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What To Know About Namugongo Hotels And Their Environment 16 kilometers on the North Eastern side of Kampala city lies the town of Namugongo. Namugongo is worldly renown for the massacre of 32 young men who refused to renounce Christianity on 3rd June 1886. Christians from all over the world gather at Namugongo shrines on 3rd June every year to commemorate the lives of the young men. When planning to travel to Namugongo, several key points are of interest to every tourist. Money and banking. 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. Foreign exchange bureaus will also accept to exchange the Euro. Persons using the dollar or the Euro in paying for services will always spend less than those using the Ugandan 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. Getting into the country. One can fly into Namugongo, or they can use the road. Accessing Entebbe International airport one needs to secure a visa from an embassy near their source 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. When entering Uganda by road, it is advisable to use the Kenyan route through the two key border points of Busia or Malaba. 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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Mobile phone services In Uganda there are many telephone service providers. 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. The numerous phone shops gives one a platform to access phones and sim cards for communication purposes. Telephone booths and other pay phone agents are also available to alternative service providers.
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Tipping. The tipping etiquette and culture in Uganda is unique. Two areas are key to note in regard to giving tips. Unlike other countries, Namugongo transport service providers rarely expect tips from their customers. The cost of the services given should have been agreed well in advance before the service is given. On the contrary, in hotels tips given on an earlier visit, will guarantee you better service when you get back to the hotel. Who and why to tip should be based on the above criteria.