Uganda is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity as a tourist des­ti­na­tion, with thanks to sup­port from its Govern­ment and a vi­sion for the fu­ture from the Uganda Ho­tel Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

Africa Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Man­ager: Ryan Gray

Emerg­ing From the Shad­ows

Uganda is be­gin­ning to emerge from the shad­ows of its long his­tory, reach­ing out to im­prove upon the for­mer glory it held as the ‘pearl of Africa’.

The coun­try is privy to spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes, ex­cel­lent wildlife watch­ing opportunities and wel­com­ing lo­cals, con­sid­er­ing the rel­a­tively small size of the county it packs a punch against its larger neigh­bours. Home to the Rwen­zoris - Africa’s tallest moun­tain range - and the source of the Nile, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to find­ing ways to spend your free time.

Although the cli­mate is tech­ni­cally equa­to­rial, it is not as uni­form as you would ex­pect and there­fore it is ad­vis­able to pack for a wide range of weather pos­si­bil­i­ties. You will find that South­ern Uganda is more often than not more wet, with rain spread­ing widely through­out the year. On the north-side this is more pre­dictable, with rain pre­dom­i­nantly fall­ing from March to June and through­out Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

Uganda is both ac­ces­si­ble and an af­ford­able op­tion in Africa, mak­ing it the perfect des­ti­na­tion for busi­ness travel. Although the coun­try still has a way to go when it comes to the stan­dards set by slightly more ma­ture des­ti­na­tions such as Kenya and South Africa, it has an au­then­tic­ity that makes it both an ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able place to spend your trip.

Since 2016 when trav­el­ling to Uganda you are re­quired to ap­ply for an on­line visa prior to your visit to the coun­try, and a sin­gle en­try tourist visa will last between 30 and 90 days and will cost $50.

Upon en­trance to the coun­try you will find that English is widely spo­ken at vary­ing lev­els of flu­ency, as well as lin­gua franca, mak­ing it easy to nav­i­gate your way around dur­ing your trip.

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