According to softwareleverage, Uganda is a country in Africa bordering Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo-Kinshasa and Rwanda. Uganda has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1962. The capital of Uganda is Kampala. A number of large cities in Uganda are: Entebbe, Lira, Mbale and Soroti.
Uganda is known for its many wildlife parks. These game parks consist largely of tropical rainforest and are the habitat of elephants, buffaloes, hippos, giraffes, hippos and chimpanzees. Lake Victoria is located in the south of the country and is home to approximately 250 different fish species, including hippos. Uganda is also known for the friendliness of the population, the production of bananas and the many bird species. See sourcemakeup for Uganda travel package.
Where is Uganda located?
Travel information of Uganda
Official name: Republic of Uganda
Area: 241,038 km²
Country code: UG, UGA
Population: 43,252,966 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 5,110 m (Mount Stanley)
Distance (Amsterdam – Kampala): 6,317 km
Flight time: approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes
Current status: All non-essential travel to certain areas in Uganda is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Uganda that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Uganda, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Uganda. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Uganda?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Uganda at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Uganda has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 degrees all year round. In the north it is about 5 degrees warmer and in the west about 5 degrees colder.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Uganda can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Uganda can be found at Climate info.
January, February, June, July, August and December are the best months to travel to Uganda. This avoids the two rainy seasons.
English and Swahili are both an official language in Uganda.
Would you like to translate from or to English/Swahili for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Uganda.
An e-visa is required for a visit to Uganda. You can apply for this online at the official visas.immigration.go.ug website. It is also possible to purchase an East Africa visa. This is also valid in Rwanda and Kenya.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Uganda: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Uganda in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Uganda, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Uganda. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Uganda, people pay with the Ugandan shilling (UGX).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Uganda can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Uganda are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -53% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (72% cheaper), food (48% cheaper), imported beer in catering (64% cheaper), cigarettes (76% cheaper) and public transport (82% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Uganda it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Uganda.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Uganda.
Uganda has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Uganda can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Uganda you must drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Uganda.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Uganda.
In Uganda you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Uganda can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999 (Kampala)
– Fire: 999 (Kampala)
– Ambulance: Local numbers
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news regarding Uganda can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Uganda can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Uganda end in.ug.
Uganda official websites: gou.go.ug and visituganda.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Uganda is 00256 or +256.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Uganda? Then use the Dutch country code 00031.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Uganda.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Uganda.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Uganda.
An overview of all public holidays in Uganda can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Uganda, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travel report about Uganda?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Uganda. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Uganda can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Uganda can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Uganda? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or do business with Uganda, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Uganda, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Uganda.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 21.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.
– Clothing: Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited.
Did you know that…
…Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa?
…Uganda was voted the best tourist destination in 2012?
…Uganda is known for its many gorillas?
…50% of the population is under 14 years old?
…It is forbidden in Uganda to have electricity for 7 days in a row?
…10% of the bird species in Uganda live?