16 Day Game & Gorillas
This is the ultimate safari for wildlife lovers! Staying in very comfortable lodges, we visit the major parks of Kenya & Tanzania including Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara in Kenya and Lake Victoria, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Taragire in Tanzania. We then head out to Rwanda and the Parc ...Read Full Description
- Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; Nakuru, Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania
- Trip Length:
- 16 days
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Honeymoon, Romantic Getaway, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
This is the ultimate safari for wildlife lovers! Staying in very comfortable lodges, we visit the major parks of Kenya & Tanzania including Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara in Kenya and Lake Victoria, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Taragire in Tanzania. We then head out to Rwanda and the Parc des Volcans for three days of your choice of Gorilla trekking, the Golden Monkey trek and a visit to Dian Fossey’s grave. Finish this off with two days of relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu, an area often referred to as the ‘Martha’s Vineyard of Rwanda’.
Day 1 - Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 - Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park arriving back to the lodge in time for a swim, cocktails and dinner. About Lake Nakuru Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.
Day 3 - Kenya
Leaving the lodge after an early breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift Valley to arrive in time for lunch at the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Spend the afternoon game-viewing across its rolling savannah plains returning in time for a swim and cocktails before dinner. Dinner and overnight at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 4 - Kenya
Spend the day on safari in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. About the Masai Mara National Reserve Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet; blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds.
Day 5 - Tanzania
After breakfast cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania at Isabenia and drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Speke Bay Lodge, which is on the lake shore, and spend a restful afternoon on the largest inland lake in the world. The white-painted lodge, which offers a series of traditional round or ‘rondavel' thatched buildings, has been styled to resemble a small village of the local Sukuma people and offers guided walks, biking, fishing, canoeing and more (some or all of which may be charged additionally). Dinner at the lodge.
Day 6 - Tanzania
After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park in time for lunch at the Seronera Wildlife Lodge, then enjoy an afternoon's game drive before returning to the lodge in time for a swim, cocktails and dinner. About the Serengeti National Park Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania's first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Day 7 - Tanzania
With a full day on safari (game drives morning and afternoon) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet' translates as ‘the endless plains', offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge.
Day 8 - Tanzania
After breakfast, leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘Cradle of Mankind' and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. After lunch at the site, continue into the crater for an afternoon tour. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, which enjoys magnificent views down into the crater. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. About the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania's most visited destination. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 9 - Tanzania
After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park, an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees, towering termite mounts, and home to huge herds of elephant. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a game drive before arriving at Maramboi Tented Camp. Situated on a 25,000 hectare Maasai communal ranch, the camp offers just 20 spacious tents, all surrounded by timber decks, while activities include guided walks, ornithology and cultural interaction with the Datoga and Maasai people, whose communities lie adjacent to the camp. The camp also offers its own swimming pool. Dinner at the camp. About the Tarangire National Park Named after the Tarangire River which runs through it, is an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees, towering termite mounts, and home to huge herds of elephant.
Day 10 - Rwanda
After breakfast, drive to Arusha to catch your flight to Kigali, Rwanda. On arrival in Kigali you are met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. The Manor Hotel is one of Kigali’s loveliest hotels set in what is known as Kigali's Beverly Hills, the five-star Manor Hotel is built above the Nyarutarama Valley, the most charming green area of the city. Overnight The 5 Star Manor House Kigali. (B) Note: If you cannot book your flight for this day, it is possible to depart for Kigali the next day.
Day 11 - Rwanda
After breakfast we embark on a city tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial Museum. In the afternoon, transfer to the foot of the Volcanoes and the lovely Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, set amongst striking landscapes and a short distance from the park. Overnight Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. (BD)
Day 12 - Rwanda
Today you set off on your first Gorilla trekking experience. With luck you will soon find the majestic Mountain Gorillas and spend an hour observing their behaviour. Overnight Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. (BLD)
Day 13 - Rwanda
On the second day you have the option of a second Gorilla trek to track a different family, the Golden Monkey trek of a visit to Dian Fossey’s grave. Overnight Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. (BLD)
Day 14 - Rwanda
After breakfast we will drive the short distance to the village of Gisenyi, often referred to as the ‘Martha’s Vineyard of Rwanda’. Beautifully set on one of the Great Rift Lakes, Lake Kivu, the area is blessed with sandy beaches and water sport options. You have the afternoon for relaxation in the area or at our hotel, the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. Overnight 5 Star Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. (B)
Day 15 - Rwanda
Another day of relaxation where you can just enjoy the Lake’s tranquil setting, the hotel’s many amenities or perhaps visit the nearby volcanic hot springs. Overnight 5 Star Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. (B)
Day 16 - Rwanda
After breakfast and in time for your onward flight, you will be transferred to the airport. (B)
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