If there is one best decision that you can ever took to make your life so happy, then a trip across East Africa ought be one of them.  Whether you go to a bordering country or make around across the rift valley area, there is so much to see and you definitely don’t want to miss out.

Traveling has completely changed my life. It has opened up my eyes to so many different, beautiful and amazing things that I would have never seen if I hadn’t ventured into it.

I know that it can be scary to take your first East African trip, and it requires a lot of preparation. But, don’t worry! It’s easier than you might think.

Here’s everything that you need to know about traveling  EastAfrica!

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Apply for Travel Documents

When you are planning interstate travels, your passport is your most prized possession. Your number one goal is to keep that little blue book safe and ready to go.

If you need a new passport, plan well in advance. For East African citizens like me, there surely is no need to have a visa as we are both in the East Africa Community.  As of 2016, even South Sudan was a part of the AEAC making travels across the East African region rather very simple.

Research Your Dream Destination

Not sure where to go? Worry not! At Travel East Africa, we ensure that your dream trip is fully planned with the most sophistication and professionalism. Myself and the team, have travelled across the entire region in an adventurous manner, which makes us the most and best sought after team to guide your travels. By using a Bus to travel, we have rubbed shoulders with the highs and lows of this industry.  Just remember, there are so many amazing places in East Africa, so keep your eyes open.

Don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path.

If a place catches your eye, start researching. Read about other travelers’ experiences and droll over their pics. It won’t take long for you to have a must-visit list that’s a mile long.

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Consider Your Budget

When you travel, spend your cash on what you love. Do you! Don’t feel like you have to go to all of the hyped-up tourist attractions. Save your money so that you can splurge on things that you’ll always remember.

Get one night in a fancy hotel or go out for an incredible meal rather than shelling out cash for Starbucks or other forgettable expenses. Once you have a “splurge versus save” list for your destination, you can start planning.

Plan an Itinerary

Ready to make your dream a reality? It is time to start planning your itinerary. While you definitely want to leave some wiggle room for spontaneous adventures, it’s handy to have a list of things you want to do and see.

Decide how long you can travel and which areas you want to see.

If you are planning to visit a few different places, figure out how easy it’ll be to get from one place to the next. Using a bus to travel across East Africa is rather hilarious and provides a soothing feel of life amongst other travelers. It’s fun. Try it.

Normal operating hours vary from country to country and some activities are seasonal so dig around online to get all of the details. For personal experience I can’t tell you how important this is!

While in Kigali for a few days, I didn’t realize that the community gets really busy on a Saturday by engaging in community work. DO you know how important such small details would have been to my entire trip in Kigali? It’s also important to know that some destinations completely shut down in certain seasons.

Book Your Bus

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The person sitting next to you may very well have paid double for their bus tickets. Or worse yet, your seat mate might have paid half the price you did! Not all bus companies charge equal so do your homework before you hand over your hard-earned cash. UgaBus offers you the best platform to search buses, compare prices and make a booking online.

Book Your Accommodation

Depending on your location, you might not need reservations. I would always recommend booking at least the first night but you can leave the rest of the nights open if you’d prefer. If you’re in a city like Kampala, it’s usually very easy to find the perfect spot to spend the night.

As always, do what works for you! If it stresses you out to not have your room booked, get everything set in stone. If you’d rather play it by ear, go for it, but have some knowledge about your destination first.

So many things can affect your ability to get a room, like festivals, events, local holidays, and business conferences, so make sure you know what to expect before you go.

GO!

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I’ve met so many people who have their dream trip completely planned but are always waiting for a better time to go. It’s time to get moving, guys. There will always be distractions so just GO!

I promise you, you’ll never regret it.

Your adventure will be one of the greatest experiences of your life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, it’ll be one of the most liberating and exciting adventures you’ll ever have. Trust me, East Africa is such a huge and amazing place, with so much beauty to experience.

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The more you see of the world, the less scary it is. Formerly distant, mysterious places can quickly start to feel like a second home. As long as you keep your head on straight and do a bit of research, you can safely navigate anywhere.

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