Ugandan Shilling (USH)
Internet: Available in many places
ATM's: Visa ATM at Barclay's and Standard Bank. ATM's in all larger cities
Creditcards: Payments with creditcards are not very common
Safety: Uganda is a safe country, but as it is situated in an area where peace is fragile it is always wise to check the situation. At the time of our visit there were no unsafe parts that should be avoided.
Prices (per August 2007)
Value Money: €1 = 2350 Shilling
Fuel: Between 1840 - 1900 USH
Camping: Between 5000-6000 per person per night.
Available on the border
50 $ US per person
Single entry and valid for one month
ENTRY: We entered at Busia and formalities took about one hour. You can buy your visa at the immigration office. For your carnet you must go to the gate and have your carnet stamped. Than go to the bank to pay roadtax (20 US$) and with the receipt you must go to the customs again with you Carnet. When everything is finished the police will open the gate. Make sure this is not during lunch time because then you will have to wait.
EXIT: We exit at Katuna. When leaving there are no further costs and formalities are quick and easy.
Highlights or not
Ssese Island: There is not much to do here than relaxation, but the island is a real beauty.
Kyambura gorge: In this gorge in the south of Queen Elisabeth NP you can do a very nice walk and you have an 80% chance of seeing chimps. Chimptracking is 30 US$ p.p. entrance fee for the park is 25 US$ p.p. and for your car you have to pay 40 US$ (for as many days as you want). As we only wanted to walk the gorge we did not had to pay the entrance fee.
Chimptracking in Kibale NP: In high season this is quickly fully booked. When we were there was no place for us. Entrance fee NP is 20 US$ p.p. and Chimptracking 70 US$. Instead of chimptracking you can also do a nature walk (10 US$ p.p.)
Rafting: In Jinja for 75 US$ per person. We did not do this
Flying the Nile: In Jinja for 25 US$ per person. We did not do this.
Busia - Jinja = 120 km tarmac. The first 60 km are good, the last 60 km tarmac with potholes.
Jinja - Kampala = 80 km good tarmac.
Kampala - Masaka = 130 km good tarmac.
Masaka - Bukakata (ferry) = 35 km good piste.
Road on Ssese island to Kalangala = good piste. Very beautiful road. 45 minutes.
Kampala - Mubende - Fort Portal = 300 km, about 4 hours, good tarmac.
Fort Portal - Queen Elisabeth NP = 100 km good tarmac.
Queen Elisabeth NP - Ishaka - Mbara = good tarmac.
Mbara - Kabale = tarmac. Some part good some part with many repaired potholes.
Kabale - Bunyonyi Overland Camp = Rough piste that can be very slippery when wet.
Kabale - Katuna (border Rwanda) = 40 minutes good tarmac.
National Parks in Uganda are not cheap, but there is a maximum you have to pay. Also for your car you only have to pay once for every NP. So this means that the longer you stay the cheaper it gets and for the price of 3 days you can also stay a whole week.
When you want to go to Ssese Island: The ferry from Bukakata is for free and leaves at 8:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:30. From the Island it leaves at: 9:00, 12:00, 14;30 and 18:00. At sunday it only goes once or twice.
When you want to go to Ssese Island: There is also a quick ferry leaving from Entebbe at 15:00 every day. The ferry takes 3 hours and leaves from the island every day at 8:00. Costs are 50.000 USH for one car and driver and 10.000 USH for every aditional adult.
|Nederlandse ambassade in Oeganda|
|plot nr. 2, Nakasero Road|
|P.O. Box 7728|
|00-256-75731859 (tel. Ambtenaar van Dienst)|
|maandag-donderdag van 07:30-17:15, vrijdag van 07:30-14:45|
|New Year||1 January|
|Liberation Day||26 January|
|Womens Day||8 March|
|Easter||March / April|
|Labour Day||1 May|
|Day of Martyrs||3 June|
|Day of Heroes||9 June|
|Independence Day||9 October|
Grid: Lat/Lon hddd°mm.mmm"
|Jinja||N00.25.328||E033.12.345||Banks||Standard bank||ATM for Visa|
|Jinja||N00.29.067||E033.09.734||Camping||Eden Rock Camp||Nice quiet campsite|
|Kampala||N00.19.234||E032.37.849||Camping||Red Chilli Hideaway||Just outside the center. Nice place but can be very busy with overland trucks|
|Kalangala||S00.18.677||E032.17.456||Camping||Pearl Gardens||Nice place, better than the neighbours. You can camp on the beach and the ferry to Entebbe leave just in front of you.|
|Kibale||N00.29.391||E030.20.005||Camping||Chimpansee Forest Guest House||Very quiet place with nice few. Camping can arrange nice walks. The spots to park you car are nog very flat.|
|Queen Elisabeth||S00.13.802||E030.05.371||Camping||King Fisher Lodge||Expensive lodge built for camping. You can camp here, but you have hardly any facilities and you have to pay a lot of money. View over Queen Elisabeth NP however is priceless.|
|Kabale||S01.16.334||E029.56.230||Camping||Bunyonyi Overland Camp||Nice place on right next to the lake. Showers and toilets are the best. The restaurant however is not that great.|
|Bukakata||S00.16.437||E032.01.580||Transport||Free ferry to Ssese Island leaving at 8:00, 10:00, 13:30 and 16:30|
|Ssese Island||S00.14.884||E032.04.023||Transport||Free ferry from the island to Bukakata leaving at 9:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 18:00|
|Fort Portal||N00.39.183||E030.16.481||City Center|
|Kabale||S01.15.565||E029.59.575||Junction||Junction Kabele to Rwanda, good tarmac|
|Kampala||N00.19.168||E032.35.458||Shops||Garden City Mall||Big mall, Visa ATM|
|Kampala||N00.17.954||E032.35.764||Shops||Quality Hill Mall||Exclusive mall, good butchery and bakery|
|Kampala||N00.19.542||E032.36.420||Shops||Logogo mall||Also hairdresser inside|
|Jinja||N00.29.093||E033.09.795||Place of interest||Nile Explorers||Here you can book rafting|
|Katuna||S01.25.551||E030.00.781||Border||Border Uganda - Rwanda|
|Kampala||N00.19.232||E032.35.899||Garages||Toyota||Official Toyota dealer|