ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO KENYA

Capital – NAIROBI

Population – 47 Million

Language – English and Swahili

VALID PASSPORT

A passport and visa are required for entry into Kenya. Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Kenya click for details. Good news for North America citizens, The Kenya Consulate wishes to inform all visa applicants of the introduction of a new electronic visa processing system (evisa http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html ). This online visa application process is currently running concurrently with the Kenya Consulate offices but visas are also available at ports of entry upon arrival. For more information on visa application and visa categories for North America citizens, please visit https://www.kenyaconsulatela.com/services/appforvisaonline.aspx

TOURIST VISA

Single Entry: which allows guests to enter into Kenya once, However kindly note, a single entry Visa would allow re-entry to Kenya from any of the following East African Countries (Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda) filled application form.  Click to download

East Africa Visa – allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visas valid for 90 days and it will expires the moment you visit any other country apart from the three stated countries. The visa will be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries or on line where applicable, for guests starting from Rwanda and Uganda you have to apply your visa online while for starters from Kenya you can get it at the point of entry.

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. EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA APPLICATION FORM

A single entry visa costs $50 and $100 for multiple entry visas for each applicant regardless of age, and whether obtained in advance or at the airport.

EXEMPTION OF VISA FEES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS  – Effective 1st February 2016, children under 16 years of age accompanying their parents to Kenya will be exempted from paying visa fees.

VISA APPLICATION WASHINGTON, DC

VISA APPLICATION NEWYORK CONSULATE

CONTACT DETAILS:

Kenya Consulate General in Los Angeles
Kotra Building, Mezzanine Floor 4801 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: (323) 939 2408, Fax: (323) 939 2412, Email:

Please note that the possession of a Kenyan Visa is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The immigration officer at the port of entry may deny entry if the visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and if the entry and presence of such a person in Kenya would be contrary to national interests, even if such a person is in possession of a valid visa for Kenya.

HEALTH

Kenya requires all visitors to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Your doctor will provide the necessary documentation and may also recommend vaccines or medications for addressing these common health concerns.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Malaria

If you currently take any prescription medications, let your doctor know how long you plan on being out of the country. He can make sure you have an adequate supply to cover your needs until your return home.

KENYAN CURRENCY

ATMs

Most of the banks have ATM’s which accept Visa and Master cards for cash. These banks are found within major towns and cities,

Banks

Many banks now offer extended banking hours (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday, they include Barclays, Standard Chartered, Diamond Trust, NIC, Bank of Africa, African Banking Corporation and NIC now operate from between 7am and 8pm. They also operate at extended hours during weekends and holidays.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars,  they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Residents may import up to KES 500,000.- (Kenya Shilling-KES) to cover expenses upon re-entry into Kenya. No restrictions apply to foreign currencies. Non-residents may import local and foreign currency without restrictions. However, for amounts equivalent to USD 5,000.- and more residents and non-residents need to hold documents indicating the source and the purpose of this amount.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents may export up to KES 500,000.- (Kenya Shilling-KES) to cover expenses upon re-entry into Kenya. No restrictions apply to foreign currencies. Non-residents may export local and foreign currency without restrictions. However, for amounts equivalent to USD 5,000.- and more residents and non-residents need to hold documents indicating the source and the purpose of this amount.

Kenyan Currency

The basic unit of currency in Kenya is the Shilling (KES). There are 100 cents in one Kenyan Shilling. Bills come in denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 Shillings. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confusion as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US bank notes with series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.

 
 

HOW TO TRAVEL TO KENYA

Planning The Safari of a Lifetime

Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Kenya and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.

Our Planning at Your Service

DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.

Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.

Preparing for Your Safari

Entry into Kenya requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. You’ll also need a yellow fever vaccination and accompanying documentation. We’re happy to address any medical concerns you may have as we work out your travel arrangements.

Upon Your Arrival

Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Jomo Kenyatta International Airport here in Nairobi.

  • Kenya airways flights
  • British airways flights
  • Emirates flights
  • KLM
  • Qatar airways flights
  • Turkish airline flights
  • Air France flights
  • Lufthansa flights
  • Swiss flights
  • Etihad airways flights
  • Ethiopian airline flights
  • South African airline flights
  • China Southern flights
  • Royal air morocco flights
  • Egypt air flights
  • Saudia flights
  • Air Mauritius flights
  • Rwanda air flights

Throughout the airport and on into the city, you’ll find that banks, businesses and hotels honor all major credit cards. However, Visa is the most widely accepted, and American dollars are the preferred currency. The exchange system here in Kenya is usually very simple and straightforward. Our staff is always on hand to answer any questions and assist you with monetary transactions.

Throughout Your Journey

From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel are here for you 24/7. We all are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, speak excellent English and serve you with more than 10 years of experience.

Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.

Always at Your Service

Your invitation to join us and explore East and Central Africa is always open. Our family here at DK Grand Safaris takes great pleasure in sharing everything that makes our home such a special place. We’re proud to be at your service.

Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO KENYA

TIME. GMT: +3 hours.

Kenya is a all year round tourist destination though the climate varies hugely between the rainy and dry seasons, However it all depends on an individual interest of travel  as some months are better than others for certain special viewing. Kenya is divided into two by the equator hence it experiences both summer and winter.Daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, but it is warmer on the coast which is hot and humid all year round.However climate can vary dramatically depending on altitude and proximity to the ocean.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:

January to march

  • Weather: Dry season, and towards end of March it gives way for the rain season.
  • Animals: Calving season for the wildebeest, lots of babies born, and the grass is grazed down and wildlife gather close to water points,easy wildlife viewing. Lots of Migratory birds some from Europe.
  • Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari.

April to June

  • Weather: Temperatures drop after the rains and/or sometimes it might rain hence grasses are somehow long; it’s fairly cloudy and sometimes cooler weather is experienced depending on where you are.
  • Animals: Lots of babies have been born; the parks are turning green again hence great time for photography at this time of year. For the birders some of migratory birds are still around.
  • Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
  • Population: Less people travel hence you will often have facilities largely to yourself
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

July to October

  • Weather: The month of July is the coolest month followed by the hot and dry weather seasons.
  • Animals: Wildebeest, migrating from the Serengeti, start arriving in the Masai Mara. Wildlife gathering close to water points and expect the wildebeest to start crossing the famous Mara River.
  • Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
  • Population: Its summer period, Park roads are full of tourists
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

November to December

  • Weather: The “short rains” might start,
  • Animals: Short grass after the migration hence excellent view for the cats hunting,
  • Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO TANZANIA

Capital – Dodoma
Population – 55.5 Million
Language – English and Swahili

VALID PASSPORT

A passport and visa are required for entry into Tanzania. Visa is a permission granted to a foreigner other than a prohibited Immigrant (please click here to see the list of countries whose nationals require visa) to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of visit, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies, or any other activity which is not illegal under the Laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens obtain visas before traveling Tanzania, but visas are also available at ports of entry upon arrival. A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page is required.

Types of visa

Single-entry tourist visa: US$50 on arrival (Except for US citizens for whom a single-entry visa is US$100)

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. You will need one as long as you transit via Kenya.

Visa Application Form for all categories Click here to download or/and Visa Application Form

To obtain visa requirements, please refer to second page of the Visa Application Form (click here to download). Once application is fully complete, submit by courier or in person to:

Contact details in Canada
The Tanzania High Commission
Attention: Visa Department
50 Range Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada. K1N 8J4

Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St. NW, Washington D.C 20037
Telephone: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7
Fax: (202)797-7408

 

 

TANZANIA CURRENCY

ATMs

MasterCard and Visa are mostly acceptable cards in the major towns, you can with draw money from ATM machines using the same cards and it will be dispensed in Tanzanian Shillings rather than dollars. (Amex can be useful though not as MasterCard and Visa). ATMs sometimes will give you money and at better rates than from the bureau de changes

Banks

Many banks operate from (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, they include National Bank of Commerce, Azania bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Barclays, Standard Chartered, NIC etc

Credit Cards

Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting. If you are bringing cash, U.S. dollars should be “big head” dollars dated 2009 or later. Larger denomination notes (50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Residents of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda may import local currency (Tanzanian Shilling-TZS) up to the amount exported. Non-residents are prohibited of importing local currency. Residents and non-residents may import foreign currencies without restrictions.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda may export local currency (Tanzanian Shilling-TZS) up to TZS 1,000.-. Non-residents are prohibited of exporting local currency. Residents and non-residents may export foreign currencies without restrictions.

Tanzania Currency

The basic unit of currency in Tanzania is the Shilling (TZS). Bills come in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 Shillings Note. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confusion as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US bank notes with series date before the year 2008 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2008.

HOW TO TRAVEL TANZANIA

Planning The Safari of a Lifetime

Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Tanzania and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.

Our Planning at Your Service

DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.

Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.

Preparing for Your Safari

Entry into Tanzania requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. You’ll also need a yellow fever vaccination and accompanying documentation. We’re happy to address any medical concerns you may have as we work out your travel arrangements.

Upon Your Arrival

Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Kilimanjaro International Airport here in Arusha – Tanzania.

  • Kenya Airways flights
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Qatar airways flights
  • Turkish airline flights
  • Ethiopian airline flights
  • Rwanda air flights
  • Condor
  • Fast jet
  • Precision Air
  • AirKenya
  • Safari Link

Throughout Your Journey

From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel are here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.

Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.

Always at Your Service

Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TANZANIA

TIME:  GMT: +3 hours.

Tanzania is all year round tourist destination but the climate varies hugely because of the location of the country within the tropic of Capricorn. The climate is tropical while the coastal areas are hot and humid, and the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. The country experience two rain seasons namely; the short rains from October to December and long rains from March to June. However it all depends on an individual interest of travel as some months are better than others for certain special events. Daytime temperatures range from 10°C/50°F in the northern highlands to about 23°C/73°F along the coast of Zanzibar.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:

January to March

  • Weather: is clear, dry season, and towards end of March it gives way for the rain season.
  • Animals: From February we do expect lots of wildebeest calving season and other animals. Lots of Migratory birds from Europe hence best time for ornithological safaris.
  • Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari.

April to May

  • Weather: It’s raining; this is the peak of the wet season and expects temperatures to drop after the rains. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm Grasses are somehow long; it’s fairly cloudy and sometimes cooler weather is experienced depending on where you are.
  • Animals: Lots of babies have been born; the parks are turning green again hence great time for photography. Most animals have migrated away from rivers and swamps as it’s too wet.
  • Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
  • Population: Less people travel hence you will often have facilities largely to yourself.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

June to October

  • Weather: The month of June and July are the coolest month followed by the hot and dry weather seasons which sets in their after.
  • Animals: June the best month for Wildebeest migrating viewing in and around central Serengeti. Wildlife gathering close to water points and rivers.
  • Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
  • Population: Its summer period, Park roads are full of tourists
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

November to December

  • Weather: The “short rains” might start anytime,
  • Animals: Expect the migrations from Masai Mara though it depends on the weather.  The grass is still short hence excellent view for the cats hunting.
  • Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari

Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.

UGANDA VALID PASSPORT

A valid passport (6 months minimum and at least 1 blank page) is mandatory for all visitors to Uganda. Effective July 1, 2016, visas and residency permits will no longer be available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival.

Please only apply for your visa online within the last 90 days to enter Uganda. Otherwise, your visa will expire 90 days after issuance and then you will need to apply and pay for another visa.

Uganda online visa application: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Uganda: Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, The Grenadines, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent-Tonga, COMESA and EAC.

Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.

  1. All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country.
  2. Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country.
  3. All travelers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card.

All visa and work permit (E-Visa and E-permits) applications must be completed via the https://visas.immigration.go.ug. Under the new application process, you must apply online for all immigration services such as visas, permits, and passes at least two weeks prior to travel.

TOURIST VISA

Single Entry Visa – From 22nd of July 2016, Single entry Visa is 50USD apply online

East Africa Tourist Visa – 100 USD apply online

HEALTHY

A proof of YELLOW FEVER vaccination is required to enter UGANDA.

Please be aware that a visa does not determine how long you may remain in Uganda. The Ugandan immigration officer at the port of entry determines the length of authorized stay, which is generally from two weeks to three months for tourists. Immigration policies are not always consistently applied and may change without notice. Pay close attention to the validity of your visa or special pass to avoid fines or travel interruptions. Ugandan immigration imposes a fine of up to $100 per day for visa overstays and sometimes detains individuals who overstay their visas until the fine is paid. Extensions of duration of stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala.

UGANDA CURRENCY

ATMs

Some ATM machines will take cards with a MasterCard logo and some hotels will accept American Express though Visa is the predominately card. ATMs sometimes will give you money and at better rates than from the bureau de changes

Banks

Some banks now offer extended banking hours (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday) they include Diamond Trust Bank other banks in Uganda includes Stanbic Bank, Crane Bank, Citi Bank, Eco Bank, Bank of Africa, Orient bank.

Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting. If you are bringing cash, U.S. dollars should be “big head” dollars dated 2009 or later. Larger denomination notes (50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Foreign currencies: unlimited, provided declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)

Currency Export regulations:

Foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)

Uganda Currency

The basic unit of currency in Uganda is the Shilling (UGX). The currency structure of Uganda consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Uganda Shilling (UGX).  Bank Notes are in denominations of UGX 1,000 UGX 2,000 UGX 5,000 UGX10, 000 UGX 20,000 and UGX 50,000. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confusion as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US bank notes with series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.

HOW TO TRAVEL UGANDA

Planning The Safari of a Lifetime

Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Uganda and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.

Our Planning at Your Service

DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.

Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.

Preparing for Your Safari

Entry into Tanzania requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. You’ll also need a yellow fever vaccination and accompanying documentation. We’re happy to address any medical concerns you may have as we work out your travel arrangements.

Upon Your Arrival

Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Entebbe International Airport here in Kampala – Uganda.

  • Asante Aviation
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Eagle Air
  • Egypt Air
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Skyjet Aviation
  • South African Airways
  • Rwandair

Throughout Your Journey

From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel are here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.

Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.

Always at Your Service

Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL UGANDA

TIME. GMT: +3 hours.

Uganda is all year round tourist destination with temperatures barely changing throughout the seasons. The country is located along the equator; hence the rainfall ranges between 1,000 and 2,000 millimeters annually. For those interested on mainly on Gorilla and Chimps Trekking as well as safari adventures, we recommend travel during two dry seasons between December and February and between June and August. Average temperatures in Uganda are around 21°C/71°F and might drop to 12°C/ 54°F at night.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:

December to February

  • Weather: Less rain might be experienced though we do expect more of sunshine. There is less vegetation to obstruct your view and trekking of Gorillas.
  • Animals: Good timing for Gorilla trekking. Wildlife also gathers in and around rivers and swamps, Migratory birds are also present.
  • Quotation: Safari price High, its high season.
  • Population: Though its high season, the parks don’t get crowded.
  • Recommended: Good time for Gorilla Trekking and safari. Book Gorilla Permits early in advance to avoid disappointment.

March to May

  • Weather: This is the Peak of the wet season. Expect the heaviest rainfall in Uganda
  • Animals:  Babies have been born for those who are doing safari adventure. Everything is turning green again hence great time for photography including ornithological adventures.
  • Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
  • Population: Less people travel hence you will often have facilities largely to yourself.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari though be care if it rains no refund for Gorilla permits.

June to August

  • Weather: These are the dry months hence less vegetation on the paths while trekking for the Gorillas. Sometimes it might rain though we do expect more of sunshine.
  • Animals: The perfect timing for Gorilla trekking as these are the dry months. Wildlife also gathers in and around rivers and swamps.
  • Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
  • Population: Though its peak season, parks don’t get crowded.
  • Recommended: Good time for Gorilla Trekking and safari. Book Gorilla Permits early in advance to avoid disappointment.

September to November

  • Weather: It’s towards the rain season so you might expect any weather.
  • Animals: Animal concentration within the rivers and swamps is fair though some have moved.
  • Quotation: Safari price average.
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari but slightly harder for Trekking.

Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.

RWANDA VALID PASSPORT

An applicant should have a valid passport or another acceptable travel document and the document must have a validity of at least 6 months on the day of entry in Rwanda. Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Rwanda: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe and Singapore.  Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application. More country specific visa info linked here.

Effective from 01 January 2018, nationals of all countries will get visa upon arrival without prior application.

Please click here to view the communiqué on new visa regime

For Standard Rates of Visa Fees please click Here

NOTE
*The visitor’s visa should not be used for employment.

*On reciprocal basis, Hong Kong citizens are required to pay visa fee upon arrival.

*Nationals of all African countries traveling to or transiting through Rwanda   obtain an entry visa upon arrival without necessarily making prior application and pay for a visa ($30) where applicable.

TOURIST VISA

Single Entry:  This sub-class of visa shall be issued to:

* A foreigner who wants to visit Rwanda for any purpose other than work or business and is not a citizen of Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore.

* A person from any country who wants to enter Rwanda to seek a residence permit appropriate to the purpose of their stay. The purpose is other than visit, holiday, sightseeing, or recreation. On line application – Single Entry Visa

*click here for requirements

*click here to apply online

Nationals of the countries mentioned above not exempted from visa may also choose to get visa at Rwanda Diplomatic Missions (except the UN Mission in New York) or online.

Use the following link to apply for visa online: Click here

Use the following link to read the standard rates for Visa Fees.

Use the following link to read the instructions on Yellow Fever.

East Africa Visa – It’s eligible to a foreigner who wants to visit simultaneously the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for tourism. An East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entries within the three countries and shall be valid for 90 days.  Applications for this visa shall be lodged at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda, at the Immigration Offices of the respective countries or online where applicable.

Class T12 East Africa Tourist Visa

Click here to apply online

Click here to download application form for applicants applying while in the country or embassy

Health Requirements:

A vaccination certificate may be required at the border post. In the event of a major disease outbreak, specific requirements could be set and put to the knowledge of the public.

Please note that the possession of a Rwandan Visa is not the final authority to enter into Rwanda. The immigration officer at the port of entry may deny entry if the visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and if the entry and presence of such a person in Rwanda would be contrary to national interests, even if such a person is in possession of a valid visa for Rwanda.

RWANDA CURRENCY

ATMs

Automatic teller machines are found only in big cities like Kigali in Rwanda and they are few.  Banks usually charges a flat fee per transaction. Bank of Kigali (BK), Rwanda’s biggest (ATMs) network now accepts international VISA cards. Kenya commercial Bank ATM sometimes can dispense USD but up to ($500 USD maximum per withdrawal).

Banks

Rwanda has several banks operating which includes: Bank of Kigali, Kenya Commercial Bank, I&M Bank, Ecobank, Crane Bank, Equity Bank, GT Bank etc. some banks  offer extended banking hours (8am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday, they include Kenya Commercial Bank, GT Bank , I&M Bank

Credit Cards

Bank of Kigali and Ecobank both have ATMs that will accept international Visa cards though Credit cards are not yet used much in Rwanda though most hotels, lodges and camps do accept credit card. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Allowed. Local currency (Rwandan Franc-RWF): up to RWF 5,000.-; foreign currencies: unlimited, when declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Allowed. Local currency (Rwandan Franc-RWF): up to RWF 5,000.-; foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared.

Rwanda Currency

The basic unit of currency in Rwanda is the Rwanda franc (RWF). Rwanda franc bills are uses both as coins and banknotes. Each franc is broken into santimes with denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, and 100 in banknotes and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 in coins. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confusion as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US bank notes with series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.

HOW TO TRAVEL RWANDA

Planning The Safari of a Lifetime

Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Rwanda and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.

Our Planning at Your Service

DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.

Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.

Preparing for Your Safari

Entry into Tanzania requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. You’ll also need a yellow fever vaccination and accompanying documentation. We’re happy to address any medical concerns you may have as we work out your travel arrangements.

Upon Your Arrival

Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Kigali International Airport here in Kigali – Rwanda.

  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Turkish Airways
  • Rwandair

Throughout Your Journey

From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel are here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.

Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.

Always at Your Service

Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL RWANDA

TIME: GMT: +2 hours.

Rwanda is all year round tourist destination though it will depend on where you want to go and your main interest of travel. For Gorilla trekking we do recommend travel from mid-May to mid-October, as this is the long dry season in Rwanda. Due to its high altitude, Rwanda has a lovely tropical highland climate, on average daytime temperatures average between 30°C/86°F.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:

March to May

  • Weather: It’s the period of long rainy season; the rains are heavy and persistent.
  • Animals: The scenery is amazing and the lush flora can be perfect for photography wildlife.
  • Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Fewer travelers’ means gorilla permits are easier to obtain

December to February

  • Weather: Short dry season accompanied with light cloud cover.
  • Animals: Good time for wildlife viewing including Gorillas trekking.
  • Quotation: Safari price High.
  • Population: Average number of travelers.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari and Trekking.

June to September Mid

  • Weather: Its Rwanda’s long dry season with light cloud cover.
  • Animals: Best time for wildlife viewing and Gorillas trekking. Baby gorillas are named during the Kwita Izina ceremony which takes place every year on the 1st of September. .
  • Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
  • Population: Its summer period, though its peak season it’s not crowded.
  • Recommended: The best time for Gorilla trekking and safari.

September Mid to November

  • Weather: The “short rains” might start,
  • Animals: The scenery is amazing and the flora lush can be perfect for photography wildlife.
  • Quotation: Safari price low, Affordable (Low or Green season)
  • Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Average time for safari.

Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.

ZAMBIA VALID PASSPORT

All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival and have at least two blank pages upon each entry. Travelers transiting South Africa must have at least two blank visa pages upon each entry as well.

Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Zambia http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=117  though we advise that you visit Zambia Immigration for up to date Visa information. As of December 2016, the KAZA joint visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe is available at all major ports of entry into Zambia and Zimbabwe. For more information about the KAZA visa, click here. This visa can be obtained on arrival and is valid for both countries for visits up to 30 days while remaining within Zambia and Zimbabwe (including day trips to Chobe National Park in Botswana at Kazungula)

The Zambia Immigration website contains visa guidelines for different types of visitors. Each visitor to Zambia must declare the main purpose of their visit. This will determine what sort of visa one needs, and where to obtain this visa. If one is not a citizen of a country that is exempted from having to apply for a visa, then a single-entry visa, valid for up to 90 days must be obtain a visa either at the port, online application through e-visa online https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#   point of entry or at a Zambian Mission abroad.

One can apply for his visa online https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#    Processing time for e-visas should take between 3 and 5 working days.

If your passport is lost or stolen, visit the Zambian Department of Immigration to obtain a replacement entry permit at no cost before attempting to depart the country.

HEALTH

Yellow fever certificate is mandatory if entering from a yellow fever endemic country. Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations.

ZAMBIA CURRENCY

ATMs

ATMs are available within the big city which includes; Livingstone, Lusaka and other major towns in Zambia. Major Banks ATMs accept Visa cards but not MasterCard card.

Banks

Banks operating hours are from 08:15 to 15:30 hours Mondays through to Fridays and 08:15 to 11:30 hours on Saturdays.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will accept credit cards. Some banks will advance local currency against your credit card and Visa is more readily accepted than MasterCard or American Express.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. Just enquire from your guide or hotel reception for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Zambia Kwacha-ZMW) and foreign currencies: amounts exceeding USD 5000.- or equivalent must be declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Zambia Kwacha-ZMW) and foreign currencies: amounts exceeding USD 5000.- or equivalent must be declared. Kenyan Currency

Zambian currency is the (Kwacha –ZMK); the Bank notes are issued denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000 Kwacha. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confusion as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US bank notes with series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.

HOW TO TRAVEL ZAMBIA

Planning The Safari of a Lifetime

Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Zambia and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.

Our Planning at Your Service

DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.

Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.

Preparing for Your Safari

Entry into Tanzania requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. You’ll also need a yellow fever vaccination and accompanying documentation. We’re happy to address any medical concerns you may have as we work out your travel arrangements.

Upon Your Arrival

Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. There are currently no direct flights to Livingstone – Zambia from the USA & UK . You can fly via other African countries.

  • British Airways and South African Airways from Johannesburg,
  • Proflight Zambia from Lusaka,
  • Ethiopian Airways from Addis Ababa,
  • Airlink from Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Kenya Airways from Nairobi

Throughout Your Journey

From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel are here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.

Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.

Always at Your Service

Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL ZAMBIA

TIME:  GMT: +2 hours.

Zambia is all year round tourist destination though it depends on one’sinterest and reasons of travel. Victoria Falls makes a great option of an extension to combine with a safari. We do recommend game viewing inZambia during the dry months of May to October, for those interested in viewing the Victoria Falls from Zambia site, the best months are May to August after the rainy seasons though, you can cross over to Zimbabwe for better views, in case you travel during the dry months of September to December as there may be no water coming over the Zambian side of the falls.

Livingstone town, where we find Victoria Falls is at an elevation of 986m/3234ft and generally warmer than Lusaka, the capital city. It’s a sub-tropical climate with a mild and dry winter from mid-May to mid-August and a hot, muggy and rainy summer from mid-November to mid-March.  October is the hottest month in Victoria Falls with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) and the coldest is June at17°C (63°F) and the wettest month is January with an average of 171mm of rain.

                     

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:

January to April

  • Weather: It’s the rain season; Rains might start especially in the afternoons.
  • Animals: Lots of babies have been born; the parks are turning green again hence great time for photography at this time of year for the birders some of migratory birds are still around.
  • Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low season).
  • Population: The parks are less crowned hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Fair time for safari.

May to October

  • Weather: These are the dry months of Zambia with clear skies.
  • Animals: The best time for game viewing because of less vegetation and animals gather around rivers and swamps. From June to September best months to view Victoria Falls because water flow is at its greatest volume over Victoria Falls.
  • Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
  • Population: Parks aren’t crowded except the falls of Victoria.
  • Recommended: Good time for safari and visiting Victoria Falls.

November to December

  • Weather: It’s the start of rains accompanied by rolling storm clouds. November is variable month which can either be hot and dry. By end of December, the parks are turning green.
  • Animals: Victoria Falls might just be a small stream on the Zambia side, fewer animals viewed because of the growing vegetation.
  • Quotation: Safari price low, Affordable ( Green season)
  • Population: The parks are less crowned hence private and exclusive tours.
  • Recommended: Average time for safari but the Zambia side of the Victoria Falls dries up.

Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.