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Join African Trails for this affordable 9-day safari in Kenya and Uganda, where you can experience many amazing things these two countries have to offer. Not only you get to visit the famous Masai Mara in Kenya, you will also get a huge chance to encounter the Gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enjoy the amazing sceneries, abundant wildlife, and get to know the African cultures with this amazing safari trip!
During the safari, you will be staying in a tent at the campsites. Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn-in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. All campsites have good ablution facilities and bars. Some have restaurants, shops, and internet facilities. About half the campsites also have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.
You will leave Nairobi at 09:00 in the morning, from Wildebeest Eco Camp. It is recommended that you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you're there with time to spare, there are a lot to see and do around the city. In Nairobi, there is the National Museum, markets, Langata Giraffe Centre, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, and Nairobi National Park for a glimpse of African wildlife.
Leaving Nairobi, you will stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. You will head south to Narok and go on to Maasai Mara National Reserve, camping on the edge of the park. You will head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve where you will camp on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and they are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers you everything, from the amazing scenery to the abundant wildlife, including the big five.
Starting early in the morning, you will cross the Ugandan border. The scenery changes to tropical rain forests, tea plantations, and sugar plantations. Then, you will be on the way to Jinja or Kampala city, your overnight stop.
You will pass the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands and spend your first night on the highland route to El Doret.
You will enter Uganda and head on via Jinja on Lake Victoria to Kampala. This capital city is bustling and friendly.
Stopping for photos as you cross the equator, you will continue southwest to Kabale town, the gateway to the Mountain Gorilla Reserves. Climbing through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, there are panoramic views of the Ugandan hills in every turn. From the road, you will have the outlooks over three countries: Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.
Because the groups going to the gorillas are small, it will take a couple of days for everyone to do the trek. While others are searching for the great apes, you can go to the local markets, walk to the nearby mountain lakes, or go to Magahinga National park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail.
You will return to Kampala from the Mountain Gorillas, where your trip will end.
Jinja, Uganda overlooks Lake Victoria, one of the largest lakes in the world. The White Nile flows north from the lake towards Egypt. Owen Falls Dam blocks the river below which are the Owen Falls.
Maasai Mara is set on the southern border of Kenya. The animals you are most likely to see are lions, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, hyenas, wildebeest, and some rhinos. The most impressive site in the park is the great migration of wildebeest from July to October.
Most of the gorillas live in Bwindi, which is where you will try to see them. The parks are covered in rainforest and thick bamboo. Aside from the gorillas, other animals you might see while trekking to the gorillas are colobus monkeys. The thick forest makes game spotting hard to guess. If you’re lucky, you can spot the gorillas less than an hour, but it is also possible that you will be waiting for the gorilla all day long. The trekking is done with ranger guides who follow the gorillas from their previous night’s nests. Once you reach the gorillas you sit with them for an hour while they normally feed or relax in a short distance from you.