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Introduction

Arua is a city in Northwestern Uganda.

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Sights and Activities

Ajai Game Reserve, Albert Nile, Murchison Falls National Park.

Rhino Camp is a small trading center about 62 km east from Arua on the west bank of the Albert Nile. It's the former site of Theodore Roosevelts safari camp and there are some abandoned facilities from that time around. Many people have turned up in this small town asking the locals the location of the Rhino Camp for accommodation! There is no commercial accommodation in this small town. There are remains of an old cotton ginnery that was established in the 1940s when Rhino Camp was a town bustling with activity and had a steam ship stop over station for the route Butiaba-Nimule. The Ajai Game Reserve is located 10 km to the south.

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Getting There

Daily flights from Entebbe Airport exist with Eagle Air. there are buses from Kampala 10 hours. Pakwach, Gulu.

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Getting Around

Taxi from the airport.

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Sleep

In Arua there are Oasis Inn, Heritage Park, Heritage Court and The White Castle Hotel. Outside Arua is the river camp operated by Bahr-el-Jebel Safaris.

Hotel Pacific, Arua Avenue (near the Eagle Air office), ☏ +256 772667314. Has 28 single/double rooms. US$13/16.
Olomide Guest House, Kuluva road. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 9AM. Double room with outside bathroom. Breakfast. USh 19,000.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be readily found in Kampala and Jinja. In most larger towns you'll find internet cafes running off of either VSATs or mobile phones. The Internet connection bandwidth is very low and can be frustrating for those who are used to a high speed internet connection.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Mobile phone network coverage is available in most parts of the country (over 80%), but geography can cause trouble in the mountainous regions. SIM cards are cheaply available everywhere in 'starter packs' but need to be registered before use. They make a good deal though, as prices for international data roaming are extremely high.

Mobile broadband (3G, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+) is available in several places. Airtel has mobile broadband available in larger places along Jinja Road. An example of price for mobile broadband on a phone through Airtel is UGX25,000 for 1GB traffic in one week.In the more rural areas, a slower (EDGE) connection might be available. Orange also offer mobile broadband. Other networks include MTN (the biggest in Uganda), Warid Telecom and Uganda Telecom.

Post

Posta Uganda offers reasonable services. Prices are not high, though it might not be the fastest company. Expect postcards and letters to take at least 7-10 days to Europe, longer to North America and Australia. Post offices are generally open from around 8:00-9:00am until late afternoon. If you want to send parcels overseas, it would be better to use companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, as they are competitively priced and also much faster.

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