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Maasai Mara and Gorillas Trek - Uganda Gorillas, BIG 5 Wildlife in Mara -  5 Days Safari

Kenya Maasai Mara Uganda Gorilla Trekking BIG Primates Safari - 8 days

An 8-days Uganda and Kenya Tour that has superb wildlife (BIG5) in the  Maasai Mara, mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi, chimps trekking in Kibale and Golden Monkeys trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Includes gorilla trek permits in Uganda, chimps tracking permit in Kibale and Golden monkeys tracking, flights from Maasai Mara to Entebbe, all accommodation with meals in Kibale, Bwindi and Mara, park fees for wildlife safaris, flights between Uganda and Kenya, transfers. Starting from Nairobi with flights to Masai Mara, then a flight from Maasai Mara to Entebbe before driving to Kibale, then to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Kenya Maasai Mara Uganda Gorilla Trekking BIG Primates Safari ends with the transfer to Entebbe for your flight back home.

Safari Overview
Mara Gorilla Primate Itinerary
Inclusions
Safari Overview

Maasai Mara Safari, Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Chimps & Golden monkey trekking Tour -  8 Days

This 8 days Uganda and Kenya Tour combines BIG 5 wildlife safaris in Maasai Mara,  gorillas trekking, chimps tracking and golden monkeys in Uganda. We have special flights form Mara to Entebbe and then driving for the rest of the tour. 

Day 1: Meet at your hotel in Nairobi or at airport, onward transfer  to Maasai Mara

Our staff will meet with you at airport in Nairobi and then to Maasai Mbarara in Kenya. Upon arrival you’ll be met by camp staff and take a short game drive on the way to the camp. This evening enjoy another game drive in the reserve.

Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Spend two more days in Maasai Mara with game drives in specially built 4x4 safari cruisers. Large prides of lions, cheetah, leopard, jackals, elephant, giraffe, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and black rhino are some of the animals you may spot as you drive around.

Overnight at your Camp or lodge.

Day 3: Transfer from Maasai Mara to Entebbe (Uganda) and then to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you fly to Entebbe Airport for your Uganda primates tour. The flight departs at 8 am and arrives Entebbe at 11:30am. From Entebbe, you will be met by your safari guide who then transfers you to Kibale National Park for overnight.

Day 4: Chimps Trekking and other primates tracking experience in Kibale

Your guide picks you from the lodge in the morning for your chimps trekking in Kibale National Park. You also have an afternoon primates trekking in a nearby forest swamp with a chance to view more 11 other primates in the area.

Day 5: Drive from Kibale to  Bwindi for gorilla trekking the next day.

You will be met by our guide at your hotel or airport from where we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Arise early to go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park., overnight.

Day 7: Golden monkey tracking exercise in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 

Day 8: Transfer back to Entebbe for departure flight back home.

 

Optional Extras:

  • Dayrooms can be provided at an extra cost.
  • Extend this tour with a week on the superb beaches of Mombasa. There are hourly flights every day from Nairobi to Mombasa and from Mombasa to Nairobi.
  • Extend this tour with a beach break in Zanzibar.
  • There are daily flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar and back.

Some Photos from our Maasai Mara  and Uganda primates, gorilla trek tafari

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Bwindi Gorilla Trek Experience - Uganda

Mara Gorilla Primate Itinerary

Maasai Mara Safari, Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Chimps & Golden monkey trekking Tour -  8 Days

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara National Park Kenya 

Depart Nairobi in the morning for a journey south through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. You will have a picnic lunch at Narok. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by camp staff and take a short game drive on the way to the camp. This evening enjoy another game drive in the reserve.

Day 2: Full day game drives in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Today you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might made a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve.

You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time and areas for the highest success rate. Large prides of lions, cheetah, leopard, jackals, elephant, giraffe, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and black rhino are some of the animals you may spot as you drive around.

After this exciting day you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river!

Overnight at your Camp or lodge.

Day 3: Maasai Mara - Nairobi, departure for Kibale National Park

After a cup of tea or coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to see lions, hyenas or other predators eating after a successful hunt. When even your stomach is growling, you come back to the camp for breakfast.

Then it is, unfortunately, time to leave this beautiful game reserve and fly back to Nairobi. The driver guide of the lodge will take you to the airport

Flight times
Departure:   08.45 AM
Arrival Entebbe:   11.30 AM

Arrive Entebbe, Transfer to Kibale National Park

At Entebbe Airport, you are met by our Uganda team for your Uganda primates trekking tour. You will find a restaurant for a quick lunch in Entebbe before we continue driving through the undulating highlands of south-western Uganda on our way to the greener and beautiful Fort Portal area. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Tree tops Lodge

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Day 4: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking Experience Plus Other Primates, Guided Primates walk in Bigodi

Chimps habituation experience kibale uganda

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of Central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Tree tops Lodge

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list.

This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for bird- watchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics – species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Chameleon Hill Lodge | Bwindi Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Moderate:  Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel| Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and gorilla trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla tracking excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Uganda Gorilla Trek Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Chameleon Hill Lodge  | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (Ensuite cottages)

Moderate:  Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp |  Gorilla Valley Lodge 

Day 7: Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Golden monkey, Rwanda

After an early breakfast set off for the national park for the golden monkey tracking experience .


The monkeys are primarily to be found in the bamboo forest that skirt the lower slopes of the volcanoes. The monkeys are very active in the canopy of the bamboo where your guides mimic their calls to follow the group.

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes, to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Mount Gahinga  Lodge 

Moderate: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel| Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 8: Return to Kampala/ Entebbe or transfer to Kigali

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’.

This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing longhorn Ankole cattle.

A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

Optional Extras:

  • Dayrooms can be provided at an extra cost.
  • Extend this tour with a beach break in Zanzibar.
  • There are daily flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar and back.

Some Photos from our Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour

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Views of Bwindi Forest on this Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour

Uganda Gorilla Trek - Briefing for gorilla trackinf

Uganda Gorilla Trek - Briefing before gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Inclusions

Tour Cost Inclusions for Maasai Mara Gorilla Trekking 5 days Tour

  • Accommodation for the 4 nights  as indicated on program
  • All meals (except breakfast on Day 1)
  • 1 Uganda gorilla trekking permit per person, Masai mara wildlife and sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
  • All National Park fees
  • Ground transportation using a 4WD vehicle with the services of a good English speaking tour guide
  • Regional flights between Entebbe and Maasai Mara and to Nairobi with accompanying ground transfers
  • Additional guides where appropriate

Excluded

  • International Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Laundry
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees and so on

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Major National Parks for your Kenya Maasai Mara Wildlife, Gorilla Trekking Primate Uganda Safari:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The park is located in southwestern Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a true equatorial jungle, inhabited by four gorilla groups. Amongst the dense vegetation the columbus monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.

It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

The best time to visit Uganda is late December to late February, and from June to September, as the weather at this time of year is generally dry, and warm. Temperatures average at around 25 degrees Celsius.

Kibale National Park

Once this tropical rainforest provided a (very substantial) dinner, bed and breakfast for large herds of migrating forest elephants and, even now, the park contains the largest population of this subspecies in Uganda. Although they're rarely seen, and dangerous, the signs of these elephants' presence are abundant.

However, Kibale's claim to fame is its enormous variety of primates and its families of habituated chimpanzees - it's home to an astonishing 12 species of primate and provides one of the highest primate densities in the world. Here, on a daytime or evening guided forest walk, you may find families of chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees.

The sightings of birds in the forest are no less impressive - there are at least 325 species, many of which are found nowhere else. In addition, there are over 144 species of butterflies.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.

As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivalled.

Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

The golden monkeys are primarily to be found in the bamboo forest that skirt the lower slopes of the volcanoes. The monkeys are very active in the canopy of the bamboo where your guides mimic their calls to follow the group.

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes, to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

The Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara National Reserve, known locally known as the Maasai Mara or The Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named for the Masai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Masai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savannah, and cloud shadows that mark the area. It is globa!y famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, but it is the annual migration of Zebra, Thomson’s gaze!e, and Wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration that it is best known for.

While in Masai Mara, expect to see lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration.

The Greater Mara Ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.

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