9 DAY ULTIMATE TANZANIA AND RWANDA LUXURY SAFARI

9 DAY ULTIMATE TANZANIA AND RWANDA LUXURY SAFARI

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of Kigali, Rwanda’s bustling capital city. Indulge in a picturesque drive through Rwanda’s breathtaking landscapes as you journey from Kigali to the enchanting gorilla habitat of Volcanoes National Park. Embark on an unforgettable trekking expedition in the Virunga Mountain forests, where you’ll have the incredible opportunity to encounter Rwanda’s captivating mountain gorillas. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the world-famous Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania as you traverse its vast savannahs and come face-to-face with the iconic Big Five. Enhance your adventure with bush flights, seamlessly connecting you between Kigali, Kogatende Airstrip in Serengeti National Park, and Arusha. Enrich your journey with the expertise and passion of experienced guides and conservationists, who will share their knowledge and deep love for the wildlife and ecosystems you encounter. Immerse yourself in luxurious accommodations carefully selected to enhance your overall experience, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

Upon your arrival in Kigali, the vibrant capital city of Rwanda, you will be greeted by your knowledgeable local guide and transferred to your luxurious accommodation. Take some time to settle in and relax before embarking on a cultural immersion experience. Explore Kigali’s bustling markets, visit local art galleries showcasing traditional Rwandan crafts, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture. In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner featuring authentic Rwandan cuisine.

Luxury Accommodation: Kigali’s Finest

On Day 2 of your Tanzania and Rwanda Luxury Safari, you will have a poignant and educational experience visiting the Genocide Memorial in Kigali before embarking on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park.

The Genocide Memorial is a somber but important site that pays tribute to the victims of the Rwandan Genocide, offering deep insights into the country’s tragic history and the strength of its people. Explore the memorial’s exhibits, which provide a comprehensive understanding of the events that unfolded in 1994. Take a moment to reflect and pay your respects to the lives lost.

After a delightful lunch, embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park. The journey offers breathtaking views of Rwanda’s lush landscapes, rolling hills, and terraced farms. Upon reaching the park, settle into your luxurious lodge nestled at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, taking in the serene surroundings and preparing for the exciting adventures ahead.

Kataza House: The Latest of Sigita’s luxury lodges in Rwanda

Embark on an unforgettable gorilla trek through the lush rainforest of Volcanoes National Park for an extraordinary experience. As you journey through the dense forest, you’ll be accompanied by experienced park rangers who will impart their knowledge about the gorillas and the conservation efforts dedicated to their protection.

The forest comes alive with a symphony of sounds, from the rustling of leaves to the sweet calls of exotic birds and the hoots of monkeys swinging through the canopy. The earthy scent of damp soil and the sweet fragrance of wildflowers envelop you, creating an immersive sensory experience you’ll never forget.

As you approach the gorilla family, your heart races with excitement. Suddenly, you see them – magnificent mountain gorillas lounging or playfully interacting in their natural habitat. Observe with wonder as the young gorillas frolic in the undergrowth while the silverback, a symbol of strength and leadership, keeps a watchful eye over his family. Witness the gentle bond between mothers and infants as they tenderly groom and care for one another. Every gesture, every expression, reveals their intelligence and complex social dynamics.

During this precious hour spent in their presence, you realize the importance of conservation efforts. The rangers share stories of the challenges facing these incredible creatures and the tireless work being done to protect them and their habitat. A sense of responsibility and awe washes over you, fueling a desire to contribute to their preservation.

As you bid farewell to the gorillas and make your way back through the rainforest, you carry the mission forward, spreading awareness and supporting the ongoing efforts to safeguard these magnificent creatures for future generations. This intimate encounter has left an indelible mark, a connection to a world so different yet so intertwined with our own.

Immerse yourself in conservation efforts by visiting the Ellen DeGeneres Gorilla Fund Campus. Gain insights into the organization’s efforts to protect and conserve gorillas and their habitats. Meet with researchers and conservationists who dedicate their lives to studying and safeguarding these incredible creatures. Learn about ongoing projects, participate in educational activities, and witness firsthand the positive impact of conservation initiatives.

After breakfast, bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and embark on a scenic drive back to Kigali. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at local villages and interact with the friendly Rwandan people. Arrive in Kigali and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may choose to explore more of the city’s attractions or simply unwind at your luxurious accommodation

Today, depart Rwanda and fly from Kigali to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Upon arrival, your guide will greet you and transfer you to your exclusive safari lodge in the heart of the Serengeti. Settle in and take in the breathtaking views of the endless savannah. In the evening, enjoy a sundowner while witnessing a spectacular African sunset, followed by a gourmet dinner under the starlit sky.

Sayari Camp (3 Nights): View one of the greatest wildlife shows on Earth from the luxury of Sayari Camp

Experience the wonders of the renowned Serengeti National Park for the next two days, where stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife await. Accompanied by experienced guides, embark on exhilarating game drives while learning about the park’s diverse flora and fauna. Witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration, where millions of herbivores traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing pastures. Observe lions, elephants, giraffes, and other iconic African wildlife up close in their natural habitat. In between game drives, indulge in the luxurious amenities of your lodge and savor the tranquility of the Serengeti.

Sayari Camp: View one of the greatest wildlife shows on Earth from the luxury of Sayari Camp

Say goodbye to Serengeti National Park after a final morning game drive and a delicious breakfast, and then enjoy a picturesque transfer to Arusha. Take time to reflect on the awe-inspiring experiences and cherished memories you’ve created during your luxurious safari adventure in Tanzania and Rwanda. Once you arrive in Arusha, you can either head to the airport for your onward journey or to your preferred accommodation if you choose to prolong your stay in this lively city.

  • Included:

    1. Accommodation:

      • Two nights’ stay in lodges or tented camps.
      • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
    2. Transport:

      • Airport or hotel pick-up and drop-off.
      • 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof.
      • Experienced driver-guide.
    3. Park Fees:

      • Entry fees for national parks (e.g., Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara).
    4. Meals and Water:

      • All meals during the safari.
      • Bottled water during game drives.
    5. Safari Activities:

      • Game drives.
      • Wildlife viewing.
      • Cultural visits (if included in the itinerary).

    Excluded:

    1. Flights:

      • International airfare to and from Tanzania.
    2. Visas:

      • Visa fees for entering Tanzania.
    3. Insurance:

      • Travel and health insurance.
    4. Optional Extras:

      • Activities like hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, etc.
    5. Personal Expenses:

      • Souvenirs, laundry, phone calls.
    6. Tips:

      • Gratuities for guides, drivers, and lodge staff.
    7. Beverages:

      • Drinks other than bottled water (e.g., sodas, alcohol).
    8. Medical Costs:

      • Medical expenses and emergency evacuation costs.
    1. FAQs

      1. What is included in a typical Tanzania safari package?

      • Inclusions: Accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle, experienced driver-guide, park entry fees, and bottled water during game drives.

      • Exclusions: International flights, visa fees, travel insurance, optional activities (e.g., hot air balloon rides), personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry), tips, and beverages other than bottled water.

      2. What should I pack for a safari in Tanzania?

      • Clothing: Lightweight, neutral-colored clothing, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and a warm jacket for early morning and evening game drives.

      • Other Essentials: Insect repellent, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, personal toiletries, any necessary medications, and a reusable water bottle.

      3. When is the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania?

      • Best Time: June to October, which is the dry season and ideal for wildlife viewing.

      • Considerations: The wildebeest migration in Serengeti, typically from June to July (Grumeti River crossing) and July to September (Mara River crossing).

      4. What types of accommodation are available on a safari?

      • Options: Lodges, tented camps, and hotels. Options range from budget to luxury.

      • Facilities: Generally include en-suite bathrooms, dining areas, and sometimes amenities like swimming pools and Wi-Fi.

      5. How safe is a safari in Tanzania?

      • Safety: Safaris are generally safe, especially with reputable operators. Always follow your guide’s instructions and remain inside the vehicle during game drives.

      • Health Precautions: Ensure vaccinations are up to date and take malaria prophylaxis if recommended.

      6. Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

      • Visa Requirements: Yes, most travelers need a visa. You can obtain it online prior to travel or on arrival.

      • Tip: Check the latest requirements and apply in advance to avoid delays.

      7. What kind of wildlife can I expect to see?

      • Wildlife: The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo), giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, cheetahs, and a variety of birds.

      • Highlights: The Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration, and Ngorongoro Crater offers dense wildlife viewing.

      8. How much should I tip on a safari?

      • Guidelines: Around $10-20 per day for your driver-guide and $5-10 per day for lodge staff. However, tipping is at your discretion.

      9. What is the typical daily schedule on safari?

      • Morning: Early game drive at dawn.

      • Midday: Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

      • Afternoon: Another game drive or activity.

      • Evening: Dinner and leisure time at the lodge.

      10. What are the weather conditions like in Tanzania?

      • Dry Season (June-October): Warm days and cool nights; layers are recommended.

      • Wet Season (November-May): Warm and humid with occasional rain; bring a light rain jacket.

      11. Is Wi-Fi available during the safari?

      • Availability: Many lodges and camps provide Wi-Fi, but connections may be slow and intermittent. Some remote areas may have limited or no Wi-Fi.

      12. Can dietary requirements be accommodated?

      • Dietary Needs: Yes, most lodges and camps can accommodate special dietary requirements if informed in advance.

      13. How can I ensure my safari is eco-friendly?

      • Eco-friendly Practices: Choose operators committed to sustainable tourism, follow park rules, minimize plastic use, and respect wildlife and local communities.

      14. What health precautions should I take?

      • Health Advice: Consult a travel doctor for vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. Bring a basic first aid kit and any personal medications.

      15. Are children allowed on safaris?

      • Family Safaris: Many operators offer family-friendly safaris, but age restrictions may apply for certain activities. Check with your tour provider.

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