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Ugandan Etiquette Tips

Traveling to Uganda? Uganda is a fairly conservative society, partially based on religion. Most Ugandans are Muslim or Christian and attend a mosque or church on a regular basis. Have respect for Ugandans and their beliefs by reading a bit about their etiquette.

Ugandan Etiquette Tips : African boy in canoe, Bunyonyi lake, Uganda

1. Ugandan Dress Attire

  1. DO dress conservatively.
  2. DON'T wear shorts. They're not commonly worn in Uganda. Light pants are more suitable.
  3. DON'T walk around town in swim attire.

2. Ugandan Table Manners

  1. DO wash your hands before eating.
  2. DO sit on a floor mat during a meal.
  3. DO expect a prayer to be said before you begin eating.
  4. DO understand that children will only talk during a meal if asked a question.
  5. DON'T leave the room during a meal.
  6. DON'T lean on your left hand or stretch your legs during a meal.
  7. DO compliment the mother after the meal is done.

3. Ugandan Tipping

  1. DO tip about 10% in restaurants and in taxis.

4. Ugandan Body Gestures

  1. DON'T show public displays of affection.

5. Ugandan Greetings

  1. DO shake hands upon meeting someone.

6. Ugandan Socializing and Conversation

  1. DON'T criticize religion when conversing with a Ugandan.
Although their etiquette may seem quite different from what you are used to, Uganda welcomes visitors from all over the world. When in doubt, behave conservatively and dress conservatively, too! Have a wonderful trip to Uganda. is a first-of-its kind Web site that gives travelers a whole new world of choice in international air travel. With an extensive selection of airlines, flights and fares - many never previously available online - Vayama helps you find the best prices and schedule options for your international travel trip.
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