This custom one-of-a-kind safari has been created to offer you an incredible Gorilla-Wildlife-Migration Experience. It has been created to offer everything that can be included in a safari of this type. First, you will travel to the amazing revitalized country of Rwanda where you will tour its capital and then to track Gorillas in the area where Dian Fossey of “Gorillas In The Mist” fame did her research. Then it is on to Tanzania where your safari has been designed to coincide when the Great Wildebeest Migration occurs in the Serengeti. This is one of the most stunning wildlife spectacles in the world. You will stay at wonderful well-situated lodges chosen for their excellent locations and organized in a manner to maximize your game viewing time and minimize your transfer times from park to park. It provides the option for some unique cultural opportunities as well. This is a trip designed for you to fall in love with Africa—its beauty, its people and its wildlife.
Day 1: Welcome To Rwanda! Welcome to Rwanda! Upon landing and clearing customs and immigration your guide will meet you and take the Kigali Marriott Hotel (BB). Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five- star Kigali Hotel is the newest hotel in Kigali. You will be amazed at how clean the city is as Rwanda was the first country in Africa to ban plastic bags and the last Saturday of every month is Umaganda Day where everyone pitches in to clean up the city. Check in, relax and get ready to experience Rwanda!
Day 2: City Tour Of Kigali. After breakfast we have arranged a tour of Kigali and you will be amazed how clean the city is as plastic bags have been banned in Rwanda and everyone is responsible on the last Saturday of the month to clean their neighborhood. You will also be given a tour of the Genocide Memorial. This memorial gives a full honest description of what took place here 30 years ago. Afterwards you will make your way up to the mountains near Parc Nationales des Volcans (Volcano National Park). The drive takes about 3 hours and there is no rush to get there. There may be some time to shop along the way. You will have time to spend with your guide and get to know him as you journey north through beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize 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.
Day 3: Time To See Gorillas! Today is your day to go find Gorillas. You will take a short drive 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 your accommodations to get cleaned up and enjoy a sundowner and savor the amazing wildlife experience you have just had.
Day 4: Let’s Go See Golden Monkeys! Spend another day in the mountains. Today we have arranged for a hike in the same area as the gorillas to see the beautiful golden monkeys in the area. Assuming there is time, we will take you for a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural Village. Operated by a non-profit that saw that many poachers in the area engaged in that activity because there was no other way to feed their families, this organization’s goal is to improve the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park with a community enterprise where you can see how communities in this area used to live and survive.
Day 5: Back To Kigali & Nyamirambo Women’s Center. Today you will say your goodbyes to the mountains and return to Kigali. After breakfast, your guide will drive you back in time to enjoy the “This is Africa Project” tour—this experience brings you right into the heart of the colors, noises and smells of Africa. Working with the young and charming women of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC) they will guide you through their home area. Among others, you will experience the Muslim quarter with its Arab influences, the market, the West African tailors, the hair salons, the recording studio with its local rap music, the butcher, the health center and the primary school. Your hosts will also invite you to one of their homes where you will learn how to cook a Rwandan meal.
Day 6: Off To The Southern Serengeti. This morning you will board a plane in Kigali and make your way to Tanzania. You will most likely land in the border town of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria to clear customs and immigration. Then you will fly to the Northern Serengeti where you will meet your Tanzanian guide and you will do a game drive as you make your way to your mobile camp. Your camp is superbly located to provide the perfect base for a chance to witness the Great Migration
Day 7: A Day In The Serengeti. Spend a full day in the Serengeti. You will go on a game drive to look for wildlife and perhaps enjoy a lunch in the bush. There is a wide variety of wildlife in the area. The return at the end of the day to sit around the fire, enjoy a sundowner and contemplate all that you have seen. Spend another night Nasikia Mobile Camp (FB).
Day 8: A Final Day In The Serengeti. Today is your final day in the Serengeti. You could spend weeks here and not see everything. Your guide will continue to educate you as to how all of the animals and nature live together. As you sip your sundowner around the fire think back on all that you have seen, all that you have done and the people you have met. Get ready to move to your next destination in Tanzania.
Day 9: Olduvai Gorge & Ngorongoro Crater. This morning after breakfast you will continue with your safari. You will make your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Along the way you will stop at Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge is the archeological site known as “the cradle of man.” Visit the museum and enjoy a brief rest in the place where it was demonstrated that humans originally evolved in Africa. A little known fact is that Olduvai is a misspelling of Oldupai, which is a Maasai word for the wild sisal plant that grows in the gorge. Continue to the Ngorongoro Crater rim to check into your accommodations
Day 10: Game Drive In Ngorongoro Crater. 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 to another great dinner and to relax.
Day 11: Cultural Visit and Tarangire National Park. After breakfast you and your guide will make your way to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you will stop lunch at a women’s cooperative in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Here you will learn from the women how they prepare and cook meals in the village. Then you will continue to Tarangire National Park home to one of the densest population of elephants in Africa and it is not uncommon to have one wander into camp! At the end of the day watch the sunset, sit around the fire sipping your sundowner before heading off to dinner. You might even fall asleep to the sounds of lions off in the distance (or close up, but don’t worry there are Maasai guards posted around camp all night).
Day 12: Tarangire National Park. Today you will spend a final day in the bush and 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.
Day 13: Time To Say Until Next Time. Today your guide will drive you back to Arusha where you will say your goodbyes. Your guide has probably has become like a member of your own family. We have arranged a day room for you at KIA Lodge where you can rest and relax. Have a drink at the Kilimanjaro Bar where if it is clear will provide you a great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. At the appropriate time you will be transferred back to the airport for your international flight home.
Pricing available on request. Single supplement charges apply.
All Infinite Safari Adventures’ safaris are created exclusively for you. They are all inclusive. What this means is that from the moment you land from the moment you are on the plane to go home you do not plan anything, worry about anything or reach into your pocket for anything while on safari except drinks, tips and items of a personal nature. It also does not include international flights, visa fees, other activities, or international travel insurance. We strongly recommend all clients take out international travel insurance – we can advise on this if you would like.
Please note – All safaris designed for you are subject to availability of accommodations and space on chartered flights. It is best to book as far in advance as possible to insure the best chance of having space available.
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