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Rally Guide of Uganda






Regulatory Power:


The V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2013 will be run in accordance with the International Sporting Code (and its Appendices), the General Prescriptions applicable to all FIA Rally Championships, FIA Africa Rally Championship regulations, the FMU Sporting Code that complies with FIA Regulations and the Supplementary Regulations (and its Appendices).



This document has no regulatory power and is issued as a guide only.



1.1          Message From the Organising Committee

1.2          Event History

1.3          Past winners of the event

1.4          Event Overview



2.1       Rally Office Contact Details

2.2          Programme of Rally

2.3          Critical Competitor Deadlines



3.1       Entry Fee

3.2       Competitor Assistance

3.3       Vehicle Eligibility

3.4       Vehicle and Parts Importation

3.5       Two Way Radios

3.6       Medical Cards

3.7       Personal Accident Insurance

3.8       Servicing Arrangements

3.9       Fuel

3.10     Tobacco Advertising

3.11     Prize Giving

3.12     Corporate Hospitality


4.0       COMPETITOR ARRANGEMENTS - "At the Event"

4.1       Secretariat

4.2       Practice Sections (Shakedown)

4.3       Reconnaissance Arrangements

4.4       Reconnaissance Accommodation

4.5       Media Publicity

4.6       Turbo and Spare Part Sealing

4.7       Competitors Briefing

4.8       Documentation

4.9       Scrutineering


5.0       GENERAL

5.1       Facts about Uganda

5.2       Driving in Uganda

5.3       Important Information

5.4       Consular Services

5.5       General Services

5.6       Medical Services

5.7       Vehicle Services

5.8       ARC Calendar




1.1          Message From The Organising Committee


The Pearl Of Africa Uganda Rally 2013 Organizing Committee invites you to come and experience the Pearl Of Africa Uganda Rally 2013 (POAUR 2013). Competitors will enjoy the hospitality of Uganda and treat themselves to a land of diverse cultures and sights.


This year the event will be the 6th Round of the FIA African Rally Championship.


The PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY 2013 is organised by Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of Uganda (FMU). The event runs under the FIA African Rally Championship regulations which allow longer “competitive sections” and the competitive distance will be approximately 221 Kms. The total length of the rally will be approximately 441 Kms. It is run on gravel roads in the outlying rural areas 30 – 40 Kms north of Kampala, around the Namulonge Agricultural Colleges.


The POAUR 2013 counts for the following:


·         2013 FIA African Rally Championship for Drivers & Co-drivers

·         2013 FIA African Rally Championship for Manufacturers

·         2013 FIA Championship Cup for Drivers of Groups A, N and 2 wheel Cars of 1600 cc

·         2013 FMU National Rally Championships

·         2013 FMU Clubman Rally Championships

·         2013 FMU 2WD Rally Championships



We the organisers of the POAUR 2013 look forward to your valued participation in our rally and have compiled this booklet to assist you in all your arrangements for this year's event.


This Rally Guide contains information to assist you in preparing for this event. Should any of your queries not be covered in this booklet, please do not hesitate to contact the Rally Secretariat.






Mr. George Kagimu

Event Manager



1.2       Event History


Uganda is the source of the Nile, and was fondly baptized the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by the late Winston Churchill when he visited the country. That is where the event derives its name.


The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is one of the five rounds of the FIA sanctioned African Rally Championship, and will be organized on August 16th – 17th, 2013.


The event has its roots in a cooperation between the Burundi Automobile Club (CAB) and Motorsport Africa Club (MOSAC) which resolved to jointly organise Burundi’s ‘Great Lakes Rally 1996’ in Uganda, due to political instability in Burundi. This very successful ‘candidate’ event (which was observed by Shekhar Mehta, RIP), inspired the Ugandans to apply for their own candidate event in 1997, the PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY.


Previously organized in September, the event has, since 2006, switched to April, closer to other East African events and to simplify logistics for competitors.


Motorsport in Uganda can be traced to the 1950s, when Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania jointly run the East African Safari Rally. It was a Ugandan privateer, Sospeter Munyegera, who made history as the first African to complete the event in 1969, in a standard showroom Saab. The Saab works teams who had earlier all retired, joined the rest of the Motorsport world and watched in amazement as this lone crusader in a standard car made history! Munyegera (RIP) remains an inspiration for many young Ugandan drivers.


The five times Safari Rally winner, Shekhar Mehta (RIP), drove his first rally car on a circuit in Lugazi, near the Source of the Nile, where his family still owns large sugar and tea estates. He went on to become a World class driver and later became a Vice President of the FIA until his untimely death in April 2006.


Satwant Singh, now a Zambian, was born in Tororo, Uganda. Satwant won the African Rally Championship an unprecedented eight times, a feat unmatched by any other driver on the continent. He privately admits that he is still Ugandan at heart.


More recently in 1999, Charles Muhangi and S. Byaruhanga became the first Black Africans to win the coveted African Championship trophy, after making the competition eat dust. Ugandan - related drivers have therefore won the African Championship 9 times!


Other star Ugandan drivers are Charlie Lubega, Moses Lumala, Emmanuel Katto, Chipper Adams, Sam Ssali, Ponsiano Lwakataka and Ronald Sebuguzi.


Uganda has not been an easy hunting ground for the foreign crew, who have only won the Pearl thrice by Johnny Gemmel in 2002 (he went on to become African Champion 2002), Conrad Rautenbach in 2007 (he also went on to become African Champion 2007) and more recently by Jamie Whyte in 2008 at his first attempt. Participants coming to Uganda can therefore expect worthy competition from the local boys.



1.3          Past Winners Of The Event





1996 (run under FIA rules as the Great Lakes Rally, jointly with Club Automobile du Burundi)

Karim Hirji / Frank Nekusa (EAU)

Toyota Celica ST 185

1997 (run as the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally - ARC Candidate event)

Chipper Adams/Justin Beyendeza (EAU)

Toyota Supra


1998 (2nd  Edition POAUR)


Charles Muhangi / Steven Byaruhanga (EAU)

Subaru Impreza

1999 (3rd  Edition of POAUR)



Chipper Adams/Justin Beyendeza (EAU)

Toyota Supra

2000 (4th  Edition of POAUR)


Charlie Lubega / Abed Musa (EAU)

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4

2001- Event Not Run



2002 (5th  Edition of POAUR)

Johnny Gemmel /Robert Paisley (SA)           

Subaru Impreza WRX


2003 (6th  Edition of POAUR)


Charlie Lubega / Abed Musa (EAU)

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4


2004 (7th  Edition of POAUR)


Charlie Lubega / Abed Musa (EAU)

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4


2005 (8th  Edition of POAUR)

Riyaz Kurji / Sayed Kadri (EAU)

Subaru Impreza N10


2006 (9th  Edition of POAUR)

Riyaz Kurji / Sayed Kadri (EAK)

(Crew run under Kenyan Licence)

Subaru Impreza N8


2007 (10th  Edition of POAUR)

Conrad Rautenbach/Peter Marsh (ZW)

Subaru Impreza N10


2008 (11th  Edition of POAUR)

Jamie Whyte/Phil Archenoul (ZW)

Subaru Impreza N10


2009 (12th  Edition of POAUR)

Riyaz Kurji*/ Sayed Kadri (EAK)


Subaru Impreza N8


2010 (13th  Edition of POAUR)

Jamie Whyte/Phil Archenoul (ZW)

Subaru Impreza N10


2011 (14th  Edition of POAUR)

Ponsiano Lwakataka/Musa Nsubuga (EAU)

Subaru Impreza N8


2012 (15th  Edition of POAUR)

Mohammed Essa (Z)/Greg Stead (ZW)

Subaru Impreza N12










1.4       Event Overview


The 2013 edition of the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally will be competed over three days. The rally will cover the picturesque scenery of Uganda and will take competitors and fans to the North Central parts of the country. The total distance of the rally will be 441 Kms, of which 221 Kms will be competitive.


There are a total of 11 Competitive Sections which will be re-run over the course of the rally, the longest of which will be 48 Kms and the shortest 2.6 Kms. The competitive sections will be run in groups of 2 or 3.


The competitive sections will be on gravel roads that are open to the public. However, information will be relayed to the road users to ensure that traffic is kept to a minimum on the days of the event.


Day 1 Friday August 16th, 2013


After a ceremonial start at the Silver Springs Hotel on the Eastern edge of Kampala City, the rally cars will start with the traditional Super Special section at the Lubiri Grounds, which will be approximately 4.0 Kms in length. This circuit will be competed over two runs, in reverse seeding order. The circuit is located on the grounds of the King of Buganda, His Royal Highness Ronald M. Mutebi II's official palace. This circuit is well known for the number of fans that it can accommodate, who have numbered well over 25,000 at peak rallying seasons.


Day 2 Saturday August 17th, 2013


After an overnight rest at the Silver Springs Hotel, the cars will head north of the capital Kampala, near the famous Luwero Triangle, where a route has been designed with 3 Competitive Stages run thrice. Competitors will battle over 8 Competitive Sections totalling 221 Kilometres, with 220 Kilometres of road sections. The cars will return to the Silver Springs Hotel for the finish.



The organisers wish to point out also that the format given above is a draft précis of the Itinerary and is subject to change in case conditions on the ground demand so. Any significant changes will however be communicated to all aspiring competitors, as and when they occur.




2.1       Rally Office Details




Federation Of Motor Sports Clubs Of Uganda

Lugogo Indoor Sports Complex

P. O. Box 36772,



Telephone: +256 790 913 432

Fax:            +256 414 540 668




Event Manager:                                             George Kagimu

Cell                                                                  +256 701 468098



Clerk of the Course:                                    David Bitalo

Cell                                                                  +256 772 504719




Event Secretary:                                           Katende Mukiibi

Cell                                                                  +256 701 534141



2.2       Programme Of The Rally


OPENING DATE FOR ENTRIES:               Wednesday July 1st, 2013, 09:00 Hrs




Local Competitors:                                          Friday August 9th, 2013 from 15:00 Hrs at Rally Hq.


Foreign Competitors:                                      Tuesday August 13th, 2013 - 15:00 Hrs at Rally Hq.


CLOSING DATE OF ENTRIES:                  Saturday August 3rd, 2013, 19:00 Hrs




Local Competitors:                                          Saturday August 10th – Sunday August 11th, 2013 at 06:00 – 19:00 Hrs

Foreign Competitors:                                      Wednesday August 14th – Thursday Aug. 15th, 2013 at 06:00 – 19:00 Hrs





Local Competitors:                                          Tuesday August 13th 2013,     14:00 – 18:00 Hrs


Foreign Competitors:                                      Wednesday Aug. 14th 2013,   14:00 – 20:00 Hrs                  

DATE OF SCRUTINEERING OF THE CARS:      Place: Shell Service Station, Lugogo

Time:   Friday August 13th, 2013, 07:00 Hrs



Time:   Friday August 16th, 2013, 11:30 Hrs



CREWS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE START:        Place: Official Notice Board, Rally HQ

Time:   Friday August 16th, 2013, 13:00 Hrs


STARTING DATE OF THE RALLY:                       Place: Silver Springs Hotel

Time:   Friday August 16th, 2013, 13:00 Hrs



AND FINISH OF THE VARIOUS LEGS:     Start and Finish location for all legs:

Rally Headquarters

Leg 1:  Start:                           Friday August 16th, 2013, 13:00 Hrs

Finish:                          Friday August 16th, 2013, 18:00 Hrs

Leg 2:  Start:                           Saturday August 17th, 2013, 07:00 Hrs

Finish:                          Saturday August 17th, 2013, 18:00 Hrs


FINISHING DATE OF THE RALLY:                        Place: Silver Springs Hotel

Time: 14:00 Hrs Saturday August 17th, 2013


DATE OF FINAL CHECKS:                         Place: Shell Service Station, Lugogo

Time: 10 minutes after each car finishes rally

Saturday August 17th, 2013



OF RESULTS:                                               Place: Official Notice Board, Rally HQ,

Time: 20:30 Hrs Saturday August 17th, 2013


PRIZE-GIVING:                                              Place: Finish Podium

Time: 21:00 hrs Saturday August 17th, 2013


OFFICIAL NOTICE BOARD:                                   Place: Rally HQ

Date: From July 1st, 2013 until Rally end


RALLY HEADQUARTERS:                         Place: Silver Springs Hotel

Telephone:      (+256 790 913 432)


PRESS ROOMS:                                           Place: Rally HQ

Times: Tuesday August 13th, 2013 to

Saturday August 17th, 2013



2.3       Critical Competitor Deadlines





Saturday August 3rd, 2013


19:00 Hrs

Closing of Entries

Saturday August 3rd, 2013


19:00 Hrs

Co – Driver Details Entry Forms

Saturday August 10th to Sunday August 11th, 2013


06:00 Hrs - 19:00 Hrs

Reconnaissance for Local Crew

Wednesday August 14th to Thursday August 15th, 2013


06:00 Hrs - 19:00 Hrs

Reconnaissance for Foreign Crew

Tuesday August 14th, 2013


14:00 Hrs

Administrative Checks For Local Crew

Wednesday August 15th, 2013

14:00 Hrs

Administrative Checks For Foreign Crew

Friday August 16th, 2013

08:00 Hrs



Friday August 16th, 2013

13:00 Hrs

Start of Rally


Saturday August 17th, 2013


20:00 – 22:00 Hrs

Finish of Rally & Prize Giving
















3.1       Entry Details


Potential entrants for this rally must send an entry form duly completed to:


The Secretariat

Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally

P. O. Box 36772,

Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 790 342510

Fax: +256 414 540688



The entry form together with the entry fee must reach the organiser at the latest on:


Closing date:   Saturday August 3rd, 2012 at 19:00 Hrs.


Details concerning the co-driver can be sent up to Administrative Checks.


If the entry is sent by Fax or email, the original must reach the organiser at the latest by the end of Administrative Checks.


Entry fees can be paid either in Uganda shillings or the equivalent rate in any convertible currency (1 US $ = approx. Ug. Shs. 2,550).  Payment may be made in cash.


Sum of entry fees (non manufacturers) is as follows:


With the organiser's optional advertising, full payment before 19:00 Hrs Saturday August 3rd, 2013:


Entry Fee:                              US $ 150.00


Without the organiser's optional advertising an additional amount to US $ 300.00 must be paid.


The entry fees specified above include: -

-                      Rally Car Plates

-                      Two Service Car Stickers

-           One set of unofficial Pace Notes

-           One set of Road Books

-           One set of Service Books

-           Four service personnel passes


3.2       Competitor Assistance


For international entrants, organizers are negotiating for the following concessions:

·         Free Entry (Confirmed)

·         Accommodation – At the time of publishing this Guide, Organisers were still in negotiations with the Rally Hotel regarding accommodation. Any developments will be communicated as soon as negotiations are concluded.



3.3 Vehicle Eligibility


African Rally Championship events are reserved for the following groups and classes of cars:



In addition to cars such as described in 3.3, other cars as per Article 4.3 of the FIA RRR.


World Rally Cars are not authorized.


The Stewards may, for reasons of safety, seed all drivers including FIA seeded drivers.


3.4       Vehicle And Parts Importation


All vehicles and spare parts, temporarily imported into Uganda must be guaranteed against import duty and taxes. There are three ways in which this can be done:


i)          AIT/FIA Carnet de Passage

This document allows the temporary importation of a vehicle and any spare parts declared on related documents. Guarantees the payment of import duties and taxes on the vehicle or spare parts, should you not re-export them. It is the most convenient way of temporarily importing a vehicle and spare parts.


The original carnet and related documents must be presented to Customs at the port of entry and again at the port of exit.


The Carnet de Passage is obtainable from your local ASN.


ii)         Insurance Bond

This involves the execution of a customs bond with an insurance company. The Commissioner of Custom calculates the duty and taxes payable on the vehicle and spares parts. The importer pays a percentage of the duty and taxes payable, as a premium, to an insurance company, which thus becomes the guarantor.


The original bond must be presented to Customs at the point of exit, where it will be cancelled on re-exportation of the vehicle and spare parts.


iii)        Cash Deposit

This involves the deposit of an amount of money, equivalent to the import duty and taxes payable on the vehicle and spare parts, which is refundable on re-exportation of the vehicle and spare parts.


This method is not only very expensive, but also very time consuming.


3.5       Radio Licencing (VHF, 2 Way)


It is illegal to operate any radio communication in Uganda without radio licence. The process of obtaining a license from the Uganda Communications Commission is very tedious, and it is advised that crews requiring a team channel utilise one of the mobile phone companies' services


3.6       Medical Cards


It is a FIA requirement that all competitors (drivers and co-drivers must be in possession of a valid medical card. This can be obtained from your local ASN. A Medical Certificate of Aptitude is incorporated in the medical card.


A card is valid for five years but needs to be stamped annually after a medical examination, by a certified medical practitioner in your country.


This card must be surrendered to the Chief Medical Officer at the start of the POAUR 2012 and will be returned to you at the finish, on retirement or exclusion from the event.


Should you have met with an accident during a previous event, the Chief Medical Officer of that event should have filled in the relevant part of the medical card. Should you have sustained an incapacitating injury during this previous event, you will need another medical examination before you are allowed to participate in the POAUR 2012.  Your local ASN approved Medical Practitioner or any licensed Medical Practitioner in Uganda should conduct this examination.


3.7       Personal Accident Insurance


Personal Accident Insurance is not mandatory for this event, but can be obtained from the following place:


APA Insurance Uganda Ltd                                        National Insurance Corporation (NIC)

1st Floor Crown House                                                NIC Building

Kampala Road,                                                           Pilkington Road,

Kampala                                                                      Kampala


3.8       Servicing Arrangements


There is only one Service Park per leg, which will be indicated in the Road Book and the Service Notes. Access will be by tarmac (asphalt) roads.


All service and auxiliary vehicles need plates to gain entry into the Service Park. The entry fees include two stickers for service cars. Additional Auxiliary Plates may be applied for from the Rally office.


For non-manufacturers, only two vehicles, either service or auxiliary, for each competing car, may be allowed to remain in the Service Park at any given time.


Any additional vehicles, either service or auxiliary are allowed entry into to Service Park either to drop spares or Service Personnel at the service site and must exit promptly after that.


There are several competent outfits that will help with servicing arrangements, who the organiser will help contact on behalf of the competitor.


3.9       Fuel


Competitors who would like to obtain AVGAS should place their booking with the Rally Secretariat as soon as possible. However, Payments will be made directly to Shell Uganda Limited at the time of collection. At the time of this document, One 200 litre drum of Avgas cost approximately US $ 590 at Shell Uganda Limited.


3.10     Tobacco Advertising


There are no restrictions on tobacco advertising in Uganda at the time of publication of this Rally Guide.


3.11     Prize Giving


The Prize Giving ceremony will be held on Sunday August 18th, 2013 on the finish podium.


3.12     Corporate Hospitality


Corporate hospitality, for both organisers' and competitor: sponsors, is available at the Service Parks for all the legs.




4.1       Secretariat


The secretariat will be at the Rally Hotel during the running of the event and will be open at the following times - Monday August 12th to Friday August 16th, 2013       - 07:00 to 20:00 Hrs

 -  Saturday August 17th, 2013                                    - 07:00 to 20:00 Hrs


The following people will be available at the Secretariat:

§  Mr. Katende Mukiibi – Event Secretary

§  Mr. Stephen Okwonga – FMU Administrator


4.2       Practice (Testing and Shakedown)


There will be no official shakedown for the POAUR 2013. However, as part of the rally, Leg 1 will comprise of a Super Special Stage.


4.3       Reconnaissance Arrangements


Competitors wishing to carry out Reconnaissance must register with the Rally Secretariat. Reconnaissance is limited to two passages per crew.


Reconnaissance, for all crews will be as follows:

§  Local Crews                -           Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th, 2013.

§  Foreign Crews            -           Wednesday August 14th and Thursday August 15th, 2013.


Road books and unofficial pace notes will be available as from Friday August 9th, 2013 at 14:00 Hrs onwards at the Rally HQ.


One can easily make 2 passes through the entire route in 1 day.


The organiser can help in sourcing vehicles for hiring, suitable for reconnaissance, at reasonable rates.


4.4       Reconnaissance Accommodation


Accommodation during Reconnaissance: The entire route is accessible within a day from Kampala.


4.5       Media Publicity


The POAUR is usually well covered by the media. The event will feature in the media regularly for the three months prior to its running. There are three leading English daily newspapers, in addition to numerous periodicals that cover the event. Kampala has a number of FM stations with vibrant sports programmes that usually give motor sport a lot of airtime.

Similarly, the national TV channel, UBC, as well as other local channels (Bukedde TV, WBS, NTV, Record, NBS & Star TV) screen news and breaking stories around the event.


The pressroom will be situated at the Silver Springs Hotel from Tuesday August 13th, 2013, for the duration of the event. There will be official press media who will send information back to Headquarters during the event. If requested, please assist the media regarding newsworthy items concerning your performance.


There will be an official result service at service parks, which will be updated regularly.


4.6       Turbo And Spares Sealing


The sealing of the turbo (compressor) and the transmission gear mounted in the car will be carried out prior to scrutineering. In addition, spare turbos equaling the number of legs (two), a spare set of differentials and a spare Gearbox, will also be sealed, at the same time. Tracking Units will also be installed at the same time. Details will be announced later.


4.7       Competitors Briefing


Competitors (drivers) briefing will be held at the Rally hotel on Thursday August 15th, 2013. Time to be announced later.


This is an important briefing because any changes noted in the road books or unofficial pace notes, as far as changing road conditions are concerned, will be communicated to the drivers.


4.8       Documentation


Please note that correctly filling in an entry form includes filling in details of the competitor's past rally career. This information is essential for a write up in the Official Programme and the Media book.


In addition, the correct entry fees need to be paid up before documentation can begin.


Documentation, at Rally HQ, will be from Monday August 12th, 2013, until Thursday August 15th, 2013 between 09:00 – 19:00 Hrs.


At documentation, the following will be checked:


§  Correctly filled and fully paid up entry forms (for international entrants, a stamp on the entry form, or letter from his / her ASN, permitting participation in this event).

§  A valid competition and road licence

§  A valid FIA Medical card, with a certificate of Aptitude.

§  Valid third party insurance for duration of the event.

§  A correctly filled in Service registration form.


After verification of the above, the following will be handed out:


§  Competition numbers and plates and any sponsor stickers.

§  2 Service Stickers per Crew.


The Road Books, Service Books and the Unofficial Pace Notes can be collected from Rally HQ from Friday August 9th, 2013, provided correctly filled in entry form along with the correct entry fee have been submitted.


4.9       Scrutineering

Venue             Shell Service Station, Lugogo

Date                Friday August 16th, 2013

Time               07:00 Hrs – 11:00 Hrs


Note                Any lateness will be penalised Ug. Shs. 1,000 per minute up to a maximum of 60 minutes. Lateness more than 60 minutes may be penalised, at the discretion of the stewards, by exclusion.

5.0       GENERAL


5.1       Facts About Uganda


Please check the 'General Services' section for more details


Airport                        Uganda has one International airport Entebbe International Airport, which is forty-five minute drive from the city centre.


Capital                        Uganda's capital is Kampala, around which the rally is based, with a day time population of up to 2 million.


Car Hire                      There are good local car hire firms that have offices in Kampala. Rates depend on the distance travelled and the type of car.


Climate                       Uganda has a beautiful climate. Daytime temperatures rarely go above 30 degrees (Centigrade) and the nights are pleasantly cool. Uganda straddles the equator; therefore the area through which the rally will be run will not cause any undue stress to the competitors. July is normally rainy


Communication        There are both networks of a telephone system, landline and cellular, covering the whole country. In addition over five digital cellular networks cover most parts of Kampala. International fax, telephone, Internet and Email services can be found in most towns around the country


Credit Cards              Most international credit cards are accepted in the major hotels and restaurants, as are traveler’s cheques.


Currency                    Uganda's currency is the shilling (Denominations of Ug. Shs. are 50/=, 100/=, 200/=, 500/= (coins), Ug. Shs. 1,000/=, 5,000/=, 10,000/=, 20,000/= and 50,000/= (notes). Banks operate form 08:30 Hrs to 15:00 Hrs on weekdays, and from 09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs on weekends. Money and exchange services are also available through the foreign exchange bureau, which are prevalent in the city. For U.S. currency be aware that notes printed before 2000 are not accepted in most forex bureau.


Health                         Due to the large prevalence of malaria in Uganda, visitors are advised to begin anti-malaria prophylaxis a week before arriving in the country and continue for four weeks after they've left. Very efficient private hospital care, clinics, chemists, air rescue services etc. are available in Kampala.


Immigration               All visitors are required to have a valid passport. Information as to whether Visas are required should be sought from the nearest Uganda High Commission or Tourist Office.


Language                   English is the official language, while Luganda and Kiswahili are the other local languages widely spoken.


Restaurants               Kampala has a wide selection of eating places, catering for almost all know cuisine in the world.


There are several restaurants, which, in addition to an excellent meal, lay on extra entertainment with an African theme.



Functions (Social Activities)


Kampala has two cinema halls of a high standard that screen relatively new movies. In addition there are theatres that stage local plays, music festivals etc. regularly.


The daily newspapers have an entertainment section that lists the social activities for that particular day.


Security                      Keep valuables in the hotel safe and avoid explicit shows of affluence and wearing items that can be easily snatched. Avoid isolated places and walking anywhere alone after 18:00 Hrs.


Time Zone                  Uganda is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT + 3).


Transport                   Taxis are easily available and should be used where possible. Matatus are the common means of transport.


Voltage                       Uganda's electricity grid is 220 – 240 volts AC, with a square three-pin plus system.


Water                          Always make sure you drink either filtered tap water or bottled mineral water, which is available in all hotel and supermarkets.


5.2       Driving In Uganda


Please Read This Section Carefully


Driving in Uganda is on the left side of the road. Consequently most cars are right hand drive. Overtaking is only on the right side


Please give way to pedestrians on the zebra crossings. Drive safely by observing traffic signs, speed limits and by wearing safety belts. Talking on a mobile phone (without a hands free gadget) while driving is a serious offence.


All residential, business and industrial areas and areas having streetlights (built up areas), have a speed limit of 50kph. In some areas, road signs indicate varying speed limits. Elsewhere, the speed limit is 80kph. Please be aware of Traffic Police officers with speed guns on all highways.


It is an offence to drink and drive in Uganda, and if caught, a stiff fine or imprisonment can result.


Beware of potholes and broken roadsides. Vehicles may come onto your side of the road while over-taking or avoiding a pothole: Most accidents involve buses, lorries and mini buses (matatus).


There are emergency breakdown services available in most places in Uganda. Beware of roadside mechanics if your car does break down.


5.3       Important Information


Emergency Service                                      Telephone


Ambulance                                                      999

Fire Brigade                                                    999

Police (for and accident)                                999

Africa Air Rescue                                           0414 258527

Central Police Station Kampala                      0414 254561/2

Department of Immigration                            0414 231031/3


5.4       Consular Services


Belgium                       Lumumba Avenue                                          Tel: 0414 349559

Burundi                        9 Roscoe Road, K'la                                       Tel: 0414 534503

Canada                       IPS Building, Kampala                                    Tel: 0414 258141

Congo (DRC)              22 Kololo, Kampala                                         Tel: 0414 346606

Denmark                     3 Lumumba Avenue                                       Tel: 0414 350938

EU                               Rwenzori House                                             Tel: 0414 233303

Eriteria                         Opp. Reste Corner Hotel                                Tel: 0414 269830

Ethiopia                       31 Kiira Road                                                  Tel: 0414 341881

France                         16, Lumumba Avenue                                    Tel: 0414 342120

Ghana                         Heritage Park, Entebbe                                  Tel: 0772 409765

Germany                     15, Philip Road, Kololo                                    Tel: 0414 256767

Italy                             11 Lourdel Road, Nakasero                            Tel: 0414 250450

Kenya                          41 Nakasero Road, Kampala                         Tel: 0414 258235

Netherlands                 Kisozi Complex, Nakasero Lane                    Tel: 0414 231859

Nigeria                         33 Nakasero Road                                          Tel: 0414 245943

Rwanda                       2 Nakasero Road                                            Tel: 0414 344045

South Africa                2B Nakasero Hill Road                                   Tel: 0414 343543

Tanzania                     6 Kagera Road, Nakasero                              Tel: 0414 256272

UK                               Kiira Road                                                      Tel: 0414 257054

USA                            Nsambya, Gaba Road                                    Tel: 0414 259791


5.5       General Services


International Air Services


Name                                                                          Telephone

South African Airways                                                0414 345773

British Airways                                                            0414 257414 / 257415

Ethiopian Airlines                                                        0414 234200 / 234201.

Kenya Airways                                                            0414 321130 / 320570

Air Tanzania                                                                0414 234631 / 234673

Rwanda Air                                                                

Egypt Air                                                                     0414 233960, 341276

Emirates Airlines                                                         0414 349942/3/4


Air Uganda



Kenya Commercial Bank

Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited

Standard Chartered Bank (U) Limited


Stanbic Bank

Centenary Rural Development Trust Bank

Bank Of Baroda

Diamond Trust Bank

Crane Bank

Tropical Bank

United Bank Of Africa

Global Trust Bank

Bank Of Africa


Tours And Travel


American Rent A Car

UMA Show ground

Tel: 0414 220423 -



Gorilland Safaris

Rwenzori House, Ground Floor

Tel: 0414 341705



HRG Africa Travel Limited

Plot 6, Buganda Road

Tel: 0414 341330



Courier Services


Skynet Worldwide Express

16, Old Port Bell Road,

Tel: 343380, 236393, 235269


Fedex Express

International Conference Centre

Ground Floor


DAKS Couriers

Kiira Road,



Clement Hill Road,

Shimoni Village,


Mobile Telephony


Airtel (Formerly Celtel) - 40 Wampewo Avenue, Tel: 0752 230110


MTN - 22, Hannington Road, Tel: 0782 212333


Uganda Telecom - Rwenzori Court, Tel: 041 4342807


Warid Telecom – Warid House, Clement Hill Road


Orange Telecom, Clement Hill Road


NOTE: Local Sim Cards can be obtained for the equivalent of less than US $ 1. However, all foreigners will be required to present their passports and register to obtain one.


Secretarial Services - Business Centres can be found in most Hotels.





Belgian - Le Château, Gaba Road, Kabalagala 1

Chinese - Fang Fang, Communications House

Continental - Kampala Casino, 1st Floor, Pan Africa House, Plot 3 Kimathi Ave.

Ethiopian - Fasika, Gaba Road

French - Le Petit Bistro, Gaba Road

Greek - Andy the Greek's, 30 Windsor Crescent, Kololo

Indian - Khyber Pass, Speke Hotel Complex

   Haandi Restaurant, Commercial Plaza, Kampala Road


Italian - Mamba Point, 22a Akii Bua Road, Nakasero

  Mamma Mia Restaurant c/o Speke Hotel, Nile Avenue


Lebanese - AI Tarboush, Park Royal Shopping Arcade, 76 Bombo Road


5.6          Medical Services


In case of an emergency, please call the PEARL 0F AFRICA UGANDA RALLY 2013 offices for the Chief Medical Officer. If unavailable, (or outside office hours), please check the relevant information below.


Hospital rates vary, with good and prompt, but expensive service available in the two main private hospitals.


All Hotel Reception desks have a good, private practitioner on call, who will administer out patient treatment and arrange hospital or consultant services when required.


Hospitals                                                        Telephone


Mulago Hospital                                              0414 554009

Nsambya Hospital                                          0414 266998 / 267012

Kampala International Hospital                       0312 200400

Case Medical Centre                                      0414 250362



Mayo Clinic                                                     0772 403760

International Medical Centre                           0414 341291

Joda Clinic, c/o TLC,                                      0414 231254

            Doctor’s Plaza, Nsambya (Opp. US Embassy) 0414 230612


5.7       Vehicle Services




Uganda Batteries Ltd                                      0414 343150

Battery Plus Limited                                        0414 233152




Automend Ltd                                                             0772 411401/0772 403688

UGEW (Luzira)                                               0414 221163 / 0772 411454


Tyre Dealers


City Tyres (Pirelli, Dunlop, Yokohama)          +256 414 231955

Tren Tyre (Goodyear)                                                +256 414 253266

Tyre World (BF Goodrich)                              +256 414 347084

Arrow Centre (Michelin)                                 +256 414 236699

Priamit Ent. (Bridgestone/Firestone, Yana)    +256 414 232116



5.8         2013 FIA African Rally Championship Calendar


1.    Bandama Rally, Cote d’Ivoire                          March 1st – 3rd, 2013


2.    Sasol Rally Of South Africa                             April 19th – 21st, 2013


3.    Zambia International Rally                               May 17th – 19th, 2013


4.    Rally Of Tanzania                                              June 14th – 16th, 2013


5.    KCB Safari Rally Kenya                                   July 5th – 7th, 2013


6.    Pearl Of Africa Uganda Rally                         August 16th – 18th, 2013


7.    Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally                      September 20th – 22nd, 2013


Rally International Madagascar                November 1st


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