13 Days Wildlife Safari in Tanzania and Rwanda

  • Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania; Kigali - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Marvelous Rwanda and Tanzania Safari

This popular program is a group tented safari driving through the parks to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire. In Tanzania, your accommodations include permanent tented camps and the thrill of mobile camping on the Serengeti. In Rwanda, enjoy a private vehicle and guide as you depart Kigali and venture to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. One gorilla trekking is included with an option of adding another one into your safari adventure.

Highlights

  • Morning game drive in Serengeti
  • Tracking of the world famous mountain gorillas
  • Afternoon game drive in Tarangire and Serengeti
  • Walking tours through the Volcanoes National Park
  • Beautiful hilly Rwandan countryside and magnificient view of the volcanoes chains
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is strategically located on the very edge of the vertiginous western escarpment of the Rift Valley, affording magnificent views down across the whole lake. Elegantly designed as a two-level ensemble of buildings, its authentic traditional African style decorations create a unique atmosphere that perfectly combines extreme tranquility with the best of adventure-packed safari experiences.

From its privileged position, all the lodges' 100 guestrooms have stunning views across the tranquil and beautiful waters of the lake. The spectacular swimming pool, situated in a panoramic setting, is a privileged location to enjoy the invigorating fresh air and the breathtaking views of the Pink Lake.

Ilboru Safari Lodge

Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mount Meru, the Ilboru Safari Lodge is popular with mountain climbers and safari travelers in northern Tanzania. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mount Kilimanjaro, the beautiful Swahili sanctuary is set on a five-acre plot, tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha Town.

The lodge features thirty-eight guest rooms, comprising of single, double, twin, triple and family rooms. Four rooms are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp

Immerse yourself in nature in this bush camp. Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp is a mobile camp strategically situated in northern Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents, one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.

An original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today. Located a two-hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the river Grumeti, two of the indispensable visits for all travelers to Tanzania. The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All of the infrastructures is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.

Day 1: Home - Kilimanjaro - Arusha

Depart for Tanzania on an overnight flight through Europe and connect with a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Your overnight will be at your hotel / lodge.

  • Driving distance: 2 hours from the airport
  • Activities: Airport transfer
  • Overnight: Ilboru Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Bed and breakfast

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Today, you'll have a leisure morning. After lunch, you'll depart from your lodge safari to Lake Manyara National Park. You'll arrive late in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your overnight will be at Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp.

  • Driving distance: 3 hours’ drive
  • Activities: Lake Manyara National Park
  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge / Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge / Migunga Tented Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board (dinner, lunch, and breakfast)

Day 3 and 4: Serengeti National Park

Today, you'll get an early morning breakfast and depart for your game drive in the park. Lake Manyara National Park is most famed for its tree climbing lions that may be seen (if you are very lucky) sleeping amongst the branches of acacia trees. You'll enjoy lunch back at the lodge.

After that, you'll continue to the Serengeti National Park through the vast African plains where you can enjoy game drives in the park. You will arrive at your lodge late in the afternoon with a game viewing en route. You'll also get the chance to join an optional balloon ride in the next morning. You'll spend two nights at your camp.

  • Activities: Serengeti National Park
  • Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp / Serengeti Simba Lodge / Mbalageti Safari Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board (dinner, lunch, and breakfast)

Day 5 and 6: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you'll proceed to Ngorongoro Crater where you will game driving on the way. You'll also enjoy a picnic lunch en route and full day crater tour. You'll spend two nights at Ngorongoro Farmhouse or Tloma Lodge.

  • Activities: Ngorongoro Conservancy
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House / Tloma Lodge / Crater Forest Tented Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board (dinner, lunch, and breakfast)

Day 7: Tarangire National Park

Today, you'll proceed to Tarangire National Park where you will enjoy lunch at your lodge before continuing on an afternoon game drive. Your overnight will be at Lake Burunge Tented Camp.

  • Activities: Tarangire National Park
  • Overnight: Lake Burunge Tented Camp / Tarangire Sopa Lodge / Tarangire River Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board (dinner, lunch, and breakfast)

Day 8: Tarangire - Kilimanjaro - Kigali

You'll depart this morning by vehicle to Arusha where you will enjoy lunch before continuing to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Board your scheduled inter-Africa flight to Kigali, Rwanda. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your overnight will be at a hotel in Kigali.

  • Driving distance: 20 minutes from the airport
  • Activities: Airport transfer
  • Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel / Kigali Marriott Hotel / Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
  • Meal plan: Bed and breakfast

Day 9 and 10: Musanze - Volcanoes National Park

Following a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and a short drive through the city, you'll depart with your driver-guide and transfer to your lodge in Musanze and Volcanoes National Park. You'll depart next morning to the park gate. Here, you will be met by your tracker and proceed for your first gorilla visit with the day spent tracking the mountain gorillas. You'll spend two nights at your lodge.

  • Driving distance: 2.5 hours drive
  • Activities: Gorilla tracking
  • Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
  • Meal plan: Full board (dinner, lunch, and breakfast)

Day 11: Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

Today you will experience your second gorilla trek. Following your trek, savor the memories of the morning hike and gorilla encounter with a relaxing afternoon at leisure visiting the farmlands, villages, and markets that surround Kinigi and Musanze towns. After lunch, you will drive back to Kigali. Your overnight will be at your hotel in Kigali.

  • Driving distance: 20 minutes from the airport
  • Activities: Airport transfer
  • Overnight: Kigali Serena / Marriot hotel / Radisson Blu hotel
  • Meal plan: Bed and breakfast

Day 12 and 13: Kigali - Home

This morning you will have a Kigali city tour including a visit to the Genocide Museum and the local market. You will be transferred back to Kigali International Airport to connect with your international flight to Europe. Next morning your will arrive in Europe to connect with your flight back home.

  • Kigali city tour
  • Musanze Town's farmlands, villages, and markets visit

Lake Manyara National Park

This 125-square mile (325 square kilometers) park has the Great Rift Valley Escarpment for a dramatic backdrop and was once one of the most popular hunting areas of Tanzania. Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.

Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters.

Pink flamingo stoops and grazes by the thousands of colourful specks against the gray minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season and are a well-known but a rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world - a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600 meters high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language and appropriately means "endless plain." The altitude varies from 3,120 to 6,070 feet. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra.

The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 square miles, (14,763 square kilometers). It’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.

The park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern / central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “Serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is the third largest national park in Tanzania. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing all but the elephants' feed. Located slightly off the main safari route, Tarangire National Park is a lovely, quiet park in Northern Tanzania.

It is most famous for its elephant migration, birding, and authentic safari atmosphere. The majority of travelers to the region either miss out Tarangire altogether or venture into the park for a matter of hours - leaving swathes of Tarangire virtually untouched!

With a game viewing area that is roughly ten times the size of nearby Lake Manyara National Park and a concentration of game that is exceptional from July through to October, this seasonal Tanzania safari park is a little gem on the Northern safari circuit, especially if you love elephants.

Tarangire is the surprise package on the Northern circuit. Often overshadowed by the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire has huge concentrations of animals in the peak months and a fraction of the visitor numbers of any of the other northern parks.

  • Balloon ride
  • Bush dinners
  • 3 meals a day while on safari
  • 12 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary
  • All park entry fees
  • Crater service fees
  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Service of English speaking driver-guide
  • Transport in 4x4 Land Rover with pop up roof in Tanzania
  • Flights from Arusha to Kigali
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal insurance
  • Tip to the guide
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 70% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

Kigali, Rwanda

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