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Tips While Travelling To Namugongo Namugongo is located 16 kilometers North East of Uganda’s capital Kampala. Namugongo is recognized all over the world as the place where young men were burnt to death for holding strong in their Christian belief. 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. Issues money. 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. In Uganda, a majority of banks, accept Visa enabled debit and credit cards. MasterCard enabled credit and debit cards are also accepted but at a lower scale. How to get to Namugongo. 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. 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. Travellers by road should consider fueling in Kenya as fuel is cheaper in Kenya than in Uganda by far.
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Telephone access. 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. This gives the benefit of using the same mobile network even when the traveler goes into other neighboring countries. The numerous phone shops gives one a platform to access phones and sim cards for communication purposes. Other modes of communication are also available with the numerous phone agents and telephone booths.
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Giving tips. How people show appreciation in Uganda is different than other countries. Before one gives tips; there are two concern areas. 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. Travelers should take note of the above before going out giving tips.