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East Africa Travel Information.

1. How do you get to and around East Africa?

Getting to East Africa is through Air, Road, and Water. Below are the main entry points by air.

Uganda – Entebbe International Airport

Rwanda – Kigali International Airport and Kamembe International Airport.

Kenya – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Mombasa Moi International Airport.

Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport, Julius Nyerere International Airport, and Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Major airlines – Air Kenya, Air Tanzania, Uganda Airlines, Rwandair, Kenya Airways, Zan Air Coastal Aviation, and Precision Airways.

International Airlines: Many international airlines fly directly within East Africa. These are  Uganda Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels Fly Dubai, South African Airways, Rwanda Air, SA Link, Egypt Air, Delta Airlines,  Emirates, and KLM Royal Dutch Airline

Most major towns have an airstrip as do most National Parks and Game Reserves. There are scheduled flights between most airstrips as well as charter operations.

Looking for cheap flight tickets to/out of East Africa? Contact travel consultants right away.

  1. What are the visa requirements for East African Countries?

Visa Uganda:

Uganda Single entry visas cost USD 50 per person valid for 90 days. A valid passport for at least 6 months and a visa are required for all travelers. Tourist visa applications are applied online through the E-Visa Website.

The immigration authorities will email you a You print out the letter to present on arrival, where the officials will issue your visa. Carry a copy of your letter of authorization including a barcode and present it to the officials who will issue your visa on arrival. You must carry your yellow fever vaccination certificate as well. 

Only passengers with valid tickets and airport officials are allowed into Entebbe International Airport’s terminal building.

Browse through the Uganda Safari Experiences and contact us for the Uganda Safari special offer for 2024. 

Visa Rwanda:

Rwanda single entry visa costs USD 30 per person valid for 30 days.  A valid passport for at least 6 months and a visa are required for all travelers.

Visas are applied online copy of the approved application at the entry point is needed. The visa will then be issued and paid for online or upon arrival.

Applications can be submitted at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence.

A yellow fever vaccination is required if traveling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever Virus transmission.

 Browse through the Rwanda Safari Experiences.

Kenya

Capital Nairobi
Official Languages Kiswahili, English
Population 51.4 M (2023)
Currency Kenyan Shilling (Ksh)
Time Zone EAT (UTC +3)
Traffic Drives Left Side
Dialling Code +254

Rwanda

Capital Kigali
Official Languages Kinyarwanda, French, English
Population 12.3 M (2023)
Currency Rwandan Frank (RWF)
Time Zone CAT (UTC +2)
Traffic Drives Right Side
Dialling Code +250

Uganda

Capital Kampala
Official Language English, Swahili
Population 42.7 M (2014 Census)
Currency Uganda Shillings (Ush.)
Time Zone EAT (UTC +3)
Traffic Drives Left Side
Dialling Code +256

Tanzania 

Capital Dodoma
Largest City Dar es Salam
Official Languages Kiswahili, English
Population 56.3M (2014)
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time Zone EAT (UTC +3)
Traffic Drives Left Side
Dialling Code +255

Visa Kenya:

Following the Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 1 dated 2nd January 2024 on Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration, the Government has developed a digital platform https://www.etakenya.go.ke/en that will identify travelers to Kenya in advance.

All visitors including infants and children who intend to travel to the Republic of Kenya must have an approved Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before the start of their journey.

Travelers with already paid and issued visas will continue to use them for entry until the expiry of their validity.

A valid passport for at least 6 months and a visa are required for all travelers. You should have at least two blank pages in your passport on arrival.   Browse through our Travel Inspiration for Kenya. 

Visa Tanzania:

Tanzania single entry visa costs USD 50 per person. A valid passport for at least 6 months and a visa is required for all travelers. Visa applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel.

A Yellow Fever Vaccination Card is required for entrance into Tanzania. Browse through the travel inspiration section for Tanzania.

East African Tourist Visa – East Africa Travel Information

Suppose you are traveling within East Africa to  Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya.  It is recommended to request the East African Tourist Visa. This special East Africa tourist visa costs USD 100 per person. It is valid for 90 days for multiple entries to Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya.

How to Get the East African Tourist Visa:

Applications for the East Africa Tourist visa are at any diplomatic representatives of the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, and the Republic of Uganda.

At the Immigration Offices of the respective countries or online where applicable.

3:  East Africa Travel Information  – What health issues should I be aware of?

We do value the health of our customers at all times. Please ensure that you have protection against, Malaria, Measles, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Tuberculosis, Polio, Cholera, and Yellow fever.

You must travel with your Yellow Fever vaccination card. Check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor before departure.

Our East Africa Travel Information recommends at least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice on the TravelHealthPro website.

4. What about Travel Insurance on tour?

It is a condition of booking with us that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy.

Check that the policy covers all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities.  Your Insurance Policy must cover your medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country.

Let us know if you need help booking travel insurance.

5.  Flight information

Travelers Link Africa offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Get help via Affordable flight tickets.

You may book your tour as a land-only or flight-inclusive package. Let our dedicated flight team know if you need help with the best flight options.

We recommend booking as early as possible, especially during the peak season’s travel dates.  Our East Africa Travel Information recommends a browse through our special offer tour package.

6. When to travel to East Africa?

Travel Seasons for the East Africa Travel Information.

Dry Season – July to October.   Game spotting is easy due to less vegetation cover.  Animals are around water holes and water bodies in the national parks.

High Season June – August

Game spotting is easier, Less Vegetation Cover, and animals are around water sources.

Wet Season March to May.  Longer rain patterns and wildlife might be sparse and game tracks impassable

October and November have short rains that rarely disrupt safari plans.

Green Season  September – February. Short rains in October and November, Greener Landscapes for photography.

Low season March-May. There are heavy rains that may disrupt safari plans and fewer travelers. Make use of the low-season discounts offered on travel packages.

7. What to wear?

There is no particular dress code in East Africa and most people are Casual dressers. It tends to get hot, cold, and rainy depending on the seasons.

We recommend casual summer clothes that are easy to launder and quick to dry. Go for neutral colors that do not reflect the heat and do not show the inevitable safari dust.

Pack Shorts,  long pants with a zipper pocket, t-shirts, flip flops, a hat, a rain jacket, as well as sturdy shoes. Long-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt or fleece are ideal for evenings.

Laundry service is available in most safari lodges and tented camps if needed.

8. Money and currency East Africa Travel Information.

Before you travel, call your credit card companies to let them know you will be traveling. This will help to ensure the credit card company won’t flag any of your vacation expenses.

ATMs are available in major towns or cities.  Please note that at times ATMs may not be reliable due to a limited amount of money to be withdrawn.

Credit cards are widely accepted within Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda.  Major hotels and restaurants accept VISA and MasterCard. AMEX and others are not recommended as establishments usually don’t support them.

Note that a surcharge of 5% is attached to their usage.

Local Currencies are recommended to use while on safari. There are many forex bureaus and banks in the capital cities and the main towns.

Smaller denominations than US$100 may attract a less favorable rate of exchange.  Notes older than 2010 may not be accepted by hotels, banks, etc.

Exchanging Money /Forex exchange

Forex Bureaus are located in major towns or cities and have regular banking hours Monday to Friday from 08:30hrs to 16:00hrs. Saturdays are open from 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs.

Traveler’s Cheques may be changed in major towns/cities.  American Express cheques are accepted but they do attract a low rate.

If you can, forego this option. Note: A purchase receipt and a passport are often asked for by the bank and forex bureaus as proof of ownership.

9. Booking Terms and Conditions 

A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking.  The balance is due 3 weeks before the tour departure date.

Bookings made within 3 weeks should be paid for in full. Payment can be made via bank transfer to our Stanbic Bank account. Payments for debit or credit cards are via the PesaPal online portal.

This is where you submit your payment online via our website link. The PesaPal Surcharge Service costs an extra 3.5%.

Caution: We advise you not to rely so much on ATMs for your safari payment. Most often the networks fail, and cards get rejected.

The cards are limited to a certain amount, as the search leads to delays.

10. East Africa Travel Information – Cancellation  and Refund Policy

  • 70 or more days before the trip: the return of the deposit, less $30 for office fees.
  • Cancellation 69-50 days before departure: Loss of entire deposit.
  • Cancellation 49-31 days before departure: 50% of the cost of services booked.
  • Cancellation 30-15 days before departure: 60% of the cost of services booked.
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before departure: 90% of the cost of services booked.
  • Cancellation 7 days before departure: 100% of the cost of services booked.
  • No refunds for partly used services or no-shows.
  • Gorilla and Chimp permit terms and conditions

Gorilla permits are USD 800 & chimp permits are USD 250. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has the below cancellation guidelines:

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, a 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, a 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, a 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, a 100% cancellation fee

Important: The minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years.  In case of flu or any other airborne disease, the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

11. Tell me about accommodation and meals.

During your itinerary design, we always advise on accommodation based on your requested price range.

We aim for comfort, cleanliness, safety, and a good location. Accommodation ranges from standard, midrange, luxury, and high-end accommodations.

  • Rooming and Single Room Supplements (SRS)

Most rooms are twin-bedded rooms even though the rooms are booked as single rooms as well.

There is a supplement to booking a single room. If you are traveling as a family, most facilities lack family settings.  Arranging for triple rooms is possible from time to time.

This is an Extra Bed Supplement – a twin-bedded room with an extra bed.

  • Meals and drinks

All meals are included on the safari. This is from breakfast,  lunch, and dinner. During your safari, all meals are provided by your respective accommodation or en route.

Packed / picnic lunches are during full-day game viewing drives and long-day drives. The cuisine in East African game lodges and camps is intercontinental and local.

It includes meats, vegetables, and fruits arriving fresh daily from the surrounding farmland areas.  Individual dietary requests are catered for in the respective accommodations.

The lodges around and in the national parks offer rates inclusive of meals (Full Board).  You may request a bed and breakfast option as well.  Children rates between 2 -12 years –usually 50% off the adult rate subject to change.

Avoid drinking water straight from the tap. Complimentary bottled drinking water will be provided in the safari vehicle.

There is a cooling unit in your private safari car.  You may buy soft drinks, beer, and other bottled beverages if you prefer.  Tea or coffee may be served after meals.

Avoid buying street food from vendors. At times we provide fresh fruits like bananas, pineapples, and mangoes( wash before eating). Wash your hands before eating or use a sanitizer.

12. Internet Access

Most accommodations have WIFI in their main areas, especially reception/lounge areas.   At times it becomes unstable and limited to particular times.

If you must have internet during your travels, consider getting a MiFi from the main mobile providers.

13: Do I have to tip for services?

Tipping is an important part of the safari adventure based on service satisfaction.  The amount is dependent on your evaluation of the quality of the service rendered.

Tipping is extended to driver guides and hotel/lodges staff. Tips range from USD 10 – USD 15 per day per group. It is recommended to give your tips directly to the staff though most lodges/hotels have a tip box that is shared amongst all staff.

14: Can I use my mobile phone?

In many accommodations, there are sockets for charging mobile phones in your tent or room. If there aren’t, there will be sockets in the main lounge or dining area.

A tip for traveling off the beaten track is to switch to ‘airplane mode’ or ‘flight mode’ to save battery power. Searching for the signal is very draining on the phone battery.

You want to temporarily switch off apps that use lots of satellite data.

15: East Africa Travel Information – What should I pack for the safari?

All the important items and information should be carried in your hand luggage. Passport, visa, airfare, insurance, credit cards, money, and prescriptions if necessary.

Please avoid using plastic bags when packing your luggage. Use fabric bags instead, or bags made of a waterproof material other than plastic.

  • First aid kit – Pack essentials that you might need. Ps. We do have first aid kits in our vehicles.
  • Binoculars and Camera plus extra batteries
  • Rain Gear, waterproof/good steady hiking boots
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Hat to avoid sunburn.
  • Waterproof rucksack
  • Mosquito / Insect Repellent and Sunscreen
  • Hand and Toilet tissue paper
  • Power adaptor if possible with 2 sockets charging mobile phone, cameras, etc.
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries.
  • For trekking/walking safaris,  carry lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and long socks.

East Africa awaits you! You are all most welcome. 

WELCOME TO EAST AFRICA! A LAND GIFTED BY NATURE! 

Our East Africa Safari Destinations

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Immerse yourself in East Africa Safari Destinations for a truly authentic local experience on one of our popular guided community tours which are a great choice for single travellers too, make a date with the gentle giants of the mountain jungles, and the mountain gorillas, and follow the wild’s famous animal migration, the wildebeests in Kenya, take an unforgettable family adventure or tailor-make that dream Africa Safari Holiday.

Our East Africa Safari Destinations span around East African countries including; Uganda Safaris, Rwanda Safaris, Kenya Safaris, and Tanzania Now that East African countries have one travel visa and some of the top wild attractions like the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, East Africa is now considered number one destination by adventure seekers.


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