We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Where Where to Exchange $

San Francisco...
Level Contributor
613 posts
100 reviews
Save Topic
Where Where to Exchange $

We land on a Sunday afternoon and will stay in Entebbe that day/evening before departing early the next morning for Fort Portal/Kibale/QENP/Buhoma/Kisoro/Mburo/Entebbe. Should we take out ALL money we think we will need for the entire trip on this first day? Wondering how tough ATMs will be to come by once we leave Fort Portal. Also, since banks may be closed on Sunday, is it best to take this money out at the airport when we land, or bring US cash and try exchange somewhere? Thank you!

Isle of Man, United...
Level Contributor
37,532 posts
360 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Use one of the many ForEx shops. That way you see what you are getting in advance.

San Francisco...
Level Contributor
613 posts
100 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Thanks Mfuwe - and I assume there are a few ForEx shops Entebbe that are open on Sundays? Do you suggest we change/withdraw any money at the airport?

Isle of Man, United...
Level Contributor
37,532 posts
360 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

I don't use the airport one but it is OK. I use the one in Entebbe Village. Your driver will know it.

Kampala, Uganda
Level Contributor
555 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Better to use the cash machine in Entebbe town.. No extra surcharges on this...

Kampala, Uganda
Level Contributor
555 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Better to use the cash machine in Entebbe town.. No extra surcharges on this...

Kampala
Level Contributor
1,935 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Forex beaus in Kampala have better rates since they are many in number. how about you change your money from Kampala in the morning of your day 1 Tour before you head to Fort portal.

UGANDA
Level Contributor
483 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Try Grand Imperial or Speke Forex shops or Kampala casino . All these work on sundays.

Kampala, Uganda
Level Contributor
39 posts
122 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Hmm the cash machines surely charge surcharges. In some rare cases they dont if ... you have a local credit-card. In addition the exchange rate used when the bank charges your account is usually the worst one you can find. This they usually blame on your home bank.

The Forex rate is always worse on Sundays in so I would go for bulk exchange in the morning Monday if you can. And yes Kampala Town Center is better than anywhere else in Uganda. Also if you are changing bigger amount negotiate a better rate.

Berlin, Germany
Level Contributor
115 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Cash machine take less commission than Forex shops.

San Francisco...
Level Contributor
613 posts
100 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Where Where to Exchange $

Do we have to drive directly through Kampala to get on the road to Fort Portal? If that is the case, then maybe we will exchange at a ForEx shop in Kampala if their rates are better than in Entebbe. I'm sure our drive could take us to one. Thank you for the feedback.