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Uganda also known as the Pearl of Africa is a sovereign landlocked country situated in East Africa. It is bordered by 5 countries; Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. People love to visit Uganda to explore the beauty and diversity the country prides in.
Uganda is one country with varied differences. There are also many ways to explore it. If you are going first time and have no idea where to begin and what all to see, the best way is to read all the tourism materials you get lay hands on. Browse thru the Internet, get travel guidebooks or consult the several travel and tour operators in Uganda. Once you find out where you want to go, start searching for the lowest possible airfares for your destinations online or contacting the travel agents like expert-guided adventures agents who are specialists in providing cheap travel deals in Uganda.

Getting There and Around
In Uganda, Buses operate on long distance routes and are a safer and cheaper way to travel. Usually Bus companies such as Akamba, Busscar, Regional Coach, Link and Scandinavian Express adhere firmly to listed departure times from departure points. Travellers should heed to their times. Matatus only depart from the several terminuses when full. Mini buses are concentrated more for short journeys. Public transport in Uganda is better these days because of the provision of seat belts and speed governors. Major arrival and departure stations are the Old taxi Park and New Taxi Park in found in the city centre or you can get the services along major public roads. Most fares are fixed but affordable. In up country towns, special taxis, motorcycles (boda boda) and bicycles are common means. These can be useful for travel where public transport is scarce. And in such areas it’s reasonable to carry smaller denominations of money.

Weather & Best Time to Travel
Uganda is an all year travel destination. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect equatorial tropical climate. In general terms, the lowland area
and lake shores enjoy a warm climate while it is cooler in the highlands. Temperatures average about 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. December to February is the hottest period.

What to Wear
Day time temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too. Those who intend to hike on the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

Accommodation
Finding a good, comfortable and affordable stay in hotels is equally important. If you are traveling to Uganda, especially the first timers, it’s recommended that you always book your hotel accommodation in Uganda well in advance. Similarly those planning for Uganda holidays, it’s plausible to make prior arrangements for your lodging and accommodation. Availability of safari lodges in Uganda is very hard to find even during the off seasons especially in major tourist destinations in Uganda.
Search availability of Hotels and Locations: When you are planning for holidays in Uganda endeavour to find out the Hotel room status online. You can also establish your accommodation using the online Uganda Map. If you can’t get accommodation in the city itself, it should be located at a suitable distance from the main tourist attractions.

Budget Accommodation
Your pocket budget is a very important thing to plan your Uganda trip. The Hotel where you will be staying needs to fit into your budget. It is sensible that you find out the room rates beforehand by either calling up at the hotel or by simply searching online hotels in Uganda. All hotels in the country match the world class categories. Visitors are encouraged to make their reservations in advance.

Public Holidays
New Years’ Day (1 Jan); Liberation Day (26 Jan); Independence Day (9 Oct); Women’s Day (8 March – Int’l); Good Friday and Easter Monday varies; Labour Day (1 May); Martyrs Day (3 June); Heroes Day (9 June); Africa Day (25 May); World AIDS Day (1 Dec ); Human Rights’ Day (10 Dec); Christmas Day (25 Dec); Boxing Day (26 Dec).