Trip reference number: ITN-RWD002
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Combine a safari in the best of Tanzania's northern parks with tracking gorilla in Rwanda for an exceptional game and gorilla experience. This 10 day safari holiday includes visits to Lake Manyara National Park, a full day in Ngorongoro Crater and game viewing on the plains of the central Serengeti. You will have a private vehicle and driver-guide for the duration of your safari for an exclusive wilderness experience at your own pace. A convenient flight takes you direct from the Serengeti to Rwanda's capital Kigali for an overnight stay. Following a city tour, travel through Rwanda's beautiful lush landscapes to stay on the shores of Lake Kivu. From here an early morning transfer takes you tracking gorillas in Parc National des Volcans before returning to Lake Kivu to relax and enjoy the facilities.
All guests travelling with Rainbow Tours on the Deluxe Tanzania Safari and Rwanda Gorillas private tour will receive an upgraded deluxe picnic lunch hamper in Lake Manyara National Park, a bush dinner at Mbuzi Mawe in the central Serengeti and a complimentary lakeside BBQ while at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in Rwanda.
Day 1 Depart London Heathrow (or your regional airport) on the KLM daylight flight via Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. On arrival just before 8pm you will met and transferred to Lake Duluti Serena Hotel for an overnight stay. Settle in for a good nights rest in preparation for your safari the next day.
Day 2 After your safari briefing depart with your guide to Lake Manyara for picnic lunch and afternoon game drive. Rainbow exclusive: Today enjoy an upgraded deluxe picnic lunch hamper by special arrangement of Rainbow Tours. Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park well known for its tree climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. A visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush ground water forest is a stark contrast to the other habitats you will encounter. In the late afternoon ascend the outer slopes of the crater to stay 2 nights on the Crater rim at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Enjoy dinner in the atmospheric split-level dining and bar area.
Day 3 Early morning wake-up call and travel down the inner slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater in time for the opening of the park. Spend the majority of the day game viewing and enjoying a picnic lunch in the crater before returning to the lodge mid-afternoon. The Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site and is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. The 2000 feet high walls of the approximately 10 mile wide crater create a natural amphitheater for the densest populations of large animals anywhere. Carnivores that you will likely encounter include lion, hyena and jackal. Leopards, servals, bat eared foxes and ratels are also resident within the Crater but much more elusive. You may like to arrange a late afternoon walk before dinner.
Day 4 Depart Ngorongoro Serena after breakfast and travel down the western slopes of the Crater onto the Serengeti Plains. Stay two nights in comfortable en-suite tented rooms at Mbuzi Mawe. Widely spaced throughout the rocky glades and acacia forest each of the sixteen large custom-made canvas tents has a spacious private terrace with safari chairs and sun loungers from which to enjoy the view. Rainbow exclusive: Enjoy a private bush dinner with compliments of Serena Hotels.
Day 5 Mbuzi Mawe is ideally positioned in the central Serengeti for year round game viewing. From here your guide will take you to experience the best of the Serengeti. From December to March game drive further south and east to encounter the migrating herds of wildebeest on the southern plains. In April to June travel westwards following the herds as they seek out lush pastures. The Serengeti National Park quite simply offers the finest wildlife viewing anywhere in Africa. Unrivaled concentrations of wildlife, stunning beautiful landscapes and vast pristine areas make the Serengeti one of Africa’s best National Parks.
Day 6 Final morning game viewing on the Serengeti plains before saying farewell to your guide at Seronera airstrip. Depart on the 14h30 flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Clear Tanzania immigration at Mwanza. On arrival into Kigali around 6pm you will be met and transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel to stay overnight, breakfast included. Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena is a relaxed yet elegant hotel. You may like to dine in the Milima Restaurant or the stylish Sokoni Restaurant renowned for its colourful cocktails, international cuisine and vibrant live music.
Day 7 Breakfast in the hotel, departing by 8am for a tour of Kigali city and the Memorial Centre. The city tour includes the old town, Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving. Return to the hotel to check out, departing by 10am for the scenic drive to Gisenyi town. Arrive at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in time for a late lunch. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa. It is located within three hours drive from the Rwandan capital, Kigali and an hour’s drive from the glorious Volcanoes National Park, home to the world famous mountain gorillas. The hotel overlooks its own private beach and offers a variety of accommodation and hotel facilities. Afternoon at leisure. Make use of the swimming pool, mini-gymnasium or book a treatment in the hotel spa. Water-sports on offer include wind surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking and jet skiing. Rainbow Exclusive: Enjoy a complimentary lakeside BBQ with courtesy of Serena Hotels.
Day 8 05:30am Early morning transfer to Kinigi at the foot hills of the Virungas for your Gorilla Tracking expedition. Depart equipped with the Lake Kivu Serena’s carefully sorted and packed breakfast box complete with sufficient energy giving food to sustain you throughout the tracking trip. IMPORTANT - Hikers must be prepared to walk for up to 6 hours a day and should bring along their own personal hiking gear. 0700am Briefing and allocation to a Gorilla Tracking Group. Read Rainbow consultant Rachel's account of her gorilla encounter. The park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla. Other mammals include: Golden monkey, Black-fronted Duiker, Buffalo, Spotted Hyena and Bushbuck. There are also reported to be some elephants in the park, though these are now very rare. There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon return to Lake Kivu Serena Hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Rainbow recommends the Lake Kivu Serena boat excursion. Enjoy scenic views of the various islands within Lake Kivu and some panoramic views of Goma town, complete with very comfortable seats and chilled drinks of your choice on board. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel The Kiyaga Restaurant looks out over the swimming pool towards the lake and features Rwandese, African and international cuisine, and showcases a number of colorful theme nights. Ziwani Cafe, which stands just back from the beach, offers all-day cafe service, beach BBQs, poolside BBQs and evening sundowners with live music and traditional Intore dancers. Late evenings can be spent by the beach with a bonfire and cocktails of your choice. Or drive to the Pettit barrier for views of the smouldering Nyiragongo active volcanoes
Day 9 Breakfast and check out. Full day at leisure. Enjoy a refreshing stroll along the 1 kilometre lake shore track or down the boulevards outside the hotel or set off for a cycle along the winding lanes of Gisenyi. Rainbow ...
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