Gorillas and Serengeti Safari

Gorillas & Serengeti: In full

This privately guided safari combines some incredible wildlife experiences - the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. It also includes an overnight stop in Kigali which is necessary to join the early-morning flight from Rwanda to Tanzania

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Day 1

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

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...Start your itinerary in Kigali, where you'll meet your private guide and 4WD and start on your journey to the Volcanoes National Park. You driver-guide is a great source of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have along the way. After around two-hours you'll arrive at your lodge. You'll stay for 4 nights at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, which is well situated fairly close to the park headquarters. It's simple, but has good facilities with hot en-suite showers to wash away the mud, and tasty buffet food to re-fuel! There are also some stunning views of the volcanoes from here.

Day 2

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

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...After an early breakfast, you'll head to the park headquarters to meet your guide with whom you'll spend the morning tracking the endangered golden monkeys. The walk to find them is generally easier than to the gorillas, and it can help you acclimatise to the altitude and terrain. It will also test your photographic skills as they can move fairly quickly; it is a good introduction to life in the Volcanoes National Park. Returning for lunch and a hot shower, you will have the afternoon free to do as you please. Your driver will be at your disposal, so perhaps explore the local villages, or 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...It will be another early morning - you'll meet at the park's headquarters for a briefing on the etiquette of visiting mountain gorillas. An experienced park ranger will lead you to one of the habituated groups of gorillas, where you have one amazing hour to observe these delightful, human-like primates. It is a breath-taking experience that you will never forget! Again, you can decide what to do during the afternoon, perhaps explore the surrounding areas further, or just enjoy relaxing around the lodge - taking in both the birdlife and the views.

Day 4

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

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...Return to the park headquarters to be briefed on the gorilla group you will track today. The different groups very significantly in their behavior and how long you must trek to reach them, so your experience can be quite different. Your guide can put in requests for you if you have a certain group you'd like to see, although these can never be guaranteed. Another afternoon at leisure to relax and look through the many photos you are sure to have taken!

Day 5

1 night at Kigali Serena Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Kigali, Rwanda

The Serena is Kigali's most luxurious hotel...After several early starts you can enjoy a bit more a lie-in before starting the two-hour journey back to Kigali. Use this afternoon to explore the city with your guideā€¦a trip to the Kigali Memorial Centre is a moving, but fascinating insight into the history of this small country. Alternatively, visit bustling local markets, get an overview with a city tour, relax by the hotel's pool. You'll spend the night at the Kigali Serena Hotel. This smart hotel is very comfortable and makes for a convenient overnight stop.

Days 6-8

3 nights at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp (full board & activities) | Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a classic, tented, mobile camp...After a very early breakfast, you'll be dropped at Kigali airport where you'll catch a small plane into Tanzania. Stop briefly at Mwanza to pass through immigration before hopping back on the plane into the Serengeti. You'll be met at the airstrip private superior guide and 4WD vehicle will meet you when you arrive and who will stay with you for the duration of your time in Tanzania. You'll spend the day game driving and return to stay for three-nights at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp. This mobile tented camp moves about every 4 weeks or so, following the movements of the wildebeest migration so your game-viewing here will mainly revolve around this incredible wildlife spectacular.

Days 9-10

2 nights at Plantation Lodge (full board & activities) | Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Plantation Lodge is full of colonial charm and overlooks coffee plantations...Your journey today will depend what time of year you're visiting. From around November to June, when Serengeti Safari Camp is in the central, souther or western part of the Serengeti, you'll probably continue on with the same driver guide out of the Serengeti and into the Ngorongoro Conservation area. You'll spend two-nights at Plantation Lodge, which is a lovely country house well located about 45 minutes away from the crater rim in an area called Karatu. Spend your full day here exploring the scenically stunning Ngorongoro Crater with it's great variety of game.

Day 11

Enjoy your final day, perhaps by adding on a morning game drive in Lake Manyara, or just relaxing at the lodge, before bidding Tanzania goodbye and driving back to Kilimanjaro, where you'll connect onto your international flight with Kenya Airways back to London Heathrow via Nairobi.

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