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 two overnight stops in Kigali, one at the start to connect on from an international flight, and one which is necessary to join the early-morning flight from Rwanda to Tanzania


Day 1

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

Hotel des Mille Collines is located in the central business district…Arrive in Kigali today and transfer through to your hotel in Kigali for the night to rest and prepare for the days ahead.

Day 2

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

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has a fantastic location...You'll meet your private guide and 4WD today 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 3

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

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has a fantastic location...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 4

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

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has a fantastic location...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 5

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

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has a fantastic location...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 6

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

The Serena is one of Kigali's most luxurious hotels...After several early starts you can enjoy a bit more a lie-in before starting the two-hour journey back to Kigali, where you'll spend the night at the Hotel des Mille Collines before taking a light aircraft flight the following day to the Serengeti.

Days 7-9

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 by a private 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 10-11

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, southern 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 12

Enjoy your final day, perhaps by adding on a morning game drive in Lake Manyara, or just relaxing at the lodge, before finishing this part of your itinerary. You might head back to Kilimanjaro to fly home, or fly elsewhere in Africa, or if you're in need of a little rest and relaxation, you can transfer to the very nearby Manyara airstrip and catch a flight from there down to Zanzibar or the coast!

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