Trip Advisor on gorilla tracking, Malaria, Rwenzori Mountain Climbing, park visits

Below is Advice, and Information on travel to the Great Lakes countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi. This information will help all travellers coming here to have useful data that will enable them prepare and enjoy their holiday. According to Lonely Planet, Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. But the Mountain gorilla is also found in Congo and Rwanda, where we operate as well. The scenery in these Great Lakes countries including Burundi is so striking that it looks like an oil painting, the beautiful national parks see far fewer visitors than in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, so these are virgin countries where eco-tourism has been thriving in the past few years. Follow the links below for specific advice on visiting these countries.

Advice on Travel to Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi

Travel tips: to get the best advice for your tour, please submit the proposed number of travellers, type of safari, dates or period, and activities that you wish to do.

The following are some of the most common issues our clients ask about:

1. Culture surprise: Problems may include adjusting to a different climate and language, unfamiliar social problems, coming to terms with poverty, begging, and movement restrictions for safety or political reasons. Things move a little bit slow on the African continent than anywhere else in the world. It is usually helpful to be patient rather than critical when difficulties arise.

2. Sickness: Contaminated food and water can be a major cause of illness and care is especially important when eating out away from designated restaurants or hotels, such as on the road. Always drink bottled water. Wash your hands before and after taking a meal and after you visit the toilet. Unaccustomed spices or oil in food as well as alcohol can also lead to stomach upsets. You should consider taking an antidiarrhoeal preparation.

3. Malaria: Malaria is endemic in many areas of Africa, so travellers visiting this destinations should seek travel health advice and protect themselves against malaria. Your accommodation may well provide good mosquito protection, if not you must consider taking good medicine before you travel. Sensible clothing to protect the skin from bites and careful use of mosquito repellents are also important. If your advisor recommends anti-malaria tablets make sure you take them correctly. Malaria is contracted by being bitten by an infected mosquito, so bite avoidance and the use of antimalarials should always be followed as recommended. Always consult your healthcare professional before travelling to a malarious area for advice on prevention.

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