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Kampala Business Travel Guide - - AFRICA outlook -

KAM­PALA’S PE­RIPH­ERY CAN­NOT

be over­stated in terms of its ap­peal and in­flu­ence. As well as the afore­men­tioned sa­faris and nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, your jour­ney to the cap­i­tal will ac­tu­ally be­gin around 22 miles away, as you ar­rive into the city of En­tebbe.

It is worth not­ing that be­fore you ar­rive, you will need to go through the coun­try’s e-im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem which re­quires you to ap­ply through the web­site and sub­mit your doc­u­ments be­fore be­ing ap­proved.

Trans­port be­tween En­tebbe and Kam­pala is sim­ple courtesy of the air­port shut­tle ser­vice, a taxi or even a ho­tel shut­tle if you want a more be­spoke door-to-door ser­vice.

Within the city it­self, trans­port can be a bit less sim­ple and a bit more like a game of ‘Rus­sian roulette’; es­pe­cially if you pick the most home-grown mode of travel in the form of their ‘boda bo­das’. The mo­tor­cy­cle taxis are a novel and great idea on the face of it; be­ing able to weave your way through the busy streets in a quick and nim­ble man­ner. How­ever, there is no ac­count­ing for their driv­ers who will take any short­cut, and adopt any route if it means get­ting you to your des­ti­na­tion quicker.

The anti-dan­ger­ous SafeBoda Com­pany has since strived to ex­tend your life ex­pectancy, but if - hav­ing wit­nessed one of these jour­neys - you’ve been put off the idea al­to­gether, then a mata­tus might be pre­ferred. Es­sen­tially a minibus to you and I, each matatu has a driver and con­duc­tor that does en­sure your safety along a pre-de­ter­mined route, but dig­nity and spa­tial aware­ness aren’t in­cluded in the price ad­mit­tedly.

Con­se­quently, op­tion three might be the best way to go. The tried and tested taxi al­ter­na­tive - or Spe­cial Hires as they’re known in Kam­pala - may seem like the ob­vi­ous choice given the oth­ers, but price can be the slight draw­back on this front, so be sure to hag­gle a price be­fore you set off.

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