Namugongo is located 16 kilometers North East of Uganda’s capital Kampala. It is in the town of Namugongo that the massacre of 32 young Christian martyrs was witnessed in the year 1882. Christians from all over the world gather at Namugongo shrines on 3rd June every year to commemorate the lives of the young men. those planning to travel to Namugongo need to familiarize themselves with several key points.
Money and banking. Ugandan currency is the shilling with one dollar being the equivalent of 2800 Ugandan shillings. 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. The person using either the dollar or the Euro to pay for services will always enjoy a cheaper stay than those using the shilling. Visa enabled debit and credit cards are the best to use in Uganda as they are accepted by a majority of banks. However, few banks accept MasterCard debit and credit cards.
How to get to Namugongo. 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. 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. Those considering travelling by road should take up the Kenyan route through the Busia and Malaba boarders points as it is the best. 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 Providers of telephone services in Uganda are well established ensuring accessibility. Some of these services providers also have bases in other east African countries. This helps so that one can use the same service provider even in other neighboring countries. One can buy phones and sim cards from the numerous service provider outlets all over the city. 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. Two areas are key to note in regard to giving tips. In the transport sector, service providers, rarely expect tips as is the norm in other countries. Tourists and visitors are always advised to agree on the service cost way before the service is delivered. On the contrary, in hotels tips given on an earlier visit, will guarantee you better service when you get back to the hotel. It is therefore worth noting the tipping culture in the area before going out dishing out tips.