3 DEPARTURE TAXES
4 CREDIT CARDS, BANKING and CURRENCY EXCHANGE
5 RECOMMENDED TIPPING (not included in price of trip)
6 WHAT TO WEAR
9 TRAVEL INSURANCE
10 RECOMMENDED READING
12 ABOUT BEYOND FRONTIERS TRAVEL
When visiting Uganda, a visa is required for most nationalities
Information can be obtained here.
Embassy of the Republic of Uganda 5911 16th Street, N.W. Washington D.C., 20011
A single‐entry visa for Uganda is $50 and is valid for 3 months
A multiple‐entry visa for Uganda is $100 and is valid for 6-12 months. Clients visiting Rwanda who are beginning and ending their trip in Uganda will need a multiple‐entry visa for Uganda.
In addition to arranging visas through a Ugandan Embassy/Mission. Single‐entry visas for Uganda can be obtained on arrival at Entebbe airport and land borders for the sum of $50 payable in U.S. currency. The currency must be in good condition and dated from the year 2009 or newer. $1 bills are not accepted; therefore, clients should be prepared with $20, $50 or $100 denominations. Obtaining a visa at the airport or land entry point is a simple procedure
A visa for Rwanda is required for all nationals of the following countries (USA, Germany, South Africa, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, Israel and New Zealand) and is available upon arrival at any Rwanda entry point without prior applications. The entry visa fee is $30, valid for a period of up to 30 days. Nationals of the mentioned countries may also choose to get a visa at Rwandan Missions (except UN Mission in New York) or online.
Nationals of Singapore, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Philippines are exempted from entry/tourism visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
Nationals of countries not mentioned above shall get visa upon application online before travelling and pay prescribed fee of $30 for a single-entry visa on arrival. All travelers needing to obtain a visa before arrival in Rwanda, must obtain an invitation / facilitation letter from the Rwandan Government before leaving their home country. The application for the letter can be found and completed online on the Rwanda immigration website
Travelers visiting Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya:
The East Africa Visa allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter the region from the country that issued the visa and move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or paying another visa fee. This visa can now be obtained on arrival in both Kenya and Uganda. If Rwanda is first point of entry then application for this visa shall be lodged at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Rwanda, at the Immigration Offices or online where applicable and must be obtained prior to travel. This visa is valid for 90 days and costs $100.
A Yellow Fever Inoculation Certificate is required for entry to Uganda and Rwanda. This certificate is obtained from the entity or agency performing the inoculations.
For health requirements, please consult your nearest tropical disease center, or the web site of the Centers for Disease Control
Malaria is present in both Uganda and Rwanda.
When leaving Entebbe Airport in Uganda, travelers must pay a departure tax of $40. In most cases, this fee has been included in the price of the airline ticket. If not, it is payable in U.S. currency.
When leaving Kigali Airport in Rwanda, clients must pay a departure tax of $20. In most cases, this fee has been included in the price of the airline ticket. If not, it is payable in U.S. currency.
CREDIT CARDS, BANKING and CURRENCY EXCHANGE
In Uganda, credit cards can only be used in a small number of shops in the city of Kampala, at the Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe and at Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, though credit card use is continually expanding. Charges may be as high as 5% and are automatically added to your bill. They cannot be used for cash advances, and the only credit card readily accepted is VISA. Mastercard and American Express are not readily accepted.
In Uganda, ATM machines are only available in large cities. Machines accepting VISA are at Entebbe airport and in Kampala, but are sometimes out of service and only pay out Uganda Shillings.
There are very few places in Rwanda outside of Kigali at which a credit card can be used. Visitors to Rwanda are encouraged not to depend on credit cards for making purchases.
It is not recommended to bring traveler’s checks with you to Uganda or Rwanda. They can sometimes be changed for local currency at the airports in both Uganda and Rwanda, but this is not guaranteed. For cashing traveler’s Checks, the receipt from their original purchase may be required.
Once on safari, only cash can be used for currency conversion. Larger U.S. bills earn a better rate of exchange ($50 and $100 bills).
Uganda Shillings can be changed back to U.S. Dollars at the airport upon departure. Most currency exchange services will not change coins ‐ paper currency only.
U.S. Dollars must be dated 2009 or newer and must be in good condition, not torn or defaced.
RECOMMENDED TIPPING (not included in price of trip)
It is best to tip using local currency, though USD are widely accepted
A good guide to tipping, for a guide that has satisfied your expectations and generally made your experience memorable, can range from $7 to $10 per person per day usually given to the guide at the end of the safari.
WHAT TO WEAR?
In addition to the normal clothing for an East African safari, we recommend:
Strong walking boots with ankle support
Socks long enough for trousers to be tucked into
Cotton or Gortex trousers
Long‐sleeved shirts for trekking
Sweater or sweatshirt
Light gloves for protection against thorns and nettles
Light jacket or fleece
Waterproof clothing (no bright colors, which disturb the animals)
Hat for sun and/or rain
Plastic bags for cameras, film, and spare clothing
Be prepared for cool or warm, dry or wet weather when trekking gorillas.
Muted colors are necessary for gorilla trekking, no bright colors.
No camouflage clothing (can be an issue, relating to national military uniforms)
Uganda and Rwanda have a pleasant climate year-round with minor temperature variations. The altitude on a typical Uganda safari varies from 1,000 meters to 2,400 meters above sea level. Days are pleasant, 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nights are moderate, 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At higher altitudes it can be cooler, especially at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The green season is usually from April to May and again from late October to November.
Soft‐sided luggage is required
Travelling light is always best. One medium or large duffel bag and one small backpack should be adequate.
All venues during the trip are casual and laundry services are available at all accommodations.
Travel Insurance (often called trip insurance) is strongly recommended and is available from most travel agencies in the United States.
Classic Africa Safaris offers Flying Doctors Service to clients for an additional fee of $30 per person for two weeks or $50 per person for one month, covering the whole of East Africa.
Uganda, The Bradt Travel Guide, 8th Edition (Philip Briggs)
Spectrum Guide to Uganda, 2nd Edition (Camerapix)
Uganda’s Great Rift Valley (Andrew Roberts) available here
The Safari Companion A Guide to Watching African Mammals (Richard Estes)
The Year of the Gorilla (George Schaller)
Gorillas in the Mist (Dian Fossey)
The Last King of Scotland (Chris and Tilde Stuart)
When photographing gorillas, no flash is allowed. For film cameras, we recommend taking several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) since gorillas can be found in the open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.
Uganda is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Rwanda is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Electrical Current in East Africa is 240 volts. Therefore, relevant adapters are required. In Uganda, plugs are square with three prongs. In Rwanda, plugs are round with two prongs. In lodges where there is no electricity in the guest rooms, cameras and video equipment can be charged in the manager’s office upon request.
About Beyond Frontiers Travel
Beyond Frontiers Travel brings a total of over 15 years combined experience to its customers. The satisfaction and safety of our clients are our priorities, and our in‐country staff strives to ensure that every safari runs smoothly. We take pride in our work and do our best to demonstrate that you are in capable hands. We pay attention to detail, and are flexible whenever possible to accommodate our clients. Our goal is to provide you with the experience of a lifetime.
Please remember though, that you are in Africa, and no matter how capable we are, things don’t always work or operate in the manner to which you may be accustomed. Patience, a sense of humor, and a desire for adventure should be brought with you.
All of our safaris include:
Informational client briefing upon arrival
Additional guides as needed
Comfortable, modern, 4×4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches.
Professional, experienced, English‐speaking guides who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and
All accommodations and meals as stated in your chosen itinerary
All excursions as stated in your chosen itinerary, which includes any park fees and taxes
Flora and fauna identification books available for use in the vehicles
Umbrellas, bean bags and blankets in the vehicles
Courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits.
Coolers with bottled water in our vehicles
Map of Uganda and/or Rwanda