UGANDA: The Great Lakes Region – HOME OF THE GORILLA
Uganda, deservedly dubbed the Pearl of Africa, is located in the Great Lakes Region in central Africa and boasts an ecological diversity that rivals many larger countries. Here, Eastern savannah meets West African jungle – Uganda really does offer visitors incredible diversity with its multitude of varying ecosystems. Bordered by the Rwenzori Mountains (often called the Mountains of the Moon, the 3rd highest in Africa), the Virunga Mountains and Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, it’s a beautiful country bursting with bird and wildlife.
RWANDA: LAND OF THOUSAND HILLS
Remarkable Rwanda is just that. Like a Phoenix rising from its turbulent past, this is a surprising country – safe, clean, proud and breathtakingly beautiful with loads to offer the adventurous traveller by Trekking endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, exploring the forests of Nyungwe Forest on canopy walks, canoeing on Lake Kivu and a safari in Akagera National Park of this East African Gem. Lonely Planet suggests, “a front-row seat to the Jungle”. Remarkable Rwanda is just that – from humble, hopeful locals to the many natural gems, unique wildlife encounters and haunting history, there are countless reasons to visit and even more to return again.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory & malaria prophylactics are recommended. For gorilla trekking it is imperative that you are healthy and free of any disease or virus – officials do have the right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable illnesses. Should you opt to spend time participating in any UWEC Wildlife Integration programme, you may require additional inoculations and health clearances.
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. All visitors who require a visa should apply through the online application system prior to arrival at https://visas.immigration.go.ug. Cost is USD 50 (approximately), single entry. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the return date of travel, or 12 months in the case of UK nationals, and have at least 3 blank pages in it. The newly established EAC Visa allows entry into Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya for one fee of USD100 (approximately) – handy if you are visiting all three regions.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers.