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6 Things to Know Before Travelling to Uganda

Uganda is a super interesting place and it has a lot to offer tourists. It boasts a thriving and varied landscape home to an abundance of exotic and rare wildlife like the famous gorillas of the Bwindi National Park. As well as this, it has beautiful scenery, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture for you to enjoy. However, before you start planning your journey to Uganda, there are a few things you need to know.

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Do I Need Any Vaccinations Before Travelling to Uganda?

The simple answer is, yes, you require vaccinations to travel to this part of the world. In order to obtain a visa to visit Uganda, you must prove that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. This is checked before you enter the country. As well as this, it is also advised to get several other vaccinations, including:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Malaria – there is still a risk of contracting malaria in Uganda, so this is a vital vaccination to get. You can also opt for anti-malaria medication if you prefer.
  • DTP
  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies

Whether You Require a Visa

According to iVisa.com, if you travel from the UK, you will require a visa to travel to Uganda. And it’s not just UK residents that require a visa; almost all countries require a visa to travel to this part of the world. Thankfully, Ugandan visas aren’t expensive.

What is the Currency in Uganda?

The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan shilling. Pounds, euros, and other types of currency can be exchanged before you travel to this country or when you get there.

Is Uganda a Safe Country to Visit?

Although many people think that Uganda is an unsafe place to visit, this is not the case, although it pays to be careful of your personal belongings, as is the case anywhere else you might visit. Uganda is considered a safe country with extremely low crime rates. However, it’s always a good idea to look at the latest travel advice before visiting this part of the world, just in case something has changed.

Is It Safe to Drink Tap Water in Uganda?

Although many foreigners have tried tap water in Uganda, it is best to avoid drinking tap water here unless you have no other option. It’s advisable to treat the tap water in Uganda as if it were contaminated and use fresh, bottled water instead.

What is the Food Like in Uganda?

Ugandan food is often delicious. I was lucky enough to visit Uganda a few years ago and was amazed at the richness of local dishes. If you love Arabic and Asian food, you’ll love the food you find in Uganda. Many of the traditional dishes served in restaurants consist of sauce dishes or meat-based stews served with ugali (a thick pasta made from maize). Look out for Matoke, which is a stew made from chicken and green bananas, it is delicious!

Another popular food in Uganda is fish. Ugandans really love fish, particularly tilapia and tiger fish. However, these aren’t the only options available to you. You can also try something a little bit different such as deep-fried grasshoppers. Nswaa is another interesting dish to look out for, and by interesting I mean something you won’t see anywhere in the West! Yes, this one is fried white ants. You may spot them being sold in food stalls. Go on, give it a try.

Uganda is such an amazing country. Book your next trip there and find out for yourself why it’s worth visiting. Trust me, you’ll love it!