The cost or rates of our safaris are in dollars. Hence installments ought to be made in USD. The costs are appropriate for the span of the safari showed in the receipt that is conveyed to the customer. Be that as it may, should a few changes happen like with the exchange rates, remarkable fluctuation or government taxes, we generally try to convey in time.
Bank Account Details:
Bank Beneficiary: Umoja Motherland Tours Ltd
Bank name: Orient Bank (U)Limited
Account name: Umoja Motherland Tours Limited
Bank Account Number: 29506902010501
Swift code: ORINUGKA
Address: P.O. box 3072, Orient Plaza, Plot 6/6A
Client should always remember to include the bank fee/charges while doing transaction
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total amount is required upon confirmation of a booking. Once the deposit is received, its proof that you have read, understood and accepted the company’s terms and conditions and therefore an invoice will be set up and sent to you by email. And also we will be able to move forward with the confirmations, hotels, transfers, and activities for your trip. This deposit is usually used to purchase permits and deposit on accommodations.
Permit once purchased, is not refundable nor can it be transferred.
You are required to complete the trip payments 30 Days to your trip. Your total trip costs will be shown on the invoice. Please keep in mind that If you haven’t submitted payment by the due date, Umoja Motherland tours has the right to cancel your booking.
- Rights to refunds if you change or cancel your reservation are sometimes limited as we usually need to prepay some suppliers, and our negotiated rates are obtained through committing to advance payment. We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance including trip cancellation and interruption insurance, which may reimburse you for cancellation penalties and extra trip expenses should a circumstance covered by the policy force you to cancel or interrupt your trip. In the event we cancel a trip, for any reason, all money for services described in the reserved itinerary, less airline ticket cancellation fees, will be refunded.
- Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing (email). The date on which the cancellation notice is received by the company or its agents will determine the applicable cancellation fee.
- Refund checks will normally be mailed within three weeks of cancellation, assuming we experience no difficulty or delay in receiving the corresponding refund(s) from the suppliers involved.
- Unless indicated otherwise at or prior to the time of reservation, the following charges per person will apply in the event of cancellation prior to arrival:
As a general rule, unless otherwise stated, our policy is that all cancellation must be informed in writing either by email.
Cancellations will be charged as follows:
- 45 days: 15% of the Tour price is forfeited
- 44-21 days: 30% of the Tour price is forfeited
- 20-04 days: 50% of the Tour price is forfeited
- 72 hours and no-show: non-refundable
Visit a doctor 4-6weeks before your safari to get vaccines or medicines you need. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
(a) Routine vaccines
Recommended for all travelers. These vaccines include age-specific routine vaccines such as measles, mumps, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis(Td/Tdap), poliovirus, varicella and seasonal influenza.
(b) Yellow Fever
A yellow fever vaccine is essential prior to your arrival in the country. Yellow fever certificates are issued once the vaccine has been administered and they are valid for 10years. It is also recommended that a hepatitis A and B, Mengitis, Tetanus and Typhoid vaccine be administered.
You will need to take prescription medicine before, during and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent Malaria.
(d) Do I need to purchase a Visit to Enter Uganda?
Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to travel to Uganda most obtain a visa which costs $50(Single Entry tourist visa) per person either by apply online https://immigration.go.ug or on arrival at the Airport.
All travellers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunisation card. Visa & corresponding fees
(e) Do I need to purchase a Visit to Enter Rwanda?
Any person intending to enter into Rwanda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to travel to Rwanda most obtain a visa which costs $50(Single Entry tourist visa) per person either by apply online https://www.migration.gov.rw or on arrival at the Airport.
All travellers to the Republic of Rwanda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunisation card. Visa & corresponding fees
The countries that were once visa exempted are no longer exempted but rather allowed to pay visas on arrival at Kigali International Airport. These include: Germany, New Zealand, Israel, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Uk and USA
(f) Do I need to purchase a Visit to Enter Kenya?
All travelers entering Kenya are required to hold a valid Travel Authorization. The eVisa is a simple process, you can apply for an online eVisa http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. The costs for a single entry visa for Kenya is US $50 per person, plus US $1 for service charge and handling fee.
(g) Do I need to purchase a Visit to Enter Tanzania?
The costs for a single entry visa for Tanzania is US $50 per person https://immigration.go.tz. Visas can be obtained at any official entry point or from a Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission.
(h) Do I need to purchase a Visit to Enter Zimbabwe?
The costs for a single entry visa for Zimbabwe is US $55 per person issued on arrival.
If you are planning to do a safari with in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. It’s recommendable to obtain an East Africa Tourist visa. This unique visa costs $100 per person and it allows you 90days multiple entry to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Tanzania is not yet apart of the East Africa community, therefore excluded from this visa.
Gorilla Tracking in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo
The answer is yes. This follows the introduction of special stretcher beds and litters upon which Persons with Disabilities can be taken to see the gorillas. They operate in the same way as litters. Typically, most take the shape of an open chair or bed. They are supported by two parallel handles made of hardwood that don’t break easily, like mahogany. Upon these ends, the you will be ferried by two or more porters depending on your weight. Though most porters prefer placing the carrying poles upon their shoulders as it is effective. Occasionally they carry it by hand especially if the PWD in question has a fright for heights.
The four mountainous National Parks where gorillas live lie at a altitude of 1160m - 4,500 meters above sea level. What's more, they are tropical rainforests that experience frequent rainfalls. These two aspects makes them one of the 10 coldest places in Africa. To this effect, you are advised to carry enough warm clothing, raincoats and waterproof hiking boots.
Yes. Having undergone through series of political instabilities that crippled its economic sector in 1980s, Uganda's Government now prioritizes safety over everything else. The country has three organs in charge of protecting it from any terror attacks or outbreak of civil wars. These organs are the National Army(Uganda People's Defence Forces), Uganda Police and Paramilitary Police. Their work is complimented with that of the Tourism Police, a team of police trained on how to professionally look after tourists. They are mostly based in the National Parks and Hotels across the country.
Unlike Big 5 animals which can be found in over 40 National parks across the continent, these mountain gorillas can only be found in Virunga region. As such, while the entire world travels to here to see them in the wild, only 8 tourists can see a particular family in a day. As such, permits often register a 90% sale out. They are given to travellers on a first-come-first serve basis. It is thus wiser to pre-book your permit ahead of time, at least six months ahead of your planned time for visit. If you have any further inquiries, Umoja Motherland Safaris is just an email away.
Rwanda's pricing of permits at $1,500 is influenced by their positioning as a high end destination. It is also purposed by the need to limit number of mid-range and budget visitors into the country. They would rather have few tourists who can spend much more than lots of tourists who are spending little.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Uganda has positioned itself as a mid-range destination because its gorilla permits are priced at $600 to foreign tourists-$450 for foreign residents and 250000 UGX for East African Nationals. Far from it, Uganda believes that the easiest way to influence the conservation of gorillas is by allowing everybody get to know them better, regardless of social class. This is achieved by setting a price that can allow even budget travellers go gorilla tracking. That way, they can get a better understanding of circumstances under which gorillas have become endangered.
Gorilla tracking is quite frustrating the rainy months from April, March and May for two reasons. For starters, the vegetation overgrows at this time making frustrating to observe them or take their pictures. In this regard, the dry season is much more recommendable as it offers a hustle free experience. It occurs from June to August and December to February.
Kwita Izina is an annual gorilla naming ceremony hosted in Rwanda by their Government. It is purposed to establish a strong bond between locals and the gorillas with the intent of uplifting their conservation. The event is organised like a festival and attracts over 10,000 tourists inclusive of International A-list celebrities, musicians, sports personalities, business men and conservation enthusiasts.
Due to the harsh nature of the environment they live in, the average life expectancy of a mountain gorilla is 35 years. Beyond this time, they become more vulnerable to athritis. It is a sickness that weakens the joints, causing a lot of pain and difficulty in movement.
The other cause of death especially among dominant silverbacks is severe injuries sustained from fights with rival groups. This makes the gorillas vulnerable to open wound infections. That said, it is not unusual for some gorilla members to exceed 50 years.
While wild male mountain gorillas weigh 136 to 195 kg (300 to 430 lb), adult females weigh about half 68–113 kg (150–250 lb). Adult males are 1.4 to 1.8 m (4 ft 7 in to 5 ft 11 in) tall, as female gorillas are shorter at 1.25 to 1.5 m (4 ft 1 in to 4 ft 11 in).
Simply put, gorillas are over five times stronger and carry up to 815 kilograms with ease. Man can't lift more than 150 kilograms..
Upon letting us know when you want to go gorilla tracking in Rwanda, Uganda or Congo, we will, we will check availability for you at the respective headquarters of the parks. If permits for your preferred dates are still available, we will keep you posted. Thereafter, we shall proceed to book the gorilla permits for you using money you have entrusted us with. Next, we shall email you an invoice from the park authorities. This will be done within a day. The rest as the say will be history.
The natural habitat where gorillas live are surrounded by communities with big populations of subsistence farmers. This in turn has created a pressing need for land for cultivation, thereby forcing locals to encroach on parks in which gorillas live. This destruction of forests translates into food shortage for gorillas forcing them to depend upon crops of farmers. The result of this quest is unendending inter human-wildlife conflicts which sometimes leads to direct attacks on primates.
That aside, mountain gorillas are not the primary target of poachers because they are not edible. However, they often fall victim to their snares meant for other prey like forest buffaloes. This leaves them with severe injuries, exposing them to infections.
Your decision to buy gorilla permits directly contributes to the salvation of gorillas. Uganda Wildlife Authority relies on proceeds from gorilla tourism to employ more ranger guides who can protect their animals. The same money is also used to fund community sensitization projects with the hope of addressing inter human-wildlife conflicts.