Discover Rwanda’s captivating natural beauty. Explore the verdant hills by road and on foot. Trek through lush jungles on volcanic slopes until you reach Dian Fossey’s former base and see the impressive gorillas who still claim this area as their home. Spend time exploring Kigali and learn about the culture, traditions, and resilience of the people of this amazing country. Visit Tanzania, and the Serengeti plains where you will find the biggest birds, the smallest antelopes and stunning scenery. Join us and one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on Earth for a rich adventure where you can truly live your destination. Relax in Zanzibar at your beach hotel. This is East Africa Off The Map style.
Gorilla trekking, Ngorongoro Crater Rim Discovery Safari, Migratory birds at Lake Manyara, Game Safari Serengeti, Lake Eyasi & Hadzabe Bushmen, Zanzibar.
Kigali, Nairobi, Arusha, Karatu, Stone Town
See gorillas in their natural habitat, learn about unique local cultures, Visit with one of the only remaining hunter-gatherer tribes on earth, Spend time with the Datoga tribe at Lake Eyasi, Spend time with the Datoga tribe at Lake Eyasi, Explore national parks and unique eco-systems, Explore national parks and unique eco-systems, Visit Stone Town’s night market (optional), tour a spice plantation (optional).
Variety of Transport:
4×4 jeeps, van, local taxis, walk
Game Safaris, cultural visits, walking and short hikes
Unique Local Experiences:
Unique culture of the jungle; learn traditional jungle ways. Join Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga tribe members in their daily activities. Includes a bush trek, foraging and a great opportunity to spend time with a unique African tribe. Visit local markets and tour a spice plantation.
Arrive at Kigali
Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park
Visit Golden Monkey Sanctuary – Kigali
Depart Kigali – JRO – Arusha
Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi – Bushmen Game – Serengeti
Serengeti – Karatu
Ngorongoro Crater –JRO – Zanzibar
Zanzibar – Depart
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 01: Arrive Kigali
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kigali. If you have arrived on a long flight from North America, its best to retire early and overcome your jet lag. Overnight at hotel..
Day 02: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, we can start with a quick tour of Kigali visiting places like Kigali Memorial museum and the down town core. After lunch we will embark on a scenic drive to the Volcanoes National Park. After checking in your lodge, join us to visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village. Iby’iwacu is a not for profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities through provision of conservation incentives like supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. Overnight at your lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 03: GORILLA TREK – Volcanoes National Park
After a hearty breakfast, you will join us to the ORTPN (Office of Rwanda Tourism and Parks) office for registration and briefing on the Gorilla tracking rules. Once our guides and gorilla trackers know where the location of the gorilla group we are visiting that day is determined will start our hike. We penetrate deep in the forest to search for these rare Mountain Gorillas. Finding gorillas like this in their natural environment is an amazing and an unforgettable experience. Here you spend some time observing their behaviour and taking pictures. Trek back to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, you can visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, offering stunning panoramic views of the volcanic mountains. Return to the Lodge for dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 04 Volcanoes National Park – Kigali
After breakfast you can join the rangers for another amazing adventure to discover the Golden Monkeys. Trek through the forest to find these amazing creatures, in groups no larger than eight people. Observe the behaviour of this highly social species as they they leap from tree to tree in highly exuberant fashion making it difficult to photograph. If time permits you can join us on a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the local market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural center and the genocide memorial. Try a good dinner in the downtown district on your own. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 05: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha City
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before your driver picks you up for transport to the airport. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our representative will meet you and pick you up. Enjoy the leisurely drive to Arusha. The drive will take approximately one hour. Your professional safari guide will be sharing the safari briefing with you today. While you get to know your guide, you can also learn a number of good tips on culture, safety and exciting new adventure ahead of you. Overnight at lodge. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 07: Tarangire NP – Lake Manyara NP – Lake Eyasi
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to Lake Manyara for the game drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because of its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake. This creates an ideal environment for micro-organisms to grow that feed the flamingos. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, tree climbing lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, Grant gazelles, leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks. Later in this evening continue driving to Lake Eyasi for evening leisure and hot dinner. Overnight: Lakeside Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08: Lake Eyasi cultural Visit – Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast you will meet your local guide who speaks the language of your next hosts. Your hosts are the Hadzabe Bushmen, a unique tribe that is likely the last hunter-gatherer tribes of the African plains. The Hadzabe live in a remote area near Lake Eyasi. Once you arrive they greet you warmly and explain their way of life and how they hunt. If you like you can join them on their morning hunt. Yes, join a real deal bush trek: hunting, honey gathering, baobab fruit foraging, tribal chanting, dancing and sitting around their daily campfires. The time spent with the Hadzabe Bushmen is not choreographed in a specific way, we simply join in whatever they are doing during their day. As a result, it is important that we remain flexible. If game is near, the Hadzabe dash off into the bush for it and we can join them, given we can keep up with them. Later we join the Datoga tribe, another well preserved traditional tribe in the Lake Eyasi area, and participate in whatever they are doing, such as making yogurt in a calabash, milking cows, making butter and joining their traditional dances. Later in the afternoon, we head on to the Great Serengeti Plains. We start a game drive as soon as we enter the park until we reach our mobile tent where hot dinner will be served. Overnight Luxury Tented Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
09: Serengeti National ParkDay
This morning wake up to the sounds the wildlife of the Serengeti, one of the most natural and probably the oldest ecosystems on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves. This is probably where the Human story began. One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and instincts, following water sources in a clockwise cycle traveling 600 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species. After a full day game drive in in the Serengeti, we arrive at the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner. Overnight: Luxury Tented Camp. Meals: Bf Lunch & Dinner.
Day 10: Serengeti NP – Ngorongoro/Karatu
After breakfast, depart for final game drive in Serengeti National Park. After lunch, you will drive toward the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, we will make a stop at the crater view point which appears half a mile below you, inviting you to gaze at this natural wonder. Proceed to Karatu to have a splendid stay and overnight at your hotel. Overnight: Ngorongoro area resort. Meals: Bf, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater – Zanzibar
Early breakfast, and then descend into the crater for a half day crater tour. Ngorongoro Crater, formed 30 million years ago, is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. It is 100 square miles and drops a half-mile. It contains a unique ecosystem inhabited by 30,000 animals. A caldera is the floor of a volcano that has dissolved and dropped over time. Inside the world’s biggest caldera, you cannot fail to be captivated by the rich and diverse wildlife. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African Savanna. The Big Five and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including giraffes, zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed in the Ngorongoro Crater close up. The Ngorongoro maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks in Tanzania. After lunch, proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to Zanzibar Island. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 12 – 14 : Zanzibar
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Day 15: Transfer to airport for your international flight home
Accommodation: Our unique select hotels/guest houses with clean rooms, reliable service and safe for foreign travellers.Meals: Meals as mentioned in the program outline, are included
Meals: As mentioned with the program.
All entrance fees for sites are included in the tour with the exception of those that are mentioned otherwise.
Air-conditioned transport throughout the tour (as per sightseeing program and hotel transfers).
Experienced and professional chauffeurs.
Sightseeing as mentioned with the tour details.
English speaking guide and/or trip leaders.
Services do not include:
Entry visas (if applicable).
If you book your flights yourself, you may be required to pay an additional cost for the airport transfers. Please contact our office to confirm.
International Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
Domestic Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, use of mini-bar at the hotels, laundry or personal medications.
Any expenses that may arise due to unforeseen natural or political situation.
Insurance: We strongly recommend that all clients consider buying Trip Cancellation/Interruption + Medical Travel Insurance. Contact our office for a quote.
Tips and gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and trip leaders.
This trip may only operate with a minimum number of participants.
Sudden changes in the foreign currency rates can impact the prices. We can only protect our prices as long as they do not change over 5%.
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