is a country of exceptional scenic beauty. She is land locked, and lies
between the two east African great rift valleys. It is crossed by the
equator. Our neighbors are Kenya
to the East, Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in Southwest, Democratic
Republic of Congo in the West and the Sudan to the North.
The country boasts of snow caped
mountains, rolling plains, thick tropical forests, semi desert areas as
well as places with thinly sparse vegetation. Due to regular rainfall
the country tends to be green throughout the year and we enjoy a fairly
temperate climate with little variation.
Uganda’s area is 241,139 sq km with a
population of approximately 24.6 million (census 2000). Our currency is
Kampala offers very good accomodation to comfortable
and fits every budget.
Elsewhere across the country and in the
National parks, hotels and Inns are generally available, but quality of
service and rooms vary greatly. Network Safaris & Travel Services care in
the best accommodation available for your Safaris. All of our prepared
itineraries start from Kampala. If require pre or post safari accomodation
bookings in Kampala or Airport transfers to/from Entebbe, please let us
know in advance so as to make the necessary arrangements for you.
Priority though goes to our own Apartments first. >>Click
We arrange transfers to and from the airport for any size group. It is
approximately 45 minutes to drive from Entebbe International Airport to
Kampala in comfortable saloon.
Uganda is linked to the rest of the world by Several airlines services
regularly including East African Airline, Air Tanzania, South African
airways, British Airways, Egypt Air, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines,
SN Brussels, Emirates, Gulf air. There are several reputable domestic
charter companies to choose from. These connect you to remote areas
& Eastern parts of DRC.
Several international banks operate in Uganda including Barclays,
Standard Chartered, Stanbic, and Bank of commerce and Citi Bank. Many
local banks and forex bureaus also operate across the country.
Generally the banking hours are 8.30 a.m to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Some are open long hours and on Saturdays. There are no legal
restrictions for foreign exchange transactions and Forex is easily
convertible. United States dollar (notes from 1997), the Euro &
pound are accepted. Lager bills normally attract good rates.
Uganda enjoys ideal weather condition, ranging from the warmth of the
lowland areas and lakeshores to the coolness of the highlands.
Temperatures range between 21C and 25C. The rains are mainly between
March and May, and October and November.
Light summer clothing supplemented by a
sweater or a jacket should be sufficiently all year round. Usually
dressing is informal. Cotton slacks and flat-heeled walking shoes are
recommended on safari. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen for
protection and a swim suite. Umbrellas and windbreakers are recommended
in the wet seasons Request further details at the time of booking.
Uganda is predominantly a cash society, however, some apartments, hotels and
choice establishments in Kampala and some up country lodges.
The Uganda shilling is the currency used. It is issued in denominations
of 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 Uganda shillings 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.
We recommend that you do not drink tap water, as it’s not safe unless
boiled. Most hotels and restaurants provide previously boiled drinking
water; alternatively you can buy from several brands of mineral water.
tropical fruits and vegetables are found throughout the country. A wide
range of dishes both traditional and international, are served in
hotels and restaurants. If you have any dietry restrictions, please
advise in advance. And if you enjoy yellow mustard or black pepper,
bring it with you.
We offer Tailored made safaris to Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park, Murchision
falls National park,Queen Elizabeth National
park, Lake Mburo Nationl Park,
Mt. Elgon National park. Aminimum age for the gorilla trekking
of fifteen years and above is recommended,
any one with signs of communicable diseases
will not be
allowed to trek. Please note that it is a strenuous activity and one
should be physically fit to under take it.
While possession of gorilla trekking
permit cannot be guaranteed, maximum time allowed with the gorillas
will not exceed one hour.
For gorilla trekking we strongly
recommend a rain poncho, knapsack, long sleeved shirt and trousers,
sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening type gloves, sun screen, insect
repellant and any necessary medication be brought with the client from
Kampala. Cameras and video cameras are allowed, but carry extra
batteries from Kampala.
|One day Excursion to Kampala City.
is Uganda’s capital and largest city.
Kampala is known as the city of seven hills.
Besides that, the city has interesting places
to visit. Our city
tours start with a pick up from your hotel, if you are not staying at our Apartments.
Areas to visit include: Kasubi Tombs, Namirembe Cathedral,Rubaga Cathedral,
Markets,Uganda Museum,Uganda Martyrs Shrine,Bahai
and other areas of cultural
Entebbe is a colonial town situated at
the Lake Shore. We depart early morning
from the Apartments for Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wild Life Education Centre[Zoo]
and then to Kigungu, a traditional fishing village. The tour winds up with
a traditional/continental lunch. An English-speaking guide takes you around.
|Jinja the source of the Nile Tour.
Depart from Kampala, head east to Jinja passing
through coffee, tea and sugar plantations. This tour includes:Source
of the Nile,Bujagali Falls,Mabira
Forest & Sezibwa Falls.
Certificates may be required for vaccinations against yellow fever.
Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. The
risk for contracting malaria is high if the anopheles mosquito bites
you, however it is treatable. It’s advisable to start anti-malaria
medication 10-14 days prior to your travel date and continue with the
same for 14 days after departing East Africa.
The official language is English. Kiswahili and Luganda are commonly
spoken throughout the country. 40 other languages are spoken in Uganda.
Airlines will offer you 20-40kgs, and one piece of hand luggage on most
flights. If you arrange the storage of winter clothes that you will not
need while on safari in Uganda.
Photograph taking is generally allowed except in some places considered
to be sensitive security wise. Your guide will tell you what is
acceptable or not. Though photo films are generally available, it may
be advisable to come with some extra films and batteries. A pair of
binoculars will prove completely useful for the keen game viewer or
bird watcher. Clients are responsible for any such fee. High-speed
films are recommended for gorilla photo and high altitude filters are
best for climbers. Check with your photo shop.
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 office upon request.
There are a variety of sports available in the Kampala, Entebbe and
Jinja. Fishing on lake Victoria or Nile River is popular. White water
rafting and flat water canoeing has been introduced on the River Nile.
A trip on the Nile is considered the best one-day trip in the World.
Mountain climbing and hiking are popular in the Rwenzori Mountain and
on Mount Elgon, avid climbers will want to check out the Virunga
Volcanoes and Mount Moroto. For special interest itineraries, please
The roads are generally in good condition. Four-wheel Drive vehicles
may be required for 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 vehicles other than saloon cars are hard to come by.
Please inquire for further details and tariffs.
Visas are generally available at all the entry points including Entebbe
Airport. The cost is $30 USD a single entry preferably that you pay in
cash dollars, as it’s cheaper than in Euros. You are welcome to check
at the time of booking to avoid confusion.