A tour full of historical wealth, epic big five safaris, trekking with Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys and time to relax on white sand island beaches.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There are few opportunities in the world where you can experience a tour that encompasses as much as this one does in terms of dramatic history, unique wildlife, spectacular scenery and the combination of a big 5 safari and a tropical island holiday.

Price per adult sharing: From USD 9,600
(based on 2 clients travelling)

Pricing is indicative, please contact us for a quote based on your travel dates

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Day 1 Arrive Kigali international Airport

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide and then transferred to your Hotel in Kigali.

Day 2 Kigali City Tour and Travel to Ruhengeri

After breakfast take a morning city tour visiting interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site and Kigali museum. Stop for lunch in the city before we drive slowly North West through villages, farms, rice terraces and schools. There will be  plenty of time to do some shopping and visit local schools to find out about the people who live there. We continue to Ruhengeri, the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains, the Virungas.  We arrive in time for dinner at your hotel.

Day 3 Twin Lakes

We will visit the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo, these are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the  border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of  the Virunga volcanic mountains.

Day 4 Gorilla Trekking

We make our way to the National Park headquarters, Kinigi to meet our guides for the day. After completing park formalities, we embark on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas.

Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth! You get so close to these awesome giant apes. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who will break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive apes are extremely rare, with less than 700  living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend time with them at a relatively high altitude.

You need to ensure that you are fit and healthy when visiting the gorillas.

Day 5 Golden Monkey Tracking

This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense stands  of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of  one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult  monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

Return to your hotel to freshen up and have lunch then go for the interesting trip to the local brewers to understand the chemistry of the process of brewing local beer from bananas. If you find the activity interesting enough you can join the women in squeezing the juice out of the bananas and drink a glass of the juice, understand how long juice takes to turn into alcohol after adding in sorghum flour, enjoy a glass of our local brew and weave a basket if you would like.  These activities help with supporting the local community.

Day 6 Depart Rwanda / Arrive Tanzania

We take an early drive to Kigali and on to Kigali International Airport for your flight to Tanzania.

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to your hotel close to town.

Day 7 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

In the morning you will be picked up by your safari guide and taken to Tarangire National Park. Giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonders of this nature reserve which is considered one of the best places in East Africa to view elephants up close, not only because there are thousands of these animals, but also because they do not feel threatened by the presence of a vehicle. With a bit of luck you can see leopards and on some rare occasions even cheetahs can be spotted.

From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. Furthermore you will also have a chance to see the elegant Maasai giraffe, various gazelles and antelopes, buffaloes, lions, leopards and marvel at the rich bird life.

After an exciting day of watching wildlife, you will reach your private camp which has been set up especially for you on a secluded campsite in the Tarangire National Park.

Day 8 Tarangire National Park

Today is set aside for more game drives in the Tarangire National Park, the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water in the park and the wildlife tends to concentrate in its vicinity. You will be able to observe herds of elephants and wildebeest as they come to drink especially during the dry season. You will spend another night at your private camp.

Day 9 Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

After breakfast, you will leave the Tarangire behind you and continue to the Lake Manyara National Park, where you will spend the remainder of the day exploring this small, but beautiful park on game drives.

The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline Lake Manyara which is home to colonies of flamingos and other water birds. Apart from elephants you might also spot giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas and teeming groups of noisy monkeys and baboons in the forests near the lake.

In the afternoon, you will leave the park and drive up the African Rift Valley. Soon, the higher lands will be reached and a wonderful panorama opens up. Enjoy the spectacular views before you continue to the Plantation Lodge in Karatu, today’s final destination.

Day 10 Karatu – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will travel via the cooler highlands towards the southern Serengeti and at midday you will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park. This park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes.  Short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes all exist in this spectacular region. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen.

The Serengeti is famous for the annual migration when thousands of wildebeest and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water. In the late afternoon, you will reach your private camp at a remote campsite in the Serengeti National Park. Listen to the sounds of the wilderness while you sit around the camp fire and enjoy your privacy in the middle of the African bush.

Day 11 Serengeti National Park – Balloon Safari

Early in the morning you will take part in a hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti National Park accompanied by a bush breakfast. The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. Depending on the time of year, you have the chance of witnessing the great migration, where wildebeest and zebras roam the ecosystem of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of fresh grass and water and predators are never far behind.

As the migration is completely dependent on the annual rainfall, the location of the herds may vary from year to year. Your guide will know where to locate the animals and where to see them best. You will spend another night at your private camp.

Day 12 Serengeti National Park – Masaai Boma – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast you will continue your safari in the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley you might be lucky to see predators hunt as animals gather at the waters during the dry season.

After lunch at a picnic spot you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. On the way you will stop at a Masaai Boma. As soon as you have reached the crater you will have a superb view of the caldera.

This approximately 20 km wide crater is part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to over 20,000 animals. You will stay at the Pakulala Tented Camp on the crater’s edge.

Day 13 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

After an early breakfast you will drive down the steep path into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest, unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world and it has an unbelievable diversity of wildlife. In addition to zebras and wildebeests, you might also spot the rare black rhino and other members of the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

The crater is also home to other animals such as hyenas, waterbucks, bushbucks, eland and more than 500 bird species. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch you will leave the caldera in the afternoon and drive back to Arusha, where you will arrive in the early evening.

Day 14 Depart for Zanzibar

You will be  taken to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight to Zanzibar where you will be greeted by your transfer driver and taken to the Northern coast of the island. Along the way you will take part in a spice tour.

Spice Tour
While spices no longer dominate Zanzibar’s economy as they once did, there are still numerous spice plantations in the center of the island, which make an interesting visit. Friendly and informed guides will escort you on a walking tour of the spice farms, picking bunches of leaves, fruit and twigs from bushes and trees, inviting you to smell or taste them to guess what they are.

Almost all the ingredients of the average kitchen spice rack can be found on this tour. Local children weave small ‘gifts’ from palm leaves as they follow you around and will quickly scamper up a coconut palm to cut a fresh coconut for you. This is a great opportunity to find out why Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Islands’.

Day 15 / 16 / 17 Beach Holiday on Zanzibar

The following days are for you to spend at leisure, enjoying your time in Zanzibar.  Different activities can be booked at hotel reception.

Day 18  Stone Town

After breakfast you will be taken to Stone Town, where you will take part in a tour of the historical seaside town. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure.

Stone Town Tour
Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, is steeped in history and an outstanding example of cultural fusion and harmonization. It was recently and deservedly recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Wander around the fresh produce, fish and meat markets. Stroll down the famed narrow streets, lined with small shops. Visit the Palace Museum and the Old Fort on the seafront, the Anglican Cathedral and the old Slave Market.One of the most striking aspects of a visit to the town is its fascinating architecture, which consists of a hybrid mix of Arabic, Indian, European and African influences.

Day 19  Departure

Your driver will pick you up for your outgoing flight for a safe trip home.

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INCLUDED RWANDA:

• Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
• English speaking driver guide
• Accommodation and meals as stated in the program
• All guide fees
• One Gorilla tracking permit per person
• One Golden Monkey tracking permit per person
• Visit of Twin Lakes

NOT INCLUDED RWANDA:
• Flights & Visas
• Driver guide or local escort tips
• Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
• Activities not mentioned in the program
• Travel Insurances

INCLUDED TANZANIA:
• Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
• Professional, English-speaking guide
• Meals according to the itinerary
• Mineral water on safari
• Overnight stays in safari lodges and Tanzania-Experience Private Camp
• All national park fees
• Special campsite fees
• Balloon Safari in Serengeti National Park
• Masaai Boma Visit
• All mentioned transfers
• Stone Town and Spice tour

NOT INCLUDED TANZANIA
• Flights
• Optional activities
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Visa fees
• Tips
• Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
• Travel insurance

Additional remarks
We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.

Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger Information
Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris.

Travel and Medical Insurance is compulsory on all our tours.

 

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