Are you interested in a safari to visit Masai Mara in Kenya but you also want to go gorilla trekking to see the Mountain gorillas in Uganda the best trip to visit is the Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air? Eco Adventure Safaris will help arrange and book for you a safari to Masai Mara as well book for you all the flights connecting from Masai Mara to Entebbe and then proceeding to Kisoro Airstrip or Kihihi Airstrip which are close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla trekking.
Summary itinerary for Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air
Day 1: Entebbe; Arrive at the airport and you will meet with the company representative and you will be transferred to your accommodation
Day 2: Entebbe Bwindi; Transfer to Entebbe airport for a flight to Kisoro and another transfer on arrival to Rushaga southern section of Bwindi Impenetrable.
Day 3: Bwindi; Today you will track the southern section of Bwindi -Rushaga area the ranger. After hiking some distance depending on the location of the Gorillas, you will sight them and spend up to 1hr with them. Take a picnic lunch break after start to descent back to meet with your driver guide who will transfer you back to the lodge so you may reminisce on the day’s experience.
Day 4: Bwindi – Entebbe – Maasai Mara; Transfer to airstrip Kisoro fly to Entebbe and connect to the world famous Maasai Mara via Kisumu. Land in Mara at approximately 14:00hrs. Transfer to the Camp for late lunch thereafter at 16:00hrs head out on an afternoon game drive.
Day 5: Maasai Mara; Morning and afternoon game drives. There’s also the option today to take a hot-air balloon safari.
Day 6: Maasai Mara – Nairobi; Early morning game drives in Maasai Mara, back to the Lodge/Camp for breakfast thereafter transfer to the Airstrip, where you will catch flight to Wilson Airport departing at 11:15hrs and lands at 13:00hrs
Key attractions on the Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air
Bwindi impenetrable; Mountain Gorilla cannot survive outside their natural habitats certainly not in any zoo, they live only in 2 far-flung rainforest jungles in East & Central Africa Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. Bwindi has half of the world’s population the forest is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its incredible biodiversity and many endangered species that find sanctuary within its protected boundaries.
Maasai Mara; Covering an area of over 1,500 square km, and located in the Great Rift Valley. The Park offers one of the world’s most important habitat areas for a great variety of wild African animals. Over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird’s species have been recorded in the reserve. Nowhere else in Africa is wildlife more abundant than Mara. The Great Migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania
Other Top Things to do in Uganda after the Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air.
Primate tracking is one of top Uganda safari activity to do in the new normal, Uganda is a home to various primate species including Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, among others. On this activity you will be able to explore various forests in search for the famous primates major activities include Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking and Golden monkey trekking. These are all done in a group of 8 tourists trekking a given family and during all treks COVID-19 preventive SOPS, new guidelines and measures will be followed to ensure safety and health of all tourists and the primates.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda on a low budget camping safari in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, for you to be allowed to go for the gorilla trek you will need to have a gorilla permit which costs USD700 for the foreign non residents, USD600 for the East African Residents and USD70 for the East African Citizens, this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas. You can as well opt for a 4 hour encounter experience that is Gorilla Habituation which costs USD1500 per person per trek, this is gives an opportunity to spend more time with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda is done in Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest and Budongo Forest close to Murchison Falls National Park. The chimpanzee tracking is done in the morning and afternoon and we can book for you the permits and organize this trek for you depending on the itinerary and timing of the activities. For the normal chimpanzee tracking, a Chimpanzee permit costs USD200 for the foreign non residents, USD150 for the residents and USD30 for the citizens this gives you one hour encounter with the chimpanzees. You can as well do the chimpanzee habituation experience which gives you a half day encounter with the chimpanzees; this is only done in Kibale Forest National Park
Golden Monkey Trekking
Golden Monkey tracking is only done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Golden monkey tracking permit costs USD100 giving you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Golden monkeys, then a Golden monkey habituation permit costs USD140 giving you 4 hour encounter with the Golden monkeys.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
Gorilla Habituation Experience is a gorilla activity done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that involves trekking/walking and hiking through the forest to search for semi-habituated mountain gorillas which leave together in a given gorilla family group but are not used to human presence, once you find them you will participate in activities geared to making these mountain gorillas get used to human presence. Gorilla Habituation Experience gives you an opportunity to spend much time with the mountain gorillas that is four hours encounter different from the one hour encounter during the normal gorilla tracking. This experience is unique given the fact it gives you an opportunity to learn more about mountain gorillas. It is done is a group of 4 visitors tracking a given semi-habituated gorilla group.
You will be able to do various game drives in savannah national parks of Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Uganda’s most popular National park Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife to see includes tree climbing lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, warthogs, Giraffes, Zebras, Leopard, among others.
Experiential Tourism Activities
Experiential tourism activities is one of another item you should not miss including in your itinerary, these include lion tracking, Mongoose tracking, Hippo Census and Bird counts these are all done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Depending on the time you have on your safari you will you do one of the activities which normally give you a great up-close experience with animals in their natural habitat.
Uganda is ranked among countries with most diverse cultures with more than 50 ethnic tribes and languages, you will be able to enjoy various cultural experience, you will be able to visit many communities in various national park part of your itinerary where the local community will share with you the hard experience of living near the park and how they have managed to co-exist peacefully with wildlife you will as well enjoy the cultural encounters and traditional dances.
Mountain Hiking and Cycling
Mountain Hiking and cycling is another amazing adventure activity that you can add onto your safari to Uganda. Uganda is a land of various hills, mountains and various highlands giving you a great opportunity for hiking activities and cycling. Mountains include Elgon, Rwenzori, Moroto, Sabinyo, Muhavura and Gahinga among others which are common for hiking.
With over 1000 recorded bird species in Uganda, Uganda is one of the best destinations for birding in Africa; it is home to various migrant birds and Albertine endemics with the Shoebill as one of the must see bird specie the major birding areas include Bwindi Forest, Mabamba swamp, Mubwindi swamp, Bigodi wetland and Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park among others many birds as well can be spotted during game drives in various national parks. Some of the Birds include, Collared pratincole, Palm-nut vulture, Pel’s fishing-owl, Rare Swamp flycatcher, Gray crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black headed lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard ,Swamp Fly catcher, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird among others.
Boat Safari excursions
With various lakes and rivers in Uganda boat trips and excursions is one of another top Uganda safari activity to do, Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, River Nile Excursions to the top of the falls and the Delta give you an opportunity to enjoy wildlife up-close and various water animals in Murchison Falls National Park.
What is the best time to book the Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air
The best time for Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November. Uganda is crossed by the equator making it experience a modified equatorial type of climate with two rainy seasons and because of this people tend to associate drier seasons to be the best time to visit Uganda. This is true because when it is raining, it becomes hard to drive through the park for wildlife viewing because of the heavy rains that make the trails too slippery.
Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air with Eco Adventure Safaris
At Eco Adventure Safaris we are committed to the well-being of our staff and guests as well as to having a positive impact on the communities and wild places that our operations reach. Contact us here about planning and booking Masai Safari and Uganda Gorilla trekking by Air.