Uganda is a beautiful and tantalizing small-sized country nestled in the eastern parts of the African continent. The country was christened the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by the British Prime Minister – Winston Churchill who relied on several amazing features that Uganda has got, such as; the beautiful climate, welcoming and vivacious people, varied wildlife, amazing culture, among others.
Uganda is one of the top destinations in Africa for wildlife safaris and many tourists throng it annually to enjoy its numerous attractions and essence. However, to a person, especially a foreigner, reading this article may ask him/herself a question how can him or her get into Uganda?! Well, below is a guideline on how one can get to Uganda to immerse in its extra ordinariness:
Overall, Uganda can be accessed by air, water, railway, and road, depending on where you are coming from. Basically if you are coming from outside of Africa, the most guaranteed transport means to use is air transport of which Uganda’s main entry and exit point is Entebbe International Airport, which is distanced about 45 kilometers southwest of Kampala – Uganda’s capital city.
The international airlines connecting to Uganda include; Brussels Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and British Airways. However, there are also Inter-Africa Airlines such as; Ethiopian Airlines, Rwanda Air Express, Air Uganda, Precision Airlines, Egypt Air, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, and Fly 540.
Honestly there are no direct flights from America, though Americans should not have worries as there are connections through code sharing airlines from Europe and South Africa.
Within East Africa, you can use whichever transport that is most convenient for you. Some business people use the ferry to travel to/from Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania. Also Uganda’s often-visited paradisaical islands (the white-sandy Ssese Islands) are easily accessed by water from Bukakata or Nakiwogo, Entebbe.
Basically in within East Africa the most cheap and possible means of transport is by road and there are buses like; Jaguar, Easy Coach, Akamba, Modern Coast, Kampala Coaches, Gaagaa, Easy Coach, Baby Coaches – running between Kampala to Nairobi, Bukoba, Dar-es-salaam, Kigali, Bujumbura and Juba.
Oftentimes, these buses have schedules to the different cities outside Uganda and it is advised that you check with the respective bus for when they travel to and from a particular city to and from Kampala. Advance booking is ever essential as last minute bookings may result to you failing out to get a seat in the bus you wish to travel with.