Planning a great migration safari to Kenya or Tanzania is one of to do Africa safaris most travelers wish to be part of. Including the combo of gorilla trekking has always been challenging as most people do not know how far either Kenya or Tanzania is to Uganda or Rwanda.
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda are all in the East Africa region. What is surprising is they are connected by road network. By air, these countries can easily be accessed in the shortest time that is about 1 hour to 2 hours excluding check in procedures.
As you travel for great migration in Serengeti National Park or Masaai Mara National Park, an addition of gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda makes an absolute trip. You save yourself the burden and costs of returning to Africa to enjoy either of them.
A lot of changes and nature recovery occurred during the lockdown when the animals in Serengeti National Park or Masai Mara National Park had less human distraction.
The number of wildlife including game has almost doubled, new territories were conquered and so much more.
The mountain gorilla population on the other hand almost tripled during the lockdown because passed times human presence had been an obstacle to mountain gorilla reproduction. Uganda and Rwanda are celebrating this mountain gorilla recovery which makes it the right time for anyone interested in visiting before it is altered. For those fascinated by wild mountain gorilla photography and filming, this is the best prime time. It may happen again.
Daily flights fly from Nairobi Airport or Dar-al-Salaam airport To Entebbe Airport or Kigali Airport at different times. When you arrive Kigali Airport on an early morning flight and connect on the road immediately to Volcanoes National park if you arrive before briefing time, you can do 2 day gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda. This may be possible but not so fun because of the crash program
On the side of gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda, transfer domestic flights can be arranged plus a transfer vehicle from the drop off Airstrip. This however cannot catch up with the gorilla trekking briefing time. The early morning domestic flight from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Air Strip takes about 1hour and half then you need to connect with a vehicle.
The shortest gorilla tracking safari time in Uganda is 3 days gorilla trekking. This is because you donot know the return time aft er gorilla trekking too. This is because of the mobility of the mountain gorillas and the conditions in the forest. If the habituated mountain gorillas have a fight with the wild group, and they lose they go into hiding away from there usual location. This because a longer, tougher time to trek the mountain gorillas and creepy too.
Catching up with the afternoon domestic flight from Kihihi to return you to Entebbe Airport becomes trickier next to impossible. You need to book a 3 day gorilla trekking time to enjoy without panic.
Connecting Road transport from great migration to Gorilla trekking extension
Uganda and Kenya Share a boarder through Malaba driving from Masai Mara to Bwindi Impenetrable National park is quite a long drive. You need to take a stopover in Uganda before proceeding to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park. A Lake Mburo National park stop over makes your experience even more fun.
For adventure seekers looking for extra scenery to add on there photography or content list, a road trip from Masai Mara to gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest is the way to go.
If you had a stopover in Lake Mburo National Park In Uganda, enjoy a morning game drive before proceeding to Bwindi forest National park arriving late evening.
To travel from Masai Mara Kenya to Uganda and end in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park is quite a long journey. Taking a break is one of Uganda’s National parks would be a great idea. Stopover in Lake Mburo National park or Queen Elizabeth National Park gives you more content before proceeding to Rwanda.
Tanzania and Uganda share a boarder through Mutukura so to do gorilla trekking in Uganda after the great migration is a great idea. Pass through Mutukura and head to Bwindi Forest. It’s a long drive too but scenic.
Do gorilla trekking in Uganda from the great migration in Serengeti and its best to depart through Entebbe Airport to catch up with your home bound flight.
Rwanda and Tanzania share a border and it becomes easier to do gorilla trekking connection from Great migration in Tanzania to Volcanoes National Park. This road trip is adventurous as you drive from relatively flat land in Tanzania and into mountainous country side of Rwanda.
Pack the right attire for both gorilla trekking and great migration. Put into consideration that gorilla trekking is in an extremely cold area yet the great migration temperatures are usually hot.
Book an east African Visa that favors your transit from one country to another with little time at the immigration.
Carry a mask and go for Covid-19 immunization before gorilla trekking and test negative of covid-19 atleast 72 hours before meeting the mountain gorillas. This is because gorillas have about 96% human DNA making them susceptible to most human infections.
Book afternoon flights departing from either country so that you can enjoy the last minute catch ups of the departure country.
To make proper transfer connections from Kihihi Airport for domestic flights in Uganda, you need to request for this assistance because there is no standby Airport transfer cab to hire.
What is Best Time For Great Migration And Gorilla trekking Combo
The great migration in Africa happens between July to September and this also peak season for gorilla trekking safaris. To enjoy the perfect time for both adventures, advance booking is necessary.
If you want to put together this Africa safari trip, you may fall short on some arrangements so you need assistance on ground to enjoy.
For assistance ask Arch Safaris and Tours who have acquired expertise in such arrangements at an affordable price with great service.