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Gorillas and Maasai Mara Safari

This trip combines two of Africa's most unforgettable wildlife experiences – Rwanda's mountain gorillas and Kenya's Maasai Mara.

Gorillas and Maasai Mara Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Gorillas and Maasai Mara Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Kigali International Airport

Day 1

Kigali to Volcanoes NP by private 4WD

Leaving Kigali Airport in your private 4WD, you'll spend a little time in the Rwandan capital, with a tour of the city and a visit to the Genocide Memorial and museum. From here, you'll head north-west for about three hours - though should you wish to stop, perhaps in a village, do discuss the options with your guide. The journey takes you through lush hills and bustling market towns to the foothills of Volcanoes National Park, and the beautiful setting of Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit
Day 1

Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit

You'll be driven around Kigali to see the highlights of the city, with a main stop at the Genocide Memorial and museum. This will give you a fascinating, though sobering, insight into Rwanda's modern history. It is remarkable to learn just how far Rwanda has come in such a short period of time and it certainly adds a deeper understanding about the Rwandan people. Read all about Kigali Tour & Genocide Memorial Visit

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Days 1-5

Mountain Gorilla View

4 nights
Full BoardVolcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, previously called Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, is located on the slopes of Rwanda’s Mount Sabyinyo. A good mid-range hotel set in spacious grounds, it has beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and is only a 15-minute drive from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla trekking.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, previously called Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, is located on the slopes of Rwanda’s Mount Sabyinyo. A good mid-range hotel set in spacious grounds, it has beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and is only a 15-minute drive from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla trekking.

"Great location with superb views"

Dr PfromNetherlands

Arrived 9 Feb 2020, 2 nights

We really like Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. It is a very comfortable hotel with spacious cottages, friendly staff and a great location. Don’t come here expecting luxury, but if you are looking for a relaxed lodge that shouldn’t break the bank, it could be a good choice. See our full report on Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

88%
104 reviews of Mountain Gorilla View by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Helicopter

Primate trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking
Day 2

Golden Monkey Trekking

Spend a morning trekking to find the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. These endangered monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift area and are characterised by their golden-orange fur. You’ll be able to enjoy an hour watching them jump through the bamboo and hunker down to chew bamboo leaves, curiously watching you, as you watch them.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Golden Monkey Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 3

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a magical experience, transcending any other wildlife encounter we know. Meeting a gorilla family in their forest home, led by a dominant male silverback and a cluster of females and young, is a natural adventure that fully repays the cost in unforgettable memories and images.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 4

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a magical experience, transcending any other wildlife encounter we know. Meeting a gorilla family in their forest home, led by a dominant male silverback and a cluster of females and young, is a natural adventure that fully repays the cost in unforgettable memories and images.
Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers to the park headquarters and introduce you to your trekking group and parks guide. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Day 5

Volcanoes NP to Kigali by private vehicle

There's usually time for a relaxed breakfast before leaving Mountain Gorilla View Lodge mid-morning, but you have the flexibility to set the pace, so do talk to your guide about any stops you'd like to make during the journey. As you travel back towards the capital, there's also the opportunity to stop for lunch before arriving at the Hotel des Mille Collines, in the heart of the city

Hotel des Mille Collines
Day 5

Hotel des Mille Collines

1 night
Bed & BreakfastKigali, Rwanda

Set in large gardens in the heart of Kigali, the four-star Hotel des Mille Collines features in the film Hotel Rwanda. As in the film, the hotel attracts a largely business clientele, but its location also makes it a good base for exploring the Rwandan capital.

Hotel des Mille Collines

Set in large gardens in the heart of Kigali, the four-star Hotel des Mille Collines features in the film Hotel Rwanda. As in the film, the hotel attracts a largely business clientele, but its location also makes it a good base for exploring the Rwandan capital.

The Hotel des Mille Collines is a relatively standard, slightly anonymous, international hotel. Efforts have clearly been made to keep it up to date, although we felt that the rooms could benefit from refurbishment. We wouldn’t always mention a hotel like this for our travellers, but it offers a good standard of comfort and service and is fairly economically priced, so is worth consideration for an overnight stop. See our full report on Hotel des Mille Collines

84%
63 reviews of Hotel des Mille Collines by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 6

Kigali to the Maasai Mara by road & air

Today you’ll be driven to the airport for an early flight to Nairobi, where a driver will be waiting to transfer you to Wilson Airport. Here, you’ll board your light aircraft for the Maasai Mara, to be met at Ol Kiombo Airstrip for the short game drive to Rekero, arriving around mid afternoon.



Rekero
Days 6-10

Rekero

4 nights
Full BoardMaasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

A traditionally styled tented camp, Rekero is sited on the north bank of the Talek River, in a prime location in the centre of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. It is just 3km upstream from the confluence of the Talek with the Mara, an important "bottleneck" area favoured by predators. During the migration season (roughly July to October) the plains around the camp are thick with wildebeest.

Rekero

A traditionally styled tented camp, Rekero is sited on the north bank of the Talek River, in a prime location in the centre of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. It is just 3km upstream from the confluence of the Talek with the Mara, an important "bottleneck" area favoured by predators. During the migration season (roughly July to October) the plains around the camp are thick with wildebeest.

"the managers.. managed to create a relaxed, inclusive, friendly atmosphere."

Miss PfromLondon

Arrived 20 Oct 2021, 4 nights

Rekero has one of the most central locations in the Mara but this also makes the surrounding area an attractive target for wildlife-viewing vehicles from other camps, and the area can be very busy in the migration season. Nevertheless, Rekero is a friendly and comfortable camp and we found it easy to relax here. It's run by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team and we were impressed by the service and attention from staff. The large number of repeat guests is indicative of Rekero's dedication to offering a first-class safari experience, with incredible guiding that justifies its relatively high rates. See our full report on Rekero

98%
26 reviews of Rekero by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Hot air ballooning

Day 10

Maasai Mara to Nairobi by 4WD & light aircraft

After breakfast at Rekero, enjoy a final game drive in the Maasai Mara before your 45–60-minute flight to Nairobi; watch out for wildlife if you approach over Nairobi National Park. A private driver will be waiting to transfer you to the international airport – or to explore the city if there's time.

Day 10

Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


King’s Palace & Museum Visit

King’s Palace & Museum Visit

Half day

If your trip in Rwanda incorporates travelling south from Kigali, a visit to the King’s Palace and Museum gives an interesting insight into Rwanda’s cultural history and monarchy. It's also ideally placed to break up the long journey to Nyungwe Forest.

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91% (7 reviews)
Balloon flight over the Mara

Balloon flight over the Mara

3 hours in total - morning only

With the sun rising over the Loita Hills, you scramble into the balloon basket for the start of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re about to go drifting with the breeze above the trees and plains of one of the world’s greatest wildlife regions.

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93% (11 reviews)
Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day - approx. 3 hours on the water

This half-day adventure takes place through lush farmland, on the meandering Mukungwa River near Musanze town. Discovering Rwanda’s countryside in a canoe is great fun: the launch spot is just half an hour from Volcanoes National Park and you'll be guided along the shallow waterway by an expert local canoeist. Your driver-guide from Kigali will operate your transfers and introduce you to your canoe group and guide.

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97% (7 reviews)
Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

Full day

For something a little different, set out on a one-day hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Discover the beautiful scenery of the Virunga Mountains, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular views from the crater lake.

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95% (4 reviews)
Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Two days - overnight on Mt Karisimbi

Set out on a two-day hike to the summit of Mount Karisimbi, which at over 4,507m is one of the highest in Africa. This is a challenge for the adventurous! With a local guide, you’ll traverse bamboo forests and rugged terrain, then camp on the slopes of this dormant volcano before enjoying sunrise from the summit.

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100% (1 reviews)
Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Half day, usually five hours

Dian Fossey is best known for her research and conservation work with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She dedicated her life to researching and protecting these ‘gentle giants’ from harm, however she was tragically found murdered at her research camp in 1985. Today visitors can join a local guide to trek through the tropical forest to visit her grave, and learn about the impact of her work.

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100% (1 reviews)

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