See the best that East Africa has to offer. No other tour compares in the number of experiences and locations. You will be fully immersed in East African history, culture, wildlife and recreation.
See the best that East Africa has to offer. No other tour compares in the number of experiences and locations. You will be fully immersed in East African history, culture, wildlife and recreation. Start in Rwanda - a country with a significant past. Onward to the Impenetrable Forest to come face to face with the gorilla. Make your way along the Equator and Lake Victoria heading to a stop-over in Nairobi. Arrive at Masai Mara - the epicenter of the Wildebeest migration; enjoy the Mara environment by land and balloon safaris. Experience local culture when visiting a local village. Travel south into the Serengeti! Perhaps the best known wildlife zone in all of Africa! Take in all that is offered from here to Kilimanjaro! Finally, end up on the beach in Zanzibar before heading home.
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport anytime this afternoon/evening, you will be personally met and welcomed by our safari team and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner and rest.
After breakfast this morning we head out for a guided tour of Kigali. Our first stop is at the Nyamirambo Women's Center in support of the local community and people.
"The Nyamirambo Women's Center offers tourists a uniquely personal insight into the culture, history, and daily life of our community. All of the tour guides either grew up in Nyamirambo or live here now, so the tours truly are a welcome into our home. The profits from the tours go back into the Center and are used to pay our seamstresses a fair wage and fund our community engagement initiatives, which include free literacy classes; a library with afternoon programming for children; and periodical sewing courses, English classes, and workshops on women's rights, health, and nutrition."
The NWC will host us on their Walking Tour of Nyamirambo. The walking tour begins at the Women’s Center with a traditional snack, a brief Kinyarwanda language lesson, and an introduction to the Center and its activities. It then weaves through Nyamirambo, one of Kigali’s oldest neighborhoods. Along the way our guide will lead us into a women's hairdressing salon where the adventurous type can get a free braid; into a family compound to pound cassava leaves; by two mosques and a lookout view over Kigali; and into a tailor shop to feel the fabrics you'll otherwise see styled on the streets. The tour concludes with a traditional lunch made and served in the home of Aminatha, NWC's best cook!
After we bid farewell to our new friends of Nyamirambo we continue with a guided tour of Kigali and visit of the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
We end our day of culture and history back at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast this morning we will check-out and depart for the Rwanda/Uganda border. After a brief stop at the border to clear with customs we continue onward to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - a UNESCO World Heritage site. We arrive to our lodge for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Optional: Include a cultural visit with & in support of the indigenous Batwa people.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Wake up early, enjoy an early breakfast, then we proceed to the National Park headquarters to complete the park formalities and meet our guides for the day. If you have selected to have a porter accompany you for your trek your porter will also await you here. After our preparation we then embark on a spectacular mountain Gorilla Trekking Adventure in search of these amazing animals. Once you spot them, you'll spend time observing these gentle giants - a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The trekking will be strenuous; up to 6 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude, and you’ll enjoy taking photographs after which you will descend back to the lodge. In the afternoon, relax around the lodge.
After breakfast, you will be picked and transferred to Kisoro Airstrip for your flight to Entebbe Airport. On arrival lunch will be at a nearby hotel. Later connect with your flight from Entebbe to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our team will meet & greet you upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in dinner and overnight.
Optional: Add an extra day in Uganda before Entebbe departure to drive through the Kigezi region, known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ including a stop at the Equator.
Around 10am you will depart to visit the world renowned David Sheldrick Elephant sanctuary for a chance to see orphan elephants at close range during their daily mud and feeding, memorable shots taken, a chance to participate in conservation efforts through direct contribution to the trust or fostering an elephant, return for lunch to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the Giraffe center for a chance to feed the endangered Roths-child giraffes, with food pellets as they lick from the palm of your hand - an exciting experience. Afterwards return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Then embark on an evening game drive at Nairobi National Park, the only park in the world close to a capital city where you will search for the lions, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, zebras, topi and hyena among others. Return back for dinner and overnight.
NOTE: The Nairobi Giraffe Manor is not included in the cost, subject to availability once exact dates are determined. It has to be booked a year in advance. If available, it will be an extra cost with guests paying directly, bearing in mind it’s an expensive hotel, and can be overbooked. Here you will have a chance to dine with the Giraffes, as they pop their long necks on your dining table, an exciting experience, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast depart for the world renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve – the land of vast migrating animals. Travel via the Great Rift Valley and enjoy a stop for sightseeing and photography. You arrive at your lodge in time for lunch.
At 4pm set out for an evening game drive. This is the best time as most wildlife will be out after the heat of the day. Search for the plenty of wildlife the Mara is renowned for.
The Mara Reserve covers 1510km2 of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in southwest Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife. Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara Park you will easily see the Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe. Over 450 species of animals have been recorded here: see rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, many kinds of antelopes and birds. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but reasonably common.
It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place - the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra in July and August when millions of these grazers move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October for the new life circle to begin after a life threatening trek past the strong jaws of the East Africa crocodile found within the Mara and Talek rivers. Always following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Maasai Mara
Wake up early morning, you will be picked and set-off for the Hot Air Balloon safari, explore the vast Maasai Mara from the, you will gain a new perspective on the Mara ecosystem and its abundant wildlife. Settle for champagne breakfast in the wilderness, as you enjoy nature at its best, later you will be picked by our safari driver and embark on a full day game drive, this offers you a greater chance to spot diverse array of wildlife, settle for your picnic lunch under a tree shade in the wilderness, continue with your game drive. Then visit a Maasai cultural village with their ancient old rich history, culture and traditions, untouched by modern civilization. You will enter their traditional huts and be entertained by dancing performed by Maasai Morans (warriors) and Maasai women in resplendent in colorful attire, as you join them. This cultural visit supports the village through a contribution that is made on your behalf directly to the village elder.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight
Overnight Masai Mara
Another full day set aside today for game viewing in Kenya's finest wildlife park, the Maasai Mara National Reserve. With your packed lunch, set-out for a full day game drive search for the Africa's Big Five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets that make for spectacular photos, visit the crossing point during the yearly wildebeest and zebras migration, lunch under a tree shade, continue with game search, return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Masai Mara
After breakfast, we drive to the Kenya/Tanzania border at Isebania, crossing over into The Serengeti world renowned park. Here virtually every sort of wildlife can be spotted - both prey and predators dominate the habitat. Arrive at your tented camp for lunch. Embark on an evening game drive in search of the abundant wildlife the Serengeti is well known for. Return to camp for dinner.
Overnight on the Serengeti
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a daytime game drive. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here. Look for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, giraffe, antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, lions, and in season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest. Later in the day, we venture out again for an afternoon game drive. Everywhere there are animals, monkeys and, yes, birds...but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungle cats - lion, leopard and cheetah just watching the world go by.
Overnight on the Serengeti
After breakfast depart to Ngorongoro Crater. En-route visit the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution. A steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches across East Africa, it is about 48 km (30 mi) long, and is located in the eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge takes its name from the Maasai word ‘oldupai’ which means "the place of the wild sisal" as the East African wild sisal (Sansevieria ehrenbergii) grows abundantly throughout the gorge area.
On arrival at Ngorongoro, descend the 600 meters deep crater for our game drive in search of the good game. Be prepared for some remarkable views down into the crater. We stop for lunch at a picnic site and later continue the game drive in the crater, revealing an awesome panorama of the world’s largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera.
Approximately 25,000 large animals including the black rhinoceros, the African or Cape buffalo, the hippopotamus, the blue wildebeest, Grant's zebra, the common eland (Taurotragus oryx), and Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. Although thought of as "a natural enclosure" for a very wide variety of wildlife, 20 percent or more of the wildebeest and half the zebra populations vacate the crater in the wet season, while Cape buffalo stay.
Later ascend the crater and drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Manyara, famous for its unique Tree climbing lions. A good network of tracks and roads in the park allows excellent game viewing opportunities. Animals seen include buffalo and elephant. Other animals present that can be seen with luck are the tree climbing lions, leopard and black rhino. Lesser flamingos and Egyptian geese are some of the birds seen here.
After our visit we drive to Tarangire National park, famous for its huge herds of African elephants and home to the Big 5. Arrive at the lodge for lunch. Later a game drive in search of the lions, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffes and others in plenty. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight!
Overnight on the Tarangire
After breakfast we head to Kilimanjaro Airport. Enroute we will stop for lunch at Tonys café. After lunch continue to the airport to check-in for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival our team will meet & greet you to transfer you to your Stone Town hotel, check-in for dinner and overnight .
Overnight Stone Town
After breakfast, you will be picked and embark on the Spice Island Tour. This tour will take you to the country side you will visit a number of spice plantations some these spices are cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, vanilla, nutmeg etc. The tour involves much more than spices and you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, heena bush, ylang-ylang, the lipstick tree, cocoa , cassava, dasheen cocoyam and coffee plantations. The tour also gives you the opportunity to explore the Zanzibar richness of mouthwatering tropical seasonal fruits like jack fruit, pineapples, bananas, green coconut, dourian, love apple, rambutun, soursop and starfruit. All in all a perfect tour for the vegetarian in you. Settle for lunch at spice farm, followed by the Stone Town Tour, proceed to the main City market, which was opened in 1904, you will then get a comprehensive view of the Stone Town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian with carved doors with brass studs, carved balconies you will also get the chance to see the old post office and Freddy Mercury house. Our next stop will be at the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, on the site of the Old Slave Market. From here we continue our tour to Sultans Palace Museum, House of wonders (Beit-el-ajaib), next to this you can also see the Old Arab Fort. The Old Stone Town is a World Heritage declared by UNESCO in more than a decade now. Walking Route Sites visited, Main City market of Darajani, Anglican Church, Slave Market, Hindu Temple, Hamamni Baths, Palace Museum, House of Wonders, Old Arab Fort, Forodhani Garden, Spices and Souvenirs Shops, later depart to Jambiani, check-in at your beach resort, dinner and overnight.
This day is spent at leisure. Enjoy the sun, sand, sea and food or relax by the pool after a marvelous trip.
Today you may visit a location of your choice. A round-trip transfer to any single point on the island is available to you. Departure and return time of your choosing.
This day is spent at leisure. Enjoy the sun, sand, sea and food or relax by the pool.
Breakfast. As per your flight departure time, you will be picked and transferred to the Airport for your flight back home
Accommodation subject to substitution with similar based on availability at time of booking. Optional upgrades available upon request. Itinerary subject to change based on internal flight schedules at time of booking.
Guaranteed departure for minimum 6 travellers
All airport transfers
Accommodation as stated in the program (or similar as available at time of booking) based on double occupancy
Meals as indicated by B/L/D
Ground and water transportation as indicated in the program
Transport in 4×4 Mini Van in Kenya
Transport in 4×4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Professional Tour guide
English speaking driver guide
1 x Gorilla trekking permit per person
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Complementary walking sticks per person
Kigali City tour + Genocide Memorial visit/tour
Balloon Safari in Masai Mara
Masai Mara village experience
Spice Tour in Zanzibar
Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar
Round-trip transfer within Zanzibar on one day
Flying Doctors Society membership for emergency evacuation
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary
Single private room supplement of $1,299 CAD
Upgrades to luxury accommodations
Overnight stay at Giraffe Manor (requires significant advance booking)
* Pricing based on double occupancy
* Ask about available early booking bonus * CAD pricing based on foreign currency as at time of publication and will be recomputed at time of payment * 45% deposit due upon booking; final due 6 months before departure * Cancel 6+ months before departure, penalty of 25% of total trip cost; non-refundable on final payment * Cancellation/Interruption/Emergency Medical travel insurance mandatory
While every attempt is made to ensure accuracy some elements are subject to change due to availability, safety or factors beyond our control. E&OE.
PAYMENTS AND DATES
Per Person Double Occupancy
6 months before departure
^CAD based on USD forex as of publication date; CAD amounts will be determined at time of payment.
NOTICE OF RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY: This trip will include encounters with wild animals where the behavior of wild animals cannot be predicted or controlled. Travellers acknowledge that they are fully aware of and appreciate the real dangers and risks while tracking or on safari arising from the presence of wild and dangerous animals and the real risk of suffering bodily harm, injury, death and/or damage to or loss of property that may arise as a result of an encounter with and/or the presence of such animals while on this trip. Additionally, medical facilities may not be of the quality experienced at home and access to evacuation and/or suitable medical supplies and support may not be as readily available as to which one is accustomed. While precautions and safety measures are taken, no one can guarantee traveller safety while traveling. Travel insurance covering cancellation, interruption and emergency medical is mandatory for this trip. All travellers are voluntarily participating in this trip and have voluntarily purchased this trip from their agent or supplier with the full understanding of these risks. All travellers assume and agree to accept any and all risks to their safety and security during the course of their travel to Africa on the trip and release their travel agent, travel agency and all suppliers/operators furnishing services for the trip from any claims that may arise during the course of their participation in the trip.
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