Masaai Mara Safaris and Uganda Gorilla Tours
Named in honour of the Masaai people who call this corner of Africa home, the Mara is world renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, herds-a-thousand-strong of buffalo, the rare black rhino and of course the thriving elephants. In approximately July of each year, the Great Migration arrives for an annual four-month stay.
There is an area west of the Mara River, beneath the Oloololo escarpment known as the Mara Triangle. Not only is this the most productive part of the entire Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in terms of grass nutrition, but it is also spectacularly scenic. In places, the grassy plains are dotted with widely spaced Balanites trees that give the landscape an almost manicured look, which together with the steep-sided escarpment and broad Mara River provides a breath-taking backdrop for wildlife photographers. The Mara Triangle has been most efficiently managed by the Mara Conservancy for the past 15 years – evidenced in the guides’ discipline, successful anti-poaching efforts and impressive road infrastructure. For much of the year, the Mara Triangle has the lowest density of visitors in the Greater Masaai Mara, with just two lodges within its perimeters and a few on the northern border. Covering over 500 square kilometers, the Mara Triangle includes seasonal marshes, open plains and gallery forest habitats, providing homes for a great diversity of mammals and birds.
The Masaai Mara wildlife Reserve is globally famous for its exceptional high population of Masaai lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, African leopards and the annual migration of zebras, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. The Masaai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Olkinyei, Lemek, Koiyaki, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Siana, Naikara, Maji Moto, Ol Derkesi, Oloirien, Kerinkani and Kimintet.
When visiting the Maasai Mara you are likely to see the famous Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The park is purposely for Game viewing: morning and afternoon game drives expose visitors to a variety of animals and birds. The list of birds is endless; Black-throated, Yellow-breasted, Avocet Pied, Babbler African Hill, Arrow-marked, Black-lored, Barbet D’Arnaud’s, ouble-toothed, Grey-throated, Red-fronted, Spot-flanked, White-headed, Bateleur, Batis, Chin-spot, Bee-eater , Blue-cheeked, Cinnamon-chested, Eurasian, Little, Madagascar, Northern Carmine, White-fronted, White-throated, Bishop Southern Red, Yellow, Bittern Dwarf, Blackcap, Bluebill, Red-headed, Brubru, Boubou Slate-coloured, Tropical, Bulbu , Yellow-vented, or Common Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted, Golden-breasted, Bush shrike Black-fronted, Grey-headed, Lühder’s, Sulphur-breasted, Bustard Black-bellied, Denham’s, Kori, white-bellied, Buttonquail Common, Buzzard Augur, Common, or Steppe, European Honey among others.
After all that, transfer to Uganda for gorilla tours. Gorilla tracking in Southwest Uganda. Meet and greet mountain gorillas in their natural environment, the stunning Afro-montane forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible.
Mountain Gorilla safaris in Uganda, are an unforgettable life-time memory experience. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an amazing captivating search involving long walks following gorilla trails in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park majorly or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Travel to Africa and Tour Mountain in Uganda deep in the heart of Africa’s most spectacular rain forests. A mountain gorilla trek trip in Bwindi can take anything from 15 minutes to 8 hours, depending on where the Uganda Gorillas are located. At the end of each Gorilla search in Uganda`s thick forested mountains, you will stay for only one-hour photographing, admiring, learning and interacting with these great mountains Gorillas or apes.
Uganda gorilla safaris require one to have gorilla permits that are bought in advance to allow one track gorillas because only a maximum of Eight people are allowed to search each gorilla group in Bwindi, and Mgahinga. Uganda has 12 mountain gorilla groups open to tourists and one spends only one hour observing these beautiful mountain Gorillas and taking photos. Gorilla groups in Uganda Bwindi include; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura in Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east has Oruzogo, Bitukura, and Kyaguriro. In the southern sector in Rushaga has Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahungye and Mishaya and one group Nyakagezi in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.