Money and travel budget in Uganda

Uganda is a cash economy. Most restaurants, lodges or campsites outside Kampala don't accept cards. However, ATMs are widely available across the country in all bigger provincial towns. Stanbic and Barclays are the most reliable banks, accepting MasterCard, Maestro and Visa. We recommend that you bring additional Euros or US Dollars with you in cash, for unforeseen circumstances. US Dollars and Euros can easily be changed to Ugandan shillings at any Forex Bureau in most provincial towns. Larger notes will get you a better exchange rate. Also, bring additional cards, as the daily uptake with a foreign card is limited at ATMs in Uganda. Please be aware that USD notes printed in 2006 or earlier are not accepted in Uganda and denominations smaller than $50 are accepted at a lower rate. Some banks might still exchange old notes for you, but the exchange rates will also be a lot lower.

Uganda travel budget 

Compared with other popular vacation destinations in East Africa (Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya), Uganda is the most affordable. Prices are quoted in Ugandan Shillings and US Dollars. A brief overview of indication of costs in US Dollars: 

  • Petrol costs between $1 – $1.20 per liter
  • National park entrance fees: $40 /  24 hours per person, plus $8 for the vehicle per entry, and if you go with a driver you pay $5/ 24 hours for his entrance.
  • A three-course meal at a lodge costs around $12- $17 
  • Accommodation prices are reasonable. There is a large mid-range segment, providing good value for money. Price range for a double room including breakfast is as follows:
    • Budget, including camping, is in the range of $10- $80
    • Mid-range $80-$175
    • Deluxe is >$175

The wonderfull colours and chaos of Uganda