Uganda is a safe and stable country to visit, the locals are very welcoming regardless of whatever tribe you come across during your safari. You will be amazed by the hospitality that you will receive. However, just like any other city, we do advise tourists to take the extra precaution of their valuables such as bags, phones while in public places.
Uganda is safe for gay and lesbian tourists, however, being an African country that is still developing, we advise tourists to maintain discretion.
Any month is OK to enjoy a safari in Uganda, the country is fairly warm throughout the year with annual temperatures ranging from 16 degrees celsius in the southwestern highlands, 25 degrees celsius in the northwest and extremes of 30 degrees celsius in the northeast. Rainy seasons include; March to May and September to November whereas dry seasons include; December to February and mid-June to mid-August.
One is required to have a tourist visa to enter Uganda. However, nationals from certain countries can visit Uganda without a visa for up to 3 months. Tourist visas can be purchased beforehand at any of Ugandan embassies in selected countries or upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or at an overland border, a visa costs USD 50 per person.
We strongly advise one to purchase travel insurance before departing home to Uganda. However, there are some local insurance companies that offer cover for travel-related issues.
While in Kampala and Entebbe, selected local banks have got ATM facilities where you may access your funds, however, during your safari, ATM provisions become limited and therefore we advise one to rely on cash than ATM cards.
NOTE: Unfotunately, we are unable to accept US Dollar bills older than 2003.
It is strongly recommended that you vaccinate against Yellow fever as a health safety measure, it is also mandatory that you present a Yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival at Entebbe International airport or any overland border.
You are not likely to fall sick while on safari, we do recommend that you vaccinate against, yellow fever, malaria and most importantly take measures against risks of HIV. As a company, we have got sanitizer 24 hours in our safari vehicles for guests and also encourage our guests to greet the locals with a folded fist locally known as “Bonga”. In the event that you fall sick, we have got local hospitals that can provide first aid and treatment.
Accommodations are categorized into three and range from Budget, Medium, and Luxury, Budget accommodations are simple and basic in nature, consist of bandas or tents, bathrooms are usually shared, medium range accommodations have got private bathrooms, beautiful views, better bedding provisions while luxury accommodations have got a five-star service with a personal touch.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has the age limit at 12 years for Chimpanzee trekking and 15 years for Gorilla trekking, parents that wish to trek with their children need to present proof of age.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has put in place special activities for children such as nature trail walks which expose children to birds, butterflies, trees and plant species. Game drives and launch boat cruises are also open to children.
Our company standard requires us to operate 4×4 Land Cruisers that come with a pop-up roof for a better game drive experience in the wild. However, tourists that would like a budget option are provided with a mini-van that accommodates up to 8 tourists. The safari vehicles are well mechanically sound and come equipped with a first aid kit, hand sanitizer, tissue, for health safety.
Most of our safaris are guided in English, however, we also provide guided safaris in German, French, and Spanish, tourists that would like a guided safari in any of the mentioned languages will be required to pay a surcharge as included in the quote for a given safari package.
Winco Safari is an indigenous company in Uganda that offers authentic and life changing safaris in Uganda coupled with extension safaris in Mara-Kenya and Rwanda that can be guided in English, German, Spanish, French and Chinese.