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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda During the pandemic
When COVID-19 hit the world went into lockdowns in fear of allowing and contributing of further spread of the Virus and also loss of their people. Tourism came to a stand still as no hotel or tourist site was open. Countries closed their doors, however with the introduction of a vaccine on the market, countries started opening up to tourism and so did Rwanda. Borders opened up however tourism wasn’t open for a number of months, that brings us to try and answer some of the questions, that are being asked about tourism People have had many questions, Rwanda safaris and below we have provided answers to your questions;
Yes, Rwanda has been open to tourists since September 2020 and therefore gorilla trekking is possible in the land of a thousand hills. Standard operating procedures have been put in place for tourism and therefore gorilla safaris are very possible.
What are the requirements to Enter Rwanda.?
To enter Rwanda using any boarder point, one needs to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the last 72 Hours?
What happens on arrival at the airport?
On arrival at the airport every traveler, is supposed to take another test at their own expenses and then be transferred to a designated hotel. They are supposed to spend at least 1 night in Kigali and then proceed to the airport
How Long does the processing of samples take?
Processing of samples obtained from tourists on arrival takes at most 24 hours. And results will be provided the next day. We therefore recommend that you prepare to spend at-least 1 night in Kigali prior to your gorilla safari adventure.
What happens during the trek?
Once you have your results, our gorilla safari guide, will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. So you can go gorilla trekking the next day.
What should tourists expect during the Trek?
All guides and park rangers will be masked up and sanitizers will be provided. Social distance will be practiced both with humans and wildlife. You will need to strictly keep a 7 meters distance between you and the gorillas to avoid spreading COVID-19 to the Gorillas.
How often are we supposed to be tested?
These are supposed to be done every three days, so if you are doing a 10 days Rwanda gorilla tour, you will need to do tests every 4 days. So you will do at-least three tests in the entire tour.
What are the requirements to exit?
To exit Rwanda when your gorilla trekking safari is done, you will need to take a PCR test and negative results are required. We urge you to find out more about the requirements for your final destination, because these also contribute to the fact whether you will be allowed to exit. On that note, we advise you to fill in the necessary forms or take the PCR test in relation to your final destination country.
Can I do a Rwanda and Uganda cross border Tour?
Yes, it is possible to do a Rwanda and Uganda cross border tour and in this case you will need an East African Visa. And Also to abide by all the different country’s COVID-19 entry and exit rules. This can be organized by AA Safaris and Tours ltd and we shall advise you appropriately as the covid-19 Rules keep on changing.
Does Rwanda still Have Curfew?
No Rwanda has no curfew and all the different sites and communities are now open for visits. You can now explore the night life, although this will only apply to fully vaccinated tourists. Those who are not fully vaccinated may not be allowed in some places.
In conclusion ; now that you have all the answers to your travel questions, you are free to go through our list of Rwanda safaris for ideas of what you can do.