Serengeti Migration and Mountain Gorillas

12 Days ~ Tanzania & Rwanda

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Serengeti Migration and Mountain Gorillas

Experience the unrivaled beauty of Tanzania’s northern landscapes and the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ on this magical 10-day adventure through the heart of Africa. This unforgettable tour takes you from the untamed wilds of Tanzania’s Tarangire to the ‘African Eden’ of the Ngorongoro Crater where you can picnic in the shade of acacia trees against a backdrop of breath-taking views. Venture out onto the plains of the Serengeti, whose waving golden grasses teeming with game have long epitomized the beauty of Africa, before venturing into the depth of Rwanda’s deepest jungles to experience an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with endangered mountain gorillas.
This incredible tour will also give you the opportunity to experience one of nature’s greatest phenomena – The Great Migration – where hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other undulates wind their way across the grassy plains of East Africa in search of food, water and a safe place to birth. As the exact timing and route of the Migration changes from year to year, the location of the accommodation on this safari will differ according to the season and the location of the Migration, ensuring you experience this wondrous spectacle with front row seats.
Starting Price US$ 6,670 pp*

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Arusha

    You will be met by our representative at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha.
    Overnight Mount Meru Hotel

  • Day 2 Arusha – Tarangire

    This Morning with your personal driver-guide you’ll head to Tarangire National Park, the park is characterized by giant Baobab trees and big herds of Elephants. Game viewing in the park.
    Dinner and overnight Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge BLD

  • Day 3 Tarangire

    Full day game drive in Trangire. The park is renowned for its huge herds of elephant. Elephant population in the park is estimated to be over 3500. Tarangire is also a bird lovers’ paradise, with about 450 species.
    Dinner and overnight Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge BLD

  • Day 4 Tarangire - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater

    Today you will spend the day in Lake Manyara National Park.
    This relatively small wilderness reserve was named after the alkaline lake filled with thousands of flamingos roaming the banks for food and hippos bathing in the waters. However the most famous inhabitants of this park are the tree-climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the park. In Afternoon proceed towards Ngorongoro Crater.
    Overnight Ngorongoro Pakulala Camp  BLD

  • Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater

    Leaving early in the morning with picnic lunch, you will spend most of the day game driving on the floor of the crater. The bottom of the crater dotted with watering-holes, shelters almost 30 000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. Covering an area of 259 sq.kms and standing at 2236m above sea level, it is called the eighth wonder of the world.
    Overnight Ngorongoro Pakulala Camp  BLD

  • Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti 

    This morning  you will leave the highlands for the vast plains of  the Serengeti. Serengeti means endless plains in Maasai language, an appropriate word to describe the largest Tanzania National park. The park is famous for its incredible variety of wildlife species, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra,  predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, this is undoubtedly one of the most authentic and exciting safari experience that is possible to enjoy. Your accommodation is a luxury mobile camp, from late December to March in the Ndutu area, from July to October in Kogatende area, Northern Serengeti.

    Overnight  Kirurumu Serengeti Camp  BLD ( Location according to season)

  • Day 7 & 8 Serengeti

    In the first months of the year  the migration reaches the short grass between the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro conservation area, it is also the calving season of up to 800.000 wildebeest and zebra. Your camp is ideally located  between the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From February till March, this is prime position to be near the millions of animals making up the Great Migration.

    After spending the wet season on the short grass Serengeti plains, the wildebeests move northwards, reaching the Mara River between July and November, your campsite is exceptionally well placed for wildebeest crossings of the Mara River.

    Overnights  Kirurumu Serengeti Camp  BLD ( Location according to season)

  • Day 9 Serengeti - Kigali

    After breakfast you’ll enjoy a morning game drive followed by lunch at your camp. After lunch, drive to the nearest airstrip for your flight to Kigali  operated by Coastal Aviation. Stop at Mwenza airport for Immigration formalities (Tanzania) . Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
    Overnight at Hotel Milles Collines  BL

  • Day 10 Kigali – Virunga Mountains

    After breakfast, half day city tour, including the genocide museum/memorial, then we drive to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. The road to Ruhengeri is sealed offering stunning scenery of the hills and valleys of this green and lush country, taking a little more than 2 hours. From Ruhengeri we have a 20 minute drive to Kinigi at the base of Sabyinyo Mountain, with excellent views of the rest of all of the Virunga Volcanoes.
    Overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel BLD

  • Day 11 Gorilla tracking day

    After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. In the afternoon, if time weather permits, visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo or the local markets in the Musanze town.
    Overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel  BLD

  • Day 12 Virunga Mountains - Kigali

    After an early breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park HQs for the start of your golden monkeys tracking or Dian Fossey hike experience. Following lunch, drive back to Kigali for your departure flight. BL

     

  • Price

    Dec 2016 to March 2017
    US$ 6,670 per person based on 4 guests
    US$ 7,850 per person based on 2 guests

    July to October 2017
    US$ 6,800 per person based on 4 guests
    US$ 8,050 per person based on 2 guests

     

  • Included

    Private safari
    Arrival and departure airport transfers
    Transportation and all game drives in safari custom built 4×4 Land Cruiser
    Experienced English speaking driver/ guide
    Meals plan as indicated in the itinerary
    Flight Serengeti/Kigali
    1 Gorilla permit at US$ 750
    All park entrance fees to the various game reserves and parks
    Mineral water in your safari vehicle
    Enrollment with Flying Doctors Evacuation Service

     

  • Not included

    International flights
    Visas
    Travel & Medical Insurance
    Any extras not mentioned above such as extra meals and activities
    All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
    Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
    Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, currency and exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges
    Any items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc

     

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