A 12 day luxury safari with private 4×4 and scheduled flights visiting some of East Africa’s most incredible locations. First take a tour of the highlights of Tanzania including Tarangire National Park 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 high quality 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 4×4 vehicles with expert driver-guides (and scheduled flights from Serengeti to Rwanda, and Rwanda to Kilimanjaro). Flexible departures (any day).
Discover some of the best game-viewing areas in Tanzania in a comfortable 4×4 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 Tarangire 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 and connect 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 4×4 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).
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).
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq kms (1,000 sq miles) with its park like country, acacia woodlands, ancient baobabs, open bush, plains, swamps and rivers and stands of palm trees. This very diverse range of vegetation attracts many animals and birdlife During the dry season the Tarangire river is the only permanent water source attracting high concentrations of wildlife.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
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 – “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.
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 Lemala Villas (BB).
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, check out and drive in private 4×4 vehicle to Tarangire National Park to arrive early in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Nimali Tarangire (LDBB).
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Spend a full day in the park with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight at Nimali Tarangire (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).
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
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 (bid farewell to your driver/guide. All subsequent game drives in shared camp 4×4 vehicle). Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).
Day 6 & 7: Serengeti National Park
Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).
Day 8: Serengeti to Rwanda
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Arusha. Lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for the late afternoon Rwanda Air flight (FARE EXCLUDED) 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 (payable direct) 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 – Depart
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).
12 DAY BEST OF TANZANIA & RWANDA (4X4 & AIR SAFARI): prices are per person (min 2)
PRICES INCLUDE: Airport transfers in Arusha / Kilimanjaro / Kigali. Lunch in Arusha (time permitting). 1 night at Lemala Villas (Bed & Breakfast basis). 2 nights at Nimali Tarangire (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 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 4×4 vehicle. 1 litre bottle of mineral water per person per day (in Tanzania safari vehicle). Flight Seronera – Arusha, lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge and later transfer to Kilimanjaro. 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.
PRICES EXCLUDE: Air fare from Kilimanjaro to Kigali
Stay 4 pay 3 offer applied at Lemala Camps for all months in 2019 EXCLUDING July & August
25% combination discount at Lemala Villas and Lemala Camps applied for all months in 2020 EXCLUDING July, August & September
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LOW SEASON PRICES APPLY TO STAYS STARTED & COMPLETED WITHIN THE APPLICABLE DATE BAND
Other international flights. Visas. Travel Insurance. Optional extra Gorilla Permit ($1500) per person per permit. Gratuities. Items of a personal nature.
One child 6-12 years old sharing a room with 2 adults pays 70% of adult rate
One child 6-12 years old sharing with 1 adult is charged at full adult rate
Important Note: Please note that there is a minimum age of 15 years on gorilla treks.
Christmas supplement at Nimali Tarangire of US$ 45 on Dec 24th – 26th, 31st 2019 and 01st Jan 2020
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