A selection of the top-rated combinations for Uganda and Kenya safari tours: the mostly booked Kenya Uganda safaris combinations with gorilla trekking and Amboseli, Gorillas and Maasai Mara, Meru Samburu, Laikipia, Murchison Falls, Quee Elizabeth NP, Kibale National Park and Bwindi. The Uganda Kenya tours can be private family safaris, fly-in safaris, luxury tours or budget safari. These gorilla treks and wildlife combinations cover one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa – Kenya as well as the best place for gorilla trekking, Bwindi in Uganda, as well as chimps and other primates Uganda. Safaris in Kenya and Uganda could be in comfort and style where you would be staying at the very best luxury Kenya hotels, safari lodges, and tented camps or fly-in premier Uganda Kenya tours with less time on the road but more time for you to enjoy game viewing and relax. Or, you can choose from our selection of affordable Uganda Kenya safari tours that allow you to experience an array of East Africa game reserves. From seeing the wildebeest mega-herds move into the Masai Mara and Amboseli’s legendary elephant herds against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro to the majestic leopards of Samburu, Kenya will not disappoint if you combine it with a primates’ trekking experience.
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With Kenya home to the Big 5, Masai villages and flamingo-carpeted lakes and next door neighbour Uganda home to the charismatic mountain gorilla, these two countries are the perfect safari combination. Witness the annual migration of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle in Kenya before hopping over to Uganda to trek through steamy jungle to watch the world’s largest primate in action. From Nairobi to the Masai Mara and on to Lake Bunyoni and Bwindi National Park, tick off those bucket list wishes with a combined safari of Kenya and Uganda – our exciting range of tours
Kenya is the historical home of the East African safari, a land of sweeping savannah grasslands inhabited by charismatic mega-fauna, including Big Cats, the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino) and just about everything in between. Elsewhere, landscapes here stir the soul with deserts in the north, dense forests in the west, Rift Valley lakes in the center and tropical coast out east. This result for those on safari is an experienced safari industry ready to show you a seemingly endless parade of wildlife against one of the most beautiful backdrops in Africa. The safari bucket list for Kenya includes seeing the Great Migration in the legendary Masai Mara, Amboseli’s unforgettable views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Samburu’s leopards. Encounter fascinating cultures in authentic Masai villages and taste the flavours of Africa, India and Europe in the melting pot that is Swahili culture. Kenya’s biggest attraction is the natural movement of mega-herds – wildebeest, zebra and gazelle – following the summer rains and sweet grasses in an annual pilgrimage called the Great Migration. Depending on when your Kenya safari takes place, you may witness the life-and-death struggles of the Mara River crossings or dramatic encounters with Africa’s top predators on the open plains.
Uganda is mostly known for its mountain gorilla tourism and most people visiting Uganda will include a gorilla trekking experience in their itinerary. But while in Uganda you can can also enjoy great wildlife safaris in the savannah national parks, chimps tracking and other primates as well. Highly esteemed is the chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kyambura Gorge. In Queen Elizabeth NP, you can also do safari game drives to see lions, elephant, hippos, buffalo, leopard among other wildlife but also do a boat trip on Kazinga Channel. Murchison Falls National Park offers excellent wildlife viewing as well as spectacular scenic beauty. You can take a boat trip on the Nile River to the famous Murchison Falls or to the delta. The latter is particularly rewarding for birders, and sightings of the prehistoric shoebill are very common in this area. Kidepo Valley National Park offers a true wilderness experience and is home to many species that don’t occur elsewhere in the country, including the graceful cheetah.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half the world’s endangered mountain gorillas, and this is the main attraction here. This is where you’ll trek to find these awe-inspiring creatures, up switchback paths in steep mountain rainforest. On the ascent, you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive forest elephants, just one of 120 other species of mammal in the park.
Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duikers, bushbucks, African golden cats, and the rare giant forest hog are a few other inhabitants of this dense jungle. Birders will delight in the over 350 species of birds who make their home in the lush forest.
The variety of wildlife here is rich and sightings of giraffe, lion, zebra, hippo, crocodile, and elephants are common. The legendary tree-climbing lions are an exciting sight, as are any of the over 600 bird species that can be found here. Aside from your game drive, another delightful excursion is a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel where you’re sure to spot hippos in the water and a hike through Kyambura Gorge, which teems with chimpanzees.
Once thought to be the source of the Nile, these UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountains were coined the “Mountains of the Moon” by the ancient astronomer and geographer Ptolemy. The mist-covered mountain range offers waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The range, which isn’t volcanic, stretches on for nearly 70 miles and is a sanctuary for a plethora of rare plants and animals, including over 240 bird species.
The three highest peaks in the range are Margherita (16,760 feet), Alexandria (16,676 feet) and Albert (16,689 feet), all on Mt Stanley, the third-highest mountain in Africa. The lower slopes consist of tropical rainforest which gradually transitions to moorlands on the ascent.
At 1,483 square miles, Murchison Falls is the largest of Uganda’s national parks, bisected by the Nile River in a narrow gorge here, which then tumbles with thunderous force into Lake Albert. Hikers can arrange to be dropped by boat at the base of the falls for a steep hike along the Nile to the top where the reward comes in the form of breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness.
Game drives promise large populations of elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and crocodiles. Smaller creatures include Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi and warthog; elusive predators such as spotted hyena, lion, leopard, and jackal; and more than 450 bird species.
A truly ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, flying in a Hot Air Balloon over the Masai Mara plains is an evocative experience that you have the chance to enjoy during any safari you take to Kenya & Uganda.
The balloon take offs at the break of dawn, around 6am, gliding silently during the ride over the savannah grasslands below where you may spot a variety of wildlife. The flight lasts an hour and concludes with a ”Champagne Bush Breakfast” at the balloon landing site in the wilderness.
The balloon is flown by a fully qualified and experienced Pilot and the balloons themselves are most often made by Cameron, a specialist hot air balloon manufacturer in Great Britain. The basket sizes vary and it is best to book the ride in advance as space is typically limited to a maximum of 16 passengers per balloon, often less if flying with a smaller basket.
Prices for the 2023 ~ 2024 season range from US$ 455 to US$ 515 per person depending on which camp or lodge you will fly from in Masai Mara.
Child rates are available in certain cases for children under 12 years of age.
Booking the Balloon flight: Please send us your preferred date which has to be at earliest, the second day of your stay in Masai Mara National Reserve.
We need to know where you will be staying the night before, so as to check if a timely transfer is possible to the nearest Balloon ride take off site. Cancellations due to the Balloon not taking off are a possibility though rare, mainly due to adverse weather conditions, such as strong winds or heavy rain.
In the event of a Balloon not taking off, passengers are refunded in full less minimal administration fees.
You may also check out Amboseli Balloon Safaris and our Masai Mara Honeymoon Safari packages.
Uganda gorilla trekking is done throughout the year with the peak being June to October. Kenya and Uganda safaris generally go on throughout the year but the period of June to October is the best time for a Uganda Kenya tour because the weather is generally dry (although it can get really hot in October and the tail-end of September) and most safari (game viewing) trails are open. This also coincides with the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara. This is the dry season, and as it progresses, water sources for animals tend to dry up and become fewer, drawing animals in numbers to those that remain. One downside is that, apart from June (which is one of my favorite months to visit), high-season prices apply. But also during these months, you will have more visitors in the parks, with more game drive cars and this might affect your Kenya safari experience a bit, and some areas of the Masai Mara can be completely overwhelmed with vehicles during the migration.
If you do your Kenya and Uganda tour between November and February you get to also enjoy lots of wildlife but there is more rain to slightly disrupt your safari experience. There are also lots of migrating birds that come-in during these months, but the country will be looking so vadantly green everywhere. The rains though are not so intense and there could be a shower like once or twice a week and right after you have clear skies.
Most of our intending tourists to Kenya and Uganda tend to avoid the months of March, April, and May because of the heavy seasonal rains which often make some safari trails and game drive tracks hard to drive through. But if you are looking at doing the cheapest Kenya tour, these are the months to look at because there are huge discounts on accommodation and flights into Kenya and Uganda (except for local visitors around Easter).
We will be glad to receive your safari inquiry and bookings to help you plan and organize your Migration & Trekking Safaris. Our able safari managers will be ready to go through the process to customize and tailor make your next safari adventure in both Kenya & Uganda.
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