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Guide to Packing for an East Africa Safari

You’ve booked your flight and are ready to go on your East Africa Safari. All that’s left to do is sort out your packing list and you’ll be ready to go! There are a few things that you should keep in mind, however, when packing for this safari since it will be quite different from the other holidays that you may have taken in the past. For example, if you going to be taking a charter flight, you’ll only be able to take along one soft-sided bag with a weight restriction of 15 kg and 1 carry-on luggage bag. Putting Together a Packing List Here are some of the most important items that you’ll need to include on your list to make the most of your safari adventures: Clothing Your clothing should include 3 to 4 T-shirts, 2 shirts with long sleeves, 2 to 3 pairs of shorts, 1 lightweight fleece pullover or jacket, 2 pairs of light pants, swimwear, a bandanna or scarf, underwear, cotton socks and a hat with a wide brim that ties under the chin. Avoid clothes that are black or dark blue since they attract tsetse flies and instead choose clothes with neutral tones like brown and khaki. The long-sleeve shirts will also help prevent insect bites and will offer protection from the sun in the hot afternoons. Shoes Bring along a pair of your most comfortable walking shoes for your safari trip. You should also include a pair of the flip-flops or lightweight sandals to wear around the lodging. Miscellaneous and Personal Items Bring along your passport and a copy of it and keep both of them in separate bags. This way, if you do happen to lose your passport, it will be easier to replace it with a copy available. Don’t forget to pack your camera and an extra battery if necessary since you’ll be snapping a lot of pictures. Sunscreen and lip balm are essentials since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun and you should also be armed with insect repellent and a Malaria prophylaxis as well. If you take any personal medication you’ll want to pack...

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – The Only Place to See Rhinos in Uganda

Enjoy the majestic beauty of rhinos living in their natural habitat at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. This sanctuary provides a safe and secure place for rhinos that are facing the possibility of extinction within the next 10 years. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and this sanctuary is the only place where you’ll be able to experience a rhino sighting in all of Uganda. The rhino sanctuary is dedicated to restoring the population of rhinos by offering the animals a safe place to live. Rhinos can breed here and expand without the worry of outside influences since the 70 km² sanctuary is completely surrounded by an electric fence rising 2 m in height to keep any unwanted intruders out. View Rhinos and Other Animal Species While rhinos are definitely the top feature in this sanctuary there are also 40 different reptilian and mammal species in the park including crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, monkeys and an amazing variety of birds. It’s a great place to visit when you’re in Uganda and want to see the beauty of nature at its best with rhinos in full view. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Location This sanctuary can be found approximately 180 km north of the capital of Uganda, Kampala, which is also Uganda’s biggest city. It is close to Nakitoma Village in the Nakasongola District. To get there simply follow the Kampala-Gulu Highway north from Kampala until you see the sanctuary signs. Make It a Part of Your Next Trip A trip to Uganda wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Tourist facilities include a guesthouse, a safari lodge, campgrounds and budget accommodation. The accommodations feature fantastic restaurants that offer great meals to visiting tourists. Trained rangers will guide you on this rhino expedition so that you can see these gentle beasts at a safe yet up-close distance. Besides trekking on foot to see the rhinos you can also take nature walks, canoe rides and do some bird watching while you’re here. By visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you’ll be helping to support the efforts to save these amazing animals from extinction. This expedition provides not only the opportunity...

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Uganda Reduces Visa Fee to Stimulate Tourism

Visiting East Africa for a Uganda & Rwanda Safari Tour, has never been easier. The Uganda & Rwanda government just recently dropped their visa fees;  making the destination a reality for most prospective tourists.   Reduced Visa Fees Uganda’s government has reduced their visa fee in order to rev up their national economy. Their new platform allows for potential tourists to apply for the  e-visas  by filling out an online form; this new policy came into effect July 22, 2016. Technologys effect on travelling has made getting around much easier, so now getting approved by the Ugandan embassy at the border is efficient.   Tourism Steadily Increasing Uganda & Rwanda Safaris Tours have been helping entice tourists to spend some downtime along the Nile. Aside from the slight dip in tourism from 2009, as a result of the great recession, Uganda has been steadily increasing in travelers and visitors. In fact, Uganda’s travel and tourism revenue makes up the majority of their GDP. When the numbers have been crunched tourism adds more than a billion dollars in revenue to the GDP per fiscal year.   Tons of Activities Uganda has many tourist attractions that make it a great place to vacation. On East Africa Safaris, you can find local chimpanzees and beautiful silverback gorillas. Consider taking a boat trip along the River Nile to catch a glance of some enormous crocodiles; they can be up to 20 feet long and are the second biggest crocodiles on our planet. If you’re looking for adventure you could try white water rafting in Jinja; it’ll have your heart racing and your adrenaline going.   If you are interested in visiting Uganda and getting to know the local food, culture, wildlife and landscapes give us a call at 256 414693576, 256 773599507 or fill out our online...

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Honeymoon with a Rwanda Safari with Around Africa Safaris

Rwanda is becoming a favourite stop for tourists from all around the world- with its sprawling lush jungles and the unique wildlife experiences, it’s no wonder why people are flocking here! Renowned for its beautiful scenery and natural parks, Rwanda is the “Land of a Thousand Hills”- home to the popular and breathtaking Virunga volcanic chain, which provides habitat for many species, including the mighty Silverback mountain gorilla. A Rwandan nature tour would be the perfect adventure for your honeymoon, and the beauty of this small country will take your breath away! For nature lovers, a guided Rwanda safari tour is a once in a lifetime experience- observe Silverback gorillas in their natural habitat, tour the magnificent jungles of the Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Nyungwe National Park, or take an exhilarating savannah safari. An Around Africa Safaris tour would make an ideal honeymoon;, our tours care for each step of the way. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide at the airport, and escorted to your accommodations in Kigali. Your transportation throughout the journey is provided, and guided tours will give you an in-depth experience from a local perspective. On gorilla expeditions, rangers guide you through the terrain, providing valuable information on the gorillas and their habitat- it’s truly an inspiring adventure that you and your new spouse will treasure! Around Africa Safari excursions are also great for honeymoons because you get time to yourselves for exploring local culture, markets, museums, and dining. Our expert guides are available for recommendations, but you are free to adventure around the local areas; find local souvenirs, make new memories, and experience Rwandan culture! Around Africa Safaris tours are expertly designed by travel professionals, with the mission of providing every guest with a memorable, safe, and thrilling tour that will be remembered for a lifetime. With safety measures in place, such as 24/7 emergency support, guided transportation, and financial protection, you can be assured that you will enjoy an authentic and genuine experience with the added confidence of protection and guidance. Your thrilling Rwandan getaway is just a call or a click away! Contact Around Africa Safaris,...

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The Top 5 Reasons to Book a Safari for Your Next Vacation

Just close to 13,000 kilometres away, positioned on the eastern hemisphere and sitting right on the equator lies the beautiful country of Uganda. It’s a country with beautiful ties to nature, dance, culture and the animal kingdom. Here are the 5 top reasons to book a safari for your next vacation!   1.The Birds Uganda and Rwanda are well known for carrying over 350 different types of birds. They have everything from a pink-backed pelican to the grey crowned crane. These are birds you won’t find in your local zoo.   2.The Gorillas Not too long ago in a Cincinnati Zoo, a Silverback Gorilla was shot when a child entered its enclosure unattended. When animals are living in captivity we often don’t get to see how they live or behave in their natural environment. Visit Uganda and come see the Gorilla in it’s natural habitat.   3.The Leopards Leopards can be some of the hardest cats to spot in a Safari, but don’t let this stop you from trying! They are one of the quickest animals on the planet running at over 50 kilometres an hour.   4.The Nile River Come see a river as old as time. The Nile River is one on the longest rivers in the world at 6,700 kilometres. Along the river there are many differents plants like reeds and wildlife like the perch to see. Egyptians collected a bushy reed called papyrus that grows along the Nile, then processed the woody plant and created boats, paper and many other important tools. Come see one of the largest water sources that gave birth to a nation.   5.The Lodges The lodges are gorgeous in East Africa. Uganda is home to so much scenery. They have glaciers, rain forests, deserts and more. You can stay on a local lake or even high up on a mountain. Whatever paradise you envision you can definitely find! Visiting Uganda will make your vacations one of the most unique yet. To learn more about Uganda, their wildlife and culture call Around African Safari at (256) 414 693 576 or (256) 773 599 507!...

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