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Visas are required in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. You can obtain your visa online before traveling.
• Kenya: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
• Tanzania: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
• Uganda: https://visas.immigration.go.ug
It depends: a single East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV) can be issued for foreigners visiting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda within 90 days. The EATV allows multiple entries within Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda but such a visa expires automatically if a traveler goes outside of these three countries. To apply for the EATV go to https://magicalkenya.com/visit-kenya/visa-information/east-africa-tourist-visa/ Please note that, at the moment, the East Africa Tourist Visa does not apply to Tanzania for which a specific visa is required.

Suggestions and tips

All our programs/itineraries vary in length and distance and they also vary on focus. Kenya and Tanzania are more wildlife intensive, while Uganda is more focused on chimp and gorilla tracking. All our safaris are amazing; each one has its own special spirit and experience whichever region you are visiting. Depending on your wishes, budget and ability we will work together to create the perfect program for you!
The climate in East Africa is very pleasant and variations in altitude and environment can create contrasts. Generally, in the Highlands the climate is cool; elsewhere the temperatures can reach approximately 25-35 degrees C during the day. The coast is gets hot, humid and mild. Generally, from January to March, and from July to October, it’s hot and dry. From April to June and from November to December, it's hot and wet. These wet periods are called the "long rains" and the "short rains", respectively. Rains usually come in heavy but short outbursts, especially in the afternoon and evening. However, months of January to March are on average the hottest and July to August the coolest periods (though the differences aren't big). So it’s exactly the opposite from North America and Europe. The climate at the coast, where many tourists stay, is hotter and more humid than inlands. In the coastal town of Mombasa (17 metres above sea level), the average day temperature is the highest in January and February at 31 degrees Celcius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) and the lowest in July and August with 27 degrees C (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
When you are booking a safari with is you will receive a complete list of recommended items to bring along. The list will include small items like batteries to charge your phone or camera (3 pin plugs / 220 Voltage ) and sun lotion to protect you from the sun. Clothing wise, the most important though is that you should wear something comfortable and travel light! Travel bags are more suitable than hard case suitcases, especially when your itinerary includes a local flight and you need to minimize your luggage.
It depends a little on where you are going! In the major cities and bigger towns you will have a fairly good connection. During safari most lodges and camps have WiFi available however in some remote areas the connections can be unreliable. Most camps/lodges only offer WiFi in the public areas, not in the rooms/tents. You can buy a local sim card from local mobile phone/internet providers who generally offer a 3G network which will work in most places. If it's not crucial to your own business or other important matters, best not to let it bother you. Instead, enjoy nature and take a break from the hectic life back home!

Travel reccomendations

East Africa is great to travel all year-round. Generally the best time for game-viewing is the dry season however during the more wet seasons its so green and lush which is as stunning and pleasant for both visitors and wildlife! If you struggle with high temperatures then its better to avoid the warmest months - january to march - when it can get quite hot. July to september are the busiest months so kindly keep in mind to book well in advance if you wish to travel during this peak season.
Immunizations needed depend on your country of origin. We happily assist with info on general health and immunization before you start your safari however we recommend you to consult your local immunization clinic back home. Every country has there own requirements and its wise to be carefully check what your country recommends.
Well-equipped clinics and hospitals are available in the main tourist areas; however it is advisable to carry some basic remedies, such as painkillers, antacids, antihistamines and cold remedies. We register all our travelers with Amref/Flying Doctor, an emergency evacuation service from the bush to the closest hospital. You do need your own Oversees Travel Insurance including trip cancellation, medical emergencies, travel delays and lost luggage this will protect you from a possible financial loss before or during the trip in case of any unexpected event. While East Africa is a safe destination, as a traveler to East Africa one needs to be security conscious and avoid unnecessary risks. One should not carry valuable items like expensive watches and jewelry. Avoid walking alone at night specifically in the bigger cities, enjoy but be sensible about your visit. Staying up to date on the local situation is essential no matter where you go.