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Natural World Kenya Safaris -an award winnig Kenya based African safari operator offfering bespoke luxury safari tours in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda & Rwanda

How do I apply for a Rwanda Tourist Visa?

When you think of Rwanda what comes to mind? Impossibly green rolling hills and mountains? Brilliantly rich national parks? Bamboo forests and the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas? Or, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and olive baboons?

But there’s so much more happening here culturally and environmentally – Rwanda is a world leader in eco-green development – the first country to ban single-use plastic bags. The Rwandan people are committed to increasing their forest acreage to cover 30 percent of the country, and they’ve created three additional national parks. All of this to protect the natural biosphere and ensure a safe place where wildlife can thrive.

But Rwanda is blessed with plains type wildlife as well – the savannah here will show off its bounty of zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and sometimes elephants and lions.

Rwanda’s main parks include: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park & Akagera National Park.

Rwanda Visa Information:

Citizens of all countries that are not visa exempt, have also option to submit application online Click here or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure. Those applying online have option to pay online or upon arrival.

Application for visa extension is submitted at Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices.   Detailed requirements are set out in the Information for applicants for each class of visa.

Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.

Visitors who wish to visit simultaneously the three countries (Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda) for tourism may apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV) online at https://irembo.gov.rw/rolportal/web/dgie/east-africa-tourist-visa, upon arrival or from Rwanda Diplomatic missions abroad. If acquiring the EATV visa before travel, your first entry point must be the country through which you applied for the visa.  The East Africa Tourist Visa costs US$100, is valid for 90 days and is multiple entry (if staying within the three countries).

Note: There is no single affiliated Agent that is authorized to apply for visa on your behalf. Such Agents may mislead you and charge more than the visa fees.

The visitor’s and East Africa Tourist Visa should not be used for employment. 

 

Rwanda’s New Visa Regime – March 10, 2020:

The Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration informs the public that the existing Visa Regime of 21 June 2019 is hereby updated as follows:

  1. Citizens of countries members to the following international organisations; The African Union, The Commonwealth and La  Francophonie    Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua  and  Barbuda, Armenia, Australia,  Bangladesh,  Barbados,  Belize,  Belgium, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Canada, Cape Verde, Congo, Cyprus, Dominica, Djibouti,  Egypt,  Eritrea,  Eswatini,  Ethiopia,  Equatorial  Guinea,  Fiji,  France,  Gabon,  Grenada,  Greece,  Guinea-Bissau,  Guyana,  India, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saharawi Arab Republic, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad  and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – get visa upon arrival and are waived visa fees for a stay of 30 days.
  2. Citizens of countries that do not pay entry visa fees while travelling on Ordinary, Service and Diplomatic Passports A citizen of East African Community  Member States (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania  and South  Sudan) shall  be issued a pass/entry visa to stay for the period of six months.
  3. Citizens of countries that do not pay entry visa fees while travelling on Ordinary Passports The following countries to be granted 90 days valid visa free of charge: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Sierra Leone, State of Qatar and The Federation of Saint Christopher  and Nevis.
  4. Citizens of countries that do not pay entry visa fees while travelling on diplomatic and service/official passports    The following countries have entered into Visa Waiver Agreement or made unilateral decision to allow holders of Diplomatic and Service/Official Passports to enter without visa requirements – including to pay for visa fees: Angola, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, India, Israel, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, People’s  Republic  of China  (including  Public  Affairs  passport), Philippines, Sao  Tome  and  Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. The visa will be valid for 90 days.
  5. 30 days visa upon arrival Citizens of all countries  not mentioned above to continue  getting visa upon arrival without prior application  and pay a prescribed visa fee.
  6. Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality allowed to use national IDs on entry – Rwandans living abroad are waived with the visa fees while traveling on foreign passports in possession of a Rwandan Identity Card.
  7. Foreign  residents  to  use  their  resident  ID  cards  for  entry    returning   residents   holding   valid   residence   permits   with corresponding  resident cards will continue to be allowed to use them on entry, including  using electronic  gates (Automated  Passenger Clearance System) at Kigali international Airport.
  8. Children below the age of 16 years old travelling with their parents Children below the age of 16 years traveling on foreign passport with their parents traveling on foreign passport in possession of a Rwandan Identity Card will not be required to pay for entry visa.

A citizen of East African Community Member States (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and South Sudan) shall be issued a pass/entry visa free of charge upon arrival to stay for the period of six months.

The following countries to be granted 90 days valid visa free of charge upon arrival: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore and the state Qatar.

General Information for applicants seeking to visit Rwanda on Tourist Visa:

  1. Travel Document: An applicant should have a valid passport or another acceptable travel document. The document must have a validity of at least 6 months on the day of entry in Rwanda.
  2. Health Requirements: A vaccination certificate may be required at the border post. In the event of a major disease outbreak, specific requirements could be set and put to the knowledge of the public.
  3. Visa Fees: These are fees for processing of applications. If applications are denied, or withdrawn by the applicant, refunds of fees will not be made.
  4. Validity Of A Visa: The maximum and minimum period of validity of a visa is set out in the Information for Applicants for each visa class.
  5. Single Or Multiple Entries: Whether a visa is issued for single or multiple entries is set out in the Information for Applicants for each visa class.
  6. Financial Requirements: An applicant must have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Rwanda. Evidence for such funds may be requested online, at the Rwandan foreign mission or at the entry point.
  7. Extension Of A Visa For Some Classes: Some visa classes may be extended. Details are set out in the Information for applicants for each class. Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.A grace period of 5 days after a visa has expired is allowed for a person to either depart or renew their visa without a penalty; otherwise the person will be subjected to a penalty and a visa extension may be denied.
  8. Change Of Status For Some Classes: An applicant may apply to the Director General for another class of visa whilst they are in Rwanda and whilst their current visa remains valid. For the group tourist visa change of status is not permitted. Information for applicants for the particular visa class will state if change of status is allowed.

 

Rwanda Visa Types & Fees:

TRANSIT VISA (VT):

  • Eligible person: A person who transits through Rwanda.
  • Where application is made: It is applied for upon arrival at border post, online or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General of immigration and emigration.
  • Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
  • Visa fees: Fee of 30 USD. Free for nationals of a country with which Rwanda has a visa waiver arrangement including African Union, Common Wealth and La francophonie.
  • Single or multiple entries: Single entry
  • Work: Work is not permitted
  • Change of status: Not allowed
  • Visa validity: Valid for a period not exceeding seventy-two hours (72).

 

TOURIST / HOLIDAY VISAS (V1):

  • Eligible person: This visa is issued to a foreigner who visits Rwanda for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational or other short-term reasons other than work purposes
  • Where application is made: This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at immigration and emigration office, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General. Click here to apply
  • Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
  • Visa fees: 50 USD for single entry and free of charge for nationals of countries with which Rwanda has a visa waiver arrangement including African Union, Common Wealth and La francophonie. 70 USD for multiple entries
  • Single or multiple entries: Single or multiple entry
  • Work: Work is not permitted
  • Change of status: Allowed
  • Visa validity: valid for a period of thirty (30) days for single entry or of ninety (90) days for multiple entries.
  • Visa extension: May be extended in exceptional circumstances

 

EAST AFRICAN TOURIST VISA (V11):

  • Eligible person: This visa is issued to a foreign tourist who intends to visit countries signatories to the agreement on the establishment of the East Africa Tourist Visa and its revenue sharing or any similar agreement.
  • Dependents: Not allowed
  • Where application is made: This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General.
  • Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
  • Visa fees: 100 USD
  • Single or multiple entries: Multiple entries
  • Work: Work is not allowed
  • Visa validity: Its validity, usage and number of entries depend on the agreement between concerned parties.
  • Visa extension: May be extended in exceptional circumstances.

 

GROUP TOURIST (V8):

  • Eligible person: This visa is issued to a foreigner who is travelling as a member of a group of four (4) to ten (10) tourists.
  • Dependents: Not allowed
  • Where application is made: This visa is issued at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence, online or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General. It may also be issued at entry point upon showing prior approval by the Directorate General.
  • Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
  • Visa fees: 150 USD
  • Single or multiple entries: Single entry
  • Work: Work is not allowed
  • Change of status: Not allowed
  • Visa validity: Valid for a period of thirty (30) days.
  • Visa extension: May be extended in exceptional circumstances

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What are tourist visa fees & requirements for Uganda

Like a pearl, Uganda is small but precious – its luster is the bright greens of Africa’s highest mountains, spectacular waterfalls, thick forests, and dramatic valleys.

But the beating heart of Uganda is its parks – the best locations for trekking to and viewing the rare mountain gorilla.

Half the world’s surviving gorillas live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. But families of other primates dominate the landscapes and parks – you’ll find chimpanzees and 10 other species of monkeys in these hills and rainforests.

But Uganda is not all monkey business, at reserves like Queen Elizabeth National ParkRwenzori Mountains National Park, Kidepo Valley National ParkMurchison Falls National Park , Kibale Forest and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary you’ll experience animals usually seen on the savannah such as giraffes, lions, buffaloes, and elephants.

Home to the source of the world’s longest river (river Nile), the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, vast and diverse natural wild life reserves; Blessed with tropical, all year round summer weather, a diverse cultural heritage of over 50 local tribes, snow caped mountains, natural water rafting spots, vibrant night life. A wealth of unexploited natural resources and a young educated population.

Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit Application System:

The Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit Application System performs checks against law enforcement databases. All travelers seeking admission to Uganda are required to obtain a Visa using this system prior to being granted boarding.

If your visa or permit application is approved, it establishes that you are eligible for the approved visa or permit, but does not establish that your application is definitely approved.

Upon arrival to Uganda (at the selected point of entry) or to the Immigration Office Headquarters, you will be inspected by an Immigration Officer who may determine if your application is finally approved. All information provided by you, or on your behalf by a designated third party, must be true and correct.

A visa or permit application approval may be revoked at any time and for any reason, such as new information influencing eligibility. You may be subject to administrative or criminal penalties if you knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation in an electronic visa or permit application submitted by you or on your behalf.

Udanda EVisa Application Process:

  • Apply for Uganda Evisa via https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
  • Once the application is submitted it will be studied by an Immigration Officer. Please note that during the approval process additional information may be required. The new required information can be submitted electronically through “Manage your applications”.
  • The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant.
  • If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. Click on the link to download it.
  • This travel authorization does not guarantee entry into Uganda. Travelers will be subjected to secondary verification where necessary before personalization.
  • Present a valid travel document of not less than 6 months validity to the Immigration officer at the port of entry.

Uganda Visa Application Requirements:

  • Uganda Ordinary/Tourist Visa
    • Single EntryPassport copy (bio-data page)Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)Recent Passport-size Photograph.
  • East Africa Tourist Visa
    • East Africa Tourist Visatravel itineraryReturn TicketVaccination Certificate (Yellow fever)Copy of recent Passport size PhotographCopy of the passport (Bio-data page).
  • Transit
    • TransitPassport (Bio-data page) with atleast 6 months validityA letter stating reason for transit and country of destinationVaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)Recent Passport size Photograph.
  • Multiple-Entry
    • 6 MonthsPassport (Bio-data page) with at least 6 months validityRecent Passport size PhotographValid Police clearance from Interpol or home countryProof entries and exits into Uganda in the last one yearRecommendation letter from referee one (1) in UgandaCover Letter stating reasons for Multiple EntryVaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)
    • 12 MonthsRecent Passport size Photograph (not older than 6 months)Police clearance from Interpol or home countryVaccination certificate (Yellow Fever)Recommendation letters from referee Two (2) in UgandaThe passport (Bio-data page)Cover Letter stating reasons for Multiple EntryProof entries and exits into Uganda in the last one yearRecommendation letters from referee one (1) in Uganda
    • 24 MonthsThe passport (Bio-data page)Recent Passport size Photograph (Not older than 6 months)Police clearance from Interpol or home countryProof entries and exits into Uganda in the last one yearRecommendation letters from referee one (1) in UgandaCover Letter stating reasons for Multiple EntryRecommendation letters from referee Two (2) in UgandaVaccination certificate (Yellow Fever).
  • Visa For Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders:
    • DiplomaticDiplomatic passport (Bio-data page & Cover Page) with at least 6 months’ validityDiplomatic Note (Note Verbale)Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)Recent Passport size Photo graph
    • OfficialSupport documents for official visaRecent Passport Size Photo graphPassport (Bio-data page & Cover Page) with at least 6 months’ validityVaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)

Uganda Visa Fees:

  • Uganda Ordinary/Tourist Visa
    • Single Entry (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 50 USD
  • East Africa Tourist Visa
    • East Africa Tourist Visa (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 100 USD
  • Transit
    • Transit (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 50 USD
  • Multiple-Entry
    • 6 Months (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 100 USD
    • 12 Months (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 100 USD
    • 24 Months (online payment only – all the online payments may be subjected to a 3% surcharge fee)Application Fee: 200 USD
  • Visa For Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders
    • DiplomaticApplication Fee: 0 USD
    • OfficialApplication Fee: 0 USD

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What are Tourist visa requirements for Tanzania

HOW TO APPLY FOR A TANZANIA VISA ONLINE:

  • Visit the Immigration Services Website (immigration.go.tz)
  • Click “e-services” button.
  • Select and click “e-Visa Application Form”.
  • Upload and attach the applicant’s scanned relevant documents for the Visa.
  • Then, the applicant will receive an e-mail message containing User Identification Number (that may be used to track the application online).
  • After completion of filling an online visa application form, the applicant will have to pay for a for respective visa fee
  • Upon successful payment, the applicant will submit his application.
  • Lastly, the applicant will receive a message of confirmation of his application being received.

TRACKING THE VISA APPLICATION:

After successfully submitting the application, an applicant may track the progress of his application by using his ID Number, which is given during the application stage.

To track the application, applicant will go back to the Visa Application System, then click the Visa Status button.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TANZANIA VISA:

ORDINARY (SINGLE ENTRY) VISA:

This visa is granted to foreign national for the purposes of Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conference, Humanitarian and charity activities, Family Visit, Health Treatment or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority. Its validity does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.

An application of Ordinary Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);
  • Dully filled in declaration form
  • 50 USD visa fee.

MULTIPLE VISA:

This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals whose purposes of visits call for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These may include Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Persons engaged in Bilateral Meetings, Spouses married to Tanzanians/Residents, Government Consultants, Representatives of international NGO’s and any other person as may be determined by the Commissioner General of Immigration or Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

This Visa (Multiple) is also issued to American citizens who wish to come for Holiday or Tourism purposes, as they are not entitled for Ordinary Visa. The maximum validity of this Visa is 12 months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for twelve (12) consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at most after every three months.

American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes MUST select this type of Visa while applying Online.

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 100 USD Visa fee;
  • Valid passport or national ID of the person to be visited in Tanzania (host) OR;
  • A covering letter of the host Institution detailing the reasons and frequency of Visits OR;
  • Attached Certificate of marriage of a spouse and a passport/national ID, if the applicant comes to visit a spouse OR;
  • Any proof that justifies that a visitor is required to visit the United Republic of Tanzania frequently.
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);

BUSINESS VISA:

Business visa may be issued for a period not exceeding 90 days to foreign nationals who wish to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for one of the following

Purposes:

  • To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
  • To conduct short time professional roles such as auditing accounts, making feasibility studies, establishing professionals and business contacts, making arrangements for investments during the startup period etc.
  • To conduct any other short term lawful business-related task recognised by the laws of the country and as may be determined by the issuing authority.

Requirements:

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight;
  • 250 USD visa fee.
  • A work contract or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months; or

TRANSIT VISA:

This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of transiting through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward ticket.

Transit Visa is strictly intended for those travellers whose purpose of entry is to pass through Tanzania, and cannot be used for tourism purposes.

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page).
  • 30 USD visa fee.
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination.

STUDENT VISA:

Students who wish to visit the United Republic for various academic issues for a period not exceeding three months may be issued a student Visa for a fee of 50 USD. Whereas those who come for the same purpose for a period exceeding 3 months will pay 250 USD. On the other hand, students who wish to pursue research activities will pay 550 USD and will be issued with a Student Visa for a maximum period of 2 years.

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page).
  • 50 USD, 250 USD or 550 USD Visa fee depending on the category and duration.
  • Covering letter from the host institution/college where the foreign student will be hosted, the letter must detail the course/field and duration of the programme to be attended

VISA PAYMENT METHOD:

An Applicant can make payment of visa fee online through one of the following methods:

  • By Visa card or By Master card;
  • By Swift transfer (i.e. depositing money directly into bank account at the bank counter).

After making fee payment, an Applicant will receive a notification that his payment has been received. He/she will wait for Approval of Visa before starting the journey.

ENQUIRY WHILE MAKING APPLICATION:

An applicant may at any time enquire to seek clarification regarding process through the following e-mail: Info@visatanzania.go.tz

ENTRY PORTS:

Applicants whose visa applications have been approved are at present required to enter the United Republic of Tanzania through the five specified Entry Points, which are:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA)
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA)
  • Namanga border
  • Tunduma border

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • Applicants of Visa are strongly advised to read carefully the Visa Guidelinebefore making an application;
  • Visa applicants are advised to make their applications through the Official Tanzania Immigration website (www.immigration.go.tz)ONLY and Not through any other links;
  • Any applicant of Visa is assumed to have read, understood and agreedto the terms and conditions stipulated in the Disclaimer and Visa Guideline ;
  • Applicants must ensure that their passports have a validity of at least six months and at least one unused visa page before submitting their application;
  • Applicant is expected to apply for a right category of visa. If the applicant is not sure about the type of visa he/she requires, he/she is advised to seek guidance through the e-mail info@immigration.go.tz
  • Any visa wrongly applied or which lacks sufficient attachment may be rejected;
  • No refundwill be made in respect of any rejected visa application;
  • The Visa applications will be processed within ten days,therefore applicants are strongly advised to observe the stipulated time frame while making their applications;
  • After making payments, applicants are required to wait for approvalof their Visa before they start their journey. Approval notification will be sent to their e-mail. Or they can access the Visa Grant Notification by checking the Status of their Visa online;
  • The Tanzania Immigration Services Department may give or withhold reasons for rejection of Visa to the applicant;
  • Applicants whose nationals fall under Referral Visa categoryare not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel;
  • The list of countries which fall under Referred Visamay change at any time; therefore, applicants are advised to review our website from time to time.
  • Visa regulations and conditions may be subject to change at any time without prior notification to the applicants.

NOTE:

It should be noted that the possession of Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the Entry point may refuse a holder of visa to enter, if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.

CONTACT:

For more information contact the following:

The Commissioner General of Immigration Services:

P. O. Box 512,

Dar es Salaam.

Tel. +255 2850575, 2850576, 2850569

Email: visatanzania@immigration.go.tz

Website: www.immigration.go.tz

Commissioner of Immigration Services (Zanzibar):

P.O. Box 1354,

Zanzíbar.

Tel: +255 24 2234973

Email: proznz@immigration.go.tz OR

adminznz@immigration.go.tz

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2. Do you arrange group / Jeep sharing safari tours at Natural World Kenya safaris?

Almost all safari tours operated by Natural World Kenya safaris are private per booking and are operated in own pop up top 4×4 jeep  with a dedicated tour driver / guide.

Guests booking with Natural world Kenya safaris can however form private groups to travel together as families or friends

We do not make tour groups from individual bookings for medium / long range safari tours .This is to allow foe flexibility,customization ,pace and choice of safari lodge / camp preference

The only exception is the short / small Nairobi Kenya group tours which  we operate on Tuesday ,Friday ,Saturday and Sunday of every week. Go to  https://www.naturaltoursandsafaris.com/group-safaris/

4. Is there WiFi at the safari lodges & tented camps on safari?

Almost all safari lodges / tented camp accommodations during your safari do provide free Wifi . These is in the three accommodation levels of economy , comfort and luxury

Wifi is provided  in the public areas of the safari lodges / tented camps  including the reception, dining areas and lounge . It is not provided in the individual rooms/ tents.

We provide free  Wifi in our 4×4 Safari jeeps with connectivity being at approximately 70% due to local Kenyan network coverage

7. Can we request for an extra night / day on safari while on the group sharing tour?

On our overnight  group sharing safari ,it is not possible to request for an extra day safari extension

This is because you  share your safari Jeep  with the other travelers on a seat in car basis .It also means that you leave and return to Nairobi as a group

It would thus require a unanimous decision to extend safari  from all tour participants for this to happen . It would also be subject to  the availability of extended accommodation in the respective tented camp / lodge.

An extra day on safari shall also require extra payment.

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9. Can we choose a favorite tour driver guide from the online reviews or driver / guide profiles ?

Natural World has invested  in the employment  of among the best tour driver / guides

However we allow our guests to have that special preference for an individual driver / guide either from recommendation or online reviews.

If you prefer a specific safari tour driver / guide from our team ,we are happy to allocate him as your guide for the duration of your safari tour. This is however subject to his availability.

In case he is already requested for during the period of your planned safari tour ,you can always choose another driver / guide from our diverse team.

10. Are mosquito nets provided in safari lodge rooms / tents ?

Our selection of  safari lodges and tented camps is well researched and offers the best in terms of comfort ,relaxation and atmosphere during safari. Each accommodation category is well catered for in the selection.

We fully understand the need for your protection against Mosquito  and other insect bites.

All rooms / tents during your  safari are fitted with mosquito nets or  are insect proofed to protect you against bites.

You are also advised to carry / use insect repellent to further protect yourself especially in the outdoors during evenings.

11. Do you have a maximum number of persons allowed to sleep in one safari room / tent?

The maximum number of persons allowed in one room / tent are 3 , these can be accommodated in a double bed and a single bed or in 3 single beds.

Where 4 persons or more are travelling together and prefer stay in one room / tent  , we may book them in 2 rooms with interconnecting doors

For those that may prefer  to stay close as  family or friends , we may book them in adjacent tents / rooms

Some safari lodges / camps have family units for maximum of 4 persons only. This however includes an extra cost.

All safari rooms / tents are private with own bathroom / toilet

13. What is the size / weight limit allowance of an individual in safari Jeep?

Your safari tour Jeep has a generous  luggage compartment at the rear and can comfortably carry 6 suitcases with an average 25 -30kgs each

You may carry hand luggage with your vital stuff inside the safari jeep.

We suggest that you pack / carry your luggage in soft sided suitcases for ease of storage in safari vehicle and also to minimize on friction and damage during the sometimes bumpy road safari trips.

15. What is the baggage allowance on local domestic /internal flights?

In case you are booked on a Kenya fly -in safari and or you would consider taking local / domestic safari flights to the national parks / game reserves , there is a baggage allowance.

The baggage allowance for local domestic flights commuting between national parks is 15kgs excluding hand luggage

You may store extra luggage not required on safari at our Nairobi or Mombasa offices for free.

You may also choose to pay an extra $ 5 per kilogram for any extra baggage if you decide to carry all your baggage around with you (this is subject to flight / carrier capacity)

17. Do you provide airport hotel airport transfers when we arrive and depart Nairobi or Mombasa in Kenya?

As an extension  of our safari tour services , Natural world  provides free  return airport / hotel transfers for our guests  booked  a 3 days plus safari tour with us.

The transfers are provided even when you arrive or depart several  days before or after your safari start / end

In all cases , you shall share with us your arrival & departure flight details including airline codes and timings ,we shall in  return provide transfer driver name and telephone contact in advance of your arrival / departure

18. Do you book or can you recommend a Nairobi hotel for our pre or post safari stay?

Our listed safari tours and advertised prices do not include Nairobi hotel stay

In case you are arriving in Nairobi earlier than your safari starting date or are intending to stay a few days more after safari finish ,you require a Nairobi hotel.

Nairobi has a wide range of hotels in economy ,comfort and luxury categories suitable for your 1 night or extended stay.

As part of your safari tour ,Natural world safari shall pick you up and drop you off at your respective Nairobi hotel or residence. This includes areas around Nairobi

We suggest that you look up and book online your favorite Nairobi hotel .In case you do require advise, suggestions or  booking assistance for your Nairobi hotel ,we shall be happy to assist.

We have put together a handy guide comparing all of Nairobi’s best hotels.

19. What is the difference between Safari lodge and tented camp?

SAFARI LODGES

A safari lodge in Africa is located in a remote Wildlife area and is  made  up of a number of cottages / chalets spread over a landscaped land .Here shall be a main building which houses a restaurant, bar, gift shop together with the reception and also administration facilities. In most cases, there may  be a swimming room,

The lodge’s en-suite guestrooms are spread in smaller separate scattered cottages around the main central  building.

The atmosphere is usually rustic and compliments the natural surroundings while bringing in the essence of the wild

Safari lodges vary in size, unique design, location and standards with a nice range in economy , comfort and luxury category.

SAFARI CAMPS

The safari tented camps share some similarities with safari lodges in layout , purpose and location.

A tented camp is composed of the Main building (housing the public areas) usually thatched African style for effect .It may also be made of a large tent .The en-suite guest tents are scattered  around the main building providing a private feel.

The tented camp is a composition of large en-suite walk in tents which are built on a solid floor base and are complete with private bathrooms and a small terrace or veranda.

Essentially they are rooms with the exterior being canvas rather than wood or brick.

The tented camp complex may also have a swimming pool.

Tented camps range from the comfort, superior comfort, luxury to the super luxury.

22. When proceeding to the Kenya coast at end of safari ,where / When do we get our Nairobi to Mombasa first class travel train tickets?

If you are booked on any of our Nairobi to Mombasa safaris ,you  shall catch the Nairobi to Mombasa SGR train at  Emali  ,Mtito Andei or Voi train stations this depending on your last national park visit.

Your first class train tickets shall have been booked and paid for in advance and you shall only need to print your travel ticket once at the respective train station

This takes only a few moments and your safari driver / guide shall be at hand to assist.

We have got you covered with the Nairobi – Mombasa Train Schedule.

Remember that we shall pick you up from the Mombasa train station and transfer you to your beach hotel in Mombasa . Diani ,Kilifi, Watamu or Malindi as part of the safari service.

23. Is the Nairobi to Mombasa SGR train safe for both passengers and luggage?

The SGR train travel between Mombasa and Nairobi and now being extended to Near Lake Naivasha is the most recent and safest way to travel in Kenya.

It is also the most exotic means of travel between the Kenya interior and Kenya coast.

The train coaches are air conditioned and with wide windows for best scenic views.

From Nairobi to Mombasa and vise versa , the train meanders through the Tsavo West & Tsavo East.

It is absolutely safe for both passengers and luggage. . .

Best 360 degrees landscape views can be experienced from the restaurant car of the train.

24. What are your safari tipping guidelines for safari tour guests?

Tipping in Kenya although not mandatory is expected after a good service.

All hotels, lodges and porterage gratuities are included on your safari price – this are collectively referred to as service charge.

Individual waiters, porters and other hotel service employees  may provide exemplary service and it is your discretion to decide to tip .Usually $ 1 -$ 5 per move or sitting is appropriate and appreciated.

It is however customary to tip your safari  driver / guide at the end of the safari tour. The amount is dependent on your evaluation of the quality of the service rendered. An average of $ 10 per guest per day or 5-10% of your (safari only cost ) is suggested . The amount is however  at your discretion, you are welcome to provide additional compensation to any staff who have provided special services. A bar gratuity of $1 is acceptable.

You may tip in Kenya shillings, USD or in Euro at the end of your safari / tour and preferably in an envelope.

25. What are the visa requirements for tourist travelers to Kenya ?

Tourists visiting  Kenya must have a valid visa. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival in the country.

Effective Jan 1, 2021, all passengers travelling to Kenya from countries that require visas to enter Kenya shall be required to apply and obtain E-visa before boarding an aircraft as no visas shall be issued on arrival.

Electronic visa application for Kenya:

The visa application process involves uploading your passport picture along with your passport photograph. Your visa shall be issued approximately five days after you register. You shall be required to print a copy of your electronic visa, bring it with you for presentation along with your passport on arrival in Kenya. If you have any problems or enquiries related to applying for an electronic visa, please contact the Kenyan Embassy in your country / region or email evisa@immigration.go.ke.

Kenya Evisa Application procedure:

  • Click register on evisa.go.ke (This is the only official portal, others are scams).
  • Select Register as a Visitor.
  • Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration services.
  • Select submit Application.
  • Select Kenyan Visa.
  • Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
  • Fill in the application form.
  • Pay Using visa card, Mastercard and other debit cards.
  • Await approval via email, then download and print the E-Visa from your eCitizen account.
  • The processing time is 2 business days.
  • Present your printed E-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

Visa Charges as at 5th January, 2021:

  • Single entry visa + service charge: us$51.00
  • Transit entry visa + service charge: us$21.00
  • Courtesy entry visa + service charge: us$0.00
  • East African tourist visa + service charge: us$101.00
  • Multiple entry visa + service charge: us$101.00
  • 5yr multiple entry visa + service charge: us$201.00
  • Fast tracked visa fees: coming soon

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Visa Validity:

An E-visa to Kenya once issued is valid for 3 months before you travel. Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days, which may be renewed for a further 90 days at the immigration headquarters. The maximum number of days a visitor may stay in Kenya is 6 months.

Related information on e-visa application:

  1. Approval Time:

The e-Visa takes a maximum of 48hrs to approve but can be issued in a much shorter period.

Availability in different languages will be looked into but poses a challenge for local Immigration Officers who may not be familiar with different languages.

  1. Auto Save:

The ability to auto save applications has been updated to the system. Should the system “hang”, one can refresh the page then click on the “history” tab to access the information saved.

  1. Payments:

The system currently only accepts Visa & Mastercard and arrangements are in progress to include American Express, Union Pay, PayPal & Mpesa.

Critical to note is that when making payments, the system sends a One Time Password (OTP) for the owner of the credit card to confirm. Failure to enter this OTP has been a cause for card payment decline.

  1. Communication (in case of a hitch in process)

Application  process assistance is provided in a timely manner

The system flashes two dedicated telephone numbers & an email that can be used to get help:

  1. System Downtime:

The E-visa system has very little downtime but is occasionally taken offline for system upgrade.

During the downtime ,a message shall be  displayed indicating the system was offline for upgrade and the time this would take.

Other things you need to bear in mind with regard to your visa:

  • You shall be required to complete a landing card that will be issued to you on the plane, or at the visa desk when you enter Kenya.
  • You shall be required to complete an exit card, which will be provided to you in the departure terminal when leaving Kenya.

Book your Kenya safari today with Natural World Kenya Safaris. Feel free to contact us via our website, call +254704001122 or WhatsApp on +254 788 287 151

28. What are the distances and driving times on safari?

Distances and driving times in Africa vary from the European and American concepts. In Kenya, roads are narrow and may not be well maintained. The roads immediately leading to the National Parks and Game Reserves are rough.

Please note that advertised  driving time on safari itineraries/programs on website are estimate and may vary depending on road conditions and road traffic.

Natural Tours operate a wide range of East African road safari holidays.

29. What is the difference between luxury, comfort and economy accommodation options listed on tour packages?

Our selection of Economy, comfort and luxury accommodation options for lodges and tented camps are sufficiently comfortable and adequate for relaxation  , overnights and meals. However standard of facilities ,style  and location are varied.

Luxury safari Lodges and Tented Camps

In almost all instances, luxury lodges & Tented camps  are located at vantage locations  within the national parks and game reserves. They are unique in architecture and design. They also provide easy access to the game viewing areas. The facilities and comfort levels are of higher standard. Rooms/, tents are private and en -suite. There shall most likely be a swimming pool in most of the luxury facilities

View luxury safari  lodge / camps category/options  https://www.naturaltoursandsafaris.com/kenya-safari-lodges/

Comfort safari  Lodges and Tented Camps

Comfort lodges and camps may be  located inside or just at the boundaries of the national parks and game reserves. Others may be slightly further .In all instances ,they are less than 30 minutes from the park entry gate . The facilities’ comfort levels are sufficiently adequate although slightly lower than for luxury accommodation level. The rooms and tents in this comfort level category  are also private and en suite. Most comfort  lodges / tented camps  shall have a swimming pool.

View comfort level safari lodges / tented camps https://www.naturaltoursandsafaris.com/kenya-safari-lodges/

Economy safari Lodges and Tented Camps

Almost all economy lodges and tented camps (except a few) are located outside of the National park boundaries and just next to the park. They are easy ,comfortable and sufficiently adequate for relaxation , overnight  and meals although relatively basic compared to the luxury and comfort options. Rooms and tents are private and have en -suite bathroom facilities. Most of the economy options  may also have a swimming pool.

View economy level safari lodges / tented campshttps://www.naturaltoursandsafaris.com/kenya-safari-lodges/

30. What is a single room supplement / extra?

A single room supplement is an extra fee imposed on single occupancy of a double/ shared  room by hotels, safari lodges and tented camps. Our safari tour prices are based on two persons sharing in a double room /tent.

If someone chooses to have  single occupancy of room, the single room supplement applies .Single room / tent extras are indicated on the price section of each tour package page.

31. What safari vehicle types do you use on your tours?

Our standard safari travel & game viewing drive vehicle is a custom designed 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep with  pop up top for ease of photography during game viewing drives and sightseeing. The vehicle sits a maximum of 6 persons for guarantee window seats and access to the pop up top.

View 4×4 Jeep photos https://www.naturaltoursandsafaris.com/4×4-land-cruiser-safari-jeeps/.

Our 4×4 safari Jeeps  are fitted with long range radios for easy communication, cooler boxes, and first aid kits .This is on top of the other extras in Jeep

The 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep has several advantages on safari. These  includes a higher elevation, better navigation on rough terrain, deeper reach, more comfort and brings out better the African adventure experience.

33. Are international flight costs included in your advertised safari tour prices?

Natural World does not include  International flight costs  in our East African safari tour prices.

This is because Natural World is an inbound local Kenya tour operator and ground handling agency.

Local safari tour packages operated by Natural World start from Nairobi airport, Nairobi hotels, Mombasa airport and hotels, Diani beach resorts, Malindi / Watamu beach resorts,Naivasha area resorts, Kisumu, Nakuru, Arusha, Namanga, Taveta and Isebania border towns and from any other location in Kenya and East Africa

Our Accreditations and Booking Security

Natural World Kenya safaris is Member No.FA/440 - Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) bonding scheme. The scheme is insured to guarantee your holiday safari in the unlikely event that a bonded KATO member ceases operating.

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