Friday, January 22, 2016

Rwanda Tourist Visa - must know information!


In a few weeks time I'm heading to Rwanda for my first Gorilla Trekking experience. A humbling adventure that grants me the good fortune to be up close and personal with the endangered Mountain Gorillas. 

Gorilla Trekking is said to be one of the best wildlife encounters ever, and I am very excited for this soul-fulfilling opportunity. 

Following the trek I'll be staying at the eco-luxury Virunga Lodge, driving distance from Volcanoes National Park. 

Photo from Virunga Lodge 

Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge with impressive views of twin lakes; Ruhonda & Bulera and the famous Virunga Mountains. With only 10 rooms this lodge is ideal for those looking for a tranquil resting place.

Photo from Virunga Lodge

Keep following my East Africa travel blog for pictures and videos of my travels in Rwanda with the humongous yet majestic, peaceful and gentle beings. 

Planning a trip to Rwanda in the future? 

DO NOT wait until arrival to try and get your tourist visa. The process must be initiated from home, before you travel. You must fill out the online application form. 

6 Easy Steps To Getting Your Rwanda Tourist Visa

1 - Determine if you require a Tourist Visa to enter Rwanda. Rules and regulations vary depending on your nationality. Visit the below site to access the application for your Visa. 


2 - Carefully read the guidelines for filling in the application 


3 - Determine the type of Visa you require for your travel - ask Amanda if you are unsure! 

4 - Complete your application online, providing ALL requested information. 

5 - Wait for the email from the Republic of Rwanda, advising the outcome of your application. 

6 - Once approved (normally sent within 48hours) print the visa acceptance letter that was sent to you via email. You will need to present this letter on arrival into Rwanda and locally pay the applicable fee. This is not the Visa, merely the approval of application. Fees are based on your nationality and the type of visa required. Payment is required locally in USD funds. 


Rwanda Good To Know Fact - No plastic bags are allowed in Rwanda - NONE! 
If arriving by airplane you will be reminded by the airline to leave ANY plastic bags on the aircraft. To avoid having to purchase one in country - travel with your favourite recyclable bag from home.

Rwanda is known as one of the cleanest (if not THE cleanest) countries on the African continent. 


Contact Amanda for all your travel needs.



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ballooning in Ndutu with the "Great Migration"

If you have read a few of my blogs you can likely tell that I love taking pictures of the East African wildlife and scenery.

Spending time in Ndutu is always a great way to capture amazing photos, especially during the months of December - March, when over a million and a half wildebeest and zebra gather in and around the Ndutu Plains. The border between South Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

The wildebeest and zebra return to Ndutu each year to have their newborns and to feed on the highly nutritious grasses. It is estimated that about 500,000 wildebeest are born each year.



Flying in a Hot Air Balloon over one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the earth is something you do not want to miss while on safari in Tanzania. While it is not the cheapest activity, as a recent passenger has said on TripAdvisor, it's an experience....

“Worth Every Penny”

I have to admit that dropping a thousand dollars for a balloon ride was a very hard pill to swallow. My wife and I were very worried that we would be disappointed but everyone we talked to that had done it before said it was more than worth the cost. They were right. Captain Moses controlled our balloon like he was born in the basket and got us right next to monkeys, baboons, hippos and impalas. We also saw several other animals and of course the views of the Serengeti at sunrise were stunning. If you're on the fence about this experience, just do it. You paid thousands of dollars to get here and this is a once in a lifetime experience that you will definitely remember. - Visited December 2015

Add a Hot Air Balloon ride to your Tanzania Safari! Read more about your Serengeti Balloon Safaris Experience. 


Photos taken from the balloon safari over Ndutu.





More photos taken after champagne toast, on the way to the "Out of Africa" themed full English breakfast.







Wondering where to stay while in Ndutu?

Depending on your needs I have several options to recommend. To name a few....

Chaka Camp operates off-the-grid and relies on a custom built solar system for its power. Room fabrics are handwoven African designs, and the camp’s furniture and decor were designed and built by artisans in Arusha, Tanzania.

Lake Masek Tented Camp - another nice choice. 

Ndutu Safari Lodge offers peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. A superb base in which to explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach.

Another option for luxury is the beautiful Kusini Camp.


Zebra enjoying the water!




In Ndutu you can find Eland, the largest and slowest antelope. They can jump over 8 feet! I have seen one jump over a zebra! Getting a picture of the Eland isn't always the easiest thing to do as they are very timid around vehicles.


Book your safari with a professional, experienced Canadian Travel Specialist who really understands the "ins and outs" of a holiday in East Africa. 

Contact Amanda via email at astrowbridge@tpi.ca

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead for 2016, filled with memorable moments and new adventures that test your limits and inspire you to grow and learn.  - Moses & Amanda 

We hope you enjoy our favourite pictures from January 1st, 2016 in Ndutu, Serengeti National Park. 

Grey Crowned Crane 










full bellies....








flying over the "Great Migration" 


"Travel teaches toleration" - Benjamin Disraeli

" All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it" - Samuel Johnson