10 Days Exploration of the African Pearl

Day one: Meet the company representative who will transfer you to the proposed accommodation. If you arrive early you may go for a city tour to check out some of the nice places in Kampala. Places include, the Bahai temple, Uganda Museum, Kasubi tombs and many more. Dinner and overnight in Serena / See more details

3 Days Murchison Falls

DAY 1: Murchison Falls NPEarly morning departure from Kampala for the drive to Murchison Falls Murchison Falls UgandaNational Park. The journey takes about 6 hours and passes you through the famous Luweero Triangle, a former bush war zone in Uganda. Have a stop over at Masindi for lunch and later dr See more details

3 Days Queen Elizabeth

Day One: Queen ElizabethIn the morning wakeup for breakfast before driving southwest to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you along Masaka Mbarara road to stop at the Equator for photographs and then proceed to stop in Mbarara for lunch and then drive to reach the park in the aftern See more details

5 Days Jungle Tour

5 Days to Queen Elizabeth & Semuliki ForestDay 1: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National ParkHave an early morning breakfast then depart from Kampala, drive through the beautiful green belt of the country side. Have a stop at the Equator, an imaginary line that divides the Globe into two equal parts See more details

3 days Gorilla Tour

Day 1: Travel to Bwindi ImpenetrableHave breakfast to drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. This journey will take you south west of Uganda. To stop at the equator for photographs and continue to Mbarara where you will have another stop for lunch and then proceed to reach Bwindi in the late afternoon See more details

6 Days Primates & Wildlife

Day 1: You will be met by our company representative at your Hotel to transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is known to harbour half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. It is situated in a hilly country side, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary See more details

20 Days Discover Uganda

Day 1  You are warmly received to enjoy the drive to Murchison falls national park, through the famous Luwero triangle, and Budongo forest on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. The journey offers great picturesque sceneries with lunch in Masindi town en route, reaching  the park in the afte See more details

9 Days Birding

Day 1: Birding in Entebbe and the surroundings. Our easy birding begins from UWEC which originally started as an animal orphanage in the 1920s but gradually grew to be a show place of various flora and fauna. Birds to look out for here include Crowned cranes, Parrots, Pelicans, ostrich, Crowned cra See more details

3 Days Kibale

3 Days Tour to Kibale National Park.Day 1: Drive to Kibale National Park. Head to Kibale National park and drive through Hoima to reach Fort Portal. The journey will take you through farms, traditional homestead to reach the town that is located amidst the “mountains of the moon” Fort portal. Y See more details
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Accommodations: In Kampala, a number of good hotels are available to choose from to fit every budget. Elsewhere across the country and in the National Parks, hotels and inns are generally available, but quality of service and quantity of rooms varies greatly and the need for early reservations is quite significant in such cases.

Rwefuma Safaris Ltd takes care in booking the best accommodation available for your safaris. All of our prepared itineraries start from Kampala. If you require pre-or post-safari hotel booking in Kampala or airport transfers to/from Entebbe, contact us so we can make these arrangements for you. Reservations should be made in advance.

Airport: Most guests to Uganda arrive by air, landing at Entebbe International airport; approximately 45 minutes drive from the capital Kampala. Transfers to and from the airport are available for any size group.

Airlines: Airlines such as South African Airways, Air Tanzania, British Airways, Africa One, Egypt Air, East African Airlines, SN Brussels, and Kenya Airways/KLM, to mention a few serve Uganda regularly. There are several reputable domestic charter companies to choose from as well.

Visa: Visas are generally available at all entry points including Entebbe airport. Please check with our consular or Uganda High Commission nearest to you.

Alcohol: Several brands of local and international beer are available, including leading local beers like Bell beer, Club, and Nile Special beers. Most spirits and wines are imported and are readily available at slightly higher prices. There are no legal limitations on drinking of alcohol in Uganda.

Banking: Several international banks operate in Uganda including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Stanbic, and Citi Bank. Many local banks and forex bureaus also operate across the country. Generally the banking hours are 8:30 am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday they are open from 9:00am to 12:00pm. There are no legal restrictions on foreign exchange transactions and currency is easily convertible. Use only United States Dollar notes dated after 1990. Euros are also widely accepted.

Credit Card: AMEX, VISA, and MATERCARD, are only accepted at a few choice establishments in Kampala and some up-country lodges. It is advisable to carry cash.

Currency: The Uganda Shilling is the currency used. It is issued in denominations of 100, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 notes. Coins are available for smaller denominations of 50, 100, 200, and 500 Uganda Shillings. The rates vary from time to time but are posted at all banks and forex bureaus.

Climate: Uganda enjoys ideal weather conditions ranging from the warmth of lowlands to the coolness of highlands. Mean temperatures are between 21cand 31c all year round. Wet seasons are March-May, October-November. There is no bad time to visit Uganda.

Clothing: Light summer clothing supplemented by a sweater or jacket should be sufficient all year round. Usually dressing is informal. Cotton slacks and flat-heeled comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen for sun protection and a swimsuit. Umbrellas and windbreakers are recommended in the wet seasons. Additional details can provided on request at the time of booking.

Drinking water: We recommend that you do not drink tap water. Most hotels and restaurants provide previously boiled drinking water, or you can opt from several brands of locally manufactured mineral water.

Health Requirements: Certificates may be required for vaccinations against yellow fever. Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. But these diseases are NOT common, so do not feel obliged to spend hundreds of dollars on injections. Malaria risk is general and a prophylaxis should be taken. It is advisable to start anti-malarial medications 10-14 days prior to arrival and continue with the same for 14 days after leaving East Africa.

Language: The official language is English. Kiswahili and Luganda are commonly spoken throughout the country. We actually have over 40 languages in Uganda.

Luggage: Airlines will offer you 20-40kgs, or two pieces of luggage on most flights. It is preferable for you to use soft luggage as space in vehicles is limited. We can arrange the storage of “winter “ clothes that you will not need on safari.

Photography: Though some types of film are available in many of the lodges, it is advisable to bring films and batteries with you or to purchase them in Kampala. A pair of binoculars will prove extremely useful for keen game and bird viewers. There is no charge for photography cameras and personal video recorders, but there may be a charge for commercial cameras in some places. Clients are responsible for any such fee. High-speed film is recommended for gorilla photos and high altitude filters are best for climbers. Check with your photo shop.

Security: Precautions should be taken as in any major city. Unless safety deposit boxes are available in your hotel or lodge, always carry travel documents, travelers Cheques, cash and other valuables with you at all times. We recommend that you do not walk alone late in the night, but instead take a taxi. We can arrange the safe keeping of your passport and ticket in our offices upon request.

Transport: The roads are generally in good condition. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required for off-road and up-country use, especially in the national parks during the rainy seasons. We maintain a fleet of saloon cars, mini-buses and four-wheel drive vehicles, available on chauffeur driven basis. Self-drive vehicle are available at very high prices and restrictions. Please inquire for further details and tariffs.

An open mind and a sense of adventure is the formula for a happy safari

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:55

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