Gorillas and Maasai Mara Safari

Gorillas and Maasai Mara Safari: In full

This exciting safari to Rwanda and Kenya combines two fantastic wildlife experiences – hiking to visit the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, an overnight stop in Kigali, and onwards to game viewing in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

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Day 1

1 night at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (full board & activities) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...Arriving in Kigali under your own arrangements, you will be met by your private guide and a 4WD to start your journey to the Volcanoes National Park. The drive is usually about two hours, depending on the interesting things you might see along the way. Stay in an individual cottage for four nights at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, conveniently situated near to the park headquarters. It’s a simple lodge, but you’ll enjoy their special touches like hot water bottles left in your bed, and your own open fire, lit every night before dark.

Day 2

1 night at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (full board & activities) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...Start your day with an early breakfast, before driving to the park headquarters to meet your guide for your first day of hiking. This morning you will be tracking the endangered golden monkeys - use it as a chance to acclimatise, the walk to find them is usually easier than to the gorillas, so it is a good opportunity to get used to the altitude and terrain. Coming back to the lodge for lunch and a shower, it’s up to you how you spend your afternoon – your driver will be at your disposal so maybe go to explore the local area, or visit the nearby lakes of Burera or Ruhondo.

Day 3

1 night at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (full board & activities) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...Another early start today – after breakfast you’ll head to the park headquarters for a briefing on etiquette around the gorillas, before setting off. You will walk with an experienced park ranger to one of the habituated groups of gorillas, where you can stay with them for one hour. It really is an incredible and unforgettable experience! Once again, you have your afternoon to yourself - use it for more exploration or simply to enjoy the views from the comfort of the lodge.

Day 4

1 night at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (full board & activities) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...A similar routine as the previous two days, head out early to track a different gorilla group. The groups all vary in their behavior and locations, so chances are you will have a very different experience from your previous days tracking. If there were a particular group of gorillas you’d like to see your guide can put in a request for you, but these can never be guaranteed. As before, you can use your afternoon however you’d like!

Day 5

1 night at Hotel des Mille Collines (bed & breakfast) | Kigali, Rwanda

This hotel is very centrally locatedAfter four mornings of early starts, enjoy a lie-in before transferring back to Kigali. Explore the city with your driver-guide – stroll around a couple of its lively markets, enjoy the friendly cafes and restaurants, or visit the moving and insightful Kigali Genocide Museum. You’ll spend your night at the Hotel des Mille Collines, a smart hotel with lovely views over the city, a pool, and a busy and friendly bar.

Days 6-9

4 nights at Rekero (full board & activities) | Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Rekero is tucked into a beautifully wooded stretch of the Talek River.After a very early start to the day, you’ll be dropped at Kigali airport for your flight to Nairobi. You’ll be met and transferred to Wilson, the domestic airport for your flight in a light aircraft to Olkiombo airstrip in the Maasai Mara. From here it is a short and exciting drive to camp, crossing a river in your 4WD, and very likely seeing some game on the way. Settle into Rekero for four nights, where you will enjoy excellent accommodation, food and service. Head out every day on a morning and afternoon game drive, and enjoy the views over the Talek River from your luxurious tent!

Day 10

Leave after breakfast for you short flight back to Nairobi, where you will continue under your own arrangements.

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