The Best Of East Africa Safari
- 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.
Duration: 14 Days
Destinations: Volcanoes N.P, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and Zanzibar
Price: $4,560 per person based on 2 travelers
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 your flight to Kilimanjaro. You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to the 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 elephants. 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 the opportunity to see the 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 a game drive in Lake Manyara national park with picnic lunch. In this small but very beautiful park with dense forest, you will have the 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 a game drive with picnic lunch then continue with afternoon game drive in the central part of Serengeti. In this park, you will have the opportunity to see big pride 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 departs for an afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight will be at the 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 the Serengeti bush camp.
Day 11: Serengeti National park/Zanzibar
After breakfast, you will have a 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
A 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.