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English is the official language of Uganda. It is taught in schools and used in the government, but few speak it. Swahili is another popular language in Uganda, but there are several dozen other languages spoken in different regions of Uganda.


Kinyarwanda is the chief spoken language in Rwanda. It is also spoken in the east of D.R. Congo and in the south of Uganda (Bufumbira-area).


The local currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). In Uganda, it is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX).

Relative to other African countries, Uganda and Rwanda are expensive destinations. Most costs are covered in the tour.

Please be aware that high denomination US Dollar bills (only post-2000) are usable. Bills should be newer and in excellent condition with no stains or tears. Credit cards are accepted by very few outlets in Kampala and Kigali and a few hotels/lodges up-country. ATM machines are available in the largest cities only.

Telephone Calls

International telephone communication is very good from Kampala and Kigali but more difficult from some up-country areas. The mobile telephone network is good and rapidly expanding. Most European or American mobile phones with a roaming agreement work in Uganda and Rwanda.

Local SIM cards can also be purchased in many outlets. Our guides have cell phones and minutes can be purchased for their phones if requested.

Internet facilities are available in most major towns in Uganda and Rwanda although the quality and speed of the connection varies.


Uganda: 240 volts. 3-pin (square) sockets.

Rwanda: 230/240 volts at 50 Hz. 2-pin (round) sockets.

It is best to travel with your own adapter. Most camps/lodges, even if they do not have power, can make arrangements for recharging batteries. Consult your guide.

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