Frequently asked questions about travelling to Uganda Lodge
Some helpful tips and advice for when you travel in Uganda. If you have other questions please contact us here.
What’s the weather like?
Although situated near the equator, Ruhanga is about 1500 metres high and it can get quite chilly in the evenings. You often need a sweater or jacket, even if it was very hot during the day. You are more likely to want a blanket than a fan at night! Single duvets are useful – you might like to bring an old one and leave it behind, although bedding & mosquito nets are supplied. Rain, when it falls, is usually very heavy for an hour or two and then it stops and the sun returns again. Only occasionally does rain continue for several hours and this tends to be at night. Probably July and August are the driest months but seasons are changing. Darkness falls about 7pm and daylight starts at 6am almost all year around.
Can I use my mobile phone?
You can buy a Ugandan SIM card in town, which you can load with texts, calls and/or data and there is 3G coverage at the lodge. If you bring a laptop with you, using your phone as a mobile hotspot is very effective. There are 2 internet cafés and 2 hotels with Wi-Fi in town.
Can I use my debit/credit cards?
There are 2 ATMs in the local town, Ntungamo (and 1 at the airport at arrival). Use VISA as Mastercard is increasingly not being accepted in Uganda.
What should I pack?
It can get very hot in the daytime but generally cools down in the evening. If rain comes it’s often very heavy, but still quite warm and generally stops after an hour or two. You can buy most things you will need in Ntungamo (nearest town) quite cheaply although you might like to bring any of the following as they are sometimes more expensive in Uganda than home. Anything you can leave behind is welcomed.
- A Power Surge protected extension lead (red zig-zag logo and 3 square pins as in UK) –
Head torch and/or rechargeable/battery lantern.
1 medium sized padlocks with keys or secret code numbers
Insect spray & repellent and after bite cream; sunscreen & aftersun etc.
First Aid Kit containing plasters, antiseptic, Imodium, Aspirin or Lemsip, antihistamine