16 kilometers on the North Eastern side of Kampala city lies the town of Namugongo. 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.
Issues money. 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. 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.
How to get to Namugongo. 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. 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. 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. One can buy phones and sim cards from the numerous service provider outlets all over the city. Other modes of communication are also available with the numerous phone agents and telephone booths.
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Tokens of Appreciation. The tipping etiquette and culture in Uganda is unique. Before one gives tips; there are two concern areas. 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. In hotels, the quality of service is wholly based on the appreciation done on the previous visit. Who and why to tip should be based on the above criteria.