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Rwanda

Rwanda lies in the tropics below the equator though its temperatures vary they are still favorable all around the year. With an average of 25 degrees celicius day and lower at night. Rainy Seasons are experienced between March and June slightly in October and November.

Major foreign currencies like Euros, US dollars, British Pound are accepted both for exchange and payments on top of the native currency Rwandan Franc. A number of banks all around Rwanda, ATMs and other facilities like hotels can be accessed accepting credit cards. And US dollar bills printed from 2006 are highly emphasized for the travelers’ wallet since older notes may be refused.

A yellow fever and Covid 19 certificate is required for entry. Always inquire from your doctor for advice before you travel.

For your communication means and gadgets, You are advised to move with appliances that support your communication gadgets like power bank and torch since power black outs are common in some parts of Rwanda also with a European 2 pin Adaptors.

Language spoken in Rwanda are the native Kinyarwanda, French and English but we have guides who speak other languages commonly spoken like German.

You can visit Rwanda throughout the year but July and August are Peak Seasons for Gorilla tracking therefore booking tickets earlier is advisable.

Rwandan Visas are applied for online via the Rwandan Immigration Website at least two weeks before your arrival. You will required to present a copy of the approved application on entry where then the visa will be issued and paid for. Citizens from Germany, USA, England, Sweden, South Africa, New Zealand, Israel and Australia can obtain visas without prior online application but pay upon arrival.

Single entry visas cost US dollars 50 per person.

If you want to combine other East African countries, you can request for East       African Visa. It costs 100 US dollars per person with 90 days multiple entry to Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya except Tanzania which is not yet a member of the East African Community therefore the arrangements are not yet applicable

Kenya

Kenya has two rainy seasons between March to June and October to November. Both European Winter and summer are suitable times for wildlife tourism because it’s dry in Kenya though it’s always busy. Some parts of Kenya tend to be cold especially around Mount Kenya and higher temperatures at the coast.

Kenya can be visited anytime but the best time is in the dry seasons especially between December to March. The Maasai Mara Game reserve’s Wildebeest immigration can be witnessed between July and October.

Kenyas Official Language is English while Swahili is The National Language. But we have guides who are well conversant with German and French.

The cost of single entry visa for Kenya is 50 US dollars per person and 1 US Dollar for Service fee charge. You apply and pay online via ecitizen portal before your arrival. A copy of the evisa has to be presented on arrival. Approval of your visa application may take up to one full week. If you want to combine other East African countries, you can request for East African Visa. It costs 100 US dollars per person with 90 days multiple entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda except Tanzania which is not yet a member of the East African Community therefore the arrangements are not yet applicable. East African visa can only be got on entry but soon on the online portal.

You are advised to carry a rechargeable lamp and power bank since power cuts are common in Kenya. Advised to carry a 3 pin adapter (British).

Kenyas National currency is the Kenya Shillings (KShs). But other International currencies are widely accepted and exchanged like the US Dollars, British pound and Euros. ATMs are all around Kenya and Accept Visa Cards recognized internationally. Endeavour to carry US dollar notes printed from 2006 and also credit cards are acceptable in major hotels and lodges with up to 10% surcharge added.

You will need a yellow fever and Covid 19 certificate to enter Kenya. Also carry some anti Mosquito repellants since malaria can be a threat too in Africa.

Always consult your doctor for more health advice before travelling.

Tanzania

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Tanzania being a large sized country, its temperatures vary to location between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day. And a little bit cool between July and September. Tanzania has two rainy seasons too from March to June and in November. The coastal areas are always hot and humid and the Northern areas are always cold around Mount Kilimanjaro.

National Parks can best be visited during dry seasons but you can still visit Tanzania all year through. For the Great Wildebeest immigration can be viewed in March around the central and western Serengeti, July to October in the North of Serengeti and November to February in the southern Side of Serengeti.

The Kilimanjaro hiking and Beach experiences are best in dry seasons of July, October December to March. Always avoid the Rainy seasons.

Single entry visa to Tanzania cost US dollars 50 per person, available at any border entry, embassies and high commissions of Tanzania. The East African Visa doesn’t work in Tanzania since it’s not yet part of the East African community.

You are advised to carry a rechargeable lamp and power bank since power cuts are common in Tanzania. Also advised to carry a 3 pin adapter (British).

Languages mostly spoken in Tanzania is Swahili and English among others.

You will need a yellow fever and Covid 19 certificate to enter Tanzania. Also carry some anti Mosquito repellents since malaria can be a threat too in Africa.

Tanzania’s National currency is the Tanzania Shillings (TShs). But other International currencies are widely accepted and exchanged like the US Dollars, British pound and Euros. ATMs are all around Tanzania and Accept Visa Cards recognized internationally. Endeavor to carry US dollar notes printed from 2006 and also credit cards are acceptable in major hotels and lodges with up to 10% surcharge added.

Always consult your doctor for more health advice before travelling.

Uganda

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You will need a tourist visa to enter Uganda and you can get it from the Embassy or high commission of Uganda in your country or can be got on entry to Uganda on the airport or border post. Single entry visa costs US dollars 100 for 90 days of stay in Uganda. If you want to combine other East African countries, you can request for East African Visa. It costs 100 US dollars per person with 90 days multiple entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda except Tanzania which is not yet a member of the East African Community therefore the arrangements are not yet applicable. East African visa can only be got on entry.

Uganda’s National currency is the Uganda Shilling. But other International currencies are widely accepted and exchanged like the US Dollars, British pound and Euros. ATMs are all around Uganda and Accept Visa Cards recognized internationally. Endeavour to carry US dollar notes printed from 2006 and also credit cards are acceptable in major hotels and lodges with up to 10% surcharge added. But we advise to move with cash for some major payments, reserve some good dollars for some transactions like visa.

Uganda can best be visited in dry seasons for game viewing that is November to March and June to September. Though in Uganda it shines everyday throughout the year even after rain. Gorilla permits can easily be obtained in rainy seasons. And the temperatures are between 23 to 27 degrees celicius but it’s always cold in Area of Lake Bunyonyi, Kidepo Valley National park, Mount Rwenzori and often times at night.

You are required to do a number of vaccinations and present a certificate on entry of Yellow Fever, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A are recommended. Bring mosquito repellants with you since mosquitos are everywhere in Africa.

Uganda’s National language is English but we also have guides well conversant with German, French and Swahili. Uganda has diverse culture therefore different people speak different languages but at least the biggest percentage can speak English.

You are advised to carry a rechargeable lamp and power bank since power cuts are common in Uganda but generators are available in different lodges and solar power supply. Also advised to carry a 3 pin adapter (British).

Endeavor to consult your doctor on health travel advice before travelling

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