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Kenya Gorilla Trekking Safari

Kenya, the home to Africa’s second highest mountain, remains one of the most beautiful safari holiday destinations on the continent. A Kenya safari offers you a wide range of outdoor activities from the various National Parks In Kenya. From the thrilling migration for wildebeest and the incomparable numbers of big cats well known to happen in Masai Mara, Amboseli’s African Elephants, Lake Nakuru a birding heaven and also home to the Black and White Rhinos, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate, Aberdare, Southern Tsavo East and West National Parks. 

There’s such a dazzling array of animals in Kenya that viewing them on a Kenya safari holiday in the national parks is one of the main reasons for visiting for most people. The Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) and a huge variety of other less famous but equally impressive animals, from zebras and baboons to elands and mongooses, can be seen in at least two of the major parks.  The bird life is equally varied and includes such interesting species as the ostrich, vulture and marabou stork, whose spooky bill-clacking can be heard in thorn trees across the country.

Around bodies of water, you may see flamingos, exotic cranes and storks, and pelicans, while the forests are home to huge hornbills and rare species such as the yellow weaver bird, sunbird and touraco. Superb starlings are a beautiful bronze and turquoise and you’ll see them everywhere. There are also dozens of species of weaver bird, which make the distinctive baglike nests seen hanging from acacia trees.

To note more, Kenya’s coast also habours white sand beaches which are a perfect way to end Kenya gorilla safari with a relaxation experience at either the southern or northern beaches of Mombasa Kenya. It is a positive statement to say there is nothing lacking to see in while on safari to Kenya and our safari extension to Uganda for Gorilla trekking sums up a complete wildlife safari package as you explore our  Kenya gorilla trekking safari. 

Trekking the popular endangered mountain gorillas with Travelmonke, a safari and gorilla trekking expert, is quite the thrilling experience as you come within the closest range possible with these thrilling giants. In Uganda, you can enjoy a Kenya safari and gorilla adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park while in Rwanda; you ought to hike the Virunga mountain range in Volcanoes National Park.


Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Uganda remains the leading gorilla trekking destination in the world. This is simply because there are about 600 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone and 14 habituated gorilla trekking families in the entire country. However, each mountain gorilla family can only be tracked by a maximum of 8 people per day which makes the activity quite on high demand for Kenya safari holidays.

Gorilla trekking permits for Kenya safari family holidays cost USD $700 for foreigners while East African residents can pay 250,000 Uganda shillings. However, the permits are always on high demand therefore tourists are encouraged to book for one in about 6 months advance online or contact Travelmonke to secure a permit for them. Gorilla trekking can be coupled with other colourful destinations in Uganda on your safari holidays.

In Rwanda, there are only 10 habituated mountain gorilla families but it never disappoints while on your gorilla trekking safari. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda have taken a liking to the Virunga volcanoes and as such, one would need to prepare for a hike if they want to see the gentle gorillas in their natural habitat. In fact, this Rwanda – Kenya gorilla safari would involve a lot of hiking and sight-seeing as well.

Securing a gorilla trekking permit with Rwanda for your safari holidays is no hustle but it would cost you about USD $15,000. You would also need to have a clean bill of health to prevent any transmission of diseases like flu to the gorillas. Tourists should also note that persons below 15 years cannot trek mountain gorillas for their own safety and the safety of others.

Kenya Safari Holiday Destinations

Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amboseli National Park
Tsavo National Park
Samburu, Buffalo springs and Shaba National Reserve
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lamu island
Nairobi City
Mount Kenya National Park

Also known as the Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve remains one of the most popular and enchanting Kenya safari holidays and gorilla trekking destinations. It occupies an area of about 1,510 square kilometers within the rift valley province in Narok, Kenya. Maasai Mara has been branded one of the best Kenya safari family holidays destinations and one of the seven wonders of Africa as well.

To many, a safari to the Mara means a chance to be apart of the great annual Migration entailing a movement of thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras from the drier southern regions to the plains up north in search of grazing fields and water. This unique spectacle has earned Maasai Mara game reserve a spot on the tour list for safari holidays to Kenya.

Apart from the great migration, Maasai Mara presents plenty of Kenya safari holidays activities that are perfect for a team up with other neighboring countries for a Kenya safari and gorilla adventure trip. The reserve has a large number of Lions and all the other members of the Big 5 including; leopards, Cheetahs, elephants and Buffaloes along with a bird count of 470 bird species making it a perfect Kenya gorilla trekking destination.

Many researchers claim that Amboseli National Park, without a doubt, is one of the best places to view wildlife on the African continent. The park occupies 392 square kilometers in the heart of an 8,000 square kilometer eco-system shared between Kenya and Tanzania. The swampy savannah mix feeds this park with a diverse wildlife that makes it the best destination for a Kenya gorilla safari holiday.

Amboseli National Park is equally blessed with large herds of free ranging bush elephants that make thrilling vistas of Kenya safari and gorilla adventure. You can enjoy other safari holidays in Kenya animals like buffalos, Impalas, Lions, Cheetahs, hyenas, Giraffes, Zebras and wildebeest among others. The park also has a number of Kenya safari holidays iconic bird species like pelicans, Kingfishers, crakes and raptors among others.

While on a Kenya safari, you can kick off a trip to Amboseli National Park on your adventure plan with plenty of activities like game viewing, birding, hiking and nature walks among others. This destination can easily be accessed during your Kenya gorilla trekking safari from Uganda and Rwanda for the best safari to Kenya holidays experience ever.  

Tsavo National Park is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Kenya covering a total area of 22,812 square kilometers within the semi arid plains of the Taru desert. The park is a huge chunk of wild land with that raw safari holidays to Kenya feel. Tsavo national park is divided into Tsavo east and Tsavo west by a railway line and the Nairobi – Mombasa A109 road. It is also extremely popular with tourists for Kenya safari holidays.

With Travelmonke, you get to explore the hidden wonders of Tsavo National Park to maximize the fun on your Kenya safari family holidays. Enjoy an endless assemble of wildlife including the members of the Big 5 with your family and friends on your safari holidays in Kenya. The park is believed to host about 675 lions within the Amboseli – Tsavo eco system along with other animals like Zebras, various antelope species, wild cats, jackals, warthogs and some primates as well.

With a variety of safari holidays to Kenya activities to choose from, Tsavo National Park is the best choice for a well blended Kenya safari and gorilla trekking adventure. After enjoying a thrilling Kenya gorilla trekking trip, tourists can choose to go game viewing, camping or birding with over 500 bird species to enjoy. Regardless of what you opt to do on this safari, Travelmonke provides you with an absolute fun time on your safari holidays to Kenya.

Samburu National Reserve is located in the dry arid part of northern Kenya presenting a collaboration between riverine forest along the Ewaso Ng’iro River, dry acacia shrubs and red earth termite mounds. The reserve is famous for displaying 4 of the members of the Big 5 and some rare animal species like the Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, East African beisa Oryx and Gerenuk antelope.

Shaba National Reserve occupies an area of 23,910 hectares east of Samburu and Buffalo springs National Reserves. The three reserves form quite the eco system to reckon with; harboring rare species of wildlife like the Grevy’s Zebra and William’s lark. Shaba is famous for its outstanding natural beauty of riverine forests, scattered woodlands, dry savannah and a volcano in that some films like “Born free”, “out of Africa” and “Survivor” were shot here.

Buffalo springs National Reserve is situated in northern Kenya, west of Samburu National reserve on the other side of the Ewaso Ng’iro river. The reserve occupies an area of 131 square kilometers within the tripod eco-system. With Travelmonke, a Kenya safari would not be complete without a visit to Shaba, samburu and Buffalo springs National reserves where you can see some rare animal species while on your safari holidays to Kenya.

At Travelmonke, we believe that Lake Nakuru National Park deserves to be apart of your Kenya safari and gorilla adventure plan. Covering an area of 188 square kilometers, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s most visited safari holidays in Kenya Park. This is mainly because of Lake Nakuru, a rift valley lake, whose algae attracts thousands of pink flamingoes that make for the most fabulous safari holidays to Kenya vistas.

Aside from the thousands and sometimes millions of pink flamingos that line Lake Nakuru, the park also harbors a healthy number of white and black rhinos (the largest numbers in the country) along with other animals like Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, waterbuck, Pythons and giraffes among others. In fact, while on your Kenya safari family holidays, you can visit the Rhino and Giraffe sanctuary for an unforgettable experience.

While on your Kenya adventure with Travelmonke, stop by Lake Nakuru National Park for fun-filled safari holidays to Kenya activities like birding where you can observe some African fish Eagles, Goliath herons, Hamerkops, Pied Kingfishers and Verreaux’s eagles among others. You can even engage in a boat cruise or more hiking through the woodland area or take a nature walk to Lake Nakuru.

The Lamu Island is located in the Indian Ocean just off the shore of Kenya. It triples as a port, a city and an island and thus forms a great part of the economic, tourism and social structure of the country. Additionally, Lamu Island remains the longest and best kept Swahili culture in East Africa making it the best destination for safari holidays in Kenya. The island is believed to have been inhabited for over 700 years thus holds immense historic significance.

In ancient times, the island of Lamu served as a trade gap between the Arabic world, China and India as traders from all over the Indian Ocean territory travelled to this city to purchase and sell their merchandise. The port is still reasonably active today and with Travelmonke, you get to experience this unique Kenya safari holidays culture with your family and friends; visiting important trade areas and learning the essence on Kenyan trade.

For tourists on Kenya safari family holidays, bask in the thrill of Lamu Island with friends and family as you enjoy exquisite cuisines from some of the best hotels you have been to.  Walk the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean, swim in the sky blue warm waters and perhaps some light fishing opportunities. On this Kenya safari gorilla adventure, you will get to meet people of different races and culture in this metropolitan city as well.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya, and the centre for economic, social and political development of the country. It covers a total area of 696 square kilometers with a population close to 15 million people. The name Nairobi was derived from the Maasai language meaning, “cool water”. This phrase was derived from the ice cold River Nairobi that flows through the town carrying with it some incredibly chilly temperatures.  

With Travelmonke, visiting Nairobi town means exploring some of the best metropolitan culture, the city centre, some of the largest universities and tasting the best cuisines in the country. The city is home to Nairobi National Park that is perfect for a chill yet fun safari holidays to Kenya experience. Also, Nairobi is very accessible on a Kenya gorilla trekking safari from Uganda with a variety of safari activities to undertake.

Mt Kenya National Park is located in Kenya covering an area of 715 square kilometers entailing a forest reserve and Mt Kenya, the second tallest mountain in East Africa and Africa at large. The park was mainly founded in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the surrounding natural forest and wildlife but currently, the park has become one of the best destinations for a safari in Kenya.  

While on your Kenya gorilla trekking safari with Travelmonke, you can spend a day at Mount Kenya National Park with a variety of Kenya safari holidays activities to engage in including game viewing, birding, hiking and nature walks among others. Mountain climbing is a once in a lifetime adventure where you get to stand atop Africa’s second highest mountain; a sure way to enjoy your safari holidays in Kenya.

Mombasa is not only Kenya’s second largest city, but it is also the oldest city in the country as well. It is believed that the city was founded around 900 AD and was already a full blown trade centre by the 12th century. In fact, many traders sailed across the Indian Ocean to bring their goods to the city and also purchase some items as well. Prepare for the wonders of the safari holidays to Kenya in Mombasa with Travelmonke.

Although Mombasa is set upon an Arabic background, you will realize that it is in fact a metropolitan city. Planning a trip to Mombasa for Kenya safari family holidays can be quite easy with Travelmonke as we pick out the best places to eat, the tastiest cuisine choices, the best places to see and a fun activity package. You can always look forward to having an eventful Kenya safari and gorilla adventure in Mombasa.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know before going on a safari holiday to Kenya?

Planning safari holidays to Kenya can be quite easy and fulfilling with Travelmonke, but there are some points to note for first time visitors to ensure a fruitful safari holidays adventure. Always ensure that you have all necessary documentation including Visas and vaccination certificates. Also, ensure to make some research about the policies, rules and regulations of the country you are visiting for your Kenya safari

In addition, while planning your Kenya safari family holidays, always remember to carry any personal items like medications, personal effects and clothing. Since Kenya is a tropical country, a mixture of warm and light but dull colored clothing is necessary. In case of any dietary requirements, tourists are encouraged to make them known to Travelmonke for a better safari in Kenya experience.

What is the best month to go on a your Kenya safari?

Africa has fair weather in that we do not experience winter or extremely harsh weather conditions. However, seasons can greatly affect your Kenya gorilla safari adventure if one travels within the inappropriate time. The dry season is often from Mid December to February and June – mid August. Temperatures are often hot around this time so remember to carry light clothes for the safari holidays in Kenya.

For every Kenya safari holidays activity, there is an optimum time for it. For example; game viewing is often best done during the dry season as animals are concentrated around water sources while birding is best done in April when birds are in their nests breeding. Also, during the festive month of December, Kenya gorilla trekking adventures are often on high demand and the prices are higher than during the rest of the year.

How many days should I spend on safari?

The length of your safari to Kenya depends on your budget and how many things you want to get done. When planning Safari Holidays In Kenya, it is recommended to consult with Travelmonke to come up with the best safari package encompassing all the places you want to see. Kenya Safari Family Holidays can last from two to twelve days or more; in case you wish for an all round East African safari.

What should I wear on safari to Kenya?

Your dress code on a Kenya gorilla safari is very important. Africans in general are relatively conservative people thus you must ensure that your clothes are always decent. While on a Kenya safari, opt for dull colors like navy blue, black, olive green and grey. One should altogether steer away from light colors that attract a lot of attention to themselves while in the jungle.

What is the accommodation like on a Kenya safari?

While on your safari holidays to Kenya, you need not worry about finding a place to stay. Accommodation on Kenya gorilla safari ranges from luxury hotels and resorts to mid range lodges and budget campsites. Some facilities offer all luxury, mid range and budget accommodations so that you can still stay at the lodge, hotel or resort of your choice while still maintaining your budget limit.

Whether travelling on luxury, midrange or budget planning, with Travemonke, you can always find a place to stay. For a luxury safari, one can stay at AA lodge Amboseli and Olarro plains among others. For luxury accommodations, options like Governor’s camp, Olarro lodge and Tortilis camp can come in handy. Budget accommodations include; Kichwa Tembo tented camp, Nairobi Tented Camp and Porini Amboseli camp.

What animals can I expect to see on a Kenya Safari?

If you are anxious about what animals to see on your Kenya safari holidays, then worry not. The list is endless and you will have a variety to choose from; ranging from the famous Kenya safari and gorilla adventure members of the Big 5, to the rare endangered mountain gorillas and other animals like Zebras, Wildebeest, Hyenas, Jackals, wild dogs, warthogs, crocodiles, Antelopes and Civets among other animals.

What do I need to bring for a gorilla safari trek?

To increase flexibility of travel for safari holidays to Kenya, tourists are advised to travel light. Carry a few essential necessities and practical safari gear like light clothes to wear during the day and warm clothes to wear at night. Accessories like hats and sunglasses are essential during the hot weather. Most accommodation facilities come with laundry services so you don’t have to worry about running out of clean clothes.

How much is a gorilla trekking permit?

As thrilling as mountain gorilla trekking is, it does not come cheap. In Uganda, a mountain gorilla trekking permit goes for USD $700 for foreign non residents, USD $600 for foreign nationals and 250,000/= for East African citizens while in Rwanda, the same permit costs USD $15,000.  Trekkers must present this permit prior to the Kenya gorilla trekking adventure and it can only be used by one person.

What is the age limit for trekking gorillas?

Only persons fifteen years and older are allowed to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. This rule is mainly to protect the individuals and other tourists in the group as well. Although mountain gorillas are gentle, they still are in fact giants and children might feel intimidated by their size and thus run or scream putting their lives and those of their Kenya gorilla trekking safari group mates in danger.

What entails in a gorilla habituation experience?

Mountain gorilla habituation is simply the process that mountain gorillas go through before they are ready for trekking. The process takes years (about 2 -3 ) as the wild gorillas are observed by humans to get them accustomed to human presence. Once these gorillas are habituated, they are upgraded to gorilla trekking status where tourists can come and observe them too.

Mountain gorilla habituation permits are often more expensive than the gorilla trekking permits since you get to spend the entire day in the wild, learning and observing the gorillas in the company of researchers and game rangers. Therefore; while planning for your Kenya safari holidays, you can always add mountain gorilla habituation for a unique and extra ordinary safari.