14 Days The Best Of East Africa Safari
Duration: 14 Days
Destinations: Volcanoe N.P, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
- Price: $6,680 per person based on 2 travelers
Day 1: Arrival/Kigali
Picked will be picked up from Kigali international airport and transferred to Five to Five hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Volcanoes national park
Depart early in the morning and drive to National Park headquarters to meet the Gorilla tracker/guide for orientation (with picnic breakfast). You will be put in groups of 8 people and later you will embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. There are several gorilla families that are open to visits; Susa, Guhonda, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Umubano, Group 13 and Sabyinyo. People say life just isn’t the same after seeing them.
After your trek, you will head back and have lunch before visiting a cultural village “Iby’Iwacu” (literary means, treasures of our home, our heritage). This is an initiative to support community projects around national parks aimed at enriching local people through providing linkages and incentives for conservation around national parks in particular around the gorilla’s Parc National des Volcans, in different aspects. This project aims at poachers to curb down poaching acts in the park, provide alternatives ways of alleviating poverty which is a root cause for poaching to improving community livelihood and increasing conservation education, awareness and involvement within the community. All meals and overnight will be at Mountain Gorilla view lodge.
Day 3: Volcanoes national park
Picked Return to the Kinigi Headquarters after breakfast to begin the second most magnificent trek in Rwanda, the Golden Monkeys. This is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches. You will then return to Mountain Gorilla lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Arusha
After early breakfast you will be transferred to Kigali airport or you flight to Kilimanjaro. You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to Ambureni coffee lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Tarangire national park
After early breakfast drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population for game drive, with picnic lunch. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs and up to six thousand elephant. In the afternoon you will continue to Sangaiwe lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will drive to Mtowambu town on the floor of the Great rift valley, for a guided village tour. In this small but very busy town where people belonging to all 120 tribes in Tanzania live together you will have opportunity to see typical daily life of Tanzanians. Your walking guide who comes from that area will take you to rice and banana plantations where you will interact with the people working in their farms, you will visit a traditional beer bar/factory, you will visit a school and carvings factory where the famous “makonde” use ebony black wood to carve different statues. You will then continue for game drive in Lake Manyara national park with picnic lunch. In this small but very beautiful park with dense forest you will have opportunity to see lots of monkeys, giraffes, elephants, impalas, dik dik, flamingos in the lake and if you are lucky you may spot the rare tree climbing lions. In the late afternoon you will drive to Ngorongoro sopa lodge on the rim of the crater for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast, depart with picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro crater for a full day of game drive. The crater has a good number of lions and cheetahs, and it is another good place to see the rare black rhino. In the late afternoon you will return to Ngorongoro sopa lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park (Central)
After breakfast drive to Serengeti national park for game drive with picnic lunch then continue with afternoon game drive in the central part of Serengeti. In this park you will have opportunity to see big prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, and other wildlife. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti bush camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
Early morning game drive (with picnic breakfast) trying to look for hunting lions, leopards or cheetahs. Hot lunch at the camp then depart for an afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight will be at Serengeti bush camp.
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drive in Serengeti national park with early departure looking for active predators and other wildlife. All meals and overnight will be at Serengeti bush camp.
Day 11: Serengeti National park/Zanzibar
After breakfast you will have morning game drive in Serengeti national park with packed lunch then continue to Kogatende airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon your arrival in Zanzibar you will be picked up and transferred to Next Paradise boutique resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Zanzibar
Day spent relaxing at the beach. Alternatively the lodge organizes activities like village walk, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and others that you can book and pay directly. All meals and overnight will be at Next Paradise resort.
Day 13: Zanzibar
After breakfast you will do a spice tour, then visit the historical Zanzibar Stone town, before you return to Next Paradise resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Departure
Depending on your departure time, we will transfer you to Zanzibar airport for your departure.
- All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
- A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
- A highly experienced English speaking safari guide
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- Tea/Coffee during game drive
- All park fees for all the national parks
- All transfers in Tanzania and Rwanda
- Unlimited game drives
- Maasai village
- Mountain gorilla trekking permit
- Golden monkey trekking permit
- Flights from Rwanda to Tanzania
- Flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar
- Zanzibar activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All transfers
- AMREF flying doctors rescue cover
- Drinks at the lodges
- Any other things not mentioned above.
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.