Big Five Safari Experience & Gorilla Trekking Tour

Kenya & Tanzania Spectacular and
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda​

Duration

16 Days

Door-to-door

From

19,290 USD

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Destination

Tanzania: Arusha, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
Kenya: Amboseli, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Masai MaraRwanda: Kigali and Volcano National Park

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Highlights

Experience in Africa

Experience a Private African Luxury Safari​ ​from the moment you land on the continent. Take in three different countries, countless animals, and unforgettable sights from start to finish on your Tailor-Made African Luxury Safari.

Some of the Highlights to Expect:
  • Private Gorilla Trek in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park where you interact with endangered Mountain Gorillas
  • Intimate tailor-made safari exclusive to Bush 2 City Adventures guests; game drives in 6-passenger, open-top vehicles with window seats for everyone, led by an expert guide
  • Multiple-night stays in the Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara game reserve, and Amboseli National Park, with daily game drives.
  • Hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Masai Mara game reserve, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush
  • A two-night stay at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club with an astonishing view of Mount Kenya
  • Enjoy a private lecture by an elephant researcher in Amboseli National Park.
  • Take in visits to Ol Pejeta Conservancy; Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary; the William Holden Wildlife Education Center; the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum; and the Kigali’s Genocide Memorial Museum.
  • Once in a lifetime accommodation experience when you stay overnight in a lodge built into the rim of Ngorongoro Crater
  • Dine at a private barbecue dinner under the stars at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Take in a weaving demonstration in a Kenyan village.
The Ultimate in Luxury Travel
This 16-day tour is designed to bring sheer African wildlife bliss to every traveler. Between Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, you will experience the best of the best when it comes to luxury travel in Africa.

Gorillas in your midst… Spend the last three nights of your 16-day African safari to Kenya and Tanzania in Rwanda, home to the last remaining mountain gorillas on Earth. Learn insights and observations about gorilla behavior at private lectures and during a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum before your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek begins. A private porter will carry your provisions as an expert guide leads you into the wilderness for your gorilla encounter. 

WAYS TO TRAVEL

Safari
Moments
You'll Never
Forget

A Champaign Breakfast on Safari

Cap a balloon ride with a champagne breakfast in the bush

As if a hot air balloon ride over the awakening wildlife roaming Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve at dawn isn’t exciting enough… imagine descending from your lofty perch above the plains to enjoy a very special champagne breakfast in the African bush

Private Game Viewing

Set off on private game drives on specially built safari vehicles

Hop aboard your specially built safari vehicle and make tracks on a daily game drive (or two) across the classic African savannah stretching out before you… in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, and in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara Reserve. Guiding you on your treks in search of the “Big Five” and other iconic wildlife are our expert drivers, trackers, rangers, and Bush 2 City Directors… all highly experienced and eager to share their knowledge while keeping everyone engaged, safe and sound on the adventure of a lifetime!

A Picnic in Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy a memorable picnic lunch in Ngorongoro Crater’s “lost world”

Believed by many to have been Africa’s original “Garden of Eden,” Ngorongoro Crater ranks among the world’s largest calderas, and contains one of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Within this dormant volcano’s walls lie short grasslands, swamps, forests and a freshwater lake – all of which inspire a continuous parade of migrating wildlife. You’ll not only embark on a game drive in this “lost world,” but a private picnic lunch inside the crater will be a highlight of your trip.

Historic Gorilla Lodge

Welcome to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat

After a day of gorilla trekking, jump into your private plunge pool or take in the scenery by the fire. The Five Volcano Boutique Lodge offers exceptional service to every guest that passes through their doors, caring for all eight suites with great attention to detail.

When you’re feeling peckish, dine like royalty with their farm-to-table food journey, which celebrates Rwandese cuisine as it should be.

16 - DAY ITINERARY

Day - By - Day

  • Day 1 | Touch Down in Tanzania

    When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we will collect and transfer you to your first night at the ​Arusha Coffee Lodge, Resort & Spa​, located at the ​foot of Mount Meru and known as the gateway to the safari. Get settled in and meet your fellow travelers on the morning you arrive.

       Arusha Coffee Lodge

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  • Day 2 | Lake Manyara National Park

    Let the safari adventures begin! Day 2 marks the beginning of your four-night safari in Tanzania, followed by your five-night safari in Kenya. Catch your first
    game ride through Lake Manyara National Park, where you might get your first glimpse of giraffes, baboons, hippos, and elephants, along with hundreds of species of birds. An estimated 30,000 large mammals live within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    In the afternoon, arrive at your lodge - built on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, expertly overlooking the caldera below. Enjoy your first welcome reception and dinner with your fellow travelers.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      The Highland Ngorongoro

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  • Day 3 | Ngorongoro Crater

    On Day 3, explore Africa's Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the grasslands, forests, and freshwater lake that inspire the continual migration of animals and makes for the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Africa's notorious Big Five, i.e., buffalo, elephants, leopards, black-maned lions, and the rare black rhinoceros. Take in one of the largest calderas in the world, home to a variety of ecosystems with a significant concentration of birds and animals in our custom-built four-wheel-drive vehicles. To top the day off, enjoy a picnic like never before, in the middle of a crater.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      The Highland Ngorongoro

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  • Day 4 | Oldupai Gorge

    Time to explore Oldupai Gorge, where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of some of the earliest known human species, an estimated 1.8 million years old. Learn all about the significance of such a site during your docent-led tour.

    Next, we continue with some wildlife viewing—this time driving the rough dirt roads across the plains and grasslands of the infamous Serengeti until arriving back at your safari lodge. Maasai tribal dwellings inspired tonight’s safari lodge situated in the Central Serengeti. Enjoy a barbecue dinner with a Maasai cultural performance with dance.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

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  • Day 5 | Serengeti National Park

    Day 5 is rich with wildlife sightings as we take in the heart of the savanna with a morning and afternoon safari. Today we hope to see lions, zebras, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, jackals, gazelles, and giraffes.

    Enjoy the show from the luxury of your lodge in Serengeti National Park as the sunset lights up the sky. Indulge in some Pan-African cuisine at dinner tonight and sleep tight for the adventures ahead tomorrow.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner


    Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

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  • Day 6 | Amboseli National Park, Kenya

    Depart the Serengeti in awe of what you have experienced so far. Set off to Arusha, Tanzania, en route to Kenya. During your flight, take in the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro peaks. Once you land, have lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha. Time to catch your last flight of the day before beginning your two-night stay at your safari lodge in Amboseli National Park, where you
    can watch herds of free-ranging elephants and other wildlife. Take in a private lecture on the elephants of Amboseli before dining tonight.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner


    Tortilis Camp

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  • Day 7 | Amboseli National Park, Kenya

    View the elephants, hippos, and buffalos that spend time at Amboseli's natural watering holes as you enjoy a private safari ride with us. Watch the graceful antelopes that graze in the flat grasslands, and you explore the plains of the park.

    Visit a Maasai village before a morning game drive, after which you'll return to the lodge for breakfast. Take some time to yourself in the lodge before we eat lunch, then after we have dined, it's time to head back out for another game drive to see the other animals that call ​Amboseli National Park​ home. At your leisure, enjoy your dinner and relax back at the lodge in the evening time.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Tortilis Camp

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  • Day 8 | Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

    Hop on a morning flight that takes you to the world-famous Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Your home for the next two nights is on the Equator. It was founded in 1959 and is the former retreat of actor William Holden. Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby are some of the many famous names that have crossed through these doors alongside you.

    After lunch, we pay a visit to the William Holden Wildlife Education Center and animal orphanage. This sanctuary was established to help animals that are orphaned or injured and in need of special care. The center proudly teaches local children to cherish and appreciate the unique wildlife of their homeland.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

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  • Day 9 | Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    A day of adventure lays ahead on day nine as we embark on the home of some of the largest resident black rhino population in East Africa. Situated in this area is the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, founded by Jane Goodall, which gives lifelong homes to orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Take in a visit and learn all about the work that the sanctuary does for its animals.

    Once in Ol Pejeta, enjoy a special access visit to the compound that breeds endangered black rhino. Time to head back to the hotel for lunch, after which you will take in some local culture and experience the life of people there when you visit a nearby village. You can expect the local villagers to spin colorful tales into their handmade wool rugs, sweaters, and shawls right before your eyes.

    Late in the afternoon, you will head back to your resort, where you will attend a private barbecue dinner under the night sky atop the premium manicured lawns of the Mount Kenya Safari Club.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

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  • Day 10 | Masai Mara National Reserve

    Next stop on your memorable Kenya safari adventure, we fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southern Kenya. Here, Maasai warriors will welcome you. Afterward, you can enjoy lunch at the luxurious Fairmont Mara Safari Club, your home for the next three nights.

    Take the afternoon to relax, swim, enjoy the views, and otherwise become acquainted with the Safari Club and your luxury tented camp accommodations, built to evoke the classic safaris of yesteryear.

    Embark on an evening game drive across the plains of "the Mara" searching for animals that make their homes here; it's possible to see lions, antelopes, elephants, and zebras during their daily rituals. Return to camp to be briefed about tomorrow's hot air balloon flight, followed by a delicious dinner.

    Next stop on your memorable Kenya safari adventure, we fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southern Kenya. Here, Maasai warriors will welcome you. Afterward, you can enjoy lunch at the luxurious Fairmont Mara Safari Club, your home for the next three nights.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Angama Mara Camp

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  • Day 11 | Masai Mara National Reserve

    Day 11 - a day you will never forget. Before dawn, you board the hot air balloon and float over the Masai Mara's awakening plains as the sun begins to rise in the sky. Once back down on the ground, we provide a magnificent champagne breakfast to be enjoyed in the bush as you reminisce over the breathtaking adventure you've had so far.

    We travel back overland searching for lions, impalas, cheetahs, giraffes, and the other animals before arriving at our camp for lunch and an afternoon of leisure. In the evening, take the opportunity to use our exclusive technology that enhances your safari experience. After which, Dinner is served back at the tented camp.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Angama Mara Camp

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  • Day 12 | Masai Mara National Reserve

    Unparalleled wildlife viewing is the watchword on your final day in the spectacular Masai Mara – and the last full day of your Tanzania and Kenya safari adventure – as you set out on a morning game drive... return to your tented camp for lunch, and perhaps a bit of swimming and downtime... and then head back out across the plains for a final afternoon game drive in the bush. After returning to your tented camp, join us for a perfect ending to your unforgettable Kenya safari, in true Bush 2 City adventure`s fashion... a farewell dinner in the boma of the Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Angama Mara Camp

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  • Day 13 | Kigali Airport in Rwanda

    Wake up and fly! We head to Kigali airport in Rwanda, home to Volcanoes National Park and the forested habitat of endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

    Arrival at Kigali International Airport, meet and greet assistance, you will be warmly welcomed by our company staff for briefing about the safaris then introduction to your driver guide. Transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel for check in.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Kigali Serena Hotel

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  • Day 14 | Kigali City Tour and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

    Today after taking your early morning breakfast, you will checkout of the lodge and drive to visit the Kigali genocide memorial centre, which honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building. You will be able to watch and listen to some video clips from some of the survivors’ of the incident. Later after lunch you will proceed with a drive to Volcanoes NP through the magnificent route to your booked accommodation, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and preparing for the next day’s trekking.

    Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience a face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures. The park is set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the gorilla’s are without a doubt the main drawcard, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre, and enjoying a beautiful day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

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  • Day 15 | Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

    Rise early for your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking opportunity. Together, we drive to Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to receive a briefing from your expert mountain guides. They answer any questions you may have about your trek into the wilderness and provide a dance performance as you eat your boxed breakfast.

    Climb aboard a safari vehicle as you make your way to the trailhead where your gorilla trek begins. Here, you will be assigned a porter who will help carry your provisions and camera while leading you to the gorilla family you are here to meet. Once we locate the gorillas, you will have the rare opportunity to watch them interact with each other, and potentially with you too if they choose!

    When your hour-long visit is over, we head back to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. A local expert will present an informative lecture this afternoon about the endangered mountain gorillas you were privileged to see. Join us tonight for a farewell reception and exceptional dinner at the lodge.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

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  • Day 16 | Journey home

    Golden monkey trekking and transfer to Kigali for departure  

    Today after your warm early morning breakfast, you will be picked by our safari driver guide who will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing with your packed lunch and start off you day golden monkey trekking in search for these primates in the jungle. Just like the gorilla trekking experience, the same applies to golden monkey trekking though no so hectic like gorilla trekking. You will later return to the lodge for lunch and later transfer to Kigali, if time permits, head for a brief city tour, before your evening airport transfer.

     

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Camps & Lodges

What's Included

  • > On-Tour Air (5 flights)
  • > Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • > 44 meals; service charges, admission fees, taxes & porterage
  • > Visits to Ol Pejeta Conservancy; Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary; the William Holden Wildlife Education Center; the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum; Kigali’s Genocide Memorial Museum
  • > All accommodation
  • >Meet and greet assistance on arrival
  • > Airport and inter-hotel transfers from day 1 to the last day
  • > Accommodation at hotels/lodges & meals mentioned in the program
  • > 1 gorilla trek permit US$ 1,500. –  Each.  NOTE: Once permits are purchased they are non-refundable.
  • > Meal plan as indicated in the itinerary
  • > All activities, visits, and extra meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • > Audiovisual for Kigali Genocide memorial
  • > Visit Inema arts and a local market (no charges)
  • > Exclusive use of a 4×4 with WIFI where receptive
  • > Services of a professional, experienced English speaking driver-guide
  • > Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • > Emergency Medical Evacuation Services 
  • > Our assistance

What's Excluded

  • Flights to Africa
  • Anything you do in your spare time
  • Travel outside of the route provided.
  • Souvenirs and any extras that are not specified.

Dates & Rates

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 MayNovemberBalance of Year
Double Occupancy$ 7270$ 7299$ 8329
Single Supplement$ 677$ 789$ 915
Internal Flights$ 627$ 627$627

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