GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL INFORMATION
It is difficult to sum up the purity, naturalness, magnitude, and diversity of East Africa’s tourism options into a few words. East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi and the neighboring Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, offer a traveling experience that is incomparable to anything in the world.
Nowhere on earth you are put to bed with the distant roars of a lion as a lullaby or watch birds and wildlife dawdle in their natural home, or see elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, and tree climbing lions all in one region and in a very short time. It is only in East Africa where you can see a million colorful birds take off against sunrise or witness a spectacular zebra or wildebeest migration.
However, the beauty of this region is not locked up in the spectacular natural scenery but also in the spirit of her people. The hospitality, laughing, singing, shoving, pushing, and dancing is mesmerizing. You will be so struck by the honesty, vitality, and warmness of East Africans that you simply have to come back for more.
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Priority checklist before you depart for Uganda/Rwanda
- Passport Valid at least 6 months beyond date of departure from Africa
- Minimum 3 blank pages (both sides) per country to be visited
- International air tickets
- Reconfirm all international flights 72 hours prior to departure
- Plan to arrive at airport three hours before flight.
- Photocopy of picture page of passport. Keep in separate place in baggage. If you lose your passport, a photocopy will expedite the process of replacing it
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate
- You will need to show your international immunization card with proof of inoculation against yellow fever upon entry to some countries. It may not be mandatory at the time we prepared this info, so can always check with us or your consulate.
Uganda is three hours ahead of GMT (GMT+3)
Rwanda is two hours ahead of GMT (GMT+2)
Best Time to visit Uganda and Rwanda
Uganda and Rwanda safaris are available year-round, although the best trekking, hiking and game-viewing periods are during the dry months of June through early September and late December through February. Since both countries lie across the equator, daytime temperatures in most parts of the country are consistently warm all year. Temperatures can be much cooler in the higher altitudes of Uganda’s mountains and forests especially at night.
The Virunga Volcanoes, which straddle Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are higher than Bwindi and thus tend to be cooler. The rainy seasons peak from late-September to November (with short rains) and from March to May (long rains), and gorilla tracking during these times can be more challenging but very interesting and nice for quality pictures. We therefore advise you to take Uganda/Rwanda holiday whenever you are ready as you may avoid the “official” rainy season only to find that it pours throughout your visit during another period!