What does a Gorilla trekking safari cost in Rwanda or Uganda?

Posted on March 23, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

These countries don’t really follow the peak season pricing surge of some other safari destinations which I have talked about. One of the main reasons is the massive growth in interest in gorilla trekking which can ONLY be done in Rwanda, Uganda (and, in future, the Congo.) This has both increased prices overall. And also flattened the typical safari seasonality in pricing.

You still have some seasonality. But the difference are pretty moderate in terms of price.

Mountain gorilla & baby in Volcanoes National Park

Guide to Typical Nightly Safari Costs in Uganda or Rwanda

Below we give some typical prices per night for the safari including the cost of in-country travel, park fees, game drives. It is priced in dollars as that’s the currency used in Uganda and Rwanda for tourism. Obviously these exclude the international flights. And they exclude the gorilla trekking fees. More on that later…

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Cedarberg Africa on Covid 19 Coronavirus

Posted on March 20, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

Monday 30 March

Cedarberg UK – all the UK team are working from home. We are encountering some intermittent problems with our telephone line which may be to do with the fact that so many companies are now also using VOIP phones. Please email if your call is not answered – but do tell us as we have to keep reporting the fault!

Cedarberg SA – all the SA team are working from home for a period of 3 weeks until Thursday 16th April. Our telephone system is working and so you should be able to ring us. But please email us if you cannot get through. South Africa is experiencing intensive internet and phone usage and thus the system is under strain.

Currently we have 1280 cases in South Africa (with 2 deaths). Testing is quite extensive (37,000 to date) and 31 people have recovered. There are a few cases in our other destinations but not over 100 cases in any one country.

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Travel Restrictions

For understandable reasons several African nations have now taken to the decision to temporarily ban entry or enforce self-quarantine for 14 days to people coming from certain parts of the world, notably the USA, the United Kingdom and several European Countries. Those we currently know of include:

Botswana: Denied entry for visitors from China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.

South Africa: Suspension of visas on arrival scheme and denied entry for visitors from China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Iran, USA and UK

Kenya: Denied entry for visitors from any country that is known to have the virus (ie most of the world.)

Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda: Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in affected countries.

We hope to gain some idea of the expected duration of these bans and suspensions in the next few days.

From 17 March the Foreign Office has advised British nationals against all but essential international travel, for a period of 30 days. The whole EU has also warned against any international travel.

Southern Africa’s Safari Industry

In response to the travel restrictions, our suppliers and partners in each country are adapting to these changing circumstances in terms of reviewing their attitude towards postponement or possible cancellation. However, because few itineraries have only one end supplier (airline, hotel etc.) we have to review each case individually.

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When is the best time to visit Zambia?

Posted on March 18, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

As with most safari destinations in Southern Africa, Zambia has a distinct dry season from May to October that signals the best time to visit for game viewing. So that’s the quick and dirty answer.

But sometimes you cannot visit at that time. Or you are choosing between say, May and August. So this article delves a little deeper…

Both the shoulder season (and parts of the wet season) have their advantages as well. If seeing the Victoria Falls at it’s most thunderous is your only priority for example, then we recommend you visit at the start of the dry season. But if you’d like to combine amazing game viewing with Victoria Falls, then July to September is usually the best time.

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