Itinerary: Primate-Wildlife Complete Safari Adventure
Day 1: Today you will board your international flight to Kigali, Rwanda.After a short drive from the airport you will spend the night at the Kigali Serena Hotel. The Kigali Serena is the best hotel in Kigali and well situated. Check in, relax and get ready to experience Rwanda.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast you will drive 3 hours to Parc Nationales des Volcans (Volcano National Park). The journey north goes through beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. This park, made famous in the movie Gorillas In the Mist was the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research on the gorillas in the area.You will stay at Virunga Safari Lodge.This eco-lodge set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.
Day 3: Today is your big day to go find gorillas.You will leave Virunga Safari Lodge and drive 45 minutes to park headquarters.Here you will be briefed and be split up into groups of no more than 8 people to trek to see one of the habituated gorilla families. Once located, the time of which will depend on where the gorillas are that day, you will be able to spend about an hour observing the gorillas in their natural habitat.Then it is back to Virunga Lodge to get cleaned up and enjoy a sundowner while watching a beautiful African Sunset.
Day 4: Today you will spend another day at Virunga Lodge. Depending on the availability of permits you can trek for gorillas another day (At an extra cost of $750 U.S. pp. This must be decided in advance) or do one of several other activities at the lodge including a chance to climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Dian Fossey's grave, visit an orphanage or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes.
Day 5: Today you will say your goodbyes to your new friends at Virunga Lodge and return to Kigali.We have arranged for a tour of the city. Marvel at how clean the city is which is due to not only a ban of plastic bags throughout the entire country (something unique to Africa) and the fact that the last Saturday of every month everyone is responsible for cleaning up the city.You will visit the Hôtel des Mille Collines the actual hotel that is the subject of the Hotel Rwanda. You will then visit the Genocide Memorial and be moved by a powerful memorial to a tragic time in Rwanda that will cause you to be even more impressed by how far this country has progressed.You will once again stay the night at the Kigali Serena Hotel.
Day 6: This morning you will board a plane in Kigali and make your way to Arusha Tanzania where you will be met by your Infinite Safari Adventures Tanzanian Guide and driven to Tarangire National Park.You will do a game drive as you make your way to Tarangire Safari Lodge. Located amongst the rugged baobab trees (sometimes known as the “upside down tree”) Tarangire Safari Lodge boasts one of the best views in the park. You can view animals on their way to the river while sipping drinks from the veranda.Tarangire has the second highest density of elephants in Africa and it is not uncommon to have one wander into camp! Return at the end of the day to watch the sunset before heading off to dinner.You might even fall asleep to the sounds of lions off in the distance (or close up).
Day 7: Today you will spend another day in Tarangire National Park and all the wildlife there is to see – your experienced guide will take you to the best places to see elephant, buffalo, lion, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest; and perhaps an elusive leopard or cheetah.You will spend another night at Tarangire Safari Lodge. There is also the possibility to arrange a nature walk and night drive to afford your group the opportunity to view wildlife from a very unique perspective
Day 8: This morning you will leave Tarangire and drive up the Great Rift Valley to the village of Mto Wa Mbu.Here you will visit small villages, a Maasai boma (corral), see the Maasai tend their cattle, while nearby another tribe works their shamba (small scale village farm).You will visit the market, maybe a school and participate in other cultural activities. Stay the night at Rhino Lodge, a simple but reliable lodge set on the crater rim that is well situated for an early start tomorrow to Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 9: Today you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a game drive in one of the mostly densely packed wildlife areas in the world.Ngorongoro Crater is a collapsed volcano (a caldera) that formed about 2-3 million years ago.Measuring just 100 square miles on the floor it also boasts one of the densest population of lions in the area. At the end of the day, ascend the rim again and stay at Rhino Lodge again.
Day 10: This morning you will make your way to the Serengeti.As you do you will continue on with your exploration of the animals and the “circle of life” in the vast plains of the Serengeti with its unique “Kopis” or rock outcroppings (where lions and leopards are sometimes spotted using the rocks as their vantage point). You will drive through to the Serengeti ecosystem to stay at Ndutu Lodge. This iconic lodge is set by Lake Ndutu – itself a wildlife magnet.
Day 11: Spend a final day in the Serengeti.You could spend weeks here and not see everything.Your guide will continue to educate you and show your group how all of the animals and nature live together.Spend a final night at Ndutu Lodge.
Day 12: Today you will take a light aircraft from the Serengeti to the historic old port of Stonetown in Zanzibar. We will arrange a taxi to take you the short drive into the heart of old Stonetown where you will stay at Kisiwa House, a converted merchant’s house, dripping with history and character. Spend the evening exploring the intrigues of Stonetown on foot on a guided tour we will arrange for you.
Day 13: Today you will leave Stonetown and head up the coast for a couple of final days of R&R at one of Zanzibar’s wonderful beaches.We will arrange a spice tour of the island along the way.You will stay at the elegant Unguja Lodge. Comprised of special self-contained “cottages” each has its own private terrace overlooking Menai Bay.It is the perfect setting for a couple of days to relax and savor your African experience.
Day 14: Spend the day at Unguja Lodge. You can swim, snorkel, take a dhow sailboat ride or just do nothing at all.
Day 15: Spend a final day on Safari at Unguja Lodge. Take a final walk on the beach as you reflect all that you have seen, done and experienced on your trip to Africa – the wildlife you have seen, the people you have met and the beautiful sunsets you have witnessed.
Day 16: Today you will be transferred back to the airport for an internal flight to Dar Es Salaam and your international flight home.
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