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In the center-east of the African continent, in an area of lakes and volcanoes, lies Uganda, the pearl of Africa.  Thanks to its scenic beauty, vegetation and the water that decorates it, it was one of the pioneer countries in Africa to receive tourists. Then came decades of violence, independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, internal tribal conflicts and conflicts with neighboring countries, which made it an unsafe country. But except in some northern regions, Uganda is currently in a calm situation and has once again become one of the best natural destinations in the world.

The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan shilling. One dollar is equivalent to approx. 3700 and one euro is equivalent to 4,200 shillings. The use of credit cards is not widespread so it is advisable to change cash upon arrival in the country.

Where to see the gorillas? When visiting Uganda and traveling to the south of the country, Bwindi National Park is the easiest to access for gorilla family trekking. This excursion through the jungle can last from 3 to 10 hours, and when meeting the group, the tourist has 1 hour to enjoy an unforgettable experience. The visits are regulated, being groups of maximum 8 people and divided in different sectors of the park. A permit is paid to see the gorillas, which costs USD 700, in order to protect and maintain the site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Uganda suffers from a large amount of crime. Petty crime, such as theft, is common. Walking alone after dark is not recommended. Food and drink should not be neglected either, as there have been cases of drugs in drinks. Travelers should be alert and cautious when traveling.

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When traveling it is important to know in advance the chosen destination, not only prepare the route, choose flights and accommodation, know something about their culture and customs, it is also necessary to know what kind of dangers we can find and how to solve it, so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation reports on its website, which countries are more dangerous and which ones should not be visited.

El Salvador because it has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and there are criminal groups called “maras” (gangs) operating throughout the country; in Honduras the insecurity situation is serious, especially in the large urban centers of Tegucigalpa, Ceiba and San Pedro Sula; in Nicaragua where there are strong disturbances in several parts of the country; Venezuela has a very high level of insecurity, and homicide and kidnapping rates are a cause for concern.

In St. Lucia, with the start of the high tourist season, the number of violent street robberies, rapes and especially armed robberies in homes has increased again; in Guatemala, in February, the Fuego volcano erupted; and finally, in Suriname there may be cases of infection by the dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses.

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This is another post in a series that tries to advise you on your travels around the world. We have told you about many different and exotic countries, and today we want to continue this trend with Uganda, so that you can travel safely in this country. If you are going to go sightseeing in Uganda, it is important that you know the places you cannot miss, but also the precautions you should take so that everything goes as planned.

Although it is safe to travel to Uganda, there are routes to which you should pay attention to extreme precautions. One of them is between Jinja-Kampala and Kampala-Masaka, as there are usually many accidents due to the poor state of the roads. Always carry your documents with you in case you are stopped by security agents and also a certified photocopy of your passport so as not to lose the original.

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