Are you considering traveling to Kenya for a safari in the Masai Mara and gorilla trekking in Uganda in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park? If so, read this guide to learn how to combine gorilla trekking in Uganda with a safari in Kenya. Through Dav Safaris, we can also assist you in planning and booking this safari combo.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are where gorilla tracking is done in Uganda. Other national parks include Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are one of only two national parks in Uganda that are home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
A safari in Kenya offers a true African experience by mixing wildlife in plains like the Masai Mara, Mombasa or Malindi beaches, and the Rift Valley. Aside from stunning, undeveloped beaches, Kenya is home to vibrant coral reefs, breathtaking mountain views.
How to Combine a Safari in Kenya Masai Mara and gorilla trekking in Uganda?
There are numerous ways to combine a safari in the Masai Mara with a gorilla trek in Uganda. For example, you may begin your trip by traveling to Uganda for a gorilla trek and then flying to Kenya for a safari, or vice versa.
How to travel from Kenya to Uganda and Vice Versa?
You can travel by car between Kenya and Uganda. Driving west of Kenya before continuing and crossing the border into Uganda is the best route to take if you are beginning this trip from Kenya. Dav Safaris is prepared to offer advice when you travel to Uganda via the Busia border.
The best and simplest way to go to Uganda is via plane, especially if you only have a short amount of time because it can take two days or more to drive from your location to Kampala and then to Bwindi.
Brief about gorilla trekking in Uganda
There are four areas in the Bwindi forest where gorilla trekking is possible: Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga. It is simple to combine gorilla trekking with wildlife viewing if you are trekking at Buhoma sector, which is located in the northern part of Bwindi, and Ruhija sector, which is located in the north-eastern section of Bwindi. Both sectors are near to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors are found in the southern portion of Bwindi, near to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, where visitors can do gorilla trekking and monitor golden monkeys. As opposed to other sectors, Rushaga sector offers a greater number of habituated mountain gorilla families available for gorilla trekking.
What is the cost of gorilla Trekking permit in Uganda?
For foreign non-residents, a gorilla permit costs USD 700 per person per trek; for East African residents, it costs USD 600; and for East African citizens, it costs USD 70. Whenever you locate mountain gorillas while trekking, this gorilla permit allows you the chance to spend an hour with them in the Bwindi jungle.
Best time to Visit Masai Mara in Kenya and gorilla trekking in Uganda
The drier months of January, February, June, and early September are the greatest times to visit to the park and see the gorillas because the forest is not as densely covered. This also makes it simpler to go on safari in the Masai Mara and do gorilla trekking in Uganda.
What to bring during gorilla trekking in Uganda?
• Two pairs of long pants; a long-sleeved sweater because the park can get chilly; water-resistant hiking boots; a helmet and sunglasses, but these are optional;
• Cameras and long-lasting batteries, as photography is crucial for preserving memories. Never forget to turn off the flash.
• Gardening gloves will be useful for grabbing onto tree branches and other obstacles along the way.
• A raincoat; because Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a rainforest, the weather can change quickly, therefore you should always travel with one.
• A mosquito repellent; because the area is wooded, it is necessary to wear or carry one because there are several hazardous insects there.
• You shouldn't wear very bright colors because they will charge or scare the gorillas; black and blue colors are also not advised because they attract Tsetse flies.
• Sunscreen is optional, but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up with sunburns on your skin, so you will need one to avoid that. So I'd advise sticking with neutral hues.
Accommodation options during gorilla trekking in Uganda
In Bwindi Forest National Park, gorilla trekking can be done in the Buhoma and Ruhija sectors in the north and the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors in the south. The Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Resort, and Karungi Camp are among the Rushaga lodges where you can stay. You can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, or Lake Mutanda Resort in Nkuringo Lodges; each of these lodges is close to the starting site for gorilla trekking and habituated viewing.
You can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, and Ride 4 a Woman, among other places, in the northern part's Buhoma sector. You can stay at Ruhija at places like Broadbill Tented Camp, Agandi Eco Lodge, Gift of Nature Resort, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Trekkers Tavern Cottages.
Why book your Safari in Masai Mara and gorilla trekking in Uganda with Dav Safaris?
We take pride in creating personalized, one-of-a-kind safaris in Kenya and gorilla trekking in Uganda through our local tour company, Dav Safaris. Includes combining a Kenya safari with a gorilla trek in Uganda. Our team is extremely conscientious and reliable. Our staff of qualified travel designers responds to your questions as soon as possible. To help you prevent inconveniences, these travel experts will create a trip itinerary for you, respond to all of your inquiries, and ensure that all of your services are reserved in advance.