Best of Tanzania & Rwanda

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A 12 day luxury safari with private 4x4 and scheduled flights visiting some of East Africa's most incredible locations. First take a tour of the highlights of Tanzania including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as the Serengeti National Park – the World's most famous safari destination. Then fly to the stunning landscape of Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing endangered Mountain Gorillas in the wild.

 

 

Accommodation in Tanzania is in the high quality Lemala tented camps. In Rwanda, accommodation is at the luxurious Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, within the dramatic scenery of towering peaks, vibrant green terraces and shimmering lakes of the Virunga mountain range.

This tour includes private 4x4 vehicles with expert driver-guides (and scheduled flights from Serengeti to Rwanda, and Rwanda to Kilimanjaro). Flexible departures (any day).

 

In Summary:

Discover some of the best game-viewing areas in Tanzania in a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle and escorted by an expert driver-guide. Starting in Kilimanjaro (or Arusha) – and after a night at the Arusha Hotel – we head to the beautiful Lake Manyara region for 2 nights, then on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for 1 night. Then choose to continue by road or air  to spend 3 nights in the heart of the Serengeti for fascinating game-viewing in the most celebrated safari park on Earth.

Fly back to Arusha and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for the Precision Air scheduled flight to Kigali. You'll be greeted on arrival and transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel for overnight.

The next morning your expert driver-guide will take you by private 4x4 vehicle through the beautiful landscape for 3 nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, a luxury haven from where you can take various excursions / activities including a trek into the Parc National des Volcans to see Mountain Gorillas.

The choice of excursions includes:

  • Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Golden Monkey Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke Research Centre
  • Intore Dance Performances at the Lodge
  • Mwiko Primary School Community Support Project

On the last day transfer back to Kigali Airport to connect with your onward international flight (or we can include a flight back to Kilimanjaro for onward connections).

 

Accommodation:

 

Departures in April & May:

Please note that the tour includes Plantation Lodge in place of Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp when the latter is closed in April & May.

 

Optional Upgrade to Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge (Northern Serengeti)

At any time of year (excluding Apr to May) we can offer the exclusive Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge in Northern Serengeti as an alternative to Lemala Ewanjan. The luxurious Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge is particularly popular when the Great Migration is in this area (July to August).

 

Lake Manyara

The World Heritage Site of Lake Manyara National Park has a vast soda lake covering 230 sq km (86 sq miles) that is flanked to the west by the sheer wall of the Great Rift Valley. This is a water catchment area for the rivers which flow into the park creating large areas of ground water forest at the foot of the wall. This tropical forest contains giant fig and mahogany trees and alternates with acacia woodland and open spaces, all providing varied habitats for the Park's flora and fauna.

The mammal and bird lists are extensive. As well as the Park's famous tree climbing lions there are hippos, elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, monkeys, leopards, cheetah and much more. The lake attracts vast numbers of birds to the area, including flamingos and many rare species. As many as 380 bird species have been recorded in the park.

With its attractive soda lake, picturesque mountain scenery and thick forest, Lake Manyara National Park offers diverse terrain that supports a profusion of wildlife.

 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

With a span of over 8,300 sq kms (3,192 sq miles), the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a perfect microcosm of East Africa: it combines spectacular scenery and valuable archaeological sites with mountains, forests, grassland plains, extinct volcanoes and a staggering profusion of wildlife.

Central to the Area is the Ngorongoro Crater which is actually the sunken cone of a huge, extinct volcano - the crater floor covering 260 sq kms (100 sq miles). There are stunning vistas from the road that descends the 2,000 feet to the crater floor.

Within the crater are bull elephants, lions, hyena, zebra, wildebeest among others living on the grasslands and acacia forests. The location is important as a successful sanctuary for the endangered black rhino. There is also a soda lake - Lake Magadi - which attracts greater and lesser flamingo and other water birds.

The Ngorongoro Crater provides a unique and beautiful backdrop for observing and photographing its fascinating and varied wildlife.

 

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is the largest and best known of all the Tanzania National Parks covering an area of 14,500 sq km (5,600 sq miles). The vast Serengeti plains sustain the greatest and most spectacular concentration of wildlife found anywhere in the world.

The Serengeti is known for its vast open plains with lofty rocky outcrops giving character to the landscape, but there are also acacia and savannah woodland, forests, rivers and the occasional swamp and small lake.

The natural phenomenon of the Great Migration sees vast herds of wildebeest gather to the south to give birth in February to March - over 400,000 calves are born within a six week period. Over the coming months they move north through Central Serengeti and along the western corridor and up to the Maasai Mara to breed before returning south to start the whole pattern again.

The Serengeti is also known for its large prides of lions and the magnificent black maned lions are often seen surveying their territories from the top of the rocky outcrops. Leopards are relatively numerous and are to be found during the daytime resting in trees along the Seronera river.

Smaller animals also play an important role in the plains life cycle. Banded mongoose, brightly coloured agama lizards, rock hyrax, dikdik, vervet monkeys to name just a few.

Bird-lovers are drawn by more than 500 species of birds. There are large numbers of Kori Bustard, Africa's heaviest flying birds, as well as the snake eating Secretary Bird, Crowned Plover, Yellow throated sandgrouse and many more.

 

Rwanda

Rwanda – “the land of a thousand hills” – offers a new aspect to Africa and a different holiday experience to that of other East African countries. With its stunning landscape including dramatic volcanoes, thick rainforest and vast lakes, Rwanda ensures that travellers have a truly unforgettable time.

The Parc National des Volcans is one of the only places in the World where you can trek through the rainforest to track and observe endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Other activities are treks to see Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys in the wild, guided forest walks to see waterfalls or to visit lakeside villages to learn about the local culture or community projects. Guests can also learn about the life and work of the late Dian Fossey, the conservationist and author ("Gorillas in the Mist") who dedicated her life to the study and protection of Mountain Gorillas.

 

 Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (or Arusha Airport) you will be met and assisted by our local representative. Transfer to Arusha for overnight at The Arusha Hotel (BB).

Day 2: Lake Manyara

After breakfast, check out and drive to Lake Manyara to arrive early in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Manyara Camp (LDBB).

Day 3: Lake Manyara

Spend a full day in Manyara with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight at Lemala Manyara (LDBB).

Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Afternoon tour of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp (LDBB). Please note that the tour includes Plantation Lodge in place of Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp when the latter is closed in April & May

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Option 1: Lemala Ewanjan Camp:

After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Arrive for lunch at the lodge. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).

Option 2: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge:

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Serengeti departing at 0835hrs to arrive at 0945hrs. Upon arrival you will be met by Lemala Kuria Hills staff to transfer to the camp. Arrive for check in and lunch. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Kuria Hills (LDBB).

Day 6 & 7: Serengeti National Park

Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan or Lemala Kuria Hills (LDBB).

Day 8: Serengeti to Rwanda

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Arusha. (Lunch not included but available at the airport). Upon arrival, met and transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for the late afternoon Precision Air flight to Kigali. Met at Kigali Airport by our Rwanda agent and transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel for dinner and overnight. (DBB).

Day 9: Kigali - Virunga Lodge

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through spectacular volcanic landscape, arriving at Virunga Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon either relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery or take an optional excursion from the lodge (such as a walk to Lake Bulera or a visit to Mwiko School). Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (LDBB).

Day 10: Parc National des Volcans

An early start heading to the Parc National des Volcans and to the base in the foothills where you will be joined by trackers, army rangers and porters who accompany the trek in search of Mountain Gorillas. Later return to Virunga Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure - take a complimentary massage. In the evening enjoy a performance by a local dance troupe. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (LDBB).

Day 11: Virunga Lodge

Either enjoy an excursion from the lodge or take another trek into the volcanic landscape to see the gorillas in their natural habitat (extra Gorilla Permit payable). Afternoon walk or at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Lodge (LDBB).

* Excursion choices include:

  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
  • Hike a Volcano
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu
  • Community and Nature Walks

Day 12:  Rwanda - Kilimanjaro

After breakfast, check out and return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Museum (optional / time permitting) for a fascinating insight into the country's social history. Transfer to Kigali Airport to check in for your international flight. (End of services).

If required, the Precision Air scheduled flight back to Kilimanjaro or a flight to Nairobi can be added (at a supplement). From there you can connect to many international flights. Our local representative will assist you at check-in and reconfirm your onward flight. (BB)

 

Key   BB: Bed & Breakfast    L: Lunch    D: Dinner

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12 DAY BEST OF TANZANIA & RWANDA (4X4 & AIR SAFARI): prices are per person (min 2)

Tours operate on any day (subject to flight schedules and Gorilla Permit availability). Minimum 2 passengers.

PRICES INCLUDE: Airport transfers in Arusha / Kilimanjaro / Kigali. Lunch in Arusha (time permitting). 1 night at Arusha Hotel (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis). 2 nights at Lemala Manyara (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks) or in Apr & May at Plantation Lodge (Full Board basis, drinks payable direct to lodge). 3 nights at Lemala Ewanjan (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). Crater visit on Day 4. All game drives as per itinerary. All park entrance fees. Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide. Transport in a 4x4 vehicle. 1 litre bottle of mineral water per person per day (in Tanzania safari vehicle). Flight Seronera - Arusha, road transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport and flight Kilimanjaro - Kigali. 1 night at Kigali Serena Hotel (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis). 3 nights on an All Inclusive basis at Virunga Lodge (unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry service, activities around the lodge and one complimentary massage per person).1 Gorilla Permit per person. A choice of excursion on Days 9, 10, 11 (including permits / fees if applicable). Services / support from our local representatives throughout.

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TRAVEL DATESPER PERSON SHARING (BASED ON GROUP SIZE):SINGLE & CHILD RATES:
DATES FROMDATES TO234 to 6SINGLE SUPP:ONE CHILD (15 to 16 YRS):
01-Jun-1407-Oct-149205 USD8875 USD8740 USD1500 USD7130 USD
08-Oct-1431-Oct-148300 USD7975 USD7835 USD1420 USD6225 USD
01-Nov-1408-Dec-147755 USD7425 USD7290 USD1015 USD5895 USD
09-Dec-1419-Dec-148660 USD8330 USD8190 USD1100 USD6795 USD
20-Dec-1428-Feb-159320 USD8995 USD8855 USD1495 USD7195 USD
01-Mar-1524-May-157850 USD7520 USD7380 USD1020 USD5960 USD
25-May-1507-Oct-159320 USD8995 USD8855 USD1495 USD7240 USD
08-Oct-1531-Oct-158420 USD8090 USD7950 USD1410 USD6335 USD
01-Nov-1508-Dec-157850 USD7520 USD7380 USD1020 USD5995 USD
09-Dec-1519-Dec-158750 USD8420 USD8285 USD1190 USD6885 USD
20-Dec-1531-Dec-159320 USD8995 USD8855 USD1495 USD7195 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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