How to get to Uganda

How to get to Uganda  : Uganda is one of the best travel destinations in Africa located in East Africa and it is one of the East Africa Community countries. It is one of the smallest East African countries and a landlocked country at that. Above all, Uganda is a beautiful country with extraordinary and abundant wildlife, landscape and happy people thus she is regarded as the “Pearl of Africa”. Uganda received over 1,000 travellers ever year due to her riches in wildlife, good cultural experiences, tasty cruises and easy access to the country, travelling to Uganda is guaranteed to be fun.

For anyone planning to travel to Uganda depending you have your information right to travel to Uganda. All travellers coming to Uganda must have a passport, Uganda Visa which depend your country of origin since Uganda has some countries that are exempted from obtaining Visas to Uganda. Visit the immigration website to learn more about Visa requirement in Uganda https://immigration.go.ug/content/visas-and-passes.

Other requirements that one has to keep in mind before travelling to Uganda include a yellow fever vaccination and Covid 19 PCR test results or full vaccination certificate against Covid 19. These are a must requirement for intending guests to Uganda. This information can be accessed from the Uganda Embassies of most countries or you can get this information from your tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris.

Thus, documents you need: Passport, Visa (for non EAC citizens), Alternative travel documents for East Africans. Other requirements for East Africans (Certificate of Identity / Inter-state Pass)

Below are some of the choices of travel to Uganda

Air:

The East African Community is connected to the world by a network of international airports, most of which are located in or adjacent to the region’s major cities. Most major towns in different Partner States also possess smaller airports.

The main entry point for flights into Uganda is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) located near the town Entebbe, about 46km from Kampala capital city. Currently Entebbe International Airport is the only largest airport with international flights for all inbound and outbound travellers.

The Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA), an institution of the Community, works closely with national Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) to ensure that air travel in the region is safe. The Civil Aviation Authority is responsible in monitoring all flights that land in Uganda and several of these international airlines do land in Entebbe airport including; KLM, Ethiopian airlines, Emirates, Kenya airways, Dubai Air, Qatar airlines, Turkish airlines, Brussels airlines, just to mention a few.

The country also has airfields in each district to reduce on the long hours taken driving on the roads. Each district has an airfield and name after each district. Tourist attractions in Uganda have airfields that support easy travels. Some of the tourist destinations with airstrips include;

  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park – Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips
  • Murchison falls national park – Bugugu and Pakuba airstrips
  • Kibale national park and Queen Elizabeth national park – Mweya and Kasese airstrip
  • Kidepo national park – Apoka airstrip
  • Semuliki national park – Semuliki airstrip
  • Lake Mburo national park – Mbarara airstrip
How to get to Uganda
How to get to Uganda

Road:

Uganda is a relatively compact country and further transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle, though more upmarket safaris increasingly tend to include one or more flights. In most cases, your local tour operator will collect you from the airport or hotel and further transportation will be part of and costed into your safari-package.

Travelling in Uganda by road is one of the most adventures experiences of visitors. The topography of Uganda changes in every destination you visit, the northern and Eastern Uganda is generally hot and flat although some areas are quite hilly while the western part of Uganda are mainly mountainous thus it is where we find the second highest snow-capped mountain in Africa, Mount Rwenzori.

Most tourists destinations in Uganda and in fur places and you need to drive these places by driving if there are no available flights or if the flights are unaffordable. There is a host of bus services connecting all East African capitals and major cities but with East African Community enhanced co-operation in the area of transport, East African citizens can now drive private cars across borders and across the entire East African Community region, free of charge, for visits even longer than seven days.

Private road use across East Africa accepts a maximum period for one to use a car not registered in the host Partner State is six (6) months, although you will be required to pay $20 per month as temporary road licence after the seven-day grace period has elapsed.

Anyone using a private car has to fill a form, obtainable at border crossing points or local Revenue Authority office, which grants permission for free access for a week. There are connecting public driving means across East Africa in all the capital cities of the East African Community including; including Nairobi, Dar-es-salam, Kampala, Kigali, Juba, and Arusha.

Drivers across East Africa must have a valid driver’s licence is required for driving in any of the Partner States. Ensure that your car is insured before you travel, with a valid sticker displayed on your vehicle as proof of insurance (seek advice from your insurer on the available insurance options).

Also make sure you carry an original copy of your car Log Book or at the very least, a photocopy. There are about 40 entry/exists stations, 13 passport centres and 9 regional offices that applies to road transport only however some of the main ports of entry to Uganda include;

  • Kenya – Uganda border: Busia and Malaba
  • Kenya – Tanzania border: Namanga and Isobenia
  • Tanzania – Uganda border: Mutukula
  • Tanzania – Burundi border: Kigoma
  • Tanzania – Rwanda border: Rusumo
  • Rwanda – Burundi border: Kayanza Haut
  • Rwanda – Uganda border: Katuna and Cyanika
  • South Sudan – Uganda border: Elegu/Nimule
  • South Sudan – Kenya border:

Sea:

The region’s principle seaports include; Mombasa in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Tanga in Tanzania. However, the sea ports in Kenya and Tanzania are currently not available for human travel but only for goods.

In conclusion, all travellers must be aware of the entry points to from outside East Africa. Uganda can be accessed by either road or Air and mostly by Air to Entebbe Airport. Water transport can also be used to travel in and around our destinations especially the ferry crossing from the Southern part of Murchison Falls National Park to the Northern part of Murchison Falls National Park.

There are Launch cruises to the bottom of the falls in Murchison Falls National Park and along the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Also Ssese islands are easily accessed by water from either Nakiwogo or Bukakata, some business people use the ferry to travel to Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania.

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