Experience East Africa in style with this small group safari featuring the Gorillas, East Africa and the spice island of Zanzibar. We’ll visit East Africa’s major sights and parks including the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Cap it off with the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 1: Kigali
On arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to the Kigali Ubumwe Grande hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning you will be briefed by your guide before we depart for the Uganda border to complete border formalities. A short drive to our first activity, the Batwa Trail, a cultural experience that offers a glimpse of the traditional life of the Batwa (pygmies) who were forest dwellers. The activity introduces travelers to Batwa life comprised of hunting, fruit gathering, collecting honey and performing of rituals in the caves within the forest. The Batwa lived in harmony with forest animals including the mountain gorillas for over 500,000 years. They are the main beneficiaries of the activity. Continue to check in to our lodge in the Bwindi area for check in, dinner and overnight rest.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you set off on your Uganda gorilla tracking adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. While trekking through the dense forest you’ll have the opportunity to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the Gentle Giants of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park surely is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. After this captivating and unforgettable experience you will head back to your lodge for some relaxation.
Day 4: Nairobi
We depart this morning to return back across the Rwandan border and on to Kigali where a tour will be undertaken the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. The recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. After a visit we continue to the airport for your flight to Nairobi (cost of flight not included). Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will clear customs and collect your luggage before being met by our representative and transferred to the Ole Sereni Hotel.
Day 5: Nairobi
Depart this morning with your guide for a day tour of Nairobi. Our first stop is for a visit to the Giraffe Centre where you can interact with the Giraffes. Next we will head to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage for the public viewing between 11 AM – 12 PM to gain insight into the great work the trust does in working with orphaned elephants. We’ll make a stop ay the Tamambo Blixen’s Coffee Gardens where you have the option of buying lunch. Our last stop will be at the Kazuri Beads Factory which is a women’s cooperative whose work is distributed and prized around the world. Back to the hotel to freshen up before our Welcome Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant.
Day 6: Masai Mara
Depart Nairobi after breakfast and drive to the Masai Mara area offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Settle in to the Lerai Safari Camp for the next three nights that offers twelve luxury tents close to the Mara River. ELerai Safari Camp is the only permanent safari accommodation in the 5,000 acre Olerai Conservancy of the greater Masai Mara ecosystem of southern Kenya. Barely 15 miles north of Tanzania’s Serengeti National park and just west of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, it’s an area teaming with African wildlife with migratory pathways for wildebeest, zebra, elephant and antelopes. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in the Mara area. Returning to the camp, enjoy some relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners and dinner in the central dining area.
Day 7: Masai Mara
Spend the day on safari in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. The plains around the camp are filled with an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, from plains game to large herds of elephant and buffalo – and, of course, predators. You may wish to book an optional Mara Balloon Safari (cost extra).
Day 8: Masai Mara
Depart again for a day of game drives in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. In the months of July – October you may be lucky to catch the ‘Great Migration’. The camp is situated right on the Mara River. It is these mighty rivers that are the greatest obstacles for the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest on their journey north. The currents are strong, the banks are steep and thousands perish in the jaws of massive Nile crocodiles. Crossings are spectacular and frenetic, and provide thrilling game viewing either from a vehicle or when simply relaxing in camp, watching from your own tent.
Day 9: Serengeti
After breakfast transfer to Ol Kiombo airstrip for a short 30 minute morning flight to Migori Airstrip where upon arrival you road transfer across the border for immigration procedures into Tanzania. Continue to Tarime airstrip for a 30 min flight to the Serengeti. Met on arrival by your Tanzanian guide and proceed for check in to Embalakai Tented Camp for the next three nights. Enjoy lunch followed by your first game drive in the world-renowned Serengeti.
Day 10: Serengeti
You will enjoy a full day of game drives in the Serengeti today either with morning and afternoon excursions or a full day exploring the reaches of the Seronera area, the most wildlife-rich region of the Serengeti. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the park is also renowned for its wealth of lion,cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 11: Serengeti
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti is one of the most densely populated wildlife arenas anywhere on earth. You also have the option of doing a memorable morning Hot Air Balloon Safari at an additional cost.
Day 12: Ngorongoro
After breakfast depart with game drive en route through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We will stop for a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Palaeolithic site and reputed ‘Cradle of Mankind’ as well as visit a traditional Masai homestead. Continue to the Ngorongoro area and check in to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the majestic setting of the lodge.
Day 13: Lake Manyara National Park
Rise early with a packed breakfast to descend for half day game drive in the crater. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world covering a total area of 264 square kilometres. An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. It boasts a high concentration of wildlife with exceptionally close range viewing opportunities. Leaving the crater behind, we will continue to the visit our local school project, Simba Milima Primary School where you will have the opportunity to learn about the school and interact with the students. After this experience continue to check in to Manyara Escarpment Luxury Lodge for a late lunch and much needed rest.
Day 14: Stone Town
Rise early this morning for breakfast and set out for nearby Lake Manyara on an early morning game drive to explore the park. There is plenty to see including the famous ‘tree-climbing lions’. After a game drive you will be dropped of at Manyara airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival in Zanzibar you will be met and taken to your historic hotel in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage City.
Day 15 - 17: Zanzibar
Today you will enjoy a tour of the backstreets of Stone Town, a wonderful introduction of Zanzibar that gives you the feeling of the rich cultural heritage. Magnificent architecture, narrow alleys, sand and stone ancient built houses where some of them are over 200 Years old that have Arab/Indian carved wooden doors. We begin this tour at the main City market which was opened in 1904, where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish from the island are sold. Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site where slaves were being auctioned. Other highlights include the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders, The Africa House, Jamituri Gardens and a visit to the Old Fort.
After this experience transfer to KonoKono Beach Resort for the next three nights. Konokono Zanzibar Beach Resort is located on the Michamvi Peninsula, on the South East Coast of Zanzibar – one of the most authentic and secluded places on the island – and overlooks the wonderful Chwaka Bay. Several kilometres of white pristine beach face Konokono. The resort is a quiet paradise offering privacy and tranquility in the heart of nature. In this quiet surrounding you will find all the modern luxuries such as a beach bar, restaurant, pool and spa which were designed with your comfort in mind. Konokono Zanzibar Beach Resort is the ideal place to indulge in rest and regeneration.
Today in time for your flight you will be transferred to the airport. Extra Nights and Room Upgrades at KonoKono are available on request.
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|10 Jun 2021||27 Jun 2021||USD $6950||USD $1715||USD $1350|
|08 Jul 2021||25 Jul 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|12 Aug 2021||29 Aug 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|19 Aug 2021||05 Sep 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|26 Aug 2021||12 Sep 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|02 Sep 2021||19 Sep 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|16 Sep 2021||03 Oct 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|23 Sep 2021||10 Oct 2021||USD $7355||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|07 Oct 2021||24 Oct 2021||USD $7270||USD $1835||USD $1395|
|21 Oct 2021||07 Nov 2021||USD $6790||USD $1715||USD $1395|
|11 Nov 2021||28 Nov 2021||USD $6415||USD $1530||USD $1395|
|25 Nov 2021||12 Dec 2021||USD $6605||USD $1625||USD $1395|
|02 Dec 2021||19 Dec 2021||USD $6695||USD $1670||USD $1395|
|09 Dec 2021||26 Dec 2021||USD $6990||USD $1775||USD $1395|
|13 Jan 2022||30 Jan 2022||USD $7315||USD $1745||USD $1395|
|20 Jan 2022||06 Feb 2022||USD $7315||USD $1745||USD $1395|
|10 Feb 2022||27 Feb 2022||USD $7315||USD $1745||USD $1395|
|24 Feb 2022||13 Mar 2022||USD $7085||USD $1720||USD $1395|
|17 Mar 2022||03 Apr 2022||USD $7015||USD $1720||USD $1395|
|24 Mar 2022||10 Apr 2022||USD $6855||USD $1510||USD $1395|
|21 Apr 2022||08 May 2022||USD $6350||USD $1345||USD $1395|
|05 May 2022||22 May 2022||USD $6360||USD $1345||USD $1395|
|09 Jun 2022||26 Jun 2022||USD $7245||USD $1725||USD $1395|
|07 Jul 2022||24 Jul 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|14 Jul 2022||31 Jul 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|21 Jul 2022||07 Aug 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|11 Aug 2022||28 Aug 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|18 Aug 2022||04 Sep 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|25 Aug 2022||11 Sep 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|01 Sep 2022||18 Sep 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|15 Sep 2022||02 Oct 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|22 Sep 2022||09 Oct 2022||USD $7660||USD $1840||USD $1395|
|13 Oct 2022||30 Oct 2022||USD $7315||USD $1745||USD $1395|
|20 Oct 2022||06 Nov 2022||USD $7285||USD $1745||USD $1395|
|10 Nov 2022||27 Nov 2022||USD $6710||USD $1540||USD $1395|
|24 Nov 2022||11 Dec 2022||USD $6805||USD $1585||USD $1395|
|08 Dec 2022||26 Dec 2022||USD $7170||USD $1755||USD $1395|
|15 Dec 2022||01 Jan 2023||USD $7630||USD $1840||USD $1395|
Please add USD 990 (2021) or 1050 (2022) for compulsory Mara - Serengeti & Manyara - Zanzibar flights.
Accommodation as indicated, meals as indicated, game drives, park fees (quoted separately), domestic flight (quoted separately), transportation on tour, bottled water, airport transfers, professional guides.
International airfare, flight Kigali - Nairobi, visas, travel insurance, tips, drinks, optional activities, items of a personal nature.