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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? almost 8 years ago
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/. about 8 years ago
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. about 8 years ago