Leave nothing off your bucket list with this trip that packs a punch of highlights including the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania’s most famous national parks and ending with relaxation at the ‘spice ‘island’ of Zanzibar. There’s no better combination of experiences in East Africa in one comprehensive trip.
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: Ol Pejeta
Leave the hotel after breakfast and travel north to Nanyuki and check-in to Sweetwaters Tented Camp. A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant, housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the conservancy.
Day 7: Ol Pejeta
Enjoy an entire day exploring the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy with game drives and a picnic lunch. We also will pay a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary and Chimpanzee sanctuary to see some of the animal welfare work done by the Conservancy.
Day 8: Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we drive south to Lake Naivasha in time for lunch at the charmingly located Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The lodge stands in 120 acres of lakeside land, most of which is covered in green riparian meadows, which sweep down to the shores of the lake, one of the most beautiful in the Great Rift Valley. The grounds are alive with a colourful selection of birds, and the trees with monkeys.This afternoon we will visit Crescent island for a walking safari where you have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll amongst the animals. There are no predators, however the opportunity to walk amongst animals such as Giraffe is magical. Later we head down to the lodge’s jetty for a boat trip on Lake Naivasha where you can spot plenty of birdlife and visit the resident Hippo pods.
Day 9: Masai Mara
After breakfast depart very early and drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for a late lunch. Settle in to the Il Keliani Camp which is nestled in a river glade in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve for the next three nights. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in the Mara.
Day 10: Masai Mara
You have the full day to explore the Mara ecosystem on game drives. The Mara is world renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of the ‘greatest wildlife shows on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest which typically takes place between July and October. The Mara consists of rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offering one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.
Day 11: Masai Mara
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. When it comes to game viewing there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the Big Five’ in one morning. You also have the option of doing a memorable morning Hot Air Balloon Safari at an additional cost.
Day 12: 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 Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp for the next three nights. Enjoy lunch followed by your first game drive in the world-renowned Serengeti.
Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18 - 20: 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.
|Start Date:||End Date:||Price Sharing:||Single Add:||Park Fees:|
|03 Jun 2021||23 Jun 2021||USD $7295||USD $1670||USD $1530|
|01 Jul 2021||21 Jul 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|29 Jul 2021||18 Aug 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|05 Aug 2021||25 Aug 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|19 Aug 2021||08 Sep 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|09 Sep 2021||29 Sep 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|16 Sep 2021||06 Oct 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|23 Sep 2021||13 Oct 2021||USD $8025||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|30 Sep 2021||20 Oct 2021||USD $7880||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|14 Oct 2021||03 Nov 2021||USD $7560||USD $1810||USD $1575|
|04 Nov 2021||24 Nov 2021||USD $7010||USD $1550||USD $1575|
|18 Nov 2021||08 Dec 2021||USD $7010||USD $1550||USD $1575|
|02 Dec 2021||22 Dec 2021||USD $7190||USD $1735||USD $1575|
|09 Dec 2021||29 Dec 2021||USD $7735||USD $1600||USD $1575|
|06 Jan 2022||26 Jan 2022||USD $7795||USD $1755||USD $1575|
|14 Jan 2022||03 Feb 2022||USD $7795||USD $1755||USD $1575|
|03 Feb 2022||23 Feb 2022||USD $7795||USD $1755||USD $1575|
|17 Feb 2022||09 Mar 2022||USD $7465||USD $1730||USD $1575|
|03 Mar 2022||23 Mar 2022||USD $7365||USD $1730||USD $1575|
|10 Mar 2022||30 Mar 2022||USD $7345||USD $1730||USD $1575|
|21 Apr 2022||11 May 2022||USD $7095||USD $1115||USD $1575|
|12 May 2022||01 Jun 2022||USD $7165||USD $1115||USD $1575|
|02 Jun 2022||22 Jun 2022||USD $7685||USD $1665||USD $1575|
|30 Jun 2022||20 Jul 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|14 Jul 2022||03 Aug 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|21 Jul 2022||10 Aug 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|04 Aug 2022||24 Aug 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|11 Aug 2022||31 Aug 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|18 Aug 2022||07 Sep 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|08 Sep 2022||28 Sep 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|15 Sep 2022||05 Oct 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|22 Sep 2022||12 Oct 2022||USD $8400||USD $1645||USD $1575|
|29 Sep 2022||19 Oct 2022||USD $8210||USD $1630||USD $1575|
|06 Oct 2022||26 Oct 2022||USD $8105||USD $1680||USD $1575|
|03 Nov 2022||23 Nov 2022||USD $7390||USD $1555||USD $1575|
|17 Nov 2022||07 Dec 2022||USD $7390||USD $1555||USD $1575|
|01 Dec 2022||21 Dec 2022||USD $7570||USD $1730||USD $1575|
|08 Dec 2022||28 Dec 2022||USD $8105||USD $1600||USD $1575|
Please add USD 990 (2021) or USD 1050 (2022) for compulsory Mara - Serengeti & Manyara - Zanzibar flights.
Accommodation as indicated, meals as indicated, game drives, park & gorilla fees (quoted separately), domestic flights (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.