12 Days Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda and Tanzania Safari

RWANDA AND TANZANIA SAFARI AND TOURS Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. The country is famous for its natural attractions, namely its three National Parks; Volcanoes National Park on the slopes of the Virunga mountain range, famous for the country’s biggest attraction, the mountain […]

RWANDA AND TANZANIA SAFARI AND TOURS
Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. The country is famous for its natural attractions, namely its three National Parks; Volcanoes National Park on the slopes of the Virunga mountain range, famous for the country’s biggest attraction, the mountain gorillas.

After following in the footsteps of Dian Fossey with a visit to the Volcanoes National Park to meet its iconic inhabitants, you’ll fly from Kigali to Tanzania for a three day safari in search of the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration. The Safari takes you to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.

Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the highlights to many safari-goers. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, and its floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals of different sizes live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck.

Tarangire National Park is one of the best tour destinations in the Northern circuit Parks in Tanzania famous for its elephant migration and birding safari. It has huge concentrations of animals in the peak months and a fraction of the visitor numbers of any of the other Northern parks.

Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable wildlife experiences to last a lifetime. See detailed Itinerary below.


MAKE IT PRIVATE

This Safari can be transformed into a fully private trip for a family or a group of friends. You’ll have your own Tour Administrator and your pick of departure dates. Contact our experts or your travel advisor to find out how to make this tour a private journey.

REASONS TO VISIT RWANDA

Rwanda is located in East Africa and is situated in the African great lakes region. Rwanda has healed the wounds from a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations. The mountains in the west and savanna to the east of the country are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Rwanda is known for its transformed capital city – Kigali, wildlife adventures in its national parks and the famous mountain gorillas. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda.

1. GORILLA TREKKING

Rwanda is one of only three places in the world where you can trek some of the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla trekking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa’s oldest national parks, and you’ll be led on a daily guided gorilla trek that tops out at eight visitors. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.

2. GENOCIDE MEMORIALS

No one would want to reminisce genocide on their vacation but the Genocide Memorials in Rwanda are one of the top visited attractions. Don’t miss the visit the Memorials for stories that make it seem like the Genocide happened last night. Rwanda has made a huge progress since the 1994 genocide but, it is vital that the visitors and the people, who live here, know about the horrific incident that shook eastern Africa. The Rwanda people this will among other things help prevent future similar occurrences.

You will visit a site of over one million genocide victims, churches which were also the sites for the horrendous massacre, a school that was also one of the sites to the genocide and also visit a museum which contains preserved bodies of the victims and a detailed history about the outbreak of the genocide.

3. SAFETY AND THE LAKES

Safety is a priority for almost all travelers. Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa, but in the world: In 2015, Rwanda country ranked fifth globally and first on the continent in Gallup’s Law and Order Index, which measures how safe people feel walking home at night. Violent crime is near nonexistent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda.

Due to its location in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Rwanda is a natural paradise surrounded with many pristine and charming lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes lie on the border of Rwanda and Congo and are full of great attractions. The lakes are bordered by mountains and provide a great place for trekking, hang gliding and water skiing etc. The surrounding forests are also great for a marvelous gorilla safari.

4. WILDLIFE VIEWING SAFARIS

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Notable plains game in Akagera National Park include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. Proceeds from your safari in Akagera National Park go to improving and preserving the park for future generations.

5. GROWTH IN KIGALI CITY

The capital and the largest city in Rwanda, Kigali would remind you of a typically European town with clean streets and paved roads. Founded in 1907, brought down by the genocide, Kigali is on the move. Kigali also enjoys a cool subtropical climate, which ranges between 27 to 15 degrees throughout the year. Enjoy locally roasted coffee from and city Cafes, visit the Arts Center or take a mini-hike on Mount Kigali which is the highest point sitting atop an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level.

The above attractions are just a handful of the several places you can visit in Rwanda. Rwanda is indeed unlike any other African country you might have visited.


Day 1: Arrive in Kigali, (Rwanda)

You will be met at the Kigali International Airport by your driver-guide. Visit of Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi and then transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes. Overnight at either Hotel La Palme/Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (B-L-D)

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Later Transfer back to Kigali (Rwanda)

After breakfast, you will depart for the headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!
After the trekking, lunch and transfer to Kigali. On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery.
After the trekking, lunch and transfer to Kigali. On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country with over thousand hills! O/N: Hotel Chez Lando or Hotel des Mille Collines (B-L-D).

Day 3: Kigali – Arusha (Tanzania)

04: 30 hrs: You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport to board your flight to Arusha Tanzania.

06:00 hrs: Depart Kigali and arrive in Arusha at Lake Manyara airstrip at 1150hrs. Here you will be met by your guide and transferred to Migunga Tented camp for lunch. Later in the afternoon take a game drive in the park till evening.

Gorilla Lake Manyara National Park is a small but scenic safari park, excellent for bird watching and a good area to find elephant, as well as the potential excitement of spotting a legendary Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion.
Lake Manyara is a good soft introduction to the safari experience in Tanzania. It is a magical and pretty park that winds its way around a mainly forested driving route between the banks of Soda Water Lake and the impressive rise of the Great Rift escarpment. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo and wildebeest can be found grazing in unexpected clearings or heading towards the water to drink or wash, and the rivers and riverbeds provide scenic vistas for possible animal spotting.
Warthog seem to thrive here, growing notably fat and tusked, and it is a natural playground for baboons and monkeys. The tree-climbing lion of Lake Manyara inspire extensive theorizing as to the wonders of evolution, and are also notoriously rarely seen.
Dinner and overnight at Migunga Tented Camp.

Day 4: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park

08:00 hrs: After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for Serengeti National Park with game drives en route. En route also stop and visit Olduvai Gorge – a pre historic Archeological site with a rich history of human evolution.
Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Full day in Serengeti National Park with morning and evening game drives. All meals and overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp.

Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservancy Area

After breakfast depart Serengeti National Park for Ngorongoro Conservancy Area with game drives en route, dinner and overnight at Crater Forest Lodge.

Ngorongoro is a fascinating and unusual Conservation Area which includes the Ngorongoro Crater at its centre, and then extends through the Crater Highlands, in which local tribes are permitted to maintain their traditional lifestyles in as natural environment as possible. This extraordinary volcanic landscape is rich and fertile, with stunning craters and lakes, and the high altitude creates a scenic environment for photography.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast descend into the Crater with picnic lunch boxes for a game drive, in the crater.
Later in the afternoon ascend back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Crater Forest Lodge.

Day 8: Ngorongoro – Tarangire National Park

08:00 hrs: After breakfast, depart with a game drive for Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch.
Later in the afternoon take a game drive in the park till dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge

Day 9: Tarangire – Arusha

06:00 hrs: Take a pre breakfast game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast.
10:00 hrs: Depart Tarangire for Arusha arriving early in the afternoon.

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