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Gorillas and Migration Safari

This luxury safari combines two iconic wildlife experiences: trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, then flying to the northern Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration and spectacular river crossings.

Gorillas and Migration Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Gorillas and Migration 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

Road transfer from Kigali Airport

Having cleared customs at the airport, you'll be met by a driver for the short transfer to the Kigali Marriott, in the heart of the Rwandan capital.

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

Kigali Marriott Hotel
Day 1

Kigali Marriott Hotel

1 night
Bed & BreakfastKigali, Rwanda

Located in the heart of Rwanda’s capital city, the Kigali Marriott is a smart international hotel with comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel is part of the Marriott chain of hotels and provides the same comparably high standards of accommodation, food and service as can be found at their other properties.

Kigali Marriott Hotel

Located in the heart of Rwanda’s capital city, the Kigali Marriott is a smart international hotel with comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel is part of the Marriott chain of hotels and provides the same comparably high standards of accommodation, food and service as can be found at their other properties.

"Large new international hotel...excellent for a night after or before flying."

Mr F & familyfromBelgium

Arrived 31 Jan 2019, 1 night

The Kigali Marriott Hotel is certainly one of the better accommodation options in Kigali. With 254 rooms it is a large hotel with a somewhat impersonal feel. However, its contemporary design, range of restaurants, lovely views and good central location make it a great choice for a short stay in Kigali. See our full report on Kigali Marriott Hotel

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1 reviews of Kigali Marriott Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Kigali to Volcanoes NP by private vehicle

From central Kigali, it takes around three hours on a scenic, winding highway to reach the foothills below Volcanoes National Park. With a private guide and your own vehicle, you have the option to stop on the way, perhaps to explore a village or to take a look at a roadside shop, so do talk this through with your guide. Depending on any stops you make en route, you should arrive at the exclusive Bisate Lodge in time for lunch.

Bisate Lodge
Days 2-5

Bisate Lodge

3 nights
Full BoardVolcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Bisate Lodge, is a luxury lodge nestled close to the Volcanoes National Park, providing a high-end base to visit the famous mountain gorillas as well as the lesser-known, but very beautiful, golden monkeys.

Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge, is a luxury lodge nestled close to the Volcanoes National Park, providing a high-end base to visit the famous mountain gorillas as well as the lesser-known, but very beautiful, golden monkeys.

"The Lodge fits in very well...luxurious and comfortable...meals were outstanding"

Pete & NancyfromStockton

Arrived 3 Feb 2022, 3 nights

Bisate Lodge is an exclusive place to stay near the Volcanoes National Park, conveniently close to the park's HQ and with beautiful views. The engaging and impressive managers are focused on a high level of personalised service. Our high expectations for Bisate have certainly been met: it is clearly one of Rwanda’s top lodges. See our full report on Bisate Lodge

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5 reviews of Bisate Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Helicopter

Primate trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking
Day 3

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 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

Your return to Kigali today gives you another opportunity to enjoy Rwanda's spectacular mountain scenery on this scenic drive. Typically it's a three-hour journey, but should you wish to stop en route, have a chat with your guide beforehand as this is very much your trip. Otherwise, you can expect to be in Kigali around midday.


Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 5

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

Kigali Marriott Hotel
Day 5

Kigali Marriott Hotel

1 night
Bed & BreakfastKigali, Rwanda

Located in the heart of Rwanda’s capital city, the Kigali Marriott is a smart international hotel with comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel is part of the Marriott chain of hotels and provides the same comparably high standards of accommodation, food and service as can be found at their other properties.

Kigali Marriott Hotel

Located in the heart of Rwanda’s capital city, the Kigali Marriott is a smart international hotel with comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel is part of the Marriott chain of hotels and provides the same comparably high standards of accommodation, food and service as can be found at their other properties.

"Large new international hotel...excellent for a night after or before flying."

Mr F & familyfromBelgium

Arrived 31 Jan 2019, 1 night

The Kigali Marriott Hotel is certainly one of the better accommodation options in Kigali. With 254 rooms it is a large hotel with a somewhat impersonal feel. However, its contemporary design, range of restaurants, lovely views and good central location make it a great choice for a short stay in Kigali. See our full report on Kigali Marriott Hotel

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1 reviews of Kigali Marriott Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 6

Kigali to the Serengeti by road & light aircraft

Today you'll be collected from the Marriott mid-morning in time for your light-aircraft flight from Kigali to the Serengeti, touching down en route for border controls and perhaps for other passengers to board or alight. A guide from Lamai Serengeti will be waiting for you at Kogatende Airstrip ready for the half-hour game drive to camp, usually arriving late afternoon.

Lamai Serengeti
Days 6-10

Lamai Serengeti

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSerengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Nomad Lamai Serengeti lies in the far north of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, just south of the border with Kenya. It's set high up in the beautiful Kogakuria Kopjes, with views out towards the Mara River Valley and the Lamai Wedge. Between July and October the camp has a prime position for the great wildebeest migration, and is close enough to the Mara River for guests to witness river crossings.

Lamai Serengeti

Nomad Lamai Serengeti lies in the far north of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, just south of the border with Kenya. It's set high up in the beautiful Kogakuria Kopjes, with views out towards the Mara River Valley and the Lamai Wedge. Between July and October the camp has a prime position for the great wildebeest migration, and is close enough to the Mara River for guests to witness river crossings.

"breathtaking view over the Serengeti"

Mr MfromIslington

Arrived 19 Jul 2019, 3 nights

Lamai Serengeti has a superb location and very good pedigree; there is little doubt that it is following in the footsteps of its high-quality sister camps. It may not appeal to purists seeking more elemental bushcamps with campfires and simple rooms; it's too substantial and well-appointed. That said, there is no air-con or satellite TV here either, and the beautiful interior design is unique yet rustic. It really suits those looking for great guiding and service, superb views and a touch of understated luxury. See our full report on Lamai Serengeti

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32 reviews of Lamai Serengeti by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Hot air ballooning

Day 10

Serengeti to Kilimanjaro by 4WD & light aircraft

Following a final hour's game drive in the Serengeti, board your light aircraft for Kilimanjaro. During the flight, which may stop for other passengers to board or alight, do take in the views of the Ngorongoro Highlands, or even one of the crater's volcanoes, before landing after around 2–3 hours.

Day 10

Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

You'll arrive at Kilimanjaro in time to catch your onward flight.

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King’s Palace & Museum Visit

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Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day - approx. 3 hours on the water

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Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

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Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Two days - overnight on Mt Karisimbi

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Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

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