16 kilometers on the North Eastern side of Kampala city lies the town of Namugongo. Namugongo is recognized all over the world as the place where young men were burnt to death for holding strong in their Christian belief. Every the third day of June, Christians from all over the world gather at the renown Namugongo shrines in remembrance of the 32 martyrs. When planning to travel to Namugongo, several key points are of interest to every tourist.
The money factor. 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. Euros are also accepted in the foreign exchange bureaus around. Using dollars or euros will enable you to access hotel and touring services at a cheaper rate than those using the shilling. In Uganda, a majority of banks, accept Visa enabled debit and credit cards. However, few banks accept MasterCard debit and credit cards.
Accessing Uganda. One can fly into Namugongo, or they can use the road. Namugongo is accessible to Entebbe international airport, and therefore one needs to purchase visas from the embassies near their countries of origin. One can decide to take up a visa giving him access to Uganda only or the one giving access to other East Africa countries too at $50 and $100 respectively. The Kenyan route through the Busia and Malaba border points is the most ideal for those travelling by road. It is advised to stock up fuel in Kenya as fuel there is way too cheaper than in Uganda.
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Mobile phone services Access to phone services in Uganda is well established. 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. Other modes of communication are also available with the numerous phone agents and telephone booths.
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Giving tips. The tipping etiquette and culture in Uganda is unique. 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. In hotels, the quality of service is wholly based on the appreciation done on the previous visit. It is therefore worth noting the tipping culture in the area before going out dishing out tips.