Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari

  • 11 Days, 10 Nights
  • Luxury
  • Start : Arusha
  • End : Kigali
  • From $8,635

Gorillas, Great Migration & Big Five Safari

Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari

Overview

The 11 day Gorillas, Great Migration & Big Five Safari presents you the lion lounge on the veldt and giraffe browse acacia trees. Millions-strong herds of wildebeest pour along the plains. Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s largest game reserves and parks. Our specialists have visited the country extensively and can design your Tanzania safari to avoid the crowds and find the best places to see wildlife.

This Gorillas, Great Migration & Big Five Safari takes you to the hidden corners of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, which host the annual Great Migration. In the south, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park provide a more remote safari experience, while chimpanzees can be seen swinging through the trees on west-lying Lake Tanganyika’s shores.

This Gorillas, Great Migration & Big Five Safari then ends with the gorillas with a thrilling trek through the thick forest to bring you within seven meters of a troop. Mystical and enchanting, the giant apes will provide an hour of astonishing memories as you observe the babies learning to climb, silver backs showcasing their power and mothers sharing tender glances with their fingers curling around the branches and returning the next morning to visit a second gorilla troop is exactly what you will need.

Then the trekking of the magnificent beautiful golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park as they feed on the bamboo and play around jumping from stem to stem.

Safari Highlights

  • Trek Gorillas through the Rwandan mountains to view the gentle creatures
  • Safari through Northern Tanzania’s best reserves.
  • Search for rhino in the unique and awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Experience the wonder of the open plains of the Serengeti.
  • Trek the Golden monkeys in Rwanda

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival in Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park
Day 3: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 4: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
Day 5: Full Day in Serengeti National Park
Day 6: Full Day in Serengeti National Park
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali
Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Day 9: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Day 10: Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Day 11: Transfer to Kigali and Depature

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Day 1: Arrival in Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha

Arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport and disembark crossing the tarmac through customs you’ll continue to the singular baggage carousel to collect your luggage and meet your transfer driver who will be waiting just outside the singular exit door.

Check in to the hotel  in Arusha and enjoy lunch and rendezvous as you prepare for the night as you prepare for your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari

Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge / Areumeru River Lodge / Onsea House

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park

With an early breakfast this morning you will start your journey to Lake Manyara National Park on your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari. This park is a small but very beautiful park with flamingos on the lake as a classic East African sight, and the other wildlife here includes buffalo, zebra.

Lake Manyara National Park

With luck on your side, you may see a lion or leopard as you enjoy a game drive and picnic lunch here before driving up the Rift Valley escarpment to the Ngorongoro Highlands and the town of Karatu.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge / Endoro Lodge / Plantation Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Have an early breakfast and you will drive from Karatu up to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater gaining your first views of this incredible natural wonder. On your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari, you will then descend into the crater for your day of game viewing taking a picnic lunch to enjoy on the crater floor.

Ngorongoro Crater

There are currently some resident black rhinos that you may well be lucky enough to see along with large prides of lion, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and hyena and later check into your hotel to retire for the night.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge / Endoro Lodge / Plantation Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we leave the Ngorongoro area on the next part of our  Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari for the Serengeti National Park. you will pass Maasai bomas on the way, and driving through the Naabi gate into the park as you enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing en route to your camp. The vast open plains of the Serengeti are world-renowned, broken up only by rocky kopjes and the Gol Mountains in the distance.

Gorillas and Serengeti overland Safari - Kenya Safaris

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Ndutu Lodge / Serengeti kati kati Camp

Day 5: Full day in Serengeti National Park

With an early morning breakfast, you will enjoy the early mornings of your Gorillas, Great migration & Big five Safari as your first full day on safari and you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. The wildlife in the Serengeti is some of the best in East Africa so be sure to tell your guide if there is something you want to explore within your wildlife goals.

Gorillas, Great Migration & Big Five Safari

The migration of the wildebeest is always very dramatic  as lion prides prowl and cheetahs disappear into the grass to hide themselves away for a patiently anticipated ambush. As you game drive around the park, you will follow their movements, not just seeing the predators but also watching them in hunting mode. Baboons shout loudly to alert a herd of Thomson’s gazelle to a cheetah’s camouflage and the leopard ambush as the wildebeest gallops away from the spotted predator.

Enjoy the charm of the migration, the sight of a few thousand zebra huddled together as they are surrounded by the miles of scattered wildebeest grazing away.  Return to the lodge in the late morning to relax at the camp, letting the heat of the day slip away before heading out on an afternoon  game drive.

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Ndutu Lodge / Serengeti kati kati Camp

Day 6: Full day in Serengeti National Park

With an early morning, you will continue on your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari as you enjoy yet other game drives  in the Serengeti. You can spend your time exploring the very different regions of this vast park with your driver-guide according to what wildlife you’ve already seen on your safari so far. The birdlife in the Serengeti is also spectacular, with a variety of different bustards, colorful lilac-breasted rollers and superb starlings sure to impress.

serengeti

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Ndutu Lodge / Serengeti kati kati Camp

Day 7: Transfer to Kigali

With a late morning, you will depart the Serengeti today by light aircraft for your journey to Kigali, Rwanda. On arrival into Kigali Airport you will be met by your guide/driver and transferred to your lodge in central Kigali for your evening stay.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel / Hotel Des Mille Collines / Hotel Chez Lando

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

With an early breakfast, you will travel from Kigali to Ruhengeri with stopovers along the way, you can also  enjoy a city tour in the morning before departing from Kigali at the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the genocide and how the country has rebuilt itself since then.

This is a beautiful drive through rolling hills and small farming villages and takes around two hours. You will be taken to your lodge in the mountains and the rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the hotel and enjoying the spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Accommodation: Silver back Lodge / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Gorillas

With an early breakfast, you will set off early this morning for a briefing at the park HQ before you start another highlight of your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari. The trek will start as you walk through the bamboo zone and into the forest tracking the mountain gorillas.

The trek takes from 30 minutes to the whole day depending on the location of the gorillas and you then have a full hour to spend watching these fascinating primates. Enjoy the time taking photos and watching them interact – a truly unforgettable experience.

Accommodation: Silver back Lodge / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 10: Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast you will set off to track the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park the final activity on your Gorillas, Great Migration & Big five Safari. This will be a completely different but just as rewarding experience to tracking the gorillas.

Golden monkey in Volcanoes National Park

You will track the monkeys with a guide through the forest of the Volcanoes National Park and you will spend an hour with them once you find them. The walk is generally easier than the trek to the gorillas, although this depends on the monkeys’ movements.

After the golden monkeys you’ll return to your lodge for lunch and a hot shower and rendezvous at the lodge as you reflect on the events of your ending safari.

Day 8: Transfer to Kigali and depature

With a late breakfast you will drive to Kigali with an en-route lunch and  slowly winding your way back to Kigali for your evening departure flight.

End of the Rwanda Gorillas & Masai Mara Safari.

Included in the price

  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permits- $1,500
  • Rwanda Golden Monkey trekking Permit- $100
  • All Accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4×4 Safari Vehicle Trasportation
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Airport Pickup and drop off

Not Included

  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visa processing and Visa Fees
  • International Flights
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Anything not included in itinerary

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