Sample Trip

The East African Safari

“Combing the Gorilla’s in Rwanda, Kenya’s Masai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti & Zanzibar”
Budget level: High-End
Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania
When to Go
All Year
13 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Kigali, Northern Tanzania, The Masai Mara, Volcanoes National Park, Zanzibar & Mafia Island
Kids Min Age

This safari was created for those wanting to experience the highlights of East Africa in an all in one safari experience. It takes you from Rwanda over to Kenya, then to Tanzania and ends on Zanzibar Island.

Itinerary in Brief

A classic East Africa Safari exposing you to the great apes, the great migration, great photographic opportunities and a great island escape to end it all off. If you wanted to cover the best of East Africa in one trip, let this be the one for you!

The safari starts with 3 nights at the base of Volcanoes National Park, very close to the starting point for Gorilla trekking in their forest habitat! This is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences on our planet and cannot be recommended highly enough. With 3 nights, there’s ample time for a second trek or to explore some of the other activities on offer in the area! From Volcanoes, eventually make your way to Kigali where you will spend 1 night relaxing or exploring Rwanda’s vibrant and friendly capitol city. From Kigali, a flight will take you to Nairobi in Kenya, where a charter flight will be waiting to fly you into the Masai Mara region. Spend 3 nights here exploring Africa’s most famous wildlife region in search of the predators and abundance of other wildlife. One great aspect of this itinerary is that you don’t have to worry about timing for the migration, as right after the Mara you will charter flight to the Tanzanian border, complete border formalities, then charter flight into the Serengeti National Park where you will be accommodated at a mobile migration camp that follows the migration all year. This gives great flexibility and makes this itinerary fantastic ALL YEAR ROUND. Spend 3 nights in the Migration Camp following the wildebeest action as the millions move on their natural path. Now that you’ve experienced the greatest wildlife show on Earth, it’s time for some relaxation on Zanzibar Island. A charter flight out of the Serengeti to Arusha and an onward flight to Zanzibar soon has you arriving in a luxury beachside resort and spa to unwind and enjoy white sand beaches! The perfect way to end you East African Adventure.

The East Africa Safari captures the essence of classic east Africa, exposing you to the great apes, the great migration and beach retreat all in one. This safari is aimed mostly at mid-range and above travellers as it involves many internal flights with fixed costs. The flights are also great because you don’t spend entire days in transit by vehicle, but rather have short scenic flights between destinations.

Detailed itinerary

Nights 1-3: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The lodge is located close to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the gorillas. Situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga’s, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabyinyo offers wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside.  Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed – the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, one family cottage. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah. The main lodge building comprises reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library / games room, a responsible tourism / community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.

Night 4: Retreat By Heaven

The Retreat by Heaven is Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort featuring solar electricity and locally-crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm. Located on a peaceful, tree-lined street in the Kiyovu neighbourhood, the Retreat is minutes away from the city center, and ideally situated for any trip to Kigali.

The Superior King Suites are our most luxurious and spacious king rooms, with front and rear private patios, double sinks with teak vanities, indoor rain showers and outdoor showers with comfortable seating on the back terrace.

The Deluxe King Rooms have private patios, single sinks with teak vanities and indoor rain showers. They are wheelchair accessible.

All rooms include 24-hour reception and security, coffee and tea and fiber internet

Nights 5-7: Kicheche Bush Camp

The Camp is located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and consists of only 6 tents making it a very intimate camp. There is only 1 bed per 140 ha of wilderness, making the whole safari experience exclusive. The guiding is also top notch and with a real understanding and focus on photography. The Camp is located in the Conservancy, but close to the border of the National Reserve which is our view the best location in the Mara. The density of large predators is arguably the highest in Africa. The conservancy model adopted by the Conservancy pays the local land owners higher amounts of rent in return for more exclusivity.

The 6 tents are identical and is set far apart to ensure privacy. The tents are also very large compared to normal safari tents and during day time can be opened up completely. The tents are stylishly furnished with a small lounge area in front. Each tent has a spacious en-suite bathroom with a traditional bucket shower. There is also the simple luxury of an elegant common area for relaxing, having tea or dining. Lunch is often served outside under the trees,

The Camp focus on game drives with mostly 4 guests per vehicle and superb guides with a real understanding of photography. Being in a conservancy off-road driving and night drives are possible, ensuring a real close up and personal experience with the iconic large animals.

The Camp also offers bush walks and in addition there is a walking safari option to the other Kicheche camps in the Mara, with a one-night sleepout in a fly camp on the way.

Nights 8-10: 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.

There are in fact two identical Serengeti Safari camp’s which are separate from one another, which by so doing they have managed to keep each camp small and intimate with only 6 guest tents each. 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.

There is a separate lounge and dining tent where guests can relax and enjoy the fantastic food. And of course, there is also a much-needed fireplace to enjoy ones deserved sundowner drinks.

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.

Nights 11-13: 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.

Each villa features luxury interiors, beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns, large bathrooms with luxury fittings as well as a spacious terrace and private plunge pool. The menu is designed to feature the very best produce that the island has to offer, inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavours using the local Spices for which the island is famous as well as our favorite continental offerings. Every evening features a different influence showcasing the islands produce and spices.

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