Uganda: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Uganda


A country full of natural wonders, majestic wildlife, and bustling cities, Uganda has something for everyone. Sign up for a trek amongst gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or explore Kampala trying new cuisines, you can't go wrong!


Capital City: Kampala

Population: 45.74 million (2020 est)

Currency: Ugandan Shilling

Time Zone: East Africa Time (GMT +3)

Emergency Number: 112

Elephants in river

Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: English and Swahili are the official languages of Uganda.


  • Hello - Hello
  • Goodbye - Kwaheri
  • Thank you very much - Asante (sana)
  • Do you speak English? - Unaongea kiingereza?
  • I don't understand - Sielewi
  • How are you? - Habari Yako?
  • I'm fine, thank you - Niko sawa, asante
  • What is your name? - Jina lako nani?
  • My name is ____ - Jina langu ni ____
  • Sorry - Samahani
  • Where is the bathroom? - Bafuni iko wapi?


Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here




Fun Facts

  • Over 30 different indigenous languages are spoken in Uganda. Most of the languages fall into three main language groups: Bantu, Nilotic and Central Sudanese.
  • Uganda is one of the youngest nations globally, with 77% of its population under the age of 30.
  • Over 10% of the world’s bird species can be found in Uganda.
  • Uganda is home to approximately 5,000 chimpanzees.
  • In terms of land area, Uganda is roughly the size of the state of Oregon. However, Uganda has a population approximately ten times larger than Oregon’s.
  • Lake Victoria, located in Uganda is the largest lake in Africa and is connected to the Nile River.
  • Pointing at a Ugandan with an index finger is an insult. When pointing, the whole arm should be used. This is true of many regions in Africa.
  • Uganda is the second-largest producer of bananas in the world, with India being the largest. Uganda produces an estimated 11 million tons annually.
  • With eight major rivers and five huge lakes, water covers nearly one-fifth of Uganda.


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5-10 per person/per day
Drivers USD $3-4 per person/per day
Restaurants(full service)  10% if total bill



Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.


Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by travelers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water which can be found at all lodging accommodations.


Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure also to check that your passport isn't expired or about to expire!


What about vaccines? For Vaccination information, click here.


Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, or from a provider of your choice.


How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.


What does public transportation look like? There are local taxis and mini buses available in the main cities. Public transport becomes harder to navigate in the more rural areas.


Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available in Kampala.

Luggage Restrictions

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