Can I do a mountain gorilla safari in Uganda with a Kenya Safari? : Absolutely, you can do a mountain gorilla safari in Uganda with a Kenya Safari. One because Kenya and Uganda are neighbors you can easily cross from Uganda to Kenya and Kenya to Uganda. Also for these two countries you can use one visa to access them. If you are up for a long – very long road trip you can actually drive from Kenya to Kampala and from Kampala to Bwindi National Park. If driving is not your thing you can opt to fly from Kenya to Entebbe and then use a domestic carrier to fly from Entebbe to Bwindi National Park. The choice remains yours.
So basically the simple answer to can I do a mountain gorilla safari in Uganda with a Kenya Safari? Is a resounding yes, but what are the ones and twos of the mountain gorilla safari in Uganda with a Kenya safari?
Mountain gorilla trekking safari
For this safari, It will come after the Kenya safari and it starts when you arrive in Uganda. Assuming you flew to Uganda, so the safari will begin when you land at Entebbe airport. After you land you will meet a tour guide who will drive you to your accommodation in Entebbe. You will spend a night in Entebbe and the next day by 7am be on the road to either Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park. Kind note: Before you fly to Uganda from Kenya, you should have booked your mountain gorilla trekking permit way in advance.
The drive to Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park will take you up to 10 hours and you will reach the park in the evening ready retire for the day. You will check into your accomodtaion and rest for the night.
The next day is the day mountain gorilla trekking happens, starting at 7am with brief and then you head into the forest for the gorilla search party until you find the gorillas. You will be with the gorillas for one hour and after leave the forest to head back to the park offices and there you will go on with you day
The Kenya Safari
Because Kenya is not known to have mountain gorillas or a large number of primate species as Uganda, most Kenya safaris are Savanah wildlife safaris. So for the Kenya safari you will enjoy viewing animals like the big five lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, Rhinos and many other animals like cheetahs, wildebeests, baboons, giraffes, zebras and many more. Also on your Kenyan safari if you go to parks like Maasai Mara game reserve you will see a multitude of lions; if it’s the migration season you will get a chance to witness the wildlebeest migration cross the Mara river either to Tanzania’s Serengeti or from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai Mara. If it’s not the migration season your will still enjoy the park.
If you visit Amboseli National Park the elephant haven you will enjoy the huge mammals to the fullest not to mention, this park gives you scenic views of the Kilimanjoro Mountain; surely you will have a nature viewing spree. You can also opt to visit Lake Nakuru National Park for a flamingo escapade and more bird watching. Not to forget if you don’t want to move away from the city to have a safari, you can choose to visit Nairobi National Park for your Kenya safari.
Whatever you Kenya safari is, just be keen on the day you finish the Kenya safari. So after your Kenya safari you will fly to Uganda, when you are in Uganda that’s when the mountain gorilla trekking safari will begin.