Masai Mara safari with Gorilla Trekking and wildlife experience while slumbering
in Top notch safari Lodges – A magical trip to reckon. Isn’t viewing wildlife in open Safari jeeps in combination with Trekking on foot into the mist covered rain forest of Bwindi in search for mountain Gorillas a phenomenal experience?
Uganda-The pearl of Africa is among the landlocked East
African Countries and is home to almost half of the world endangered Mountain Gorillas silently grooving in the forest.
Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience, an experience not to miss on any east African safari. For either Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga, seeing mountain Gorilla families is guaranteed
How about the famous Masai Mara in Kenya? The wide
unending Savannah plains dotted with Acacia trees on flat horizons? How about the great wildebeest migration that takes places between June and September when you can in Aww witness thousands and hundreds of Wildbeests, Zebras and impalas trying to force and cross the Crocodile fested Mara river?
Masai Mara is a large national game reserve in Narok, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the kenya- Tanzania ecostsystem. This Reserve is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetah and African bush elephant. It also hosts the Great Migration, which secured it as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten Wonders of the World.
Talking of Wildlife migration, Masai mara has diversity of animals that include blue wildebeest, Topis, plain zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that every year migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains. All members of the “Big Five” – lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, African buffalo, black and white rhinos – are found here all year-round while some are common sightings on the mara river in anticipation of catching up with preys upon crossing the mara river.
The Masai Mara reserve is home to Wildebeest, which are
the dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in millions. Around July of each year, these animals migrate north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive and phenominal wildlife encounters worldwide.
The Mara residents as group of Antelopes can be found, including Grant’s gazelles, impalas, duikers and Coke’s hartebeests. The Mara plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe elegantly standing and walking in the open grasslands. The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox that rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the Masai Mara reserve borders.
Hippopotamuses and Nile crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah possible sightings.
How much does it cost for a Masai mara Safari and Gorilla Trekking Safari
Affordable it should be: Masai Mara in Kenya as one of the best wildlife destination still proves a very affordable place to visit all year throughout. Depending on how many days, What kind of lodge grade you prefer or how many persons join you you on a trip all determines that last bit of trip quotation to be crafted. An average quotation for the masai Mara would cost you between $2500 and $4500. This includes everything handled by your trusted tour operator. Such prices include staying at some of the unique and beautiful lodges in the Masai mara and beyond.
A midrange and luxury Gorilla Trekking trip in Uganda everything included on the other hand costs between $2200 and $ 4600 also depending you would prefer to visit and where you will prefer to stay. A Gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD 700 for an hours stay with the Gentle giants in Bwindi while a Gorilla habituation permit costs USD 1500 staying with the gentle giants for about 4 hours. On Top of a Gorilla permit purchase, Transportation costs, domestic flight costs, and accommodation prices will always determine the last costs associated with the masai Mara kenya Safari and a Gorilla trekking safari In Uganda.
Travel Tip: Consider a min of 4 persons for this type of trip. The Connection flight from Masai Mara to Kenya requires a min of 4 persons to proceed. This makes it also cost friendly.
How Do I Connect from Masai Mara To Bwindi Forest For the Gorillas
Masai mara Lies on the south West of Nairobi in Kenya about 5 hours road drive and a one hour flight. There are a number of airstrips in Masai mara and best is opting for landing on an airstrip with an easy connection to the Lodges chosen. Your tour operator should be in position to advise or arrange the best location of airstrip to land and for easy connection to your Safari lodge
It is recommended to book a minimum 3 nights in the Masai Mara so as to maximize the experience with the great unending wildlife. You never know, Few minutes late or after your departure would miss you the best wildlife action or show.
You can also easily connect to Uganda from Kenya – Masai Mara and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park closer airstrips by either regional flights or Domestic flights. You can opt to fly into Uganda Entebbe international Airport through Nairobi with daily flights guaranteed or you can opt to connect from Masai Mara to Entebbe and later to Bwindi closer airstrips by domestic flights. Air Kenya and Aerolink Uganda operate scheduled flights direct from Masai mara to Entebbe with a minimum of 4 persons either way.
It is possible to fly from Bwindi Forest nearby airstrips to Entebbe airport and to Masai Mara in one day and in a couple of hours. Upon arrival at either of the airstrips, you shall be picked up by your Destination Tour operator in one of those customized safari jeeps and transferred to the lodge in anticipation for your next day activity.
What’s the Best time to visit.
Masai Mara safari and Gorilla Trekking in Uganda can visited and done all year around. Being located on the equator provides the best weather all year around. The dry seasons are from June until October and December until March.
If the Great Wildbeest migration is something you wouldn’t want to miss, Then the migration season which is also the dry season is the right time to go. The Mountain gorillas are also absolutely perfect in the dry season since it involves trekking on foot and into the impenetrable forest.
The rainy seasons are also very perfect for a Masai Mara safari and a Gorilla trekking safari if you don’t mind the rains that come with the months. The walking trails and safari tracks can be messy to maneuver but with the customized 4×4 safari jeeps, this would be a walk over.
The best part of traveling in rainy seasons is there will be lodge availability and sometimes at discounted rates, Less crowds that come with holiday / summer seasons where everyone travels and the best clear pictures would perfect in the rainy clear months which are the rainy/low seasons. Over to you.!!!
Where to stay In Masai Mara Kenya or During Gorilla Trekking
Masai Mara has a wide variety of top-notch safari lodges dotted in and outside the reserve. The most beautiful lodges are strategically located on the mara river, take River or the Sand river on the boarders with Tanzania. This is where magical encounters of wildlife can be sighted and big numbers concentrate.
Some of the of the Well located safari Lodges include Mara Bush camp, Ash nil Mara camp, Zebra Plains Mara, Lalashe Mara camp, Mara Ngeche tented camp or Asilia in Naibosho Conservancy. These are some of the lodge properties well tested by some of our well-travelled safari Consultants. Very important that early booking is made to guarantee you space at some of these well positioned properties as they tend to Fill up quick.
Top notch accommodations accommodations In Uganda are available at Kibale National Park like Primate lodges, Ndali lodge, crater safari lodge, kyaninga lodge for Chimpanzee trekking while Clouds, Nkuringo Bwindi Lodge, Gahinga Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness camp, Kyambura Gorge Lodge are some of the Top Notch Accomodations In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi and Mgahinga also have luxury accommodations to cover the up-market clients. Some of them include, Gahinga lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge, Gorilla Forest camp, Four gorillas, Mahogany springs and Bwindi lodge. The parks can be accessed by air or by road. It all depends on the client’s preference. Being an East African Destination Management Company, Gorilla walking safaris is able to Arrange both Masai Mara and Gorilla trekking In Uganda under one Roof.
What else can I do in Kenya before the Masai Mara.
If you have more time on you for Kenya travel, there is an option of starting your Itinerary with the magical kenya insights like visiting the Nairobi National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Tsavo west National Park, Hell’s gate National Park etc. and then Masai mara Game Reserve and later take your flight to Uganda-Entebbe and then to Bwindi Forest National Park. Another best option is to start with gorilla tracking in in Uganda and then fly to Kenya for other more safari encounters.
What else can I do in Uganda other than Gorilla Trekking.
Uganda is a land of contrasts, you have also a variety of captivating destinations to visit that include Chimpanzees, which can be tracked in Kibale National Park, Ngamba Island, Budongo forest, Murchison falls National Park and Kalinzu forest. This can be another activity before or after gorilla tracking.
Here are a few trip Guidelines of Masai Mara and Gorilla Trekking itineraries to choose from or gorilla walking safaris professional Team would tailor a trip made just for you for a masai Mara and Gorilla trekking Trip.
13 days Luxury kenya safari & Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Discover a luxury Kenya safari and Uganda mountain Gorillas in style under one roof at gorilla Walking safaris. This journey presents Kenya’s prestine destinations and a chance to track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. This trip is awesome for wildlife lovers and also presents The ultimate Gorilla habituation experience and slumbering at Top notch Luxury Lodges. See Details
11 Days Of Gorilla trekking, Amboseli and Masai Mara safari
Marvel through kenya masai mara or the whole East Africa Tracking chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, arguably the primate capital of the world. Get Up close & personal with the mountain Gorillas and Visiting Kenya’s Iconic destinations that include Amboseli & The famous Masai Mara. This trip also allows staying at Top Notch Beautiful Lodges. See Details
9 Days Kenya and Uganda Impressions safari
Travel in style through Uganda and Kenya safaris tracking Uganda Chimpanzees and mountain Gorillas, Flying in style with Uganda Airlines to Nairobi and connecting to the famous Masai Mara reserve while slumbering in Top Notch Luxury Lodges. See Details
14 Days Uganda primates and Masai Mara kenya
Embark on a 14 days combined safari from Uganda Primates and off to Masai Mara Kenya under One roof and Care of Gorilla Walking safaris Ltd. This journey starts from Uganda visiting and tracking Uganda Primates that include Chimpanzees & The ultimate Gorilla Experience. The same journey will see you fly with Uganda airlines to Nairobi to embark on a spectacular safari in the famous Masai Mara. See Details