Our Travel Guide throughout East Africa

  • Uganda: When leaving Entebbe Airport in Uganda, travellers 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.
  • Tanzania: When leaving Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport, there is no payment of a departure tax as this has already been included in the air-tick charges
  • Kenya: When leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, there is no payment of a departure tax as this has already been included in the air-tick charges.
  • Rwanda: 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.
  • In Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda, credit cards can only be used in a small number of shops/shopping malls in the cities of Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi, and in a few hotels/camps lodges, 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 and widely accepted.
  • In Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Kenya, ATM machines are only available in large cities. Machines accepting VISA are at Entebbe Airport, Kampala, Mbarara (Uganda), Arusha, Dar el Salaam, Dodoma (Tanzania), Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru (Kenya), Kigali Airport (Rwanda), 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, thus visitors to Rwanda are encouraged not to depend on credit cards for making purchases.
  • 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, Tanzania Shillings, Kenya Shillings, and Rwanda Francs 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.
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
  • Light shoes
  • Cotton or Gortex trousers
  • Shorts
  • Long sleeved shirts for trekking
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Light gloves for protection against thorns and nettles
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof clothing (no bright colours, which disturb the animals)
  • Hat for sun and/or rain
  • Daypack
  • Plastic bags for cameras, film, and spare clothing
  • Be prepared for cool or warm, dry or wet weather when trekking gorillas.
  • Muted colours are necessary fo

Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda have pleasant climates year-round with minor temperature variations. The altitude on a typical East African safari varies but days are pleasant, 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nights are moderate, 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At higher altitudes, it can be cooler, for example around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the green season is usually from April to May and again from late October to November.Please visit these sites for any specific updates about the climate in East Africa:

  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • 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 and Europe.
  • Goldrock Safaris-Africa through an independent arrangement upon request 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.
  • We highly recommend all our travel guests to consider taking on board travel insurance while they prepare to visit East Africa.

To have more insights about East Africa before your travel date, we recommend reading the following books (if possible);

Uganda
  • Uganda, The Bradt Travel Guide, 8th Edition (Philip Briggs)
  • Spectrum Guide to Uganda, 2nd Edition (Camerapix)
  • 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)
Tanzania
  • Lonely Planet Tanzania 7 (Mary Fitzpatrick, Ray Bartlett, David Else, Anthony Ham),
  • Tanzania Safari Guide (With Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Coast (Kindle Edition)
Rwanda
  • Rwanda, 4th (Philip Briggs, Janice Booth)
  • Fodor’s the Complete Guide to African Safaris (Fodor’s travel guides)
Kenya
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide (Philip Briggs)
  • Lonely Planet (Anthony Ham, Shawn Duthie, Anna Kaminski)

For your attention:

  • Uganda is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Tanzania and Kenya time zones are 3 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Rwanda is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • The Year of the Gorilla (George Schaller)
  • Gorillas in the Mist (Dian Fossey)
  • 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.

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