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Money and costs

Shillings (UGX)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2019 4:48AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$12–20
  • Double room in a budget hotel: US$30–50
  • Street-food snack: US$1–2
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: US$60–150
  • Meal in a good local restaurant: US$10–20
  • Chimpanzee tracking: US$150
  • National park entry: US$40
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from US$150
  • Tracking mountain gorillas: US$600
  • SUV hire per day: US$150

The local currency is the Ugandan shilling (USh), though most tour operators and upscale hotels quote in US dollars. ATMs are abundant and US dollars are widely accepted.


Tipping isn't expected in Uganda but, as wages are very low by Western standards, it will always be appreciated. The size of a given tip is up to the individual.

  • Restaurants USh1000 to USh1500 is enough in ordinary restaurants.

  • Rangers USh5000 to USh10,000 is reasonable for ranger-guides in national parks.