We will provide
you with a recent copy of ‘The Eye’ magazine—there
will be a copy in your conference bag. It should contain the
most up-to-date information for your travel while in Uganda.
Uganda is sunny
most of the year, with temperatures rarely rising above 29oC.
The heavy rainy season is March-May, light rainy season November-December,
though there will always be a few hours of sunshine. June
is usually dry, but showers can still be expected.
The official language
in Uganda is English. Luganda and Swahili are also widely
British-style plugs with three pins are used.
Both Muslim and Christian holidays are celebrated.
New Years Day- 1st Jan
Good Friday- variable
Easter Monday- variable
NRM Anniversary Day- 26th Jan
International Women's Day- 8th Mar
Labor Day- 1st May
Uganda Martyr's Day- 3rd Jun
National Hero's Day- 9th Jun
Independence Day- 9th Oct
Christmas Day- 25th Dec
Boxing Day- 26th Dec
Iddi Adhuha- variable
are open from 08h00 to 16h30, Monday to Friday, closing for
lunch from 13h00 to 14h00.
Bank hours vary
from bank to bank but most are open from 08h30 - 14h30 Monday
to Friday. Only some are open on Saturdays.
Shops are generally
open from 08h00 to 17h00, Monday to Friday and 08h00 to 13h00
Uganda with its
agricultural resources, combined with the conducive climate,
produces a wide range of food products. Bananas, millet, maize,
sorghum, rice, wheat, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes and cassava
grow in abundance. Fruits and other vegetables are also plentiful
- watermelon, passion fruits, pineapples, mangoes, tomatoes,
aubergine, green peppers. You will probably eat better here
than you do at home! Tea and coffee is readily available almost
everywhere and the latest craze is coffee houses or cafes.
Soda (coke, fanta, sprite, bitter lemon, etc) are sold by
the (glass) bottle, which are returnable and recycled. Local
beer (lagers only) are as good as any international beer and
there are many to choose from – Bell, Club, ESB, Pilsner,
Nile Special, Eagle, Castle, Guinness (all brewed in Uganda).
The official currency
for Uganda is the Uganda Shilling. Ugandan shilling notes
of shs 500 and smaller are no longer legal tender and have
been replaced with coins (50, 100, 200 and 500). Larger notes
are 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000.
As of October
2005, the exchange rate between the shilling to the major
US$1.00 = Ushs
EURO 1.00 = Ushs 2,100/=
UK£1.00 = Ushs 3,170/=
and Changing Money
There is a wide
array of banks and forex bureau’s to choose from, with
several international banks represented (Barclays, Standard
The US dollar
and the pound sterling are the strongest currencies used in
Uganda and are the easiest to exchange. US dollar notes dated
prior to 1997 are turned away, we recommend if you are using
US$ to bring notes issued not earlier than 2000. Also, notes
smaller than US$50 attract a far lower exchange rate. All
the forex bureau’s take cash – look around for
the best exchange rate. We suggest you bring cash and/or credit
cards with you as opposed to traveller’s cheques, as
the exchange rate (on traveller’s cheques) is much lower.
You can change
money on your way in at the airport, because it is convenient,
however, be aware that the airport is currently not as competitive
as TAB or other forex bureau’s in Kampala. We suggest
you change up as much as you will need to get you through
the first day or so (recommend US$50-100 only). TransAfrica
Bank, down from the Entebbe Police Station, offer a better
rate than that offered at the airport, however, exchange rates
will always be more favourable in Kampala.
Despite what some guidebooks claim, credit cards are not widely
accepted and where they can be used, mainly with the larger
hotels and companies, hefty surcharges are common. Barclays
Bank (open Mon-Fri, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm), however, offers
cash advances against credit cards with a small surcharge.
At the time of writing, Standard Chartered Bank is the only
bank who currently offer automated cash machines for (their
own) cards, locally and internationally. These ATM’s
can be found at the airport and also in Kampala. They only
accept Visa, not mastercard.
You won't be expected to
tip in Uganda. Bargaining is the norm when buying things from
a market, street stall or craft shop.
- please visit the Health Regulations page on this site for
information on health matters in Uganda
The IDD code for Uganda
is +256. MTN Uganda, Uganda Telecom (Mango) and Celltel operate
cellular Networks on the 078, 077, 071 and 075 prefixes respectively.
Internet access is available
in in some form or another in just about all of Uganda's major
centres of population. Even the smallest of Internet cafes
are able to boast a wireless connection or similar. Speeds
are acceptable although costs can be as much as Ushs 200-
per minute in some outlying areas. Kampala is at saturation
point in the number of cafes open to the public which has
driven surfing rates down to as little as Ushs 20- per minute.
Please visit the Places to Visit page for information on places
to visit in Uganda