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Uganda - Money & Costs

Money & Costs in Uganda

Self-explanatory street scene Currency: Ugandan Shilling
  • Budget: US$2-8
  • Mid-range: US$8-15
  • High: US$10+

  • Lodging
  • Budget: US$5-15
  • Mid-range: US$20-50
  • High: US$50+

  • Since the elimination of the black market and the introduction of foreign exchange (forex) bureaus, Uganda is one of the most expensive countries in East Africa. Enjoying the finer things in life here requires a minimum of US$75 a day. Moderate food and accommodation take at least US$40 a day. Those on a budget can try to squeak by on US$20 a day. National park entry fees are about US$15 per person per day.

    The Ugandan shilling is a stable, fully convertible currency, fluctuating very little from day to day. It doesn't matter too much where you change your money, though the forex bureaus generally offer better rates than the banks. You'll find forex bureaus at most border posts and in all major cities. For maximum flexibility take most of your money in travellers' cheques and the rest in cash, preferably US dollars, British pounds or South African rand. Credit cards are accepted only at larger hotels and restaurants.

    You won't be expected to tip in Uganda, though feel free to do so if you've received exceptional service. Bargain when buying things from a market, street stall or craft shop.

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