Editor InKampala

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    I will be traveling to Uganda and Rwanda in January 2013. What is the best way to get to Goma? How bout getting a visa? Is it easy?

    Hi there - there are several variables. The best way to Goma is dependent on how you prefer to travel and the order of the itinerary for your trip. For example, if you are traveling from Uganda, to Rwanda, to DRC then you should probably just drive. However, if you are coming from Uganda then flying would be the better option. (I assume you mean Goma in Congo, although you didn't mention that country) The same goes for visas. This depends on your nationality and the order in which you would be visiting these countries. Can you send a few more details? about 7 years ago

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    Sightseeing in Uganda

    There are an amazing number of parks and tours that are great for seeing wildlife in Uganda. In fact, Uganda's parks are one of the best kept secrets of East Africa. They tend to be less well-known than ones in Kenya and Tanzania but this also means that they're less crowded and less expensive. The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (http://www.ugandawildlife.org/) does an amazing job of maintaining the parks and has a published fee list so you can get an idea of what you expect to pay when visiting. If you only have a short time in the country I would recommend: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls, the Rwenzoris. If you're interested in seeing the gorillas you'll want to go down to Kisoro (Bwindi 'Impenetrable' Forest) and to Kibale to visit the chimpanzees. Visit (http://www.inkampala.com/category/travel/) for lots of articles on different aspects of these parks. In terms of tour companies - the range is immense - everything from very expensive/bespoke tours to small independent tour companies. Reply if you want recommendations and I can recommend a few. over 7 years ago

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    Are there flights from entebbe to adjumani, if so how do I book them

    Graham, to my knowledge there are no regular flights by an airline to Uganda. That said, there are a large number of charter airlines operating in Uganda as well as NGOs that use those airlines to reach areas throughout the country. I would suggest checking with NGOs operating there (or Gulu) to find out if they have a regular charter, or if you want to charter one yourself they'll be happy to give you a quote. www.inkampala.com over 7 years ago

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    Is is safe to swim in freshwater bodies in Uganda?

    Unfortunately, Bilharzia is pretty common in fresh water in Uganda. This doesn't stop residents - both local and expats - from swimming in the Lake but they also frequently have to be treated for Bilharzia. The disease should be taken seriously and good information can be read here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002298/. While not a medical professional, most people I know who have had it complain of feeling tired/under the weather for awhile before diagnosis. If you're on a short visit this could easily be dismissed as jetlag so best to be careful. As Irish Smith mentioned, swimming in pools, bathing, showering are absolutely no problem. over 7 years ago

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    How is safety in Arua, Uganda?

    Safe is a very subjective term. On the whole, Uganda has a lower crime rate than most African - and indeed European or North American - countries. People travelling here generally find that Ugandans are wonderful hosts who go out of their way to take care of travelers and visitors. That said, it always pays to be conscientious about your surroundings and who you trust. A great number of people travel back and forth to Arua daily without incident. Given the previous conflict in the area there has been a huge amount of money invested in the North and you'll find that the roads relatively good up to the area. Do check out your country's travel advice on their embassy's website and include this in your consideration. If you're passing through Kampala - check out: www.inkampala.com. over 7 years ago

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    Which is a good leisure hotel in Kampala? Travelling there for New Years

    Serena is a great hotel - but there are lots of others that span a wide budget range. Mamba Point Guest House, for example, is much more affordable: http://www.inkampala.com/hidden-gem-for-business-stays/ and still very nice and comfortable. Or, if you want luxury there's always Emin Pasha: http://www.eminpasha.com/. over 7 years ago