Experience many gentle giants

Tanzania & Zanzibar Timeless
Gorilla Trekking
in Rwanda


13 Days



17,553 USD



Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ol Duvai George, the Serengeti and Zanzibar
Kigali and Volcano National Park

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Experience in Africa

Explore the wildlife-rich national parks of Africa that promise close-up animal encounters like no other. 

Enjoy a private ocean safari and spice tour in Zanzibar that will reveal many cultural treasures before a gorilla trek in Rwanda to make sure you tick off is a true bucket list experience!

Within your 13 day tour, you will encounter the best that of Tanzania and a truly unique Rwandan encounter.

Luxury Gorilla & Safari Highlights:
  • ●   Three nights in Rwanda
  • ●  Visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum, and Kigali’s Genocide Memorial Museum
  • ●   An adventure trek in Volcanoes National Park where you interact with endangered mountain gorillas
  • ●   A private lecture at Oldupai Gorge, including a museum visit
  • ●  Picnic lunch in the heart of ancient Ngorongoro Crater
  • ●  A stay in the Serengeti National Park
  • ●  Hot Air balloon ride over the Serengeti plains at dawn, followed by a champagne breakfast
  • ●   Two nights in Zanzibar
  • ●   A “spice” walking tour and dhow sailboat cruise on the Indian Ocean
  • ●  On-Tour Air (1 flight)
Dallying with Gentle Giants

Intimate game drives in wildlife-rich national parks promise up-close animal encounters… a private ocean safari and spice tour in Zanzibar reveal cultural treasures… and a gorilla trek in Rwanda is a true bucket list experience!

Unique experiences include a private lecture at Oldupai Gorge where the remains of early man were found; a hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Serengeti followed by breakfast; ocean safari on a private dhow boat with lunch on a secluded beach; and a one-hour interactive visit with a silverback gorilla family in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park accompanied by an expert guide and a personal porter.


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Day - By - Day

  • Day 1 | Arrival at Kigali International Airport - Rwanda

    International arrival at Kigali airport. Meet and greet by our representative in the airport who will assist your will all procedures of the immigration and assist to collect your bags. We’ll settle at Kigali Serena Hotel, a good base for our wanderings in these almost supernaturally verdant precincts.

    Ask anyone that’s visited Rwanda’s highlands, and you’ll likely hear praise for a rare, captivating, and life-changing experience. Ours carefully orchestrated visits begin in Kigali, Rwanda’s charming capital, which we’ll tour before heading northwest to the Virunga Volcanoes, a stately chain of jungle volcanoes that peak at Mount Karisimbi’s 14,787 feet, higher than any Rocky or the Sierra Nevada.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

        Serena Kigali Hotel >>

  • Day 2 | Kigali City Tour and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

    Today after taking your early morning breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to visit the Kigali genocide memorial grounds, which honors the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peacebuilding. You will be able to watch and listen to some video clips from some of the survivors of the incident. After lunch, you will transfer to Volcanoes National Park. We’ll settle at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, a good base for our wanderings in these almost supernaturally verdant precincts.

    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 gorillas 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

        One & Only Gorilla's Nest >>

  • Day 3 | Gorilla Trekking at Volcanoes National Park

    After an early morning, we will drive to volcanoes National Park from Kigali, you will be transferred to the park headquarters. You will meet with your ranger who will brief you about the code of conduct while with the gorillas led by our guide and his crew, we’ll begin making our way through a forest of trailing vines, bird calls, and mossy agenda trees – a Jurassic, emerald world – walking toward an encounter with one of the park’s ten habituated families of mountain gorillas; no more than eight people are allowed to visit any given family for more than an hour each day. Seeing a 450-pound male only a few yards away is something you’ll want to tell your grandchildren’s children about.

    The trekking may take 2–6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle and your group speed as well. After a great experience, you will walk back to the starting point and be transferred to your wilderness retreats at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, you can decide to Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, relax at your lodge at your leisure, or head for a cultural encounter at Iby’ Iwacu cultural site to get an insight of Rwandan culture.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

        One & Only Gorilla's Nest >>

  • Day 4 | Golden Monkey & jouney to Arusha, Tanzania

    Early morning cup of coffee, then prepare for the golden monkey briefing from the park headquarters, and thereafter, you will enter the jungle with your packed snacks to search the shy primates and enjoy their lifestyle in their real home. After meeting the golden monkeys, you can sit around these great apes for a whole hour watching their social life as you take pictures. On a golden monkey trek. After trekking, we will go for lunch before being transferred back to Kigali to the airport for your departure flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.

    Upon Arrival: Kilimanjaro International Airport

    When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we will collect and transfer you to your first night at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The short journey between the airport and your hotel is enough to get you tingling with excitement for the African tour ahead. Memories of Ernest Hemingway’s - The Snows of Kilimanjaro will come to mind as you marvel at the nature around you. 

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

        Arusha Coffee Lodge >> 

  • Day 5 | Mto wa Mbu Village, Lake Manyara & on to Ngorongoro

    In the morning, depart from the Arusha for a morning spent learning about life in the bush of Africa with an introduction to Northern Tanzania Culture and people when Visit Mto Wa Mbu Village walking. Early this afternoon make your way to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, where you will eat lunch overlooking Lake Manyara. This bird-lovers paradise is your first taste of African wildlife to come.

    Later enjoy your first game viewing opportunity inside the park – lake Manyara is famous for tree-climbing lion, this is just a few things to come you will see giraffe, warthog, and grumpy Cape buffalo just to mention few. End of afternoon en-route Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. This area of the land is a wildlife mecca and one not to be missed on your trip.

    Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the lodge. Built on the dormant volcano's rim, take in breathtaking views over the “lost world” below.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Lion Paw Ngorongoro

  • Day 6 | Game Drive & a Picnic in Ngorongoro Crater

    On Day 3, explore Africa’s “Garden of Eden” - the Ngorongoro Crater. Begin your Luxury Tanzania Safari with a game drive over the “lost world’ of Ngorongoro Crater. You will see grasslands, forests, and freshwater lakes that inspire the continual migration of animals. Today is the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of Africa’s notorious Big Five, i.e., buffalo, elephants, leopards, black-maned lions, and the rare black rhinoceros, as well as herds of zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles roaming life-giving landscapes. At the end of your migration safari, enjoy dinner and local entertainment. At your lodge, you’ll be able to observe Ngorongoro’s wildlife-rich caldera below from the comfort of your private terrace.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Lion Paw Ngorongoro

  • Day 7 | Visit Oldupai Gorge en root to Serengeti

    Study the development of humankind at Oldupai Gorge. This is where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered some of the earliest known human species’ fossilized remains, an estimated 1.8 million years old. Learn all about the significance of such a site during your docent-led tour. Afterward, you will ride along rough dirt roads while taking in some more wildlife viewing en route to your lodge in the Serengeti, which was inspired by Maasai tribal dwellings. Have dinner at your leisure and enjoy some local entertainment in the lounge in the evening.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Four Season Serengeti Lodge

  • Day 8 | Balloon over the Serenegti & Game Viewing

    View the African plains from above. On Day 5, take a mesmerizing hot air balloon flight as dawn breaks over the stunning Serengeti grasslands. Observe the wildlife during the first light of day, which is sure to be an African safari highlight.

    After landing below, indulge in a champagne breakfast in the bush. This experience is sure to mark an unforgettable day.

    In the afternoon, embark on a game drive throughout the Serengeti plains, where sightings of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceros, hippos, buffalo, jackals, and gazelles are frequent. Not only that, but this area of land is the best place on the continent to see the pride of lions.

    After much excitement, return to your lodge for lunch and an afternoon of leisure. Lectures will be held at the lodge by an expert if you wish to learn more throughout the afternoon. In the evening ahead, experience a sundowner with filmmaking gadgets before having dinner at the lodge.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Four Season Serengeti Lodge

  • Day 9 | On to the Western Serengeti

    Today we travel Serengeti’s remote Western Corridor, known for huge masses of migrating game animals seen thundering across the terrain. Tonight we stay at Grumeti, a luxurious tented camp in the remote Grumeti River region. A truly unique African safari experience. Some animals you might see during your afternoon game drive include wildebeest, lion, buffalo, cheetah, warthogs, giraffes, and zebra as you ride across the treeless plains of the Serengeti.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Kirawira Tented Camp

  • Day 10 | Wildlife Enconter on the Serengeti plains

    Awake in the heart of nature, in the center of the African wilderness. Your luxurious tent accommodation is surrounded by Colonial-era accents that evoke the classic safari camps of a century ago. Interact with your knowledgeable safari guides as they share fascinating facts and insights into life in the African bush. Take an early morning game drive and observe the circle of life firsthand as you experience the real struggle of species within the Serengeti National Park.

    After enjoying lunch, take another game drive before relaxing by the pool at Kirawira, watching the sunset as it streaks the Tanzanian sky. Go to sleep mesmerized by this classic African safari experience, never to be forgotten.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Kirawira Tented Camp

  • Day 11 | To Zanzibar & a Stone Town "Spice Walk"

    Please sit back and relax as we transfer you from the plains to the ocean. Once we arrive, enjoy a cultural tour of the stone town and learn all about the rich history of Zanzibar and beyond.

    Stay the night at the Park Hyatt as you change over to the luxury beach vacation section of your adventure.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Park Hyatt Zanzibar

  • Day 12 | Cruise Indian Ocean on a Dhow Safari

    Dhows, the traditional Arabian sailboat, have ruled the Indian Ocean waters of the Swahili Coast for centuries. Set sail on one of these traditional sailboats from Zanzibar “Stone Town” for an Indian Ocean safari. Pay attention as the friendly captain and crew guide you to see dolphins playing in the great ocean blue before we cast anchor on the sandy beach for some light swimming or snorkeling over some coral reefs if you desire.

    When back at shore, take the time to check out the rest of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and fascinating Stone Town.

    Later on, meet us back at the hotel for a reception followed by dinner while gazing over the ocean once more.

       Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

       Park Hyatt, Zanzibar

  • Day 13 | Jouney Onward

    Time to say goodbye! Today, your tour ends, and you fly back home. Beforehand, join us and our local guides for a spice tour of Stone Town. Alternatively, take some leisure time to do as you please before checking out of your hotel. In the afternoon, fly from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where you will catch your flight back home.

    Important to note: Allow 3.5 hours for your flight check-in. You should only book International flights for after 9 pm.

       Breakfast & Lunch

Camps & Lodges

What's Included

  • ● All sightseeing and game viewing as shown
  • Airport and inter-hotel transfers from day 1 to the last day
  • Accommodation at hotels/lodges/Camps & 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 in Rwanda (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

  • AMREF Flying Doctor Insurance. Flying doctor Insurance to Air transfers you before dark from the nearest airstrip to the hospital during Emergency

  • ●  24-hour Park Entrance fees, Transit fees, crater fees

  • ●  All sightseeing and game viewing as shown

  • ●  Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tour with Hot Lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

  • ●  Picnic lunch in the heart of ancient Ngorongoro Crater 

  • ●  Ol Duvai George Museum Visit – where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of some of the earliest known human species

  • ●  Spectacular hot air balloon safari followed by a champagne breakfast upon descent.

  • ●  Safari Treat – Safari hamper with Soft drinks, Coffee/tea, and Mineral Water during game drive 

  • ●  On-Tour Air included (2 flight)

  • ●  Taxes – 18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

What's Excluded

  • International (Flight from home to Kigali International Airport to Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • All Entry visa fees 
  • Optional and extension extras whilst on safari

  • Travel outside of the route provided 

  • Souvenirs and any extras that are not specified.

  • Tips and gratuitie

Dates & Rates

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Nov – 14 Dec
Mar – May
Jun – Oct
15 Dec – Feb
Double Occupancy$17,553$18,345
Single Supplement$688$935

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