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    UGANDA

    Still one of the world’s best kept natural secrets, Uganda receives far less visitors than its neighbouring countries. Characterized by dramatic scenery throughout, it is home to deep lakes, stunning waterfalls, towering mountains and incredible wildlife.

    REASONS TO VISIT UGANDA

    • The highest concentration of primates on Earth and home to almost half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • An equally wide range of fauna, flora, and landscapes in all of the country’s national parks, including Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Kibale Forest
    • A bird watcher’s paradise with over 1100 species of bird recorded
    • Excellent climate all year round
    • The cheery and welcoming hospitality of its warm-natured people

    Uganda also has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the mountain gorilla – now one of the rarest animals on the planet. There are just over 1062 mountain gorillas in the world and since the establishment of the epic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda as a protected reserve, the population of mountain gorilla has increased from less than 500 individuals to 611 according to the latest census.

    MONEY MATTERS

    The Ugandan shilling is issued in denominations of 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000 and 50000 shillings for notes, while coins are issued in denominations of 50, 100, 200 and 500 shillings. The local currency can be obtained at authorized facilities (such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus). Foreign currency can also be changed at the airport on arrival. Many establishments will only change USD issued after the year 2003. Be aware that only paper currency will normally be accepted for exchange. Traveler’s cheque are not widely accepted outside of Kampala. In Uganda, credit card use is usually restricted to major banks and hotels and most shops will not accept other methods of payment other than cash. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex and JCB credit cards which attract a surcharge of 5%.

    TIPPING

    Tipping is not compulsory, nor are there any fixed amounts. The customary gratuity is about 10% of the cost of the service. Tips are usually given in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars.

    Driver-Guide in Bwindi: a tip of about US$10 per transfer is appropriate for your transfer driver.

    On a Gorilla Track: If you choose to take a porter (highly recommended), the minimum recommended tip is US$15 per traveler per track.

    Guides (usually 1 per group), Trackers (usually 2-3 per group) and Security personnel (usually 2-4 per group) do earn salaries.

    A recommended tip of about US$20 per day of tracking per traveler may be placed in the appropriate tip box for your gorilla group (found at Park Headquarters) for distribution amongst the staff.

    PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION

    Each traveller must be in possession of a passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond the completion of his/her trip.  Traveller’s should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements vary.

     

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