The African safari wonder is the periodic great migration in Kenya but an addition of Gorilla trekking tour gives you the complete feeling of an African adventure. Gorilla trekking is limited to only 3 African countries that is to say Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo but you can easily connect after this great migration adventure.
Each day international flights depart Kenya to Uganda and Rwanda which is the easiest international connect you can consider when planning. You can even depart Kenya early morning and take a road trip to Bwindi forest National Park that same day.
You may also opt for a connecting domestic flight from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Air strip however you need a transfer vehicle.
For Rwanda, it is possible to disembark from a very early morning flight and connect with a gorilla trekking trip by road however you need to have booked a gorilla permit in advance.
A road trip from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi forest is also another option you may consider. Dis embark from an early morning flight from Kenya and get into a vehicle to Bwindi Forests.
Since Kenya and Uganda share a border, you can also drive from Kenya to Uganda but this route requires you to take a stopover in Kampala before proceeding to Bwindi Forest the nest day.
With this road trip you need atleast two days in transit because of the long hours you take on the road. Its also quite tiring.
After witnessing the biggest exodus of wildebeests, zebras crossing the Great Rift Valley and drama in the river, gorilla trekking is the next destination on itinerary agenda.
On the First day in case you are tracking gorillas in Uganda, you drive to Bwindi forest the biggest home of mountain gorillas sheltering half the total number that the world is conserving.
The drive is quite long from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Forest Taking about 8 to 9 hours on the road. The roads in the countryside are marram and when it get so wet they become slippery and rough. However the surrounding scenery you pass by blows up your mind with its endless beauty.
The Second day is about gorilla trekking experience where you start with early morning briefing at the ranger station. Try not to forget to carry a light waterproof bag with your gorilla trekking gears.
The ranger guide escorts the entire crew into the thick forest to start the great search. On the way, look around to see the forest ushers the birds that sing lovely hymns. Hundreds of troupes of monkeys are busy too like black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey to mention but a few.
On the last day you get on the road to return home after meeting the mountain gorillas. Carry only memories and photos of the unbelievable Africa adventure experience.
After gorilla trekking, additional activities can make an additional difference in your Africa safari Tour if you have sometime.
Visit the source of the River Nile
The River Nile delta in Egypt is one of the biggest attractions to visit in Africa but having a moment at the River Nile source makes even more meaning. River Nile departs Lake Victoria water at Jinja in a dramatic appearance. The course continues through lash vegetation cover creating interesting activities.
White Water rafting on River Nile is one of the incredible experiences anyone can be part of. You donot need to have any experience as experts are always at the Itanda Falls to take you through what you need to do. Beating the tides is awesome and basking in the sun while Kayaking makes it even more interesting.
Game drives in Uganda are some of the lovely experiences that fetch the name The Pearl of Africa during the colonial era. A number of game parks are scattered all over Uganda which you can include in your itinerary. Some of the renowned parks include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls National park, Kidepo Valley National Park and so many others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda gives you a chance to meet more primates that African forests host in the wilderness. Kibale Forest is the biggest host of habituated chimpanzees and each day trekkers visit the chimpanzees early morning and afternoon shift.
Hiking the Rwenzori is the Mountaineer’s joy with the opportunity to reach Margheritah which is the highest peak of Mountain Rwenzori. This all year round snowcapped mountain is the second highest in Africa.
The great migration is on an African Safari is usually in the dry seasons when temperatures are quite high. You need to pack light wear as less is better but pack what is relevant.
For gorilla tracking you need to pack cover up wear as Bwindi Forest experiences some mild equatorial climate where it rains unexpectedly. Temperatures throughout the day are low with little penetration of sunrays so you need some warm ups.
Flip flops during the game drive make you feel comfortable while in the vehicle. As for gorilla trekking, light tracking boots are a savior because you have to move in the boggy forest to search for the gorillas.
An insect repellant that is comfortable on your skin makes your Africa holiday in the jungle superb. Game drives are usually in insect infested areas even walking in the wilderness to find the gorillas exposes you to some biting nettles.
Poncho or fleece keeps you warm while in the wild. Early morning game drives in Masai mara are usually cold before day break. When tracking to see the gorillas you need to keep some warmers in case it gets so cold.
Energy bites gives you more energy to move on while in the wilderness. Packing some bites is a chance to keep energized.