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FAQ

How do we get a visa? And how long does it take?

For all the Eat African countries,, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania And Rwanda, a single entry visa costs US$ 50 and is valid for upto 90 days. All visas are applied for online. As you apply online, please know that there are extra charges for which the final total comes to about US$ 53 per visa.

Multiple entry visas for these countries cost US$ 100 each. It takes 5-15 working days per visa to be processed and there is documentation including, passport copy, air tickets, hotel bookings and itineraries along with your visa application form.

There is also an East African tourist visa at the cost of US$ 100 which gives multiple entry to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Note: Tanzania is not included in this list

You can apply for the visas on the listed websites:

Kenya: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Tanzania: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

Uganda: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Rwanda: https://www.migration.gov.rw/

Please be aware of any other visa websites and do not apply or pay for visa from any other site other than the above 4 official websites.

Your passport needs a 6 month validity and there must be atleast

Are there any safety issues I need to be aware of?

 All 4 East African countries are safe for tourists, as long as you follow the basics for example, When you are in a town, do not go anywhere without the company of your guide and follow their directives, explicitly at all times. Some of these could be; to wind up your window or to put away your phone or wallet.

What is the weather like?

The four neighboring countries share a similar weather pattern.

During the peak season, from June to October, temperatures in the parks and cities range from 18 degrees to 25 degrees celcius.

Morning safaris can be a little chilly,, we therefore recommend that you carry cold and wind protection gear.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kenya is during the Dry season from late June to October (these are the best wildlife viewing months). The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in August and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks. See below to learn when to visit which park.

Best Time June to October, January to February (All parks)

High Season July to November, January and February (Some of the parks get very crowded especially the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru)

Low Season March to May (Some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down)

Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)

Worst Weather March, April and May (Peak of Wet season)

June to October

Dry season

Wildlife is easier to spot because the bush is thin and animals gather around water

  • It’s unlikely to rain, the days are sunny with clear skies
  • There are fewer mosquitoes
  • July to October are the best months to see the wildebeest migration
  • It gets very busy and crowded in the most popular parks

November to May

Wet Season

  • The scenery is beautiful and green
  • Rates drop because it’s the low season
  • Newborn animals can be seen
  • Migratory birds are present from September to April
  • Except for March to May, rains are usually just short showers in the afternoon
  • During March to May the rains can be continuous – some lodges and camps close down during part of the Wet season

The best time to visit Tanzania is during the Dry season, from late June to October, when wildlife viewing is generally at its best. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is usually during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round.

 Best Time June to October (All parks), June-July and January-February (Serengeti for the wildebeest migration and calving)

High Season July to March (northern circuit parks; they get crowded), July to October (southern and western circuit parks; they don’t really get crowded any time of the year)

Low Season April and May (northern circuit parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western circuit parks, where many lodges close down)

Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)

Worst Weather March and April (Peak of Wet season)

June to October

Dry season

  • June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration
  • August to September is the best time to see the wildebeest river crossings in northern Serengeti
  • Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers
  • There are fewer mosquitoes because there is little to no rain
  • Skies are clear and most days are sunny
  • Mornings and nights get cold; it’s recommended to bring warm clothing

November to May

Wet Season

  • January-February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti, and an excellent time to see predator action
  • The scenery is green and beautiful; it’s low season, meaning lower rates and less crowded parks
  • Although wildlife is easier to spot in the Dry season, you’ll still see plenty, especially in thenorthern circuit parks
  • Migratory birds are present, and bird watching is at its best
  • Except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom interfere on your trip
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season

Wildlife viewing in Tarangire, Katavi, Nyerere and Ruaha is better during the Dry season

The best time to visit Uganda is between June to August and December to February, which is during the Dry seasons. Wildlife viewing is at its peak. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.

Best Time June to August and December to February (All parks)

High Season June to September (It’s rarely crowded, but you’ll need to book your gorilla permits long in advance)

Low Season March, April, May, October, November (Some lodges and camps in high-rainfall areas close down; roads and forest trails can be in poor condition)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Worst Weather March, April and May (Peak of Wet season)

June to August & December to February

Dry season

  • This is the best time for gorilla trekking because these are the drier months
  • In the savannah reserves, there is less vegetation and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot
  • Even during the high season (June to September) the parks don’t feel crowded
  • The skies are clear; there is less rain and more sunshine
  • Gorilla permits need to be booked very far in advance

March to May & September to November

Wet Seasons

  • The scenery of the savannah reserves is greener – it’s low season, resulting in lower rates
  • Although wildlife in the savannah reserves is easier to spot in the Dry season, you’ll still see plenty
  • There are many newborn animals
  • Some of the roads get very bad and cars often get stuck; forest trails can become slippery and challenging

You won’t be able to change your expensive gorilla permit if it pours with rain; departures go as scheduled

The best time to visit Rwanda is between June and September, which is during the Dry season when wildlife viewing is at its prime. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. Walking in the forest is easier in the Dry season and that is also the recommended time for most primate walks, including gorilla trekking.

Best Time June to September (Dry season)

High Season June to September (Lodges might be full and gorilla permits must be booked long in advance)

Low Season March, April, October, November (These are the peaks of the rains)

Best Weather June to August (Least rain)

Worst Weather April (Most rain, forest trails are slippery)

June to September

Dry Season

  • Best time for gorilla trekking
  • Forest trails are less slippery
  • In Akagera National Park, vegetation is less thick and animals are easier to spot
  • Even during high season the parks don’t feel crowded
  • There is more sunshine
  • Gorilla permits need to be booked a long time in advance
  • The scenery is generally more beautiful in the Wet season

October to May

Wet Season

  • The landscapes are green and the sky is free of haze
  • Possible low-season discounts
  • Newborn animals in Akagera
  • Forest trails become slippery and challenging

Gorilla trekking departures leave as scheduled, even in heavy rain

What vaccinations do I need?

  • Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory by all 4 countries. You will get the vaccination 10 day or more prior to travel in your home country and be given a yellow card which is a necessary document for travel. Oral polio is also recommended however not mandatory
  • Covid 19 vaccinations are mandatory for travel to all 4 countries.
  • Although not prevalent, we recommend speaking with your doctor in regards to taking preventative malaria medication, combined with regular use of repellant.

 What to pack:

  • Light sweaters and wind proof jackets for early morning and evening safaris
  • A small raincoat
  • Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
  • Prescription medication
  • Global travel adapter
  • Passport, vaccinations, tickets, vouchers and visas
  • Sufficient cash and credit cards

Can I get a local simcard?

Mobile networks work perfectly fine in all countries and you get 3G/4G speeds regularly.

Most hotels and resorts have WiFi which is good enough for basic email and whatsapp

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