Traveler Shopping in Uganda

It is very easy to go shopping for anything in Uganda. A fair range of imported goods is available in urban cities at good enough competitive prices. Uganda manufacturers also produce international standard goods that are likely to impress you.

So, don’t make your packing list too big for your Uganda safari journey, carry your credit card and buy some of your needs from any of the big malls in Entebbe or Kampala.

If you have specific needs (unusual medications or specialized equipment, for instance), then you’d be safest bringing what you need with you. Otherwise, you’ll have to painfully lookout for isolated places in Kampala or Entebbe.

Toilet rolls, soap, toothpaste, pens, batteries, and locally produced foodstuffs are widely available in supermarkets. Regular shopping hours are between 08.30 and 18.00.

Most upcountry towns, especially those with significant expatriate communities or safari tourist flow, have at least one well-stocked ‘supermarket’— an overblown designation for what are essentially village stores.

Crafts Curios shopping in Uganda

Curios/Crafts

Items explicitly aimed at tourists are available now in Kampala, Entebbe, and Jinja, as much as the variety you’ll find in Kenya or Tanzania. Typical curios shopping in Uganda includes carvings, batiks, musical instruments, wooden spoons, and various soapstone and malachite knick-knacks.

There are several curio shops in Kampala, and there’s a good craft market next to the National Theatre, Buganda Road, and Entebbe next to Vitoria Mall.

Antique shops are found in the Sheraton Hotel, in the city center in Colline House. Today, some safari lodges in popular destinations maintain a crafts shop to cash in on the tourists’ interest.