Rwanda and Tanzania

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Day 1: Arrive in Kigali

You are met upon arrival in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and transferred to your hotel. Due to late flight arrival times, dinner will be arranged at our group hotel.
Overnight in Kigali.

 

Day 2: Kigali - Drive to Volcanoes National Park

This morning we enjoy a late breakfast followed by our welcome meeting. We start our tour with a visit to the Genocide Museum prior to our departure to Volcanoes National Park.
Upon our arrival we enjoy a short walk as the views of the volcanoes in the early evening can be quite spectacular.
Overnight in Volcanoes National Park.

 

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking - Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast, we depart for a day of mountain gorilla tracking. You will be transported by vehicle to the start point at the ORTPN offices to meet your gorilla mountain trekking guide. Your guide with give you a short briefing before setting out on your gorilla trek.

The hike can vary in length and terrain, but be prepared for an average of 2-6 hours hiking, plus, of course, the hour spent watching the gorillas. Return to the lodge for a hot shower and time to relax before dinner.
Overnight in Volcanoes National Park.

 

Day 4: Kigali - Fly to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

After breakfast, we drive back to Kigali in time for lunch before our flight to Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight in West Kilimanjaro.

 

Day 5: West Kilimanjaro

Today we make our way to a rural women's cooperative, the Ngaroni Women's Group, situated on the western foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here we have an opportunity to become part of the village as we enjoy a walking tour of the village accompanied by the local farmers. We will have a chance to learn about the stingless bee project started in 1993 and other self-help programs being used to sustain the community. Overnight in West Kilimanjaro.

 

Day 6: To Tarangire National Park

This morning we make our way to Arusha in time to visit a local market before lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to the Tarangire National Park enjoying game viewing opportunities enroute to our camp.

The Tarangire National Park is idolized in Hollywood movies, romanticized by early settlers and sought after ever since by the modern traveler.

Open savannah, looming primeval baobab trees and stretched groves of acacia compete with roaming herds of elephants and an impressive array of predators to provide the very definition of the African bush.
Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

 

Day 7: Tarangire National Park

Leaving camp early in the morning, we can make the most of prime game viewing opportunities before heading back to the lodge for lunch.

We will do a game drive in late afternoon and take time to enjoy the sunset in one of the best locations in Africa. The spectacular backdrop will give you a taste of life as an African explorer. An evening game drive will open up the world of Africa's nocturnal game.
Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

 

Day 8: Maasai Village, to Lake Eyasi

We leave the park early enjoy game viewing along the way. We then make our way to a traditional Maasai Boma village. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history and lifestyle of the Maasai people.

From here we enjoy a local primary school visit where we have an opportunity to meet the principle and students in the community. After lunch at a local hotel, we make our way to Lake Eyasi where we will enjoy our stay for the next two days.
Overnight near Lake Eyasi

 

Day 9: Lake Eyasi, Bushmen Experience

After an early breakfast, we drive to meet the Hadzabe Bushman, related to the San and Kung Bushmen of Kalahari fame. The Hadzabe are a fascinating, traditional people. Experiencing life through the eyes of such ancient peoples will give you a privileged view of the lives of one of the last groups of authentic hunter-gatherer groups left in Africa. We return to our lodge in time for dinner.
Overnight near Lake Eyasi.

 

Days 10 - 11: To Central Serengeti National Park - Safari

After breakfast we depart for Tanzania's most famous game park. For the next three days, watch for big game as we travel through the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti could easily be the most famous national park in the world. The primeval paradise, roughly the size of Northern Ireland or Connecticut, has been the subject of countless wildlife films, each seeking to capture the unique spirit of these exhilarating eco-systems that was, until recently, the domain of the favored few. The unfurling plains provide the stage for the most dramatic wildlife spectacle on the planet when the massive herds of millions of wildebeest congregate on the short grass plains for the great migration north to the Maasai Mara. The gently undulating hills of Lobo stretch up to the Kenyan border, an idyllic landscape, dotted with kopjes and shady arbors, in which we track the resident wildlife.
Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.
*Optional Balloon flight on the morning of Day 11*

 

Day 12: To South Western Serengeti Region

After an early breakfast, we spend the day on safari as we follow the wildebeest migration to our camp located in the South Western part of the Serengeti.
Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

 

Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge

After breakfast, we continue our game drive out of the Serengeti National Park heading towards Ngorongoro Crater. Enroute, we stop at the viewpoint overlooking the Olduvai Gorge. A river canyon cuts 300 feet into the volcanic Serengeti Plains which was once the home of our earliest ancestors. The Gorge was made famous by the discoveries of fossil fragments of Homo sapiens by the Leakey family in 1959 and we will visit the small, but excellent museum. While we have our picnic lunch, we can enjoy a talk from museum staff about the discoveries made in the valley below us. Not everyone can visit the valley below but we can experience this as we have special permission as one of the only groups allowed to visit the actual site of discovery.

We continue driving to Ngorongoro with the road offering spectacular views - sometimes over the Serengeti Plains and other times into the crater itself.
Overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

 

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

This morning we wake up to breathtaking views, followed by a crater tour before making our way back to Arusha. After lunch we enjoy a visit to the Cultural Heritage Centre followed by free time before our farewell dinner.
Overnight in Arusha

*It is possible to fly home from the Kilimanjaro airport in the late evening depending on flight schedules*

 

Day 15: Depart Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International airport in time to connect to your flight home.

 
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