Flights - Getting around by air
The bulk of air traffic with Africa is to and from Europe, but there are a handful of direct flights between Africa and North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. Many North American travellers pass through a European 'hub' en route to Africa. For Australasian travellers it's often cheaper to pass through a Middle Eastern and/or Asian hub before arriving.
Wherever you're coming from, the main thing to remember is that flying into one of Africa's main hubs is going to be your cheapest option; once you're there the national carriers of the various countries can easily transport you to other destinations across Africa. These extra flights are known as 'add-ons' and are often best booked in conjunction with your main international ticket through a decent travel agent at home.
Flights to Uganda
Flights are available from British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, African Express, South Africa Airways and Kenya Airways.
Flights within Uganda
Flights are offered by Aerolink which operates twice daily flights between Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo. Fly Uganda also offers scheduled flights to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo.
Flights to Rwanda
Flights are available from KLM, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Aiways, Turkish Airlines, South Africa Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
Flights within East Africa
Flights are operated by Kenya Airways, Precision, Coastal Aviation, Air Uganda and Rwandair, making the connection between Uganda, Rwanda and the savannah plains of Kenya and Tanzania easier than ever before!
Please note that African Volunteer Adventures does not handle international flights. The airlines operating to the region are subject to change so please check with the airline concerned. Please also be sure to book flights at the appropriate time that connect with the beginning and end of your safari.
There is always a reason to party, and Africa, with its rich cultural diversity, could be described as a festival continent. Africa is the festival continent. Throughout the whole continent, colorful and vibrant festivals range through musical, religious, cultural and harvest to name just a few.
Meet the local people and spend an afternoon with them, have a meal together or stay with them. It’s more than a safari in Africa. Uganda is perfect for an adventure in Africa. The land is safe, the people are friendly and to experience the nature is awesome. African Volunteers Adventure enables you to have direct access to work and live with the local people in the villages and communities and hence impact their lives.
African Volunteer Adventures is working together with community organizations. This gives you the opportunity to meet the local people of Africa and visit local tribes. It’s not a treasure to see Africa without meeting the local people, so shape your safari with local people!
Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Ugandan or Rwandan embassy or consulate in your home country.
Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, Kigali International Airport or at any overland border.
When crossing the Rwandan border overland or when you arrive at Kigali International Airport, you must apply for an entry visa (single entry and valid for 15 days) through an online application form which can be found at www.migration.gov.rw/singleform.php
After sending this form you will get a response from the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.
Receiving this response can take from 30 minutes to 4 days (and please check your SPAM folder).
We strongly advise you to do this before your departure to Africa. If you are flying into Rwanda it is an absolute necessity! In the form you will be asked to mention your entry point. Normally we use entry point number 5 (Cyanika) when you are coming from South-Western Uganda. This is the border crossing near Volcanoes National Park.
When arriving in Kigali by plane you will use entry point number 1 (Kigali International Airport). It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you!
For those who want a Tanzanian Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country.
Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border.
Safari vehicles and small aircrafts provide limited space for luggage.
It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.
Are you looking for ways to make a difference while gaining relevant work experience to add to your resume? Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to explore potential career areas? You can accomplish all of this, and more, by becoming a volunteer in Africa! Doing volunteer work with African Charities can be one of the most rewarding and best investments you can make with your time.
If you want to work on projects that benefit communities and work towards sustainable development then volunteering with Amatsiko- www.amatsiko.org (Uganda) and Lamp For Future Life (LFFL) - www.lampforfuturelife.com (Ghana) is for you.
Hostels and Hotels
In many rural areas you'll find budget home stays only, while in certain national parks on any Safari, there a number of beautiful safari lodges that are not only comfortable but also affordable. Each National park has both luxury and budget safari lodges which provide comfortable safari lodging to travelers staying within these parks.
Ugandans and Rwandans appreciate those who dress modestly. Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day. Uganda and Rwanda are warm in the plains but often cold in the hilly and mountainous areas; a rain jacket, heavy sweater and boots are therefore essential.
Health/ Medical/ Fitness
Seek medical advice before travelling. In the UK, MASTA (The Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) can be consulted on +44 9068 224100 or on line at www.masta.org In the USA, CDC can be consulted on www.cdc.gov Bring any personal medication required. Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellent are essential. Seek advice on vaccination inoculations that may be required.
Travel to and from some African countries such as the DRC requires a Yellow Fever inoculation. Drink bottled or boiled water only. Medical services, especially up-country, are basic. Ensure the insurance cover includes medical and evacuation cover.
- Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
- Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
- - Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
- - Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
- - If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
- Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
- Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.