A great base for an itinerary that has you experiencing the most requested locations in East Africa. Trekking for Gorilla’s in Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes, witnessing the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, exploring the Ngorongoro crater and finally a relaxing time at a resort on Zanzibar Island!
Itinerary in Brief
A Rwanda & Tanzania safari crafted specifically for those travellers who want to experience the iconic destinations & spectacles that East Africa is so very famous for. Covering both Rwanda and the north of Tanzania, this safari showcases classic East Africa!
The safari starts with your arrival into Kigali International airport in Rwanda, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation near the Volcanoes National Park. Spending 3 nights there, you will have the opportunity to trek for Mountain Gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park – one of the greatest wildlife experiences in Africa! The following day, you can choose to trek for gorillas again or explore one of the many other activity options in the area! Then head to Kigali for a flight over to Arusha, and another flight into the Serengeti has you setting off on 3 nights of incredible game viewing in a mobile camp that follows the annual wildebeest migration all year round! Ensuring that no matter when you decide to do this itinerary, the camp is always in the best spot to witness the spectacle. Then depending where the camp is, either another flight or a vehicle transfer will take you to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater where you will spend 2 nights, exploring both the crater floor and cultural activities with the local Maasai. With breathtaking scenery and arguable the best game viewing in the world, you won’t want to miss this! After the crater, another flight takes you to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar where you will spend the final 4 nights relaxing by the beach and making use of the huge selections of activities and facilities available to you. The perfect place to wind down and think back to the incredible safari you had just experience!
This 12-night Rwanda & Tanzania Safari is well suited for all travellers wanting to experience East Africa – although it must be noted that the minimum age for children on Gorilla Treks is 15 years old. The tour can also be tailored to suite most budgets by simply adapting the accommodation to match. Regardless of the accommodation standard level, this safari is all about the experiences and areas which you will be exposed to – which are simply second to none!
Night’s 1-3: Virunga Lodge
The lodge is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.
The iconic property has defined Rwandese Afro-chic since the lodge was built by Praveen Moman in 2004. The understated, timeless, hand-made style has been further refined to meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller during 2020.
Activities from the lodge include: Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Intore dance performance, hike to Dian Fossey’s grave, hike Karisimbi or Visoke Volcanoes, visit to Lake Kivu and Gisenyi.
Night’s 4-6: Serengeti Safari Camp
Serengeti Safari Camp was designed to follow the annual wildebeest migration that happens in the Serengeti ecosystem. In doing so this mobile camp moves 4-5 times a year to carefully selected sites which not only give great access to the migration but are also set a bit further from the crowds which adds to the privacy.
Each tent has large beds, a dressing room and a bathroom where you will find an eco-flush toilet and a classic bucket shower system. The family tent has two en-suite bedrooms with a shared sitting area.
The main event for Serengeti Safari Camp is to enjoy the wildebeest migration. From Dec to Apr the camp is in the southern Serengeti Plains for the birthing seasons, from May to Jul the camp is around Moru Kopjes/Central Serengeti/Western Corridor and then in mid Jul to Nov the camp moves to northern Serengeti for the crossing of the Mara river.
Night’s 7 & 8: Entamanu Ngorongoro
Entamanu Ngorongoro is situated on the north western edge of the Ngorongoro Crater and has exceptional views both down into the Crater from one side, and out over the Serengeti from the other. This is the wilder side of the Crater and as such has a much more exclusive and remote feeling. Oh, and did we mention those views!!
The camp has seven elevated canvas rooms on wooden platforms, of which two are family rooms that consist of two bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Each room has indoor heating and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, and flush toilets. Due to the nature of the terrain and location it can get cold and windy at night, but every effort is made to create comfort for the changing conditions and the rooms are designed for this.
There’s a wide range of activities on offer and as such we recommend 2 or more nights to fully appreciate the camp. The main event being game drives on the Crater floor, where game viewing is regarded as some of the best in the world. The area directly around camp is perfect for exploring on foot along with the Maasai who call this area their home and a multitude of Maasai encounters are possible. We recommend going for a walking safari along with the Maasai warriors.
Night’s 9-12: Baraza Resort & Spa
Baraza Resort & Spa is located along the pristine Bwejuu beach that was named as one of the top 30 island beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine; Baraza is undoubtedly Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort.
With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive boutique resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns. Architecturally, Baraza is a journey through the grand, beautiful designs of the Sultans Palaces of Zanzibar and offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar.
For the adventurous traveler Baraza offers many opportunities to enjoy the best of the Indian Ocean. The Rising Sun Dive Centre is the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre in Zanzibar that was the first to discover this unexplored region and takes divers from complete beginners up to professional level and have a massive variety of diving guaranteeing something for everyone. The Water Club offers expert instruction in Kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing, as well as snorkeling safaris to the nearby lagoon.
For those looking to experience the magical island of Zanzibar, there is a wide variety of excursions and day trips such as the exotic spice and historic Stone Town tours.
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