Grand Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania Luxury safari
Grand Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania Luxury safari
On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania with Gorillas in Rwanda
Group Size: Minimum 4 people
Type of Safari: First Class Adventure Safari
Accommodation: During 13 nights of your safari with us, you will stay in 4-5* range Lodges, and Tented Lodges. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. Most accommodation options have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. All properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
Day 1 - From Nairobi to Kigali
Upon arrival at Nairobi’s international airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the regional airport for your flight into Rwanda. Our guide will be there at the airport in Kigali to escort you to the deluxe Kigali Serena Hotel.
Day 2 - Gorillas in the Wild
Early this morning, drive into the countryside through spectacular mountain scenery to Ruhengeri, the main base town for gorilla trekking. After an informative briefing from park guides, you enter Volcano National Park to begin this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! There are four gorilla families that are habituated to human contact and their movements in the park will determine the duration of your trek. Starting at an altitude of about 6,500 feet, you’ll trek along these lushly forested slopes to catch-up with your assigned gorilla family. After locating them, you’ll have an amazing opportunity to watch quietly as the gorillas go about their daily routine! Park regulations limit human/gorilla contact to 60 minutes each day. Retrace your steps down the volcano for lunch and the return drive to your hotel in Kigali. (B,L)
Day 3 - Departure to Nairobi
Enjoy a city tour of Kigali and then fly to Nairobi for the start of your 12-day East African safari at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. (B)
Day 4 - Into the Masai Mara with City tour in Nairobi
After breakfast and a briefing on the adventure to come, begin exploring this dynamic city and its surrounds. From her home in Nairobi National Park, Mrs. Sheldrick operates Kenya's foremost animal orphanage and conservation foundation. An engaging world class figure, her late husband David was the first Game Warden of Tsavo National Park. In his memory she founded a wildlife foundation and animal Orphanage, and is the recognized authority on the successful raising of infant Elephants and Rhinoceros orphans and re-integrating them back into the wild. You will visit this morning as her current charges are given their daily walk to meet the public and receive their morning feeding and a walk. You will then visit the Giraffe Centre, set in 120acres of primeval forest, only eight miles from the heart of Nairobi. It is home to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. (AFEW),devoted to the preservation of the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The centre raises, and then releases, the giraffes to the wild. You will have a rare treat of hand feeding these gentle giants, facing them eye-to-eye from elevated viewing platform. Continue to the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the 'Out Of Africa' author. The surrounding area now called Karen Estate, was the site of her coffee plantation. Tour her small home and her lovely garden with beautiful views of the Ngong Hills in the backdrop.
Enjoy lunch at Nairobi’s world-famous Carnivore Restaurant before a short flight brings you deep into the Masai Mara National Reserve, longtime favorite of travel writers, film makers and seasoned travelers. This is one of the few places on the Continent where visitors can see big game in the same super-abundance that existed a century ago. You’ll be met at the airstrip for a scenic transfer and game drive en route to the deluxe Fairmont Mara Safari Club.(B,L,D)
Day 5 - The Masai Mara
Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve. After a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast. or A full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes (full day game drive including visits to Mara River, Kenya Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the "Big Five" and the great Wildebeest migration. You will have picnic lunch at Hippo Pool. Today you have both pre-breakfast and afternoon game drives. Watch the animal kingdom come to life against the impressive African sunrise and sunsets.
Hot Air Balloon Safari - US$ 465 per person
The early morning calm air of the Masai Mara has made possible the introduction of Hot Air Balloon flights, available as an optional extra, from leading lodges and camps in the reserve. (Please reserve early to avoid disappointment for this adventure!).Tour of a hot air balloon ride to see the park from a bird's eye view.
The golden grasslands of the Mara - punctuated by acacia woodland - stretch to the horizon where rugged rocky hills shimmer in the distance. The valley floor is abundant with the Big Five, plus giraffe, zebra, cheetah, and more than 450 bird species including spectacular birds of prey like eagles and owls. Return to the Fairmont Club for lunch and time to relax. Later in the day, join your tracker guides for a thrilling overland safari deep into the Masai Mara.(B,L,D)
Day 6 - Into the Shadow of Majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro
After another unforgettable early morning game drive in the Masai Mara, you’ll be escorted to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch in town at Dorman’s Café before continuing overland to Amboseli National Park. This magnificent little gem presents the quintessential African landscape – open plains, rolling savannah and woodlands set against the imposing backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro rising to nearly 20,000 feet! You’ll have an afternoon game drive as you continue onward to Ol Tukai Lodge, famed as one of the best places in the world to observe elephants Your chalet-style rooms are comfortable and stylish, built with indigenous materials like gum tree planks and local river stone.(B,L,D)
Day 7 - Explore Amboseli National Park
Be sure to set your alarm clocks because you won’t want to miss your first morning safari across the dew-touched landscapes of Amboseli! The animals are up with the first light of day, and the early light is one of the best times to experience the full majesty of Africa’s tallest mountain. After lunch, you’ll have time to take full advantage of your Lodge’s pristine setting, nestled between the open plain and Acacia woodland. Enjoy panoramic vistas from The Elephant Bar or take a refreshing dip in the crystalline pool. As the sun edges toward the horizon, an afternoon game drive reveals more wildlife across the plains and woodlands of Amboseli.(B,L,D)
Day 8 - Tanzania Via Namanga Border
This morning’s scenic drive brings you to the border town of Namanga where you’ll stop to clear customs and immigration formalities. Cross into northern Tanzania for lunch in the bustling town of Arusha and continue westward across the scenic Great Rift Valley. Your destination this afternoon is Lake Manyara National Park, a little known gem often overlooked by other safari groups trying to save time on their way to the much better known Serengeti.
Although not large, Lake Manyara is one of the prettiest and most game-rich parks in the country. Check in to the luxurious Lake Manyara Serena Lodge before heading out on an afternoon safari drive to explore the dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife of Lake Manyara, from the large flocks of flamingoes, herons and pelicans that gather on the lakeshore to olive baboons, Sykes monkeys, and bushbuck. The Park is especially known for its unusual tree-climbing cats – woodland lions that drape themselves in the shady branches of the umbrella tree. Return to your Lodge for dinner and a spectacular evening under African skies! (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Park
After this morning’s game drive, our specially arranged visit to a local school offers deeper insight into the daily rhythms of life here in Tanzania. Your drive continues northwest toward Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. This awe-inspiring natural landmark stretches almost 12 miles across, with an encircling volcanic rim that appears in the distance as a chain of mountains soaring 2,000 feet above the crater floor. You arrive in time for lunch at the intimate Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp, set spectacularly on the rim of the crater! This afternoon’s cultural excursion brings you to a Masai village where lively and thoughtful engagement reveals the challenges and rewards of life here in this part of East Africa.(B,L,D)
Day 10 - Down to the Crater Floor!
There is no place like this anywhere else in the world. Ngorongoro truly offers an absolutely unique environment for wildlife viewing. First, you won’t see any giraffe or impala inside the crater; though they would love to graze the abundant vegetation, these delicate-legged animals find it nearly impossible to navigate their way down the steep cliffs. But because it is so enclosed and the crater floor is mainly open grassland, this conservation area is easy for game officials to patrol; the result is a healthy population of endangered species like the Black rhino and cheetah.
With a privileged location next to the Lemala Crater Access Route, you and your fellow Camp guests can descend to the crater floor in 15 minutes, bypassing the long line of safari vehicles on the Main Entry and guaranteeing superior, unforgettable game-viewing. Very often, these game drives are taken in solitude for nearly two hours before other visitors arrive from the heavily used Main Crater Road.
Return to Camp for lunch with the afternoon free to enjoy its amenities and unforgettable setting.(B,L,D)
Day 11 - Into the Serengeti
After breakfast, drive to the Manyara Airstrip for your morning flight into the famed Serengeti, where you’ll be met and escorted to one of our seasonally-positioned luxury Lemala Camps. In the winter, your destination is the Lemala Ndutu Camp in the Southern Serengeti. This is the ultimate amphitheater for the Great Migration at this time of year as more than 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra arrive here in December, staying through February and March as the calving season begins. Then when the great herds move into the Northern Serengeti from June through October, our guests will stay at the Lemala Mara North Serengeti Camp, strategically positioned close to the Mara River. This prime location affords you the opportunity to witness the Great Migration river crossings without large crowds of other visitors.
Animals don’t stay in one place all the time; that’s what the Great Migration is all about... And our unique Lemala Luxury Tented Camps are seasonally positioned for optimal wildlife viewing all year long! This exceptional East African safari, one of our most popular, promises all the romance and thrills of the quintessential grand safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 12 - The Amazing Serengeti
Today, our expert trackers will lead you on morning and afternoon game drives to explore more of the vicinity and the deeper regions of the vast wildlife-rich Serengeti.(B,L,D)
Day 13 - Another Day in the Serengeti
Enjoy a second day of morning and afternoon safari drives across the vast plains of the Serengeti.(B,L,D)
Day 14 - Out of Africa!
After an early morning game drive, you’ll be escorted to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha. After lunch in town, transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight.(B,L)
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