The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. This visa is the result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional travel and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa. The East Africa Visa is multiple entry visa and shall be valid for 90 days and it cannot be extended. Visa Fees is 100 USD

 It is eligible to a foreigner who wants to visit simultaneously the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for tourism. 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. Once a traveller goes out of the three countries and comes back to Kenya, it will be considered as a new journey, and not a continuation hence applicable visa fees will apply.

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.

The typical requirements include; one clear colored passport size photo with white background recently taken without glasses, caps and scurf; (the photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable), a complete filled application form, visa application letter addressed to the issuing authority of the concerned country

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most rewarding safari destinations. Regardless of the time of year, wildlife sightings are both plentiful and diverse. It’s possible to see the Big Five in a single day, and during the July – November dry season the plains are filled with the vast herds of the annual wildebeest migration. In particular, watching the herds crossing the Mara River in their thousands is a spectacle view you will never forget. Cultural visits to traditional Maasai villages are another highlight of this spectacular East African reserve.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Draped in mist and full of lush vegetation, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park nestles deep within the Virunga Mountains. As Africa’s oldest national park, it is one of the best places in the world to encounter the critically endangered mountain gorilla. A subspecies of the wider-ranging eastern gorilla, there are less than 1,000 of these amazing animals left. To share a moment with them in their natural environment is an intensely moving experience, and one that should be at the top of any wildlife lover’s bucket-list. The park provides a home for several other rare species, including 29 endemic species of bird.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is renowned for its fascinating history and its incredible beaches. Located off the coast of Tanzania and surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar was once a key stop on the spice route. Here, the island’s Arab rulers would trade slaves for spices; and today, Zanzibar’s exotic past is evident in its elaborate architecture. Stone Town is one of the island’s biggest attractions, boasting ornate houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan’s palace, and many mosques. Zanzibar’s white-sand beaches are postcard-perfect, and its reefs are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Those in search of the ultimate safari experience should consider combining a trip to the Maasai Mara with a visit to Serengeti National Park in neighboring Tanzania. Here, breathtaking open plains are dotted with acacia trees and grazing game. It’s a great place to spot predators like lion and cheetah in action; especially during the January – March rainy season. At this time, wildebeest descend upon the southern Serengeti to give birth, and the newborn calves make easy prey for hungry cats. In April, the herds start their migration to the Maasai Mara, but the game-viewing remains exceptional all year round.

South Coast, Kenya

Kenya’s south coast is accessible only by ferry or air, is an idyllic seaside destination where you receive impeccable, personalized services in some of the luxurious boutique accommodations that are perfect for when you want to retreat into a coastal paradise. The most well-known of the beaches is Diani where you will find most of the south coast resorts, many of which are situated in the clearings of the Diani Forest. There are several other destinations within south coast which include; Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, Wasini Island, Shimba Hills National Park, Mwalungaje Elephant Sanctuary and Colobust Trust.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area is dominated by the ancient Ngorongoro Crater. Approximately 1,970 feet/ 600 meters deep, the crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, and one of East Africa’s most incredible natural spectacles. Within its rim, countless animals range across the grassy plains of the crater floor – including a significant population of critically endangered black rhino and elephants. Black-maned lions are another impressive sight, as are the flocks of flamingo that appear on the crater’s soda lake during the breeding season.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Perhaps one of the continent’s most iconic sights, Mount Kilimanjaro stands in perfect isolation against the foreground of the African savannah. It is the tallest peak in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Those with a reasonable level of fitness and a keen sense of adventure should consider making the climb for the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience. Climbing with a guide is compulsory, and allowing a few extra days to acclimatize to the altitude is advised. Depending on your route, the climb takes five to nine days.

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Hugged by grassy banks and shingled with cacti and sand olive trees, the Rift Valley’s highest lake (at 1884m above sea level) extends like a vast, sunlit sea. But there’s more to this spot than the lovely blue lake. You can take a boat safari to look for hippos and abundant birdlife on the lake, relax in the garden at Elsamere, the former home of late Born Free personality Joy Adamson, explore the Hells gate National Park, walk with Wildlife at Crescent Island, Climb Mt Longonot, or take a dip at KENGEN Geothermal Spa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Parts of this park extend to over 2,600m above sea level, providing an astonishing angles of the vast montage of Afromontane forest. This diverse ecosystem has nurtured an abundance of animal and plant life, including 350 birds and 120 mammal species. As with many East Africa destinations, Bwindi offers opportunities for Gorilla trekking, bird-watching, mountain-biking and hiking and visits to nearby villages.

Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

This is the largest National Park in Uganda covering approximately 3,877 sq km and one of the most spectacular in Africa.  At the Murchison Falls, the Nile River plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40-metre drop. East of the Murchison Falls within the park, are the Karuma Falls, where the Nile River cascades over a breathtaking 23 km of rapids. The scene creates one of the most exciting white-water rafting opportunities in Africa. Your cruise upstream the Nile to the fall is would definitely be an unforgettable experience.  On the banks of the Nile River you will find prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.

Wildlife viewing in East Africa is generally best during the dry season when the lack of grass and foliage increases visibility, and the animals and birds are forced to congregate around limited water sources.  Equatorial East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda) has its main dry season from June to October, with a secondary drier season from mid-December to mid-March. November is historically known as the time of the ‘short rains’, whilst April and May host the long rains.

Accommodation types in East Africa are grouped as follows;

  1. Camping (temporary tent)
  2. Tented Camps (permanent tent)
  3. Lodges
  4. Hotels
  5. Rental Homes, Hostels, Apartments and Cottages
  6. Homestays

Overally, East Africa is better than all the other touristy regions of the world. It outranks the Caribbean which do not have as diverse wildlife, the Australia which does not have the tropical equatorial climate, Canada and Europe which have some winter months and other regions of Africa which do not boast as beautiful white sand beaches. Below are top ten things you should know about East Africa.

  1. The two tallest mountains on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, are located in East Africa.
  2. East Africa is also known as the Great Lakes Region due to the number of world beating Lakes in the region including Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo and many more. Lake Tanganyika is the second deepest lake on the earth and Lake Victoria, largest tropical lake in the world is located in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.
  3. Between 1967 and 1974 the oldest Homo sapiens remains ever discovered were unearthed by archaeologist in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
  4. In the 1400s Portuguese explorers became the first Europeans to explore East Africa; these explorations included modern-day Tanzania and Kenya.
  5. Apart from good weather, the region boasts beautiful white sand beaches, diverse culture and abundant wildlife. From the Swahili culture and cuisines to the Maasai culture to the Buganda Kingdom, you will be surprised by how much you can find here. Kiswahili is the most spoken language in Africa and it is the African Union Language. Its roots are in East Africa.
  6. Numerous religions are practiced throughout East Africa. In the northern section of East Africa as well as along the East coast of Africa many people are Muslim where as in other areas of this region many people are Christian. Traditional native religions are also practiced in many areas of East Africa.
  7. The clothing worn by the people of East Africa varies. In urban areas many of the people wear western styled clothing. In rural areas traditional clothing is worn by many people; often including bright colors and wraps.
  8. East Africa has some of the most amazing wildlife in the world. In this region of Africa, you will find numerous animals including lions, zebras, wildebeest, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, apes and well over one thousand species of birds.
  9. Running through East Africa is the Great Rift Valley. This trench, which is approximately 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) long was formed by strong geological activity that resulted in the earth’s crust sinking. The Great Rift Valley is home to spectacular wildlife and amazing scenery.
  10. Travelling in the region is quite easy. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the regional air transport hub.

 

9 to 13 Nights East Africa Tour

10 Nights Kenya - Tanzania Maasai Safari

Attractions: Wildlife, birdlife, and Nature walks
Eat 1: Nine Nights Kenya/Uganda/Tanzania Itinerary

East Africa Nine Nights Kenya - Uganda - Tanzania

Duration: 10 days Countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
9 Nights Exploring South Tanzania

11 Nights Tanzania Kenya Wilderness

Duration: 12 days Countries: Tanzania and Kenya
13 Nights Kenya/ Uganda Tour

13 Nights Kenya - Uganda Tour

Duration: 15 days Countries: Kenya and Uganda

14 t0 19 Nights East African Safaris

East Africa 15 Nights Rwanda-Uganda-Kenya Experience

Duration: 16 days Countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya

East Africa 17 Nights Kenya - Uganda - Tanzania Flight Safari

Duration: 18 days Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
14 Nights Kenya/Tanzania School Cultural Immersion Safari

14 Nights Kenya - Tanzania School Cultural Immersion Safari

Duration: 15 days Countries: Kenya and Tanzania