A mountain gorilla in Uganda

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Testimonials from clients that have experienced gorilla tracking in Uganda

"We loved Gorilla Tracking in Uganda. Our Uganda Safari completely surpassed our expectations. Thank you for making our Uganda holiday so memorable."

- Beverly & Simon Hughes

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use us?

• Unlike many other travel companies, all of our sales team have travelled extensively throughout Uganda. Just like our sister company Mahlatini, we will not suggest or sell a lodge, camp or a location unless we have actually been there ourselves.

• Tailor made holidays are our speciality; we aim to create an itinerary that will be perfect for you, helping you make the most of your time in Uganda.

• We are a small company with extremely dedicated staff, we will always be there to help answer any of your questions; there are few travel companies that can offer such a personal service. Many of our clients keep in touch with us after their trip, and visit our office if they can.

• Our services do not just end after you have purchased a holiday, should anything unexpected happen on your holiday you can feel secure in the knowledge that we will be there to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why Uganda?

Uganda’s troubled past has prevented the kind of large scale tourism that you would experience in other regions of East Africa, such as Kenya and Tanzania. This has left an almost pristine country yet to be discovered; Uganda is set to become a world class safari destination.

Uganda’s offers an incredible diversity of wildlife, and habitats, that few countries in Africa can match.

When is the best time to go to Uganda?

Uganda lies within the tropics and experiences two wet seasons (April to May and October to November), with the exception in the North with is dry throughout the year but wettest between April and October. Wildlife is easier to see during the dry seasons as it generally congregates around water; however the wet season attracts far fewer visitors and triggers breeding activity for some animals. The majority of Uganda lies above 1,000 meters, the temperatures are therefore very pleasant throughout the year.

What language do they speak in Uganda?

Swahili is the most common language within Uganda, however the national language of the country is English, and you will find that it is spoken throughout Uganda.

What currency should I use whilst I am in the Uganda?

The Ugandan Shilling is the local currency within Uganda. The main branch of Barclays Bank in Kampala is the only bank aurthorised to give cash advances on credit cards. Visa cards are fine but Mastercards are not guaranteed and will only be cashed if they clear certain internal security checks. The maximum that can be obtained is $400 per day and only in banking hours. Please be aware that Kampala traffic can be terrible so a visit to the bank can easily take an hour. ATM machines rarely work although there are now some in Entebbe Airport and there is one in Mbarara.

USD notes are wildly accepted around the county but please be aware that - only post 2000 series are accepted here in Uganda still. Traveller’s cheques are also widely accepted.

What is ATOL protection?

Our company is ATOL protected. ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out checks on the tour operators and travel organisers it licenses, and requiring a financial guarantee called a bond, which is lodged with the Civil Aviation Authority. In the very unlikely event that our company goes out of business, the CAA will make a refund to you, or if you're abroad, they will arrange for you to finish your holiday and fly you home.

Do you offer any other destinations?

Yes, Mahlatini African Travel are specialists in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Mahlatini offer a very personalised service and a range of destinations and holiday types, see below: