Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi with Kisoro Tours Uganda.
Combining a Serengeti National Park safari with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park gorilla trekking is a fantastic way to experience both incredible wildlife and stunning natural beauty.
Location: Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania, renowned for its vast grasslands and the annual Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras.
Safari Highlights: You can expect to witness the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros) along with countless other wildlife species in their natural habitat.
2. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi:
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in southwestern Uganda and is home to nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking: This Park offers a unique opportunity to trek through dense forests in search of habituated mountain gorilla families.
Combining the Two:
Itinerary: Typically, travelers start with the Serengeti safari, exploring the vast savannah and observing wildlife, then move on to Bwindi for gorilla trekking, which usually involves a flight from Tanzania to Uganda.
Travel Considerations: Ensure you have the necessary permits for gorilla trekking in Uganda and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guided tours and travel agencies can help coordinate logistics.
Timing: Consider the best time to visit each park. Serengeti safaris are excellent during the dry season (June to October), while gorilla trekking is possible year-round but might be more comfortable in Uganda’s dry seasons (December to February and June to September).
Fitness Level: Gorilla trekking can be physically demanding, so ensure you are in good health and prepared for hiking in challenging terrain.
This combination of experiences promises a diverse and unforgettable African adventure, offering both the thrill of safari and the incredible intimacy of encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Traveling from Serengeti to Bwindi Forest through Kisoro Tours Uganda?
Traveling from Serengeti to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be done both by air and by road. Here are the two options:
Step 1: Depart from Serengeti National Park’s nearest airstrip, such as Seronera Airstrip or Kogatende Airstrip, via a domestic flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania.
Step 2: From Kilimanjaro International Airport, catch a connecting flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Uganda. This usually involves a layover in Nairobi, Kenya, or another major East African hub.
Step 3: Upon arriving at Entebbe International Airport, you can either take a domestic flight to the nearest airstrip to Bwindi, like Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airstrip or arrange for a ground transfer to the park.
Step 1: Begin your journey by road from Serengeti National Park to the Tanzania-Uganda border. The specific border crossing will depend on your starting point in Serengeti.
Step 2: After crossing the border into Uganda, you’ll continue your road journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The road conditions can vary, so be prepared for potentially long and bumpy rides, especially in the rainy season.
Duration: The road journey can take a full day or more, depending on your starting point in Serengeti and the border crossing you choose.
For road travel, ensure you have all necessary travel documents, including visas and permits.
Road conditions can be challenging, so consider hiring a local driver with experience in the region.
The air route is faster and more comfortable but can be more expensive.
Both options offer unique experiences and require some planning, so choose the one that aligns best with your preferences and schedule for this exciting journey between two incredible African destinations.
How much does gorilla trekking in Uganda cost?
The price of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Big Five safaris in Tanzania varies for different categories of people. Here are the general categories and their corresponding permit prices:
Foreign Non-Residents: These are international tourists who are not residents of East African countries like Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, or Tanzania. Gorilla trekking permits for foreign non-residents typically cost around $700 per person per trek.
Foreign Residents: These are individuals who are residents of one of the East African Community (EAC) member countries, such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, or Tanzania. Gorilla trekking permits for foreign residents are usually priced at a lower rate, costing $600 per person per trek.
East African Citizens: These are citizens of East African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Gorilla trekking permits for East African citizens are the most affordable and can be as low as UGX 250,000 (Ugandan Shillings) per person per trek. Please note that all these prices are subject to change and may have increased since my last update.
What is required for Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking is a thrilling and unforgettable experience, but it does require some preparation and adherence to certain guidelines to ensure the safety of both visitors and the gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking Permit: The most crucial requirement is a gorilla trekking permit, which must be obtained in advance. These permits are limited in number and should be secured through the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or an authorized tour operator.
Physical Fitness: Gorilla trekking can involve hiking through dense forests and rugged terrain. While the level of difficulty can vary, it’s important to be reasonably fit and prepared for potentially strenuous walking.
Hiking Boots: Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots with ankle support are essential for navigating uneven and muddy terrain.
Gloves: It’s a good idea to bring gardening or work gloves to protect your hands from thorny plants and insects.
Rain Gear: Weather in the rainforest can be unpredictable, so a rain jacket or poncho is advisable.
Long Pants and Long-Sleeved Shirts: These help protect against scratches, insect bites, and stinging nettles.
Daypack: A small backpack to carry essentials like water, snacks, a camera, and personal items.
Clothing: Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing in layers that can be added or removed as needed. Earth-toned or neutral-colored clothing helps you blend into the environment.
Insect Repellent: Carry insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and other insects. Make sure it’s eco-friendly to minimize impact on the environment.
Water and Snacks: Bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the trek, as well as some energy-boosting snacks.
Photography Equipment: If you’re planning to take photos or videos, ensure you have the necessary camera gear and accessories. Note that flash photography is usually not allowed, so check your camera settings.
Permit and Identification: Carry a printed copy of your gorilla trekking permit and a form of identification (passport) for verification.
Respectful Behavior: While trekking, it’s essential to maintain a respectful distance from the gorillas (at least 7 meters or 21 feet) and follow the instructions of your guides to ensure the safety of both humans and gorillas.
Health Considerations: If you’re feeling unwell or have any contagious illnesses, it’s best not to participate in gorilla trekking to protect the gorillas from potential disease transmission.
Remember that gorilla trekking is a highly regulated and conservation-focused activity, and the rules and requirements are in place to protect these endangered animals and their habitat. Adhering to these guidelines helps ensure a positive and responsible gorilla trekking experience.
Accommodation facilities in Bwindi and in Serengeti National Park?
Both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania offer a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Kisoro Tours Uganda provides an overview of the types of accommodation you can find in these two stunning destinations:
Where to sleep on Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking:
Lodges and Camps: Bwindi has a variety of lodges and camps located in and around the park. These accommodations offer different levels of comfort and amenities, from luxury lodges with all-inclusive services to more budget-friendly options.
Gorilla Nest Lodges: Some lodges are strategically located near the park’s gorilla trekking trailheads, making it convenient for visitors participating in this activity.
Community Lodges: In addition to traditional lodges, there are community-owned and operated lodges that provide unique cultural experiences while supporting local communities.
Camping: For those seeking a more adventurous experience, there are also camping facilities available within the park or near its borders. Keep in mind that camping may require more advanced planning and permits.
Accommodation in Serengeti National Park (Tanzania):
Luxury Safari Lodges: Serengeti offers a selection of luxurious safari lodges that provide upscale amenities, gourmet dining, and stunning views of the wildlife-rich landscapes. Many of these lodges are strategically placed to witness the Great Migration.
Mid-Range Camps and Lodges: There are also mid-range options that offer a comfortable stay with well-appointed accommodations, dining, and guided safari experiences.
Mobile Tented Camps: Some operators set up seasonal mobile tented camps that follow the Great Migration’s path, allowing guests to experience the park’s most iconic wildlife events up close.
Camping: Serengeti provides designated campsites for those who prefer a more rustic camping experience. You can either bring your camping gear or opt for a tour operator that provides it.
Specialized Lodges: Some lodges in the Serengeti cater to specific interests, such as birdwatching or photography. These lodges often have knowledgeable guides and equipment tailored to those interests.
When planning your trip to either Bwindi Forest or Serengeti, it’s advisable to book accommodations well in advance, especially during the peak tourist seasons. Your choice of accommodation will depend on your budget, the level of comfort you desire, and the experiences you want to have while exploring these incredible natural wonders.
Why combine Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park?
Combining a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla trekking with a wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park offers a well-rounded and diverse African wildlife experience. There are several compelling reasons to consider combining these two iconic destinations:
Diverse Wildlife Encounters: Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, including the famous “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros). Combining this safari experience with gorilla trekking in Bwindi allows you to see a broader range of African wildlife in their natural habitats.
Unique Gorilla Trekking Experience: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda is one of the few places in the world where you can trek to see endangered mountain gorillas. This is a rare and intimate wildlife encounter that offers a completely different experience from traditional safaris.
Varied Scenery: The landscapes in Bwindi and Serengeti are strikingly different. Bwindi is a lush, mist-covered rainforest, while Serengeti features vast savannahs and dramatic acacia-dotted plains. Combining the two allows you to appreciate a wide range of natural beauty.
Cultural Immersion: Both destinations offer opportunities to engage with local cultures. In Bwindi, you can interact with the Batwa people, an indigenous group, and learn about their traditional way of life. In Serengeti, you can visit Maasai communities and experience their rich cultural heritage.
Adventure and Relaxation: Serengeti offers thrilling game drives and the chance to witness the Great Migration, while Bwindi provides a more serene and peaceful environment for gorilla trekking. Combining these experiences allows you to balance adventure with relaxation.
Cross-Border Exploration: Traveling between these two parks provides the opportunity to explore different regions of East Africa, immersing yourself in the distinct landscapes, wildlife, and cultures of Uganda and Tanzania.
Bucket List Experiences: Both gorilla trekking and a Serengeti safari are often included on travelers’ bucket lists. Combining them into a single itinerary allows you to check off two incredible experiences in one trip.
Conservation and Education: Visiting both parks contributes to the conservation efforts in the region. Your presence as a responsible tourist supports the protection of these precious natural resources, and you gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation.
Overall, combining a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Serengeti National Park creates a well-rounded, once-in-a-lifetime journey that offers a diverse range of wildlife encounters, landscapes, and cultural experiences in East Africa.
Why book a Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through Kisoro Tours Uganda?
Booking both your Serengeti National Park Safari & Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through Kisoro Tours Uganda offers the convenience of a seamless and well-coordinated journey through two iconic African destinations. Kisoro Tours Uganda is a reputable and experienced tour operator in the region, known for its expertise in organizing gorilla treks and other wildlife safaris. By entrusting them with both segments of your trip, you benefit from their local knowledge, professional guides, and logistical support, ensuring a smooth transition between Uganda and Tanzania. Their expertise allows you to focus on the awe-inspiring wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes, while they take care of the intricate details, such as permits, accommodations, transportation, and cultural insights, ensuring that your journey is not only unforgettable but also hassle-free. It’s an opportunity to maximize your experience while minimizing the stress of planning, making your East African adventure truly exceptional.