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Uganda

Lush landscapes, excellent wildlife and welcoming locals. An African adventure destination like no other.

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Uganda is all year-round. Due to its location by the equator, the temperatures are steadily around 25°C during daytime.

Money saving tips

My best tips are to self drive in a rental, eat local market food, travel during the low season and camp instead of staying at pricey safari lodges.

Suggested budget

The daily suggested budget for Uganda is $100-150 USD, assuming you hire a car, cook food and sleep at campsites. Lodges are pricey.

Favourite thing to do

While gorilla trekking was an amazing experience of a lifetime, I also really enjoyed doing a horse riding safari at Lake Mburo NP.

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Uganda

Uganda is a country in East-Central Africa and home to over 42 million people. It borders Kenya, South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania and takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. Uganda gained independence from the UK on October 9th, 1962 and English and Swahili are the country’s official languages. There are around 54 distinct tribes (this number changes all the time) that exist in Uganda and tribe living is a big part of Uganda. When it comes to touristing, Uganda is the ultimate destination for adventurers who are keen on exploring an up-and-coming travel destination. A lot of work is currently being done in Uganda to boost tourism including road work, new hotels and lodges. The best way to discover Uganda is through road-tripping and self-driving.

Typical costs

Accomodation - Lodges near National Parks will cost you around $150 per night for two people with all meals included (and as much as $350), camping in a National Park will cost aroud $10 USD. The cheapest way to travel Uganda is by renting a car with a tent, this way you never have to worry about where you will sleep and save big $$$ on accommodation. Toilets and showers are available at every camping spot and while they are not the fanciest, they are certainly not bad.

Food - Local food is extremely cheap, usually under $1 USD from a street food vendor. A Rolex (a yummy egg and veggie wrap) will cost as little as $0.50. If you are staying at a fancier lodge, expect to pay around $10 – $15 for a three-course meal. A bottle of local beer costs around $1.50 at a bar. Buying food in a supermarket is a lot more expensive than a local market and the prices are very similar to those in Europe. We did some grocery shopping in a western supermarket and spent $50 on food for dinner and breakfast. The day after we spent $1 on vegetables at a local market to feed 3 people for dinner. So, if you are on a budget, buy local.

Transportation - The best way to get around Uganda is with a car. Hire a 4×4 and drive your own adventure or hire a driver if you don’t feel confident about driving by yourself. Renting a car will cost you around $70 – $150 per day, depending on the type of car you choose. Petrol costs are around $1 – $1.20 per litre, depending on the gas station you go to. In Kampala take an Uber or Safe Boda (app for boda-boda, motorcycle taxi).

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