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or get in touch with us or check on these FAQ’S our team is excited to assist you in finding or designing a safari that’s perfect for you. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive in regards to traveling to Africa.
What are the best places to visit for viewing wildlife?
Uganda has a lot to provide from wildlife, flora and scenery. And for primates Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are the only home to the endangered mountain gorillas (gorilla berengei). Kenya and Tanzania are also good for game viewing safaris.
What animals can we expect to see while on safari?
Africa promises one of the best wildlife experiences in the world, enabling you to see the five big five: the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo. Outside of this highly sought after bucket list item are countless of other species of wildlife and birds. All of our trips were designed with an emphasis on wildlife viewing and spend the perfect amount of time in each national park to ensure you get your fill of exciting wildlife encounters.
Are safaris in Africa safe?
Science proves that the deadliest animal you’ll encounter during a safari is the mosquito. We have strict policies in place for the safety of our guests and go over the do’s and don’ts of life on safari during our pre-departure briefing. All things considered, Africa’s overall track record with regard to safety on safari is excellent. We also advise our clients to always carry Malaria pills prescribed for them from their doctors.
What is the best time of year to go to Africa for safari?
Africa is truly a year-round destination for authentic safari travel. No matter when you are thinking about taking a trip, you will discover a location in Africa which is ideal for that particular time period of the year. In general, however, dry season will most likely be the ideal time for game-viewing but this takes place at relatively different periods in various areas of Africa.
For East Africa, the dry season is typically from July through October and December through February. Remember to always keep in mind that these are the peak seasons, therefore it is recommended that you secure your spot well in advance to avoid tours being fully booked more especially if you are going to trek the Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees.
Is the water safe to drink in Africa?
Tap water may not be safe in some places depending on your destination and accommodations, so we usually advise only to drink bottled water. We make sure to keep a healthy amount in the vehicles at all times as staying hydrated is very important while on safari.
What is the food like while on safari?
A majority of both tented camps and safari lodges serve continental cuisine and a mixture of local delicacies. This is often served buffet-style, so you can pick and choose as you wish. We happily cater to a variety of dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. Just make sure to let us know as soon as possible
Is it better to stay at tented camps or lodges while on safari?
This comes down to personal preference. The traditional African safari experience is primarily done in tented camps, but a majority of our clients prefer a mixture of the two. You can’t go wrong either way. Safari camps have tents, but that doesn’t exactly mean that you are actually camping. The accommodation style at a safari camp can range from rustic to ultra-luxurious.
The main distinctions between a safari camp and a safari lodge typically have to do with the size, where most of the time you will find lodges to be generally bigger. Additionally, some lodges offer different amenities as opposed to tented camps, but most activities can be found within both options.
What are the sizes of group tours at Virunga safaris?
As experts in small group travel in Africa, we know how unpleasant it is to be in an over-crowded environment while trying to take in the sights and sounds around you. That’s why most of our scheduled departures have 12-14 people with a cap at 18 passengers. If you are planning a trip with a group or with family, we can easily turn this into a private experience while keeping the price increase to a minimum. Just reach out to a member of our team and we’d be happy to assist!
Do your tours include international flights?
No our packages don’t include international flights.
Is it possible to design my own itinerary for a safari?
Absolutely! We always recommend getting in touch with one of our safari experts regardless of whether you are interested in a group or private tour.
Would you recommend bringing kids/children on safari?
Embarking on an African safari is often the best trip ever taken as a family. Each accommodation option has its own rules on ages, but often this is flexible
If you are to track the primates the child should be 15 years and above.
Do I need a visa when I travel to Uganda and Rwanda?
Yes you will need a Visa to travel to these countries.
What immunizations are recommended when traveling?
Depending on your destination, you might not need immunizations at all. An example of this would be if you are to travel to Uganda, you require to have a Yellow fever card. However, please check with your local physician prior to your departure date.
Is there wifi available at the lodges/camps where I will be staying?
Depending on your itinerary, some accommodations do provide a connection to the outside world. One thing to keep in mind is that the speed can tend to be slow. And for some lodge wifi can only be accessed at the lobby and the dinning area.
What is the electricity like in Africa at the accommodations?
Most safari lodges and camps are not connected to an electrical supply. Solar lighting (backed up by batteries) is common, with many lodges having a generator, which runs part of the day (morning and late evening when guests are out on their activities). Many camps and lodges have plug adapters, but we recommend that