Serengeti & the Gorillas

A magical wildlife combination that’s hard to beat!

Serengeti & The Gorillas

8 days from £5,550 pp excluding international flights.

This 8-day trip focuses on two of the truly iconic aspects of East Africa – trekking to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda and game viewing in Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti. An outstanding wildlife experience, it will give you memories to last a lifetime.

Immerse yourself in the wildlife highlights of Tanzania and Rwanda, from the incredible wealth of game in Serengeti to the magical experience of spending time with the mountain gorillas.

You’ll have 4 nights in central Serengeti, staying in an excellent tented camp perfectly located for fantastic game viewing all year round – especially if you’re a big cat fan. This is classic safari action, from morning and afternoon game drives to sundowners, star gazing, and swapping stories by the camp-fire. Serengeti is home to an immense amount and variety of wildlife. The Great Migration passes through this particular region of the park twice a year, but whenever you’re here you’ll enjoy hugely rewarding game drives.

Road transfers are kept to a minimum, as you fly from the Serengeti to Kigali, giving you the bonus of an aerial safari en-route! You’ll spend a night in Rwanda’s most famous hotel and tour the city before driving to the foothills of the Virungas, to stay for 2 nights in a stylish lodge with stunning volcano views, just outside the Volcanoes National Park.

From this very comfortable base you embark on the experience of a lifetime as you trek up through mountain forest to visit a group of mountain gorillas. Looking into the eyes of a silverback, and watching the group interact with each other – and sometimes with their human visitors – is something you will never forget. You also trek into the lower slopes to see the delightful, endangered golden monkeys.

Highlights

  • Two of the ‘must-see’ elements of East Africa
  • Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
  • Game viewing in Serengeti – see the Big Five and much, much more
  • 4 nights in a comfortable tented camp in central Serengeti
  • Fly from Serengeti to Kigali
  • Stay in the hotel made famous in the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’
  • 2 nights in a stylish lodge in the best area to see gorillas

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL. TO SERENGETI (TANZANIA)

You arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania) and board a domestic flight to Seronera airstrip in the heart of Serengeti. You’ll be met on arrival and your safari starts with a game drive before heading to Kiota Camp for dinner and your first night under canvas in your spacious, en-suite tent. Dinner

DAYS 2 - 4: SERENGETI

For the next 3 days you will go on some fantastic morning and afternoon game drives in the Seronera River Valley. Naturally, the Big Five live here, and this region is particularly known for large populations of big cats and hyenas. There’s also the Retina hippo pool – home to some 200 hippos. Depending on when you’re here you will also see huge herds of the Great Migration* as they journey from the southern short grass plains to the north and west. Enjoy lunch back at the camp or out in the bush, and excellent dinners and fireside tales at Kiota each evening. Full board.

DAY 5: TO KIGALI (RWANDA)

After a final morning game drive you head to the airstrip for the flight to Kigali. This takes about 3 hours, including a brief stop for immigration. You’ll be transferred to Hotel des Mille Collines (20 minutes) and the evening is yours to spend as you wish.  Breakfast.

DAY 6: KIGALI CITY TOUR. TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

This morning you are collected after breakfast and taken on a Kigali city tour. You’ll visit craft centres, the museum and the genocide memorial site, where you’ll learn about the 1994 genocide and the Hotel des Mille Collines’ important place in the history of the genocide. Later you’ll be taken on the 2-hour drive to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, your stylish home for the next two nights. Full board.

DAY 7: GORILLA TREKKING

In a trip full of wildlife highlights, this day is the pinnacle. After breakfast you’ll head into the Volcanoes National Park and negotiate the steep terrain through the mountain forest to find the gorilla group. You then spend a magical and poignant hour with these beautiful primates before returning to Sabyinyo to relax by the fireplace of your elegant lodge before dinner.  Full board.

DAY 8: GOLDEN MONKEY TOUR. RETURN TO KIGALI FOR JOURNEY HOME

Your trip finishes in delightful style, with a walk through the gentler slopes of the foothills to see the endangered golden monkeys. Lunch follows back at the lodge before you are driven back to Kigali (2 hours) for your onward flight. Breakfast, lunch.

*Kiota is a very good camp at a reasonable price. However, it is just a suggestion. We can offer this trip with other camps and other areas of the Serengeti – especially if you want to see the best of the Great Migration. It will affect the price of the trip, so please let us know if you’d like to discuss alternatives.

2019 guide price pp based on 2 sharing exc. flights:
15 – 31 Dec 2019 from £7450

2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing exc. flights:
01 Mar – 15 June & 01 Nov – 19 Dec 2020 from £5555
06 Jan – 28 Feb, 16 – 30 Jun & 01- 31 Oct 2020 from £6395
01 Jul – 30 Sep & 20 Dec 2020 – 05 Jan 2021 from £7090

Includes: All accommodation on a shared basis. 4 nights in Kiota Camp (full board), 1 night in Hotel des Mille Collines (bed & breakfast), 2 nights in Sabyinyo Lodge (full board). Meals and drinks as specified. Excursions and transfers as detailed, air transfers as specified (including Seronera, Tanzania to Kigali, Rwanda) and departure taxes. Services of the camp/lodge guides and staff; Relevant park fees and entrance fees, including one gorilla permit and golden monkey permit. Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST). Emergency evacuation services within East Africa.

Excludes: International flights, meals not specified, any drinks, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified, travel insurance, visa, tips. Any new Government Taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control; Items of a personal nature.

Gorilla trekking in the rain is a muddy business!

It’s possible to trek to see gorillas all year, but there’s no doubt that if you go in the rainy months (mainly late March to May) it’s a much tougher experience. It’s wet, it’s slippy, and very muddy. Not for the faint-hearted. However, the rest of the year you’re fine. We can never guarantee no rain of course, as this is rainforest after all, but avoiding the worst months is sensible if you are able.
As regards the Serengeti, the same argument goes for April and May, and the best times for the wildlife here is from about June to October (into November) and January to mid-March.

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