While to Kenya and if you are looking for best trip in Kenya you can book with the Eco Tours Kenya managed by Nature Adventure Africa Safaris Ltd, an African tour and travel agency. To plan for your Eco Tours Kenya Uganda. Uganda and Kenya are both East African countries thus you can visit both countries at once and both countries can be accessed from the other. If your tour starts in Kenya, you can as well access Uganda without a need to fly in an Aero-plane or Helicopter because they can be accessed using the 4×4 Vehicle which will be hired to you by the tour agency. The above tour agency will do all the bookings for your Kenya-Uganda safari tour including; hiring you a 4×4 vehicle, reserving for you a gorilla permit and chimpanzee permit in Uganda, airport transfers on your arrival and many others.
In August 2018, I and my wife visited the two countries of which our first destination was Kenya where we arrived in the morning using a Kenya Air flight which brought us direct to Kenya. On our arrival in Kenya, we were transferred to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE by the friendly guides of the tour agency. On our way before accessing the Park we enjoyed a lot of things right from Kenya’s capital city (Nairobi) where we viewed many amazing things from the city such as museums, a sight to NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK which is also centered in the city, popular Uhuru Park and many others.
Since we spent much time in Nairobi and on the way enjoying a view to the beauty of Kenya, we reached late in the Park at around 06:56pm and had to pack our belongings to our booked lodge in the Park which was called Mara Serena lodge. We had supper at the lodge’s restaurant and in the morning before going to the Park we were first served breakfast.
In the morning after having a cup of tea at the lodge’s restaurant, we went to the park and paid US$ 80 per person as the Park entrance fee. Inside the Park, we were delighted at looking at the famous annual Wildebeest migration since we had traveled in the best period of their migration.
What we were hearing about this migration we took them as an exaggeration since they talk of over 1.5 million Wildebeests, 200,000 Zebras, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles and thousands of Topis and Elands which are viewed during this migration when they are trying to access the Park through the Mara River but our sight at the migration at Mara River was indeed enough to accept that what we heard was really true because we saw a very large number of Wildebeests and other animals crossing the Mara River to penetrate through the Park.
This view was really a memorable one which can never even think of forgetting since we enjoyed the view as we were taking a lot of photos for a remembrance of our safari tour in the Park. This large number of wildlife accessing the Park is believed to have migrated from its southern neighboring Park in Tanzania (Serengeti national park).
At the shores of Mara River while viewing the migration of various wildlife species, we viewed a large number of Crocodiles and Hippos too together with a large number of bird species. Our first day in the Park was mainly encountered on viewing the great migration at Mara River thus after the sun setting in the evening, we went back to our lodge for a shower and also have supper and a luxury /leisure time at the bar and swimming pool which are also found at the lodge.
The following day in the morning, we woke up earlier as we did the recent day and had a morning bathe and then have a cup of tea at the restaurant after of which we accessed the Park for other activities. More interesting in the Park is its excellent game viewing where we viewed a lot of wildlife species such as Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Rhinos, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffes, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Antelopes and many more. The balloon safaris in the Park are also of a lifetime.
From the Park we also visited AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK in order to view the African Park where you get close to the free-ranging Elephants in Africa a thing which we evidenced because we viewed thousands of African Elephants in the Park grazing freely plus the splendid views of Mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania which is Africa’s highest Mountain. In the Park we also viewed over 400 bird species and a variety of other wildlife species apart from the Elephants which we viewed in a very excessive number.
Other wildlife species we viewed while in the Park included; the East African Lions, Cape buffaloes, Impalas, Blue Wildebeests, Leopards, Masai giraffes and many others. From the Park, we visited the nearby village which is next to the Park and associated with the local Masai people who invade the village. These Masai people were too friendly to us in that they served us good meals with a lot of meat and milk since they are great cattle keepers.
We also enjoyed the magnificent culture of these people who composed and sung their local songs to us being accompanied by their dances and dressed smartly in their amazing clothing which all made our safari tour a great and memorable one. We enjoyed a lot of activities in the Park basing from the Amboseli Serena Safari lodge.
After enjoying the abundance of wildlife in Kenya’s Parks, we had to also go to Uganda for chimpanzee tracking and gorilla tracking plus a visit to Kidepo valley national park. Kidepo Valley National Park was the easiest to access among the three Parks which we wanted to visit in Uganda. Though Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Amboseli keeps a huge number of wildlife but then Kidepo has a variety of wildlife species in that you can spot almost all African wildlife species in this Park though some are rarely seen.
In the Park we viewed very many wildlife species being resided in one Park (Kidepo) as compared to what we had seen in Kenya. Some of the wildlife species we viewed in the Park include; Lions, African elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, Gigantic hippos, Crocodiles, Oribis, Dik dik, Impalas, Cheetahs, Spotted hyenas, Jackson’s hartebeests, Zebras, Giraffes, Reed bucks, Bulbuls, Bat-eared foxes, Wild dogs and many others.
From the Park we also viewed over 500 bird species and a lot of other amazing things in the Park such as its season rivers (Narus and Kidepo Rivers), Morungole Mountain, the Park’s sandy landscape which makes the Park more photogenic and indeed everything in the Park makes it very photogenic more than any other place in Africa which we had ever visited ever since we started our safari tours in Africa.
The Kanangarok hot spring was also such a surprising and amazing thing in the Park since its waters can be used to boil eggs and various plantains thus making our stay in the Park to be more special. Apoka safari lodge is where we resided while in the Park.
From the Park, we drove west wards of Uganda to access BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FORESTS NATIONAL PARK and on our way to the Park we broke at the EQUATOR to have some remembrance photos from there. We further drove and accessed the Park’s lodge which was booked for us by our tour agency. Since we had dealt with one of the best East Africa’s and Uganda’s tour agencies, everything in our safari tour moved on smoothly.
BWINDI is the best Park in the whole world to go for gorilla tours since it resides the largest number of the rare endangered Mountain gorillas with a total of over 500 Mountain gorillas which is almost half of the World’s total number of Mountain gorillas which is 1000-plus Mountain gorillas. We found our gorilla permits when are already purchased on our behalf by our tour agency and each gorilla permit was sold to us at US$ 600 thus we paid US$ 1200 for the two permits.
Our first day in the Park we did not do any activity in the Park since the journey was so long and we had accessed the Park lately hence we just had to sleep in our booked lodge (Buhoma haven lodge) since our tracking was to take place from Buhoma sector. Gorilla tracking in the Park takes place in four sectors of which each sector has its own gorilla families. Our tracking began with briefings at 07:00am and then went for tracking at around 8am in groups of 8 individuals per tracking group.
We were given well trained and professional guides to guide us during the tracking and when we saw the rare endangered Mountain gorillas, we were only allowed to spend strictly one hour with them and to stand a distance of at least 7 meters from where the gorillas are. We viewed all the three gorilla families in Buhoma sector including the oldest gorilla family in the Park called Mubare family which also exists in the sector. Other families included Habinyanja and Rushegura and fortunately during our gorilla tracking in Buhoma sector of the Park, we had some splendid views of the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector of QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK which is too close to Buhoma sector.
Other sectors in the Park are; Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. We were not allowed to take photos of the gorillas with the use of flashlight cameras that we could scare the primates and they run away thus we had to obey the rules and use cameras without flashlights while taking photos. Since we were briefed before going in for the tracking, we found the tracking interesting and after finishing our tracking, we had to go back at our lodge for lunch which is allowed in the Park and then came back for other activities like bird watching, nature walks and many others.
From the Park, we drove and accessed KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK which is the best destination for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. Our chimpanzee permits were also purchased for us by our tour agency and each permit was sold to us at US$ 150. The Park is not far from BWINDI though since we accessed it late, we had no choice to do any activity from there hence we had to take our residence in Kibale forest camp which was booked for us and wait for the next day to do the tracking.
Unlike the gorillas, the tracking of chimpanzees is only done in groups of 6 individuals per group tracking and since we arrived earlier in the Park, we had a great chance to be involved in the morning tracking shifts. Before going in for the tracking we were also first briefed and then started the tracking at 08:00am at Kanyanchu Visitors centre. During the view of chimpanzees, we were asked to stand at least 8 meters away from the chimps.
We really enjoyed the amazing behaviors of the Chimpanzees and the primates are so friendly to humans though we weren’t allowed to be close to them and still in taking photos we were not also allowed to use flash light cameras while taking photos.
After the tracking, we went back to our lodge for the overnight and in the morning of the following day we had to drive to Entebbe airport in Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) for a flight back home but with a great experience in both Kenya and Uganda.