Namugongo is located 16 kilometers North East of Uganda’s capital Kampala. Namugongo is worldly renown for the massacre of 32 young men who refused to renounce Christianity on 3rd June 1886. In the month of June every year, Christians from all walks of life will gather in the silent town of Namugongo in memory of the 32 fallen 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. The dollar is the best money to carry into Uganda; however, it should not be dated earlier 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. While using debit and credit cards it is good to note that the country is predominantly Visa enabled. However, few banks accept MasterCard debit and credit cards.
Accessing Uganda. Namugongo can be accessed either by air or by road. When entering through Entebbe airport, tourist have to have paid for Visas from Uganda embassies near their home country. One has the option to buy the single country visa at $50 or one that gives access to other east African countries at $100. Those considering travelling by road should take up the Kenyan route through the Busia and Malaba boarders points as it is the best. Fuel being cheaper in Kenya, one is advised to take up as much as they need for the journey before crossing over.
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Telephone access. Access to phone services in Uganda is well established. Some of these services providers also have bases in other east African countries. When one takes up a service in Uganda they can use it in other East African countries. The numerous phone shops gives one a platform to access phones and sim cards for communication purposes. Phone booths and other pay phone agents are also available all over the city and in other major towns.
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Tokens of Appreciation. Tokens of appreciation in Uganda are given differently than in other countries. When giving tokens, two things are of key concern. Unlike other countries, Namugongo transport service providers rarely expect tips from their customers. It is advisable to always get a quoted bill before the service is rendered. On the contrary, in hotels tips given on an earlier visit, will guarantee you better service when you get back to the hotel. Travelers should take note of the above before going out giving tips.