Flights to Uganda – From wildlife safari to dramatic landscapes
Blessed with panoramic landscapes, River Nile (the longest river in the world), majestic Rwenzori mountains, abundant wildlife, and the tranquil Lake Victoria, Uganda gives you an opportunity to unleash your love for nature’s bounties. The tribal past of this country has been well-preserved, evident from the various museums and galleries dotting the capital city of Kampala. Home to the now endangered species of mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are the top tourist attractions in Uganda.
Best time to visit Uganda
Visit Uganda between January and February, and then June and September, which is the ideal time for exploring the diverse landscape of this country. Tropical climatic conditions coupled with rainfall through the year is what you can expect when traveling in this country. Vaccination for Yellow Fever is compulsory before entering Uganda.
How to reach Uganda
You can avail the services of major airlines like Air India, Etihad Airways, and Jet Airways to reach Uganda from India. There are no direct flights to Uganda from India, but almost all the major airlines have stopover points at Addis Ababa, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dubai. The country is primarily served by Entebbe International Airport. For traveling within the country, you can utilize public transport services.
Where to stay in Uganda
Kampala and Entebbe are two important cities in Uganda, which offer a range of accommodation. A mid-range hotel in Kampala with basic facilities will charge about INR 1,500 per night. Luxury hotels near famous places are also available in Uganda. Hotels with beach-facing rooms and basic amenities are available in Entebbe at INR 2,500 approximately.
Places to visit in Uganda
Uganda is famous for its wilderness, diverse culture, and many varieties of flora and fauna. Entebbe is home to National Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, and Entebbe Golf Club, the oldest golf course in East Africa. The historical site Kigungu in Entebbe, where Catholic missionaries landed in Uganda, is also a fine place to visit.
Kampala is a mix of rural and urban charms. The greenery amidst the towering skyscrapers and the way the city has preserved its tribal culture will impress you. Enjoy visiting Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, Lubiri Palace, and Rubaga Cathedral.
Boating at Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Victoria, Kaziranga Channel, and River Nile, sport fishing and canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi are fun activities you can indulge in during the tour. The many mountains of Uganda such as Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Elgon, and Mount Muhavura, act as the perfect spots for mountain climbing, hiking, and nature walks.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda are popular as ‘gorilla’ tourism spots, where the endangered mountain gorillas can be spotted. You might also spot tree climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Must-buys in Uganda
As in any part of Africa, you can find colorful clothing and beautiful handicraft items in Uganda. Things to shop include jewelry, batiks, metal art, and wooden carvings. You can try your luck at bargaining at the various shops in Kampala.
Eating out in Uganda
Food items which are typically used to cook Ugandan dishes are potatoes, chicken, fish, yam, pork, groundnut, and beef. Indian samosas, chapatis, and curries have all been assimilated into Ugandan cuisine, so you needn’t worry about adjusting your taste buds to the locally available food. If you like to experiment with new kinds of food, you can try Nswaa (made of termites) or Nsenene (made of grasshoppers).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Uganda?
The airlines which offer cheap air tickets to Uganda are Air India, Emirates, and Jet Airways.
•What is the time difference between Uganda and India?
India is ahead of Uganda by 2 hours and 30 minutes.
•What is the average time taken to reach Entebbe from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Entebbe: 13 hours
Chennai to Entebbe: 14 hours
Mumbai to Entebbe: 11 hours
New Delhi to Entebbe: 11 hours
•Which are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Entebbe?
The major layover airports for connecting flights to Entebbe are at Addis Ababa, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dubai.
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