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Big Game & Gorillas - Tanzania and Rwanda

 

Big Game & Gorillas - Tanzania and Rwanda

8 days - Designed on Request
Departing Daily on Request

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Game lovers, this safari is for you. The incomparable Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park combine with an amazing opportunity to trek for the mighty Mountain Gorilla on the hills of Volcanoes National Park to provide an unforgettable week of game viewing in East Africa. Accommodations are stunning, beginning with The Manor at Ngorongoro, nestled in the Conservation Area. The Manor's Dutch-architecture draws you to the spacious rooms, complete with working fireplace and cozy sitting areas. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and nosh on the terrace or in the intimate lounge. Moving into the Serengeti, accommodations are under canvas, conjuring images of an Out of Africa experience - with many more modern comforts. The spacious tents are decorated with the colors of Africa, complete with proper beds and toasty warm blankets; and ensuite bathroom and spacious verandah which makes a perfect spot for sun-rise watching.

On to Rwanda and Volcanoes National Park where, with luck, you will encounter the endangered and striking mountain Gorilla. Sitting mere feet from these amazing primates is unforgettable.

Permits are limited each day, so be sure to have several possible dates in mind and book early.

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Day 1  Arrive Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport this evening, where you will be met and transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The evening is at leisure.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Lying on the gentling rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any African safari.

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses – inclusive of 12 Plantation Suites – that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

The theme of coffee is never far away at Arusha Coffee Lodge, and this is never more evident than in the Plantation Suites where the theme coffee bean permeates even the interior designs of both the main bedroom as well as the beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom.

The homely feel of the Lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The friendly and personable staff help create an ambiance that continues to draw appreciation from all those who visit and stay.

Within the main Plantation House reside an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate bar and a cozy lounge, all of which possess inviting open log fires that will fill the cool night air with a comforting warmth and a welcoming glow.

With two boutiques, an enclosed and intimate swimming pool and a popular garden terrace, Arusha Coffee Lodge encourages exploration and discovery at every turn.

From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.

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Day 2  Arusha-Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD
Depart Arusha after breakfast this morning. Your drive takes you through the Rift Valley and up to the escarpment. During the ascent, you will have spectacular view of Lake Manyara, the Rift Valley and Maasai Steppe below. Continue through the rich farmlands to Karatu, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, have a walking tour of a coffee farm and visit the Iraqw village.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 10 luxurious cottages (20 Suites) and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.

Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away.

Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano - with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor - is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna.

And what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.

True elegance and grandeur - The Manor at Ngorongoro awaits.

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Day 3  Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD
Your day begins with a drive to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. In the early morning, the rim can often be foggy with the outlines of trees barely showing. As you descend from 8,000 fee at the rim to 6,000 feet on the crater's 102 square mile floor, you will have a spectacular view of some of the more than 30,000 resident animals that call the crater their home. Enjoy a picnic lunch near a hippo pool and then continue game viewing until you ascend back to the rim of the crater late afternoon.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 10 luxurious cottages (20 Suites) and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.

Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away.

Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano - with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor - is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna.

And what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.

True elegance and grandeur - The Manor at Ngorongoro awaits.

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Day 4  Ngorongoro-Serengeti | Meals: BLD
Drive to Lake Manyara today where you continue by light aircraft flight to the Serengeti. On arrival at the airstrip, a camp vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your luxury camp. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in Tanzania's most famous game park.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in South Central Serengeti - Tanzania - (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of ten-tented accommodations, all of which have en-suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten.

A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us.The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

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Day 5  Serengeti | Meals: BLD
Rise early this morning to enjoy a game drive as the animals begin to stir across the expansive plains of the Serengeti. You'll have time to relax in camp during the heat of the day before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Game is abundant in the Serengeti: wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and impala all dot the horizon. The predators are found here as well and you will almost certainly spot lion and cheetah during your stay.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in South Central Serengeti - Tanzania - (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of ten-tented accommodations, all of which have en-suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten.

A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us.The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

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Day 6  Serengeti-Kigali | Meals: B
After a game drive this morning, transfer to the airstrip to board your light aircraft flight to Kigali, arriving early this evening. A short transfer takes you to your hotel for the evening.

Kigali Serena Hotel

Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.

Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.

Regarded by many as Kigali’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom

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Day 7  Kigali-Volcanoes National Park (Gorilla Trekking) | Meals: BLD
An early morning drive takes you to Volcanoes National Park. Parc National Des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is in the far northwest of Rwanda and is comprised of rich evergreen and bamboo forest along with swamp and open grassland. As you climb higher up above the foothills, you enter the rainforest alive with the cocophony of birds and the chattering of rare golden monkeys. Here in the highest reaches of the mountains, you find the elusive and majestic Mountain Gorilla.

This morning you will meet with the National Park guides for guidelines on how to behave in the forest and in the presence of the gorillas. Then, trek begins. If you are lucky, you will encounter a group of gorillas for a magical visit. You can spend about an hour with the gorillas, watching them interact with each other. As you watch them groom each other, or little ones play, or parents "scold" their children, you'll be struck at the similarities to human behavior.

After your trek, you'll proceed to the lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla – perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible.

The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa. The lodge is built and operated by Governors’ Camp. The lodge is owned by a Community Trust, SACOLA, which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five cottages, two suites and 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.

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Day 8  Kigali-Depart | Meals: B
Return to Kigali this morning where you are dropped off at the airport for your departing flight home. (Departing flights should be booked after 5 pm)

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Visiting

  • Arusha
  • Ngorongoro
  • Serengeti
  • Kigali
  • Volcanoes National Park

This Tour Includes

  • Deluxe accommodations with en-suite facilities
  • Full breakfast daily; 5 lunches and 5 dinners (BLD)
  • Game viewing in Tanzania by 4x4 safari vehicle with English speaking driver/guide
  • Complimentary bottled water days 2-4(1/2 liter per day)
  • Light aircraft flights Lake Manyara-Serengeti-Kigali
  • One gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park with experienced Rangers
  • All park entry fees, service charges, hotel taxes
  • UTG Safari Kit including document wallet and baggage tags
  • UTG Exclusive Safari Delay Protection
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Game lovers, this safari is for you. The incomparable Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park combine with an amazing opportunity to trek for the mighty Mountain Gorilla on the hills of Volcanoes National Park to provide an unforgettable week of game viewing in East Africa. Accommodations are stunning, beginning with The Manor at Ngorongoro, nestled in the Conservation Area. The Manor's Dutch-architecture draws you to the spacious rooms, complete with working fireplace and cozy sitting areas. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and nosh on the terrace or in the intimate lounge. Moving into the Serengeti, accommodations are under canvas, conjuring images of an Out of Africa experience - with many more modern comforts. The spacious tents are decorated with the colors of Africa, complete with proper beds and toasty warm blankets; and ensuite bathroom and spacious verandah which makes a perfect spot for sun-rise watching.

On to Rwanda and Volcanoes National Park where, with luck, you will encounter the endangered and striking mountain Gorilla. Sitting mere feet from these amazing primates is unforgettable.

Permits are limited each day, so be sure to have several possible dates in mind and book early.

Connoisseur

Visiting

  • Arusha
  • Ngorongoro
  • Serengeti
  • Kigali
  • Volcanoes National Park

This Tour Includes

  • Deluxe accommodations with en-suite facilities
  • Full breakfast daily; 5 lunches and 5 dinners (BLD)
  • Game viewing in Tanzania by 4x4 safari vehicle with English speaking driver/guide
  • Complimentary bottled water days 2-4(1/2 liter per day)
  • Light aircraft flights Lake Manyara-Serengeti-Kigali
  • One gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park with experienced Rangers
  • All park entry fees, service charges, hotel taxes
  • UTG Safari Kit including document wallet and baggage tags
  • UTG Exclusive Safari Delay Protection
Day 1  Arrive Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport this evening, where you will be met and transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The evening is at leisure.
Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Lying on the gentling rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any African safari.

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses – inclusive of 12 Plantation Suites – that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

The theme of coffee is never far away at Arusha Coffee Lodge, and this is never more evident than in the Plantation Suites where the theme coffee bean permeates even the interior designs of both the main bedroom as well as the beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom.

The homely feel of the Lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The friendly and personable staff help create an ambiance that continues to draw appreciation from all those who visit and stay.

Within the main Plantation House reside an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate bar and a cozy lounge, all of which possess inviting open log fires that will fill the cool night air with a comforting warmth and a welcoming glow.

With two boutiques, an enclosed and intimate swimming pool and a popular garden terrace, Arusha Coffee Lodge encourages exploration and discovery at every turn.

From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.

×

Day 2  Arusha-Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD
Depart Arusha after breakfast this morning. Your drive takes you through the Rift Valley and up to the escarpment. During the ascent, you will have spectacular view of Lake Manyara, the Rift Valley and Maasai Steppe below. Continue through the rich farmlands to Karatu, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, have a walking tour of a coffee farm and visit the Iraqw village.
The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 10 luxurious cottages (20 Suites) and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.

Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away.

Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano - with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor - is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna.

And what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.

True elegance and grandeur - The Manor at Ngorongoro awaits.

×

Day 3  Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD
Your day begins with a drive to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. In the early morning, the rim can often be foggy with the outlines of trees barely showing. As you descend from 8,000 fee at the rim to 6,000 feet on the crater's 102 square mile floor, you will have a spectacular view of some of the more than 30,000 resident animals that call the crater their home. Enjoy a picnic lunch near a hippo pool and then continue game viewing until you ascend back to the rim of the crater late afternoon.
The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 10 luxurious cottages (20 Suites) and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture.

Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home.

The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away.

Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano - with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor - is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna.

And what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.

True elegance and grandeur - The Manor at Ngorongoro awaits.

×

Day 4  Ngorongoro-Serengeti | Meals: BLD
Drive to Lake Manyara today where you continue by light aircraft flight to the Serengeti. On arrival at the airstrip, a camp vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your luxury camp. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in Tanzania's most famous game park.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in South Central Serengeti - Tanzania - (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of ten-tented accommodations, all of which have en-suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten.

A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us.The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

×

Day 5  Serengeti | Meals: BLD
Rise early this morning to enjoy a game drive as the animals begin to stir across the expansive plains of the Serengeti. You'll have time to relax in camp during the heat of the day before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Game is abundant in the Serengeti: wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and impala all dot the horizon. The predators are found here as well and you will almost certainly spot lion and cheetah during your stay.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in South Central Serengeti - Tanzania - (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of ten-tented accommodations, all of which have en-suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten.

A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us.The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

×

Day 6  Serengeti-Kigali | Meals: B
After a game drive this morning, transfer to the airstrip to board your light aircraft flight to Kigali, arriving early this evening. A short transfer takes you to your hotel for the evening.
Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.

Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.

Regarded by many as Kigali’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom

×

Day 7  Kigali-Volcanoes National Park (Gorilla Trekking) | Meals: BLD
An early morning drive takes you to Volcanoes National Park. Parc National Des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is in the far northwest of Rwanda and is comprised of rich evergreen and bamboo forest along with swamp and open grassland. As you climb higher up above the foothills, you enter the rainforest alive with the cocophony of birds and the chattering of rare golden monkeys. Here in the highest reaches of the mountains, you find the elusive and majestic Mountain Gorilla.

This morning you will meet with the National Park guides for guidelines on how to behave in the forest and in the presence of the gorillas. Then, trek begins. If you are lucky, you will encounter a group of gorillas for a magical visit. You can spend about an hour with the gorillas, watching them interact with each other. As you watch them groom each other, or little ones play, or parents "scold" their children, you'll be struck at the similarities to human behavior.

After your trek, you'll proceed to the lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla – perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible.

The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa. The lodge is built and operated by Governors’ Camp. The lodge is owned by a Community Trust, SACOLA, which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five cottages, two suites and 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.

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Day 8  Kigali-Depart | Meals: B
Return to Kigali this morning where you are dropped off at the airport for your departing flight home. (Departing flights should be booked after 5 pm)

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