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Do's and Don'ts in Uganda


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


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


  • DON'T show public displays of affection, especially not homosexual displays of affection.
  • DO shake hands upon meeting someone.
  • DON'T criticize religion when conversing with a Ugandan.

Uganda Tipping Customs

Tipping of about 10% of the total bill is expected in restaurants and in taxis.

Our Uganda Tipping Recommendations

  • Taxis and Limos: Tipping optional, 10%

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