Combining gorilla trekking in Uganda with Serengeti National Park

Combining gorilla trekking in Uganda with Serengeti National Park

Combining gorilla trekking in Uganda with Serengeti national park in Tanzania creates everlasting memories. It is like “hitting two birds with one stone” by joining a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and a visit to Serengeti national park to gaze at the diverse wildlife in northern Tanzania. Gorilla trekking in Uganda takes place only in Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks both located in southwestern region in the Virunga region.

These are the two homes of mountain gorillas in Uganda; Mgahinga national park has only 1 gorilla family (Nyakagezi) and Bwindi has up to 21 habituated gorilla families hence presenting a remarkable gorilla trekking experience world over.

Gorilla families in Bwindi National Park are sheltered in four distinct sectors namely Nkuringo, Rushaga, Buhoma and Ruhija. The park also presents magical Gorilla habituation experience which only happens in Rushaga sector.

Gorilla trekking will bring you closer to the presence of gorilla family members and this experience of trekking will last for 2 to 6 hours including an hour of face-to-face interaction. Watch these beautiful primates playing, grooming young ones, breastfeeding, and feeding on leaves and fruits, as the Silverback (head of the family) practices its leadership skills. Take memorable photos and enjoy the benefits of combining gorilla trekking in Uganda with Serengeti national park.

On the other hand, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, presents unequaled encounters of wildlife viewing with in its endless savannah plains. This park is a world heritage site with over 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, 500 bird species and millions of wildebeests. Serengeti national park is famously known for hosting the annual wildebeest migration that happens between May and June. These great mammals move in huge populations of 1.5 million individuals together with thousands of zebras and gazelles.

More than what is talked about is witnessed during morning and evening game drives. Most recommended is the full day game drive which is accompanied by different moments like the sunrise and sunset, picnic lunch, predators hunting for their prey, antelopes mating or even giving birth in the right season.

Other animals that will be spotted during this experience include savannah elephants, giraffes, Elands, African Buffaloes, Rhinos, Topis, Hippos, Crocodiles and others.

A combined gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Serengeti national park can take about 5 to 8 days depending on your budget and schedule. This safari, therefore, can suit all categories of travelers whether groups, private tours, budget or luxury, students, honey mooners and researchers. One can spend 3 days in Uganda for gorilla trekking adventure and 4 days in Serengeti national park and have three full-day game drives.

While on this safari, opt to take extra activities like cultural encounters of Batwa pygmies in Bwindi and Masai people in Serengeti. This will present the true African lifestyle through dress code, music dance and drama, and traditional meals. Visitors can also have a leisure experience at any of the lakes – either at Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mutanda before they depart and this offers a great view of different islands, relax as you sunbathe.

When to take a combined gorilla trekking safari in Uganda with Serengeti national park?

Like any other African safari, this combo-tour can be taken any time of the year depending on the time one has to visit Africa. This also depends on the budget since during the dry seasons – months of June to September and December to February, prices tend to be hiked due to high demand not like during wet seasons of March to May and September to November when there are discounted offers in some hotels because of low demand.

Dry season remains the best time to travel since there is no hindrance or interruption from rain fall which can hinder the experience. Trails become muddy during rainy season hence increasing chances of getting stuck or missing out on some activities.

To have fun and enjoy the best of East Africa, combine a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda with wildlife tour in Serengeti national park, Tanzania.