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This journey includes all the highlights of East Africa as part of a well-paced safari that begins with Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful Amboseli and moves to the Masai Mara with its high numbers of big cats. Then it turns south into the Serengeti to see the annual wildebeest migration before ending with a trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. If you have an interest in the natural world, this is your East African dream trip. Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights!
Ngong House is a private, serene, and luxurious home stay situated in Karen / Langata area of Nairobi. The lodge overlooks the Ngong Hills, only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen’s coffee farm. Secluded in 10 acres of private land, it is close to Nairobi National Park, 30 to 40 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15 minutes from Wilson Airport (WIL) (where all fly safaris depart from) and 20 minutes from the city center.
Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s pristine areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro.
Tortilis Camp has the undeveloped western half of Amboseli to itself. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.
The tents are all large and spacious, with king or twin beds, elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.
Rekero overlooks an ancient animal river crossing point in the Masai Mara. Rekero is enfolded in wilderness, the camp nestles under huge deciduous trees, hippos grunt in the pools below the mess deck, the fragrance of wild sage floats on the air, and guests can often watch the migration crossing the Talek River just 50 meters from the camp lawn. Warm, hospitable and intimate, with a guiding team widely recognized as being the best in Kenya, Rekero Camp offers an unsurpassed Masai Mara safari experience.
Situated in the heart of the popular central Serengeti, the serene Dunia Camp is the perfect foil for an exhilarating Serengeti safari: eight tranquil tented suites boast gracious décor and perfect privacy, with airy en-suite bathrooms to wash away the dust from a day adventuring in Africa.
Dunia Camp is special because it offers guests a tranquil and very private base from which to visit two of the Serengeti’s prime game viewing areas; the Central Serengeti valley and the Southern Serengeti plains. From its location in an exclusive valley away from heavy traffic, excellent game viewing can be accessed throughout the year.
Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an executive lounge and bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool.
Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating. The capital's natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference center, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.
The lodge is only minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla - perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible.
The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 feet volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa. The lodge is built and operated by Governors’ Camp.
The accommodations on day 6 and 7 in Serengeti National Park are not included in the price. However, you can choose from these options:
You'll be met when you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya, and transferred to Ngong House in the suburb of Karen, where you'll spend the night. It's just 20 minutes from Wilson Airport (WIL) for your early morning flight to Amboseli in the morning.
After an early breakfast, you'll be driven to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (WIL) for your flight to Amboseli, where you'll explore the plains and enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a morning walk or drive, followed by lunch at the lodge. Spend the afternoon searching for plains game and cats, or choose to walk or go on a night drive.
Your first full day on safari starts with breakfast at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy the elephant at the Amboseli swamps specially during dry season. At Tortilis Camp, walks and day and night drives always end around the camp fire with views over the plains below.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara. You'll arrive at the camp in time for lunch, then your game drive in the Masai Mara will explore the Mara confluence, famous for its big cats and incredible interaction.
Your first full day in the Mara will get you out of camp early and let you stay out late for your best chances of watching the big cats.
From the Masai Mara, you'll go to find the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, either staying in the north, or moving south or west - depending on where the annual wildebeest migration is at the time of your safari. You'll spend your first afternoon finding the migration then overnight at the camps as set out below (depending on the time of year), with meals and drinks included.
You'll spend a full day with the migration, looking for potential interaction. At Ndutu, there would be many newborn calves and foals, which are easily targeted by predators. The long rains are spectacular time to view the migration and the camp at Moru which allows you to see the herds during the rainy season as they start to move north.
On the western corridor, the herds have to cross the Grumeti River and if the water level is high enough, this makes for lots of action on the river banks. The Mara River is where the much-photographed river crossings take place from mid-July to the end of October - a great time to be on the Mara River.
In November and December, you can combine the most scenic part of the Serengeti, Lobo, with the migration moving through the area on its way south. A huge lion population at Lobo makes for very good interactions during these months.
Today, you'll drive to the central Serengeti to experience the biggest cat concentration in East Africa. Enjoy a full day’s game drive on your way to Asilia's Dunia Camp at Moru hills, with a picnic lunch along the way. Look for leopard in the late afternoon before overnighting at Dunia, with meals and drinks included.
You'll make an early start on another full day in the central Serengeti to concentrate on the big cats, before going back to camp for lunch and a siesta. Then it's back to the plains to find cheetah and perhaps more leopard in the late afternoon.
Start your day with a hot-air balloon ride over the central Serengeti plains. Enjoy a champagne breakfast after your one-hour flight before going to Seronera airstrip for your flight to Kigali in Rwanda. Arrive at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (KGL) at 18:30, from where you'll be transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for the night, with dinner and breakfast included.
Start your Rwanda journey with a visit to the Genocide Memorial, which pays tribute to those who died during Rwanda's 1994 genocide and also other crimes against humanity throughout the world. It's an emotional experience and can be depressing, but it's an important grounding at the start of your Rwanda experience. You'll drive to Volcanoes National Park in the afternoon
The last highlight of your East African safari is gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Your trek to the gorilla family may vary in distance, depending on where the particular gorilla family was left the day before, but you generally won't get back later than early afternoon for a late lunch. Enjoy your hour with these amazing primates and remember to prepare your camera equipment for low light shooting. Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for your last night on safari.
You'll be driven back to Kigali International Airport (KGL) to catch your connecting flight.
This safari will take place in 3 countries, namely Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Specifically, you will visit these places: