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Travel Advice on gorilla tracking,Malaria, Rwenzori Mountain Climbing, park visits - Rwanda, Uganda, Congo & Burundi

Below is some advice, and Information on travel to the Great Lakes countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi. This information will help all travellers coming here to have useful data that will enable them prepare and enjoy their holiday. According to Lonely Planet, Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. But the Mountain gorilla is also found in Congo and Rwanda, where we operate as well. The scenery in these Great Lakes countries including Burundi is so striking that it looks like an oil painting, the beautiful national parks see far fewer visitors than in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, so these are virgin countries where eco-tourism has been thriving in the past few years. Follow the links below for specific advice on visiting these countries.

Advice on Travel to Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi


Travel tips: to get the best advice for your tour, please submit the proposed number of travellers, type of safari, dates or period, and activities that you wish to do.

The following are some of the most common issues our clients ask about:

1. Culture surprise: Problems may include adjusting to a different climate and language, unfamiliar social problems, coming to terms with poverty, begging, and movement restrictions for safety or political reasons. Things move a little bit slow on the African continent than anywhere else in the world. It is usually helpful to be patient rather than critical when difficulties arise.

2. Sickness: Contaminated food and water can be a major cause of illness and care is especially important when eating out away from designated restaurants or hotels, such as on the road. Always drink bottled water. Wash your hands before and after taking a meal and after you visit the toilet. Unaccustomed spices or oil in food as well as alcohol can also lead to stomach upsets. You should consider taking an antidiarrhoeal preparation.

3. Malaria: Malaria is endemic in many areas of Africa, so travellers visiting this destinations should seek travel health advice and protect themselves against malaria. Your accommodation may well provide good mosquito protection, if not you must consider taking good medicine before you travel. Sensible clothing to protect the skin from bites and careful use of mosquito repellents are also important. If your advisor recommends anti-malaria tablets make sure you take them correctly. Malaria is contracted by being bitten by an infected mosquito, so bite avoidance and the use of antimalarials should always be followed as recommended. Always consult your healthcare professional before travelling to a malarious area for advice on prevention.

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ChimpanzeeSafaris that include a visit to the gorillas are subject to availability of permits at time of booking. Please check with us for availability before you travel. Book your gorilla permit in advance to avoid disappointment. Gorilla permits are in high demand, because of the stiff competition for them, and therefore are booked with payment on the basis of first come first served. To track gorillas each person must have the day’s gorilla permit which needs to be arranged and paid for in advance, and if you are bringing a group of 10 or more, it is highly recommended that you book preferrably at least 10 months for the high seasons - June-September and December-February; or latest 4-6 months in advance for the low seasons - October-November and March-May. Contact us for the latest status of availability, even for last-minute bookings.