9 days Rwanda and Tanzania, exclusive

9 Days
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Activity Level
Light
Transport
4X4 Land Cruiser
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Day 2: Virunga national park

Day 3: Gorilla tracking

Day 4: Welcome to Tanzania

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire National Park

Day 6: The Serengeti Drive

Day 7: Game drives in Serengeti National Park

Day 8: Game drives in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater

Day 9: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

A representative from the hotel De Mille Collines you will be staying at will pick you up from Kigali International airport and drive you to the hotel. If interested, you can visit the local markets especially the crafts market to buy carvings, musical instruments, fabrics, sculptures and leather items at your cost.

 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Hotel des Mille Collines
Day 2&3: Virunga national park, Gorilla tracking

An AA Safaris guide will drive you to the Virunga ranges where you will stay at one of the nearby lodges. 

Optional activity: Genocide Memorial Centre

The Kigali memorial center located in the city center is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 that were killed during the 100 days of terror by the Interahamwe. this center is educative on the events that happened in those 100 days, narratives of events by survivors and other similar worldwide massacres together with updates on the search for justice for victims and survivors.

This activity is at your cost and optional.

 

Wake up very early and drive to the park headquarters, Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Park Nationaux (ORTPN), where the park ranger will brief you, divide you into groups then escort you to the starting point of the tracking trails then you will head down with your park guide. Once the gorillas have been located, you will sit silently and watch them go through their daily routines in their natural habitat. 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Virunga Lodge
Day 4: Welcome to Tanzania

Your guide will pick you from the hotel and drop you at Kigali International Airport for your flight to Tanzania.

Your Tanzania guide/driver will pick you from Kilimanjaro International airport and drop you at Arumeru River Lodge. Though set on an old coffee farm plantation, it has breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru, solar heated swimming pool, watch the dikdik antelopes play in the garden.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Ameru river lodge
Day 5A:  Lake Manyara National Park,  Day 5B: Tarangire national park

Tours departing between January and May or November to December will visit Lake Manyara on Day 5.

Go out of the park on a drive to  “Mto wa Mbu” village for a cultural tour that involves moving around this farming community as you tour through farms, schools, churches, markets and with 18,000 locals who have diverse cultures from 120 tribes. Visit the wood workshops where the Skilled Makonde carpenters carve wooden intricate household items, masks and figurines. Enter the local markets and put your haggling skills to use especially when buying vegetables, fruits, meat and spices in their stalls. 

Between June and October, AA Safaris recommends you go to Tarangire national park on Day 5 instead.

Start your morning with a game drive in this park. It is well known for its large herds of elephants which gather at the Tarangire River to drink. For birders, there are more than 500 bird species to watch. This park is the only place in Tanzania where you can spot gerenuk and oryx, outside the Serengeti it has the largest wildlife population. 

 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Escarpment Luxury lodge, EcoScience Lodge
Day 6&7: The Serengeti Drive, Game drives in Serengeti National Park

Visit the Serengeti national park since its one of the tour highlights. With the most extensive wild game population on earth with a pure undisturbed ecosystem. The Serengeti has three sections; the North (Lobo area), South (Seronera valley) and the West corridor. The great wildebeest migration can be seen in the North area which is one of the most fascinating natural events worldwide. You can now return to your hotel for the evening.

You will set off for a whole day out in the Serengeti with close up opportunities during the drives in the wild.lets do this early morning when most predators have just woken up and are up for hunting. Visit Seronera valley that has the lions and mongoose spending time there. Lunch will be a pre-packed picnic.

Dinner will be at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Mbuzi Mawe Camp
Day 8: Game drives in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater

Today’s morning game drive will be as you drive out of the park towards the Ngorongoro crater for an afternoon game drive. Within the crater, you will see cheetahs, jackals, Thompson’s gazelles, flamingo, and uniquely the Big 5; lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, leopards. As well as for those who enjoy birding as an activity, there are around 400 bird species to add your drive.

Spend the night at Ngorongoro farmhouse.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Ngorongoro farmhouse.
Day 9: Departure

Your guide will then after breakfast drive you to Kilimanjaro International airport for your flight out. If you want to extend your tour with AA Safaris after this, you can to one of our other destinations in Africa.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

This 9 day tour by AA Safaris entertains you with mountain gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park, Rwanda, probably visit the Genocide memorial center then head into Tanzania to visit Lake Manyara national park or Tarangire national park, The Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater. Spot the Big 5 of the wild; rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards, predators like cheetahs, hyenas, jackals. 

Accomodations

Hotel des Mille Collines
Hotel des Mille Collines is famous after 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Today it is one of the most exclusive hotels in Rwanda. Enjoy ‘Cultural night’ every Friday at the hotel, swimming pool, massage gazebo, or a night city tour while you stay here to relax you.
Virunga Lodge
You will stay at the luxurious Virunga lodge overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west. personal butler service for all guests, its location is prime for gorilla tracking since its 40 minutes away from the park headquarters.
Ameru river lodge
Arumeru River Lodge. Though set on an old coffee farm plantation, it has breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru, solar heated swimming pool, watch the dikdik antelopes play in the garden.
Escarpment Luxury lodge
Spend the night at Escarpment Luxury Lodge, a serene haven overlooking the wonder of Lake Manyara located in Mto wa Mbu within a narrow corridor formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley . Fully experience the African bush with sightings of pelicans in the sky, be well entertained by Maasai dancers and singers during your evening meal. 
EcoScience Lodge
Sleep at the EcoScience lodge, situated on the North-Eastern border of Tarangire National Park,borders an important migration route of elephants, zebras and other animals. At all times guests must stay in the indicated “visitors area”. Further out they must be accompanied by lodge authorized personnel or Maasai guards. You can visit the science center on site.
Mbuzi Mawe Camp
You will spend two nights at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp, a luxury tented camp located in the central Serengeti area. The camp will provide parties with 5 or more people a special barbecue dinner, making for a deliciously wonderful night at camp. 16 tents with good space between them, located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators it is also located at the very epicentre of one of the world's most famous national parks. The tents have patios, free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms with clean hot running water and flushing toilets.
Ngorongoro farmhouse.
Ngorongoro farmhouse. Live the legendary atmosphere of past times on a colonial-style coffee plantation farmhouse. Relax by the sparkling swimming pool overlooking the Oldeani Volcano, or cycle around the plantation. It will reward you with an imaginary journey back to life in the ages past.

Availability and Prices

Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • Airport pickup
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • English speaking driver/guide;
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance, or any other travel insurance)