East Africa is Open to Travel

We’re excited that our clients can now travel to Africa again. East Africa’s travel policies have eased, borders as well as airports have re-opened and new travel policies have been put in place. As of 1 August 2020, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are travel ready!

So, pack your bags and let’s go.


Kenya & Tanzania

If you’re looking for an Out of Africa safari with endless plains, rich wildlife, colourful Masai and Samburu warriors and luxury lodges then Kenya and Tanzania are for you.

At Singita Serengeti House in northern Tanzania, for example, you can watch animals directly from the outdoor pool that overlooks the plains.

These two countries offer a classic safari experience with rolling Savannah, huge herds, plenty of predators and the annual Wildebeest Migration. Dubbed the greatest wildlife show on earth, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra migrate during August to November each year. You can also visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater to the Masai Mara and the Serengeti.

If you want to go a little more remote, Mahale Mountains in Tanzania sits on Lake Tanganyika and is the perfect spot to unwind and go chimpanzee trekking.

Tanzania Travel Requirements

  • Tanzania’s air borders are open, and all tourist activities resumed safely in June with safety protocols in place.
  • No internal travel restrictions or quarantine is required upon arrival.
  • Tourists do not need to bring a negative COVID-19 test; they will only undergo temperature screening.
  • Everyone has to wear masks and follow social distancing rules.

Kenya Travel Requirements

  • Tourists need a Covid-19-free certificate or clearance that’s not older than 14 days.
  • Guests cleared at the airport or border with a Covid-19-free certificate, will undergo temperature screening.
  • Please refer to the list of countries permitted into Kenya with a list of nationalities who need to and don’t need to quarantine.
  • Disinfection and temperature screening is in place for guests at all points of entry.
  • Everyone has to wear masks and follow social distancing rules.


Now if you want to add an extension to your Kenya or Tanzania safari and go gorilla trekking – Rwanda is now open for international visitors! But a Rwanda holiday is also a great stand-alone destination. The “Land of a 1000 Hills” is the destination to see some of the last remaining chimpanzee and gorillas in the world.

Rwanda is home to lakes, forests and volcanic peaks; it’s famous for being one of the cleanest countries in the world with its progressive no litter policy.

We like to recommend lodges that our team has stayed at and have vetted – and both the luxurious Nyungwe House and Bisate Lodge cover those points. Run by Wilderness Safaris, you can expect a 5-star experience at one of these two unique and beautiful lodges.

A luxury experience awaits at Bisate Lodge in Rwanda.

Rwanda Travel Requirements

  • International travelers are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival. They must take a second Covid-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction. Here is more information.
  • Everyone has to wear masks and follow social distancing rules.

Get in touch

As safari experts we always do our best to keep our Giltedge Africa clients updated. But requirements and policies are changing rapidly, so please get in touch with us for bookings or queries for your East Africa safari.