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10 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Wildebeest Safari

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Wildebeest Safari

Overview

This 10-day safari to the Volcanoes, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Maasai Mara is an awe-inspiring way to combine the thrilling experience in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya all in one journey. At competitive prices, go gorilla trekking in Rwanda and game-watching in Kenya and Tanzania’s flat plains. This journey begins in Rwanda and concludes in Kenya’s Nairobi.

Highlights

  • Arrival at the Airport
  • Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes
  • Spectacular view of Wildlife
  • Cultural experience
  • Transfer back to Kampala

Trip Summary

Day Destination Hour Kilometers
1 Arrival in Kigali and transfer to the Volcanoes National Park 2-3 234
2 Mountain gorilla trekking 8 340
3 Cultural tour of Ibyiwachu and flight to Arusha 5-6 334
4 Transfer to Serengeti National Park 1-2 80
5 Game viewing for the whole day 6 392.2km
6  Optional Balloon Safari & Ngorongoro Crater Safari 2-3 140
7 Big five game and Olduvai Gorge visit 4-5 120
8 Fly to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. 7-8 474
9 Masai Cultural Tour & Game Viewing 3-4 214
10  Departure 4-5 314

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali and move to the National Park of Volcanoes.

Meet your driver guide from our company at Kigali International Airport and then transfer to Volcanoes National Park in north-western Rwanda. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive from Kigali to Volcanoes Park.

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking

Very early in the morning, wake up and have a cup of tea before heading to Kinigi Park Headquarters for registration and briefing about gorilla trekking dos and don’ts. You’ll be divided into eight sections, each with its own designated gorilla family.

The trek into the forest starts at 8:00 am to track the endangered mountain gorillas. Trekking time will vary from 1 – 6 hours. The journey is very challenging, but rather rewarding on an encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas.

Here you get to spend an hour with the endangered gorillas as you witness how they feed, play, and roam the dense vegetation. This is a heart-touching moment while you take lifetime photos to carry on these memories to later generations.

After a wonderful and magical time with these gentle giants, retreat to your lodge for refreshment, dinner, and overnight.

Mountain gorillas

Mountain gorilla trekking

Day 3: Ibyiwachu cultural tour and flight to Arusha

After an early morning breakfast, head to the Ibyiwachu Cultural Centre to learn about Rwandan customs, norms, and values. For entertainment, enjoy and participate in Rwanda’s traditional dances.

After a deep connection with the Rwanda culture, transfer to Kigali airport to catch your flight to Tanzania. Upon your arrival in Tanzania, transfer to your lodge for refreshments, dinner, and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer to Serengeti National Park

With an early morning breakfast and packed lunch from the lodge, set out on a 6-hours drive to Serengeti, Tanzania’s most popular tourist destination.

Enjoy this scenic trip with multiple stopovers for roadside food and interaction with locals. Check in your accommodation after a long journey and refresh, and have dinner plus a comfortable overnight as you prepare for a morning game drive the following day.

Day 5: Game viewing for the whole day

After an early morning breakfast, head on for a scenic game drive through the vast savannah grasslands. The game drives have outstanding views of the park’s numerous wild animals as they hunt, feed, and gaze. Here you get to encounter Africa’s big game – Lions, Elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos, as well as tigers, wildebeests, giraffes, hippos, jackals, Serval cats, Topis, Waterbucks, warthogs, monitor lizards, and foxes, are only a few of the species you can expect to see.

You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the wilderness before going for an evening game drive to see the animals eat before retiring for the night. At the lodge, you’ll have dinner and an overnight as well.

Serengeti - game drive

Serengeti – game drive

Day 6: Optional Balloon Safari & Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Have an optional balloon safari in the early morning for aerial views of wildlife and entry into Serengeti National Park. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast, freshen up, then sign out of your lodge and transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival, check in to your lodge where you’ll have dinner and an overnight.

Hot-air balloon safaris

Hot-air balloon safaris

Day 7: Big Five game and Olduvai Gorge visit

In the early morning, head to the Ngorongoro Crater for Big Five game viewing. Get an awe-inspiring experience as you see various wild animals including lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffalos, elands, blue monkeys, Hippos, Wildebeests, Leopards, Zebras, Gazelles, Kobs, jackals, and spotted hyenas among others.

After a delicious picnic meal and sundowner, head to the Olduvai Gorge to see the earliest signs of human evolution. A guided walk to the Olduvai Gorge is the most unforgettable experience that you get to encounter as well as a dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 8: Fly to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

After a morning breakfast, check out from your lodge, and drive to the airstrip to catch a flight to Masai Mara National Park. Upon arrival, have lunch and take a leisurely game drive through the open plains of Masai Mara to explore the resident wildlife that calls this epic and awe-inspiring park home. Return to the designated lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Masai Cultural Tour & Game Viewing

From a delicious early morning breakfast, go for morning game drives in the open plains of the park and encounter early risers feeding before retiring for day rests. Among the animals you will see are Elephants, lions, Buffalos, Leopards, Rhinos, Wildebeest, Giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, and kobs as well as witnessing the breathtaking sceneries of the park.

Retire to the lodge for a late breakfast as you wait for a hot lunch. In the afternoon, visit Masai local communities for a cultural performance and a campfire full of ancient stories.

Refresh up, have dinner, and spend an overnight at your lodge as you take in the awesome memories that you have been collecting for the past few days.

Day 10: Departure

Enjoy a morning breakfast as you say farewell to the awe-inspiring vast landscapes. Transfer to Nairobi for your return flight in time.

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Prices / included services.

Pricing for 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Wildebeest Safari
Persons 1 Person 2-3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6 Persons and more
Budget $ 6850 $6420 $6080 $5740
Midrange $7980 $7490 $7010 $6620
Luxury $8740 $8300 $7680 $7360

Included in this safari:

  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop–up roof
  • A professional Driver guide.
  • Chimp tracking permit.
  • gorilla trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities/services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International airfares
  • Activities/services not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks/wines, Laundry, and any other service of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance and other activities
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