Everything you need to know about transport in Kampala

First of all, this is not for the faint-hearted. Do not assume that it will be easy, but it will definitely be fun. You will not leave this city without a story to tell your friends back home. Spending a day getting up and about in this city will only make you want to do it again.

Private Hire (Cab)

Taxis are mostly available within the city centre. They may try to overcharge you but this is where your negotiating skills come in. Here’s the trick, when you map out your itinerary, note the distance between the different sites, for example Ntinda to Acacia Mall is about 3 kilometers. Try to drive the price down to about $5 for every 3km. The closer you get to this, the better the price. If you are ever unsure, remember to ask at the reception for taxi rates and stick to your guns. Don’t be alarmed if traffic seems stagnant, you’ll get there soon enough. This mode is relatively reliable if you have appointments if a time cushion is allowed.

Taxi Matatus/Buses

Do not use this mode of transport if you are on a time crunch! Taxis and buses are the most affordable way to get around, unfortunately they are also the slowest and the least reliable. Taxis tend to stop for long periods of time looking for passengers. They also tend to overload so your safest bet is to sit in the front seat with the driver. This way you avoid being uncomfortable and you may get to enjoy a conversation with the driver.

Motorcycle Taxis (Boda Bodas)

Boda bodas are the quickest means of getting around this breathtaking city. However you will need to summon your inner daredevil. The boda bodas take to the roads at incredible speeds, sometimes on the wrong side of the road, sometimes on the sidewalks, avoiding city council officers as they go. The safest way to use a boda is through the Safe Boda app. This app links bodas with passengers using GPS technology. Safe Bodas, unlike others have a second helmet for their passengers and are not allowed break traffic laws.

Traffic

There are very few traffic lights and zebra crossings in Kampala. Traffic is mainly controlled by the traffic police. Be extra careful when crossing the roads, bodas tend to come out of nowhere when you least expect it.

Be sure to book your stay using Jovago.com, the hotel staff are always more than willing to help you figure out your most ideal mode of transport during your stay.

 

This article was provided by Jovago

About Jovago

Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service with offices in Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Dakar (Senegal) founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as its investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

Amazing Chimpanzee Destinations to visit in Uganda

Chimpanzee tracking is a favourite activity for many tourists that visit Uganda. They are easier to track than gorillas and are a lot friendlier too. Here are the best places to track chimpanzees in Uganda. Ugandan hotels on Jovago.com are ready to offer assistance to plan a chimpanzee tracking safari upon request.

Kibale Forest

The rainforest is the preferred site for chimpanzee tracking. The destination is home to 13 species of primates and over 1500 chimpanzees. The ideal trip to Kibale would be a 2-3 day safari. The rainforest is also home to forest elephants, buffalos and of course flocks of exotic birds.

Kyambura Gorge

If you are visiting Queen Elizabeth Park, the Kyambura Gorge is quite close and a great experience. The chimpanzees here have been completely habituated, which means that they are used to human interaction and usually go about their business despite the large number of travelers who come to observe them. The gorge also boasts of the rare tree climbing lions that can be observed at a distance.

Budongo Forest

Only three hours away from Kampala, the Budongo forest is ideal for day trips. They have a minimum age for tracking which is 15 years. There is an eco-lodge for overnight travelers and the forest is also home to a number of wild butterflies and bird species.

Kalinzu Forest

Perfect for nature walks and hikes, all the chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest have been habituated by Japanese researchers. The forest is quite close to Queen Elizabeth Park and makes an ideal detour if you have extra time on your hands.

 

This article was provided by Jovago

About Jovago

Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service with offices in Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Dakar (Senegal) founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as its investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

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