Adventure Safaris In Africa

5 Exciting Things Tanzania and Uganda Safari Offer

Mountain gorillas
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

East Africa is the perfect destination for a safari tour. From mountain gorillas treks, and chimpanzee escapades to riveting game drives, Tanzania and Uganda safari has the best wildlife experience in one itinerary.

Be sure of lifelong memories as you experience remote wilderness and authentic experiences. Here, you will get the chance to disconnect from the frenetic digital world and interact with wildlife and local cultures.

The focus is on the adventure as you get a thrilling opportunity to see wild animals going about their daily lives in their natural habitat.

A Tanzania and Uganda safari stands out because of the exceptional quality, luxury and comfort you will get on your trip.

1. Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park is one of the most popular activities on a Tanzania and Uganda safari. The national park offers a memorable gorilla trekking experience in The Pearl of Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in Uganda, is full of biodiversity at a lower altitude. A tour guide will direct you as you track the gorillas in the thick overgrown forest vegetation.

Once your crew spots a gorilla family, you can spend only one hour watching them – so they don’t get uncomfortable.

Mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park. Photo/ andBeyond.

Apart from the gorillas, you will also see forest elephants, forest hogs, and over 300 bird species in the national park.

2. Chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest

Once you are done with gorilla trekking, begin another trekking escapade in the Kalinzu forest, where you will spot the chimpanzees.

Kalinzu forest reserve has about 300 chimps, and it’s easy to spot them while trekking with a tour guide.


Chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest. Photo/ Rwanda Gorilla Safaris.

Apart from the chimpanzees, the forest has other primates such as baboons, black and white monkeys, and blue monkeys.

A tour guide will also lead you in tracking night primates such as bush babies, the Pottos and Galagos.

3. Tree-climbing Lions in Lake Manyara

Lions are not evolutionarily adapted to climb trees and perch atop branches. And that is why the phrase ‘tree-climbing lions’ might sound strange to some people.

The tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, is one of the scenic views you will enjoy in a Tanzania and Uganda safari.

Lake Manyara lions

Tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara. Photo/ Acacia Safaris Uganda.

The lions have mastered the skill of climbing trees, which gives them the advantage of spotting prey. The art of climbing trees requires constant practice, effort and perfect arboreal mastery.

4. Massive Wildlife Population in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Tanzania. It boasts of a huge herd of plain animals such as wildebeests, gazelles and zebras.

A visit to Serengeti National Park offers a fantastic Tanzania Uganda safari experience as you see the abundant wildlife species. If you are planning to see the Great Migration, Serengeti is one of the places to visit.


The Great Migration in Serengeti National Park. Photo/ Rhino Africa.

The park is also home to the Big Five animals – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and cheetahs. You will also spot other predators such as the jackals, spotted hyenas and bat-eared foxes.

5. Serengeti Hippo Pool 

Watching hippos bask in the mud and sun is one of the rare things you can come across. However, a Tanzania and Uganda safari allows you to see several hippos in one place in the Serengeti House Pool. 

The hippos are entertaining to watch from a close range, where the pool offers an excellent vantage point to take photos and videos. But don’t let the beautiful view of hippos basking together fool you into getting any closer to them. They are among the most dangerous wild animals.

Hippo pool

Serengeti Hippos Pool. Photo/ YouTube.

Which safari is better, Kenya or Tanzania?

Kenya is the better-known safari destination in East Africa. However, most of its prime national parks and game reserves are considerably busier than those in Tanzania. 

Kenya uses a safari tourism model, which prioritises quantity over quality, leading to low-value and high-impact tourism. 

How Much Does a Tanzanian Safari Cost?

A Tanzanian safari costs an averagely of $200 per person every day. Midrange prices are from $350 per person every day. However, a Tanzanian Luxury Safari Price is from $600. 

Which Safari is Better, Tanzania or South Africa?

Tanzania has more and larger groups of elephants, more cheetahs and a larger population of rare species like wild dogs. The East African country also has seven and a half times as many lions as South Africa. 

Which safari is best in Tanzania?

Ngorongoro Crater is a haven for the Big Five. It delivers the easiest and most reliable Big Five sightings in East Africa and provides what is arguably the best safari in Tanzania. 

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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