Tips While Travelling To Namugongo 16 kilometers on the North Eastern side of Kampala city lies the town of Namugongo. Namugongo is worldly renown for the massacre of 32 young men who refused to renounce Christianity on 3rd June 1886. Every the third day of June, Christians from all over the world gather at the renown Namugongo shrines in remembrance of the 32 martyrs. those planning to travel to Namugongo need to familiarize themselves with several key points. Money and banking. The currency used in Uganda is the dollar with the exchange rate standing at 2800 Uganda shillings to a dollar. It is advisable for one to bring in money in the form of dollars which should not be older than the year 2009. Foreign exchange bureaus will also accept to exchange the Euro. Using dollars or euros will enable you to access hotel and touring services at a cheaper rate than those using the shilling. While using debit and credit cards it is good to note that the country is predominantly Visa enabled. MasterCard enabled credit and debit cards are also accepted but at a lower scale. Accessing Uganda. Namugongo can be accessed either by air or by road. Namugongo is accessible to Entebbe international airport, and therefore one needs to purchase visas from the embassies near their countries of origin. Visas are available structured to fit the needs of travelers those who are travelling to Uganda only can get the visa at $50 and those wishing to travel to other countries in East Africa can get the visa at $100. When entering Uganda by road, it is advisable to use the Kenyan route through the two key border points of Busia or Malaba. It is advised to stock up fuel in Kenya as fuel there is way too cheaper than in Uganda.
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Telephone access. Providers of telephone services in Uganda are well established ensuring accessibility. Most of these service providers are international companies with the presence in other East African countries. When one takes up a service in Uganda they can use it in other East African countries. Phones and sim cards are available all over the city as the service providers have established outlets. Telephone booths and other pay phone agents are also available to alternative service providers.
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Tipping. Tokens of appreciation in Uganda are given differently than in other countries. Two areas are key to note in regard to giving tips. The taxi drivers and other transportation service providers do not expect tips after their service, unlike other countries. The cost of the services given should have been agreed well in advance before the service is given. However, in hotels and restaurants u will get better services when you come back to the hotel if u had generously tipped them. Who and why to tip should be based on the above criteria.