Uganda and Rwanda can be visited at any time throughout the year. Uganda’s weather is one of its profuse attractions.
Due to its position on the Equator and its elevation, mainly over 1000m above sea level, Uganda enjoys warm tropical weather all year round with average temperatures ranging around 24-28°c.
During the year, the hottest months are from December to February while the rainy seasons are from April to May and October to November.
Those who propose to do mountain climbing will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.
Solid walking shoes and durable clothing are perfect for forest walks.
Don’t fail to carry a sunhat, sun-specs and a water-resistant jacket.
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so carry heaps of light wear.
Evenings are cooler, mainly at high altitudes, so bring a couple of sweaters too.
What to Carry or Bring
To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks it is suitable to carry binoculars and field guides.
A valid passport (including visa) is compulsory. Your passport must be valid for at least three more months after your expedition.
Please make sure to carry enough memory cards or films.
Toiletries and other necessities can be bought in the cities. We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment.
The system used in Uganda and Rwanda is the British system. A flashlight can proof to be beneficial since the electricity can be cut off every now and then.
Tipping will always be cherished. Guides and drivers always deserved to be tipped.
Entering the Country
Non-residents will be mandated to purchase a visa when they arrive at Entebbe International Airport, Kigali International Airport or at any overland border.
90 day Tourist Visas can be attained at the airport upon arrival at a cost of $50 US Dollars. You must pay in cash US Dollars only
Visa – for those who need one – can be bought in advance through the Ugandan or Rwandan embassy in your home-based country.
Visa can also be obtained upon when crossing the Rwandan border overland or when you arrive at Kigali International Airport, you must apply for an entry visa.
We extremely recommend you to do this before your farewell to Africa. If you are flying into Rwanda, it is totally essential! In the form you will be requested to indicate your entry point.
Usually we use access point number five (Cyanika) when you are approaching from South-Western Uganda. This is the boundary crossing nearby Volcanoes National Park.
The official language of Rwanda is French, but at the main tourist attractions many people will also speak English.
Educated Ugandans are largely fluent in English, which is the official language in Uganda.
Subsequent to English are roughly over 30 different local languages.
Health Issues
Uganda also needs that all visitors are vaccinated against Yellow Fever. While they may not always check, we strongly recommend that you bring proof of this vaccination with you when arriving in the country. A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory.
All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs.
We also advise that you carry an insect repellent. Uganda’s/Rwanda’s tap water is not suitable for drinking so please only drink bottled water.
Driving in Uganda is on the left-hand side, whereas driving in Rwanda is on the right-hand side.
Guests without wide knowledge with African roads are advised to travel with a 4×4 vehicle driven by an experienced driver/guide.
Foreign exchange and ATM services are very limited in Uganda and Rwanda (outside Kampala, Entebbe and Kigali). So we recommend our guess to bring sufficient money with them for their excursion (in US Dollars, Euros or Pound Sterling)
The US dollar is usually the preferred currency, but the Euro and Pound Sterling are also normally accepted.
Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to Uganda or Rwanda.Only USD notes published after 2006 are accepted