Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Tour FAQ’s

Uganda & Rwanda Small Group Adventure Tour for Solo Travellers

I’m so excited you are interested in coming to Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC with me!!! It’s going to be an amazing adventure!

I’m sure you have a lot of questions, so I’ve tried to note down everything I can think of, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to send me an email using the form below.

When is your next tour?

The next ‘This is Kenya’ Tour is running from 12th July – 26th July 2017! Click here for more details!

I am also running more tours to Kenya and Tanzania & Zanzibar, so check out the general Helen in Wonderlust Tours page.

Where do I sign up?

Thought you might say that after reading the itinerary! There’s a form at the bottom of this page, email me and I’ll send you all the details!

How much is the deposit?

It’s £500.

Why is the deposit more than your other tours?

This is because I need to secure the gorilla permits as far in advance as possible!

Where will we be staying?

This is a backpacking trip, so our accommodation will be a mix of hostels and safari camps (proper beds) and we’ll even be staying in overnight shelters on the rim of a volcano.

Prices are based on shared rooms or dorms which will usually sleep between 4 – 8 people.

What if I want my own room?

I can arrange this for you at an additional cost (subject to availability). Let me know at the time of booking and we can discuss your specific needs.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

The only time you’ll need a sleeping bag is on the volcano trek. You can hire them for between $5 – $10 (I can arrange that for you) or you can bring your own – it’s up to you!

What can I expect on this tour?

Adventure – and lots of it!!!

It won’t be luxury, but we won’t be roughing it either.

The accommodation will generally be quite basic but clean. We’ll be travelling overland, sometimes over long distances and the roads are pretty bumpy. But, the experiences you will have will far outweigh the lack of infrastructure!

This is Africa, and sometimes things don’t go to plan. Food may take a while to arrive, the car may break down… it’s all part of the adventure and character building!

One thing I can promise you is that this will be a lot of fun and an incredible adventure! You’ll get to see the Africa I know and love.

Is this trip for me?

If you’re a solo traveller or a group of mates who are interested in learning about local culture, love intrepid adventures and enjoy a laugh then this is definitely a tour for you! To get an idea of what my tours are like, please read this post.

If you’re expecting 5 star luxury, you’re probably in the wrong place!

If you are worried, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am very honest with my answers, because I want you to have a good time.

What if I cancel? What is your refund policy?

I won’t be offended, these things happen! However, because of the limited spaces on the trip and pre-paid accommodation/activities, the £500 deposit is non-refundable. Your trip is only confirmed once the deposit is received. The full balance is due 62 days before the start of your trip. The cancellation charges are as below.

Period before departure within which notice of Cancellation by you is received Amount of cancellation charge
More than 62 days prior to departure Deposit
42 – 61 days prior to departure 35% of tour price forfeit
28 to 41 days prior to departure 50% of tour price forfeit
14 to 27 days prior to departure 75% of tour price forfeit
Less than 14 days prior to departure 100% of tour price forfeit

How many people will be on the tour?

There will be up to 8 of us on the trip (so 7 including me). I want to keep it small so we can do some real backpacking! Any more than that and public transport could be a bit difficult! A small but perfectly formed group! Plus a small group will make it easier for us to meet other travellers too!

Are there any age restrictions?

You have to be over 18 to join, but there’s no upper age limit.

What level of fitness do I need for this trip?

Travel in Africa can be quite physically demanding, with long, bumpy journeys, high temperatures, early mornings and we will be doing some trekking, through the jungle looking for gorillas and climbing up the Nyirgongo Volcano, so you need to be in good health.

Where shall I fly into and out of?

The tour will start in Kigali, Rwanda and finish in Jinja, Uganda. The nearest international airport to Jinja is Entebbe.

I always use Skyscanner to plan my multi-destination flights. You can easily fly into one city and out of the other. There are also connecting flights between Entebbe and Kigali.

You can arrive in Kigali at any time on 12th July. If you are arriving before, let me know and I can help arrange accommodation. I will be there too so we can hang out!

You can depart from Jinja any time on 26th August. If you want to stay on there, I can help you arrange accommodation.

Do you include airport transfers?

No I don’t, however I can arrange for one of my trusted drivers (or me) to collect you. They will be waiting at the airport for you with a sign. Where possible, I will try to ensure you can share taxis with others in the group.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. You will need to provide evidence of your travel insurance before you are allowed on the trip.

What do I need to pack?

Have a read of this post! Just remember it gets very cold in at altitude at night so you MUST bring a warm jumper! Wear it on the plane!

Do I need vaccinations and malaria tablets?

All 3 countries are malaria areas so I would advise that you do take malaria tablets!

There are a few recommended vaccinations for travellers and you will need a Yellow Fever certificate because we are going to the DRC and both Kenya and Rwanda require proof of vaccination if entering from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever (the DRC is one of them).

Please seek the advice of your doctor or specialist travel clinic for the injections or medications you need.

How much are my visas?

Your DRC visa is included in the price! 🙂

I suggest getting the East African tourist visa for Rwanda and Uganda. The EA visa is 90-days multiple entry for Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, for $100.

However, there are rumours that the Rwandan government are now charging for a transit visa when re-entering Rwanda from a non-EA country, such as DRC, even if your current EA visa is still valid. Uganda are not doing this currently. So if this is the case, it may mean that you’d be best to get a 3-day transit visa for $30 when entering Rwanda, and then another $30 transit visa when coming back into Rwanda from DRC. You’d then get a single-entry Ugandan tourist visa for $50 at the border.

So basically, you’ll either pay $100 or $110. Worst case, you could end up paying $130 if you bought the East Africa visa and Rwanda made you buy a transit visa!

I will advise nearer the time.

How much spending money do I need?

I’ve included most activities (including the big things like gorilla trekking and the volcano expedition), all transport for organized activities and quite a lot of meals.

The amount of money you need greatly depends on what you do. If you don’t drink much and are quite happy to just chill when not doing the organized stuff you could might not spend that much. However, if you want to do everything, you may spend a lot!

Here’s an idea below!

The numbers below are all estimations.

  • Food: £100 – £160
  • Drink: £50 – £150
  • Optional Activities: £100 – £450 (below are some examples – prices are as a guide only)
    • Full-day Chimp Habituation Experience  – $220 (£176)
    • Chimp Tracking – $150 (£120)
    • Full-day White Water Rafting – $140 (£112)
    • Bungee Jumping – $115 ($92)
    • Horse Riding – $40 (£32)
    • SUP – $20 (£16)
  • Souvenirs: £50
  • Tips: £100
  • Transport: £50 (airport transfers, taxis)

For spends, I estimate that you will need between £450 – £1000 for this trip.

Tipping: It’s not compulsory, but there is a tipping culture in Africa.

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Or have any questions? Then send me an email using the form below!

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