WATCH: Kenya vs Uganda | Discover Africa Safaris
Blog article

WATCH: Kenya vs Uganda

discoverafrica 06 September 2018
Part of the Kenya Safari Collection
Back to the Blog
Discover Africa Safaris

Kenya and Uganda might be neighbouring countries but the safari experiences, climate and geography differ greatly. Kenya is a better destination than Uganda when it comes to quality Big Five sightings and plains wildlife in general. Its game reserves tend to be far larger than their counterparts in Uganda, and to offer a more varied selection of lodges and tented camps.

Equally, Uganda offers several attractions not found in Kenya or indeed most other safari destinations. Foremost among these is the opportunity to track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimpanzees in the likes of Kibale National Park.

Take a look:






  • All of the Big Five
  • Epic Great Migration in the Masai Mara
  • Game-viewing all year round
  • Big Five (rhinos have been recently reintroduced to the country but concentrated in sanctuaries)
  • Primate haven, Mountain and Silverback gorillas are the highlights of a safari


  • The Great Migration is at the epicentre of Kenya’s photography and filmmaking activities
  • Gorillas are the stars of the photographic scene
Type of traveller
  • Wildlife seekers
  • Couples and honeymooners
  • Families
  • Solo travellers
  • Group tours
  • Active travellers who want to summit Mount Kenya
  • Active travellers (hiking and gorilla trekking)
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Avid birders
  • Variety of luxury accommodation, mostly in private conservancies
  • Mobile camping and ‘glamping’
  • Pricier than Tanzania or Uganda
  • Luxury accommodation available for the best experience
  • English and Swahili are the official languages
  • Most famous for the Massai peoples
  • Luganda, Swahili and English are the most widely spoken languages
  • Bush and beach safaris
  • Big Five and Great Migration experiences
  • Photographic excursions
  • Mountain trekking
  • Family safaris
  • Honeymoons
  • Walking, horseback and camelback safaris are very popular
  • Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Birding safaris are very popular
  • Exploring the abundantly beautiful lakes
  • Wildlife experiences
  • Honeymooners
  • Walking safaris
Best time to travel
  • June to October for game viewing
  • January, February and June to December for gorilla trekking
  • Fly-in safaris are most popular due to the remoteness of the most-visited areas
  • Self-drive is possible along the coast
  • Private fly-in safaris are very expensive so self-drive or local transport are more affordable options
  • Road infrastructure is poor
Malaria risk
  • Moderate to high risk in most areas although Nairobi and surrounds are low risk
  • Very high risk

Choose your own adventure:


Previous Article

Discover Africa Safaris

Next Article

Discover Africa Safaris
Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

Get Travel Deals & News to your Inbox

We have the best safari and Africa travel news around & we even have the occasional mind blowing travel deals.
Sign up and get our monthly newsletter.