Expats in Uganda

Your Practical Guide to settling and living in Uganda

  • Head to Ggaba on the edge of Lake Victoria for a lazy weekend afternoon. Eat fresh Tilapia and chips.
  • Popular Kampala markets are Nakasero (fruit and veg), the maze-like Owino (everything), and Nakawa (everything). For craft and souvenir shopping, head to Buganda Road craft market or the National Theatre.
  • The National Theatre has a comprehensive programme of dance, drama and art. www.uncc.co.ug 0414 254 567.
  • Dive into Kampala’s art scene. Galleries include Nommo, Afriart and Umoja. The Uganda Museum has occasional art shows, in addition to historic displays.
  • Kampala has a vibrant nightlife. Acacia Avenue, Bugolobi and Muyenga are a few popular tourist/expat hangouts for great cappuccinos, great local beers, cocktails and dancing through the night. The industrial area has the city’s best known nightclubs: Club Silk, Guvnor.
Driveaways Address Telephone Website E-Mail
Activate Uganda Specializing in running, mountain biking, swimming, multi-sports events and sports tourism groups. t: 0712 831388 w: www.activateuganda.com e:info@activateuganda.com
Ndere Troupe t: 0312 291936 / 0772 700104 /5 /6 w:www.ndere.com
Walter’s Kampala Boda Boda City Tours t: 0791880106 / 0787492781 w:www.walterstours.com e:info@activateuganda.com
Lagoon Located 40minutes away from Kampala, t: 0777511339/0775787291 w:www.ug-lagoonresort.com e:lagoon.resort@yahoo.com
  • Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary
  • Cross the Equator In a boat!
  • A trip across Lake Victoria to see Ngamba’s chimps includes free entry to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
  • UWEC’s Behind the Scene Tour, Feed the Giraffes, walk with Charlie the baby elephant, or even stay overnight in the bandas. Open daily 8:30am-5:30pm, 0718 329 299 / 0414 320520 www.uwec.ug:441/
Driveaways Address Telephone Website E-Mail
Amono Safaris t: 0751 536372, 0771 083372 w:www.amonosafaris.com e:info@amonosafaris.com
Natural horsemanship Contact Katia, t: 0772996889 e:palmira.horses@gmail.com
Banda Island t: 0772 222 777 w:www.bandaisland.biz e:banda.island@gmail.com
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
Safari to watch tree-climbing lions, over 600 bird species, hippos, crocodiles and herds of elephants.
  • Uganda Community Tourism Association
Invites you to experience some great community tourism activities: elephant trenches, beeswax candle-making, basket weaving, traditional dance, medicinal herb tours, and more. Book in advance via www.ucota.or.ug Deo’s Model Homestead and Agartha’s Taste of Uganda, Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Best Community Tourism Initiative 2015. Book in advance t: 0414 321479 reservations@wildfrontiers.co.ug
  • Kibale Forest
A home to 13 types of primates, the highest concentration of primates in Africa and the best place for seeing chimpanzees in the wild. Stay at newly refurbished Primate Lodge, t: 031 2267153 e: info@ugandalodges.com The small town of Fort Portal is a great weekend getaway. Crater lakes and views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Recommended lodges include: Ndali, Kyaninga, Papaya and Kluges Guesthouse. Near Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi is a dream! The cool air and lakes offer time out from the dust, hustle and bustle. FORT PORT Rweteera Safari Park Kamwenge Road, Fort Portal m: 0776 862153, 0752862153 e: info@rweteerasafaripark.com w: rweteerasafaripark.com Gorilla trekking permits should be booked three months in advance at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office, Kira Road, Kampala. Call Dixon at UWA on 0776 912807 and read the Ultimate Guide to Mountain Gorilla Trekking on www.diaryofamuzungu.com To the south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, take a dugout canoe across Lake Mutanda and admire the eight peaks of the Virunga volcanoes reflected in the lake’s surface. Combine this trip with gorilla trekking and/or hiking through the ancient rainforest, or climb a volcano! Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is set high on a hilltop between the Virungas and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, t: 0774 805580 , w: www.gorillacamp.com Further south, a few kilometres from the Rwandese border, trek the Golden Monkeys or mountain gorillas Mgahinga National Park. Book your primate trek(s) a few weeks in advance with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Kira Road, Kampala and stay at the hidden gem that is Mount Gahinga Lodge. t: 0414 346464/5 e: salesug@volcanoessafaris.co4
Jinja is the Source of the Nile and “the adrenaline capital of East Africa.” White Nile Rafting Ltd Plot 1902 Buwenda, Jinja Uganda t: 0787 508 236, 702 468 286 e: info@whitenilerafting.com w: www.whitenilerafting.com JINJA SAILING CLUB 1-5 Nile Pier Road, Nile Crescent P.O Box 54, Jinja, Uganda t: (+256) 434 120222/333 m: 0750035901, 0702764269, f: 0434 123174 e: mgr@jinjasailingclub.com w :www.jinjasailingclub.com Grade 5 white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the River Nile. The Nile River Explorers Camp at Bujagali is the hub many activities. t: 0772 422373, rafting@raftingafrica.com www.raftafrica.com Kingfisher Safaris Resort Ltd. Jinja near the Source of the Nile t: +256(0)772 632063,+256(0) 772 510197, +256(0) 792365656, e : kingfishersafaris[at]gmx.net A quad biking Safari Next to the River Nile, and through the villages is huge fun and ideal for the whole family and excellent for teams and groups. t: 0772 377185, info@adventures.com www.atadventures.com Horseback safaris along the northern bank of the River Nile may be a few hours or even a few days. The professionally run stables also offer horse riding classes. t: 0774 101196, tj@nilehorseacksafaris.com www.nilehorsebacksafaris.com Mabira Forest. Visit for the day or stay overnight, the forest is home to primates and wonderful birdlife. Stay at Griffin Falls Eco Campsite at Mabira with Red Tailed Monkeys and (if you’re lucky) shy Grey Cheeked Mangabeys. Walk or hire mountain bikes to go on the trails through the Forest. Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is over 220 metres of canopy zip-lines through the tops of 40M trees and across the River Musamya. t: 0751 949368, www.mabiraforestcamp.com info@mabiraforestcamp.com Sipi Falls The only place in Uganda where you can go abseiling and paragliding. Activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking and flyfishing. Climb Tororo Rock and hike Wanale. Stay at Sukali Bistro and Hostel in Mbale w: sukaliuganda.com / 039 2178395 e: sales@sukaliuganda.com Mount Elgon Africa’s eighth highest mountain. Admire the bamboo forest, giant Hornbills, freshwater lakes and Giant Lobelia as you climb above the clouds. Make a detour to view the ancient Nyero rock paintings on your way home.For information on hiking to the summit of Wagagai, contact Michael at Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Elgon office t: 0752 / 702 004321
Murchison Falls Protected Area covers a range of over 4500 km². The wandering herds of elephants and towering Borassus Palms make it a stunning landscape. Visit the Top of Murchison Falls where the Nile is forced through a narrow gap in the rock before plunging 43 metres below. The steep but short walk to the bottom of the Falls is highly recommended. No visit to Murchison is complete without the (three hour) boat trip to the bottom of the Falls, where you will see huge Nile crocodiles, hippos and 100s of birds, including brightly-coloured Bee-eaters, Spoonbills and, occasionally, the rare Shoebill. Nile River Safaris - a variety of boat excursions on the Nile Falls and Delta area, sunset cruises, cheese and wine, sports fishing for Nile Perch and specialist trips. A variety of boats are available with experienced, trained skippers and safety equipment including life jackets for all on board. Entebbe booking office t: 0414 321479 / 0772 502 155. Murchison booking office t 0702 152 928 / 0773 897 275, murchisonboats@wildfrontiers.co.ug Break up your journey to/from Murchison by visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Go rhino trekking, on foot, for about an hour. T: 0772 / 0758 713410 www.rhinofund.org Budongo Ecotourism site, 60 km south of Murchison Falls, is an excellent place to track the forest’s 600-700 native chimps. For chimp permits, contact the lodge T: 0781 381332. Book in advance. info@ugandalodges.com Kidepo Valley north-eastern Uganda says it’s their favourite National Park. Cheetah and Ostrich are some of Kidepo’s wildlife that you can’t see in any other Ugandan park. Driving to Kidepo takes at least 10 hours. Scheduled flights with Aerolink depart Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. T: 0317 333 000 www.aerolinkuganda.com In Karamoja, explore the beautiful Narus Valley and visit the Karamajong Manyatta (homesteads), unique to the area. If you feel like taking a break from your everyday life, you will love what we have inside for you!