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  • Search for mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans.
  • Kayak, picnic, and relax on the tranquil beaches of Zanzibar.
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro to spot Big 5 wildlife.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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From the roaring plains of the Serengeti, to the peaceful gorilla habitats of the Rwandan rainforests, and the exotic beaches of Zanzibar, this is the East Africa tour of a lifetime.

They say the human race originated in East Africa, which explains why a land that’s so unique, feels so much like home. Here in the cradle of mankind, you’ll discover the treasures hidden in wild jungles, primeval forests and expansive grassy plains. From spotting mountain gorillas in the early morning mist, to glimpsing a lioness and her cubs at water’s edge, your days will be filled with the unforgettable wonders of East Africa.

Parc National des Volcans is home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla families, endangered monkeys and hundreds of species of plants. Follow your guide deep into the ancient jungle to come face to face with nature’s most magnificent beasts. Track the Big Five in the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, home to the annual migration of the wildebeests, known as the Greatest Show on Earth. Cross into the Serengeti to see big cats and wild dogs roaming the grassy plains. In heavenly Zanzibar, explore the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and discover spellbinding Stone Town. ... Show More »

This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Kigali
    Kigali
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    • 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Kigali - Parc National des Volcans [Drive (3hrs)] - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Parc National des Volcans
    Parc National des Volcans
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    • Private Vehicle and Guide at Disposal - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Parc National des Volcans to Kigali
    Parc National des Volcans to Kigali
    • Golden Monkey - Permit
    • Private Transfer - Parc National des Volcans - Kigali [Drive (3 hrs)] - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Kigali to Nairobi
    Kigali to Nairobi
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 4X4/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Kigali - Nairobi [Direct - KQ (1hr 30mins)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Day 6 Nairobi to Masai Mara
    Nairobi to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Nairobi - Masai Mara [5-6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - Migration - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    • Transfer - Masai Mara - Isebania [2-4 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Isebania Border Crossing -
    • Transfer - Isebania - Serengeti [3-5 Hours] - 4X4 - TZ
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Serengeti
    Serengeti
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - 4X4/Guide
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    • Transfer - Serengeti - Ngorongoro [5-6 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Olduvai Gorge - Entrance
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 Ngorongoro
    Ngorongoro
    • Crater Tour for Plantation Lodges - Entrance Fee
    • Private Tour - Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Ngorongoro to Arusha to Zanzibar
    Ngorongoro to Arusha to Zanzibar
    • Transfer - Ngorongoro - Arusha [2.5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Air - Arusha - Zanzibar [Scheduled Charter (2 hrs)] - Flight
    • Transfer - Airport from/to Beach Resort - Minibus/Driver
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 Zanzibar
    Zanzibar
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 Zanzibar
    Zanzibar
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Spice Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 16 Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam
    Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam
    • Transfer - Airport from/to Beach Resort - Minibus/Driver
    • Departure & Infrastructure Tax - To Be Paid Locally - Not Included
    • Air - Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam [Scheduled Charter (20mins)] - S Class - Standard
    • Private Transfer - Airport Transfer - Domestic to International Terminal - Van/Driver
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Day 1: Kigali

Meet your private assistant and driver for an airport transfer.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all clients are covered by “Akagera Aviation EMS” Evacuation Service. This is mandatory for anyone traveling to Rwanda. The policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Kigali for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rwanda Kigali
Rwanda Kigali
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Kigali - Parc National des Volcans

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali.  Begin by visiting some of the popular market places to view and purchase some of the local products.  Next, you’ll travel to a location stained with heart aching cultural history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honour those whom lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The centre was built on the site where an estimated 250 000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones and to provide educational information regarding the genocide.  Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative, it is extremely important that the younger generations of Rwandans fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Centre features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial which exhibits the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer today from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans. The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge that is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that makes up a part of the Virunga Massif. The stone and thatch cottages each have en suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place, and a private veranda. The cottages are sizable and are positioned to provide each cottage with space for privacy. There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals are served using local produce. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money with the luxury of great views and easy access to Parc National des Volcans.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Rwanda Parc National des Volcans
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mountain View Lodge - Chalet
Mountain View Lodge - Chalet

Day 3: Parc National des Volcans

The Parc National des Volcans is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the North of the country. This area is home to the world’s last surviving mountain Gorilla populations, currently a mere 700 individuals. After breakfast, you will depart the lodge and drive for approximately 1 hour to the Park Headquarters where you will meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will provide an informative session on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. After the session, the hike into the forest begins.

A full day trek with your guide through the park is a reasonably strenuous activity which can last the morning or all day as you seek out the gorilla families. The guide will take you to where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin to track them from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times quite muddy. Once the gorillas are located all the aches and fatigue of the trek are forgotten, as the experience is often described as finding a hidden natural treasure in the midst. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 maximum are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is recommended for you, your cameras and film. Please note that plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Kids under age 15, or people sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, are not allowed to visit the gorillas.


PERMITS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF CONFIRMATION AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Enjoy a full day with your private vehicle and English speaking guide exploring Parc National des Volcans and all it has to offer. 

Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 4: Parc National des Volcans - Kigali

Golden monkeys are a local subtype of the blue monkey which are endemic to the Albertine rift and live in the montane forests of the Volcanoes National Park area of Rwanda. There is currently 2 groups of habituate golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, also popularly known as Parc de National Volcans. Each of the habituated golden monkey groups has between 80-100 members in each troop. The golden monkeys are a very playful and inquisitive primates which are habituated to human presence and will usually act up the presence of human visitors leaping from tree to tree as they feed on the bamboo shoots in the forest. Only open for visitors since June 2003, enjoy a rare treat watching these unique primates play and perform in the forest.

Like with gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekkers are required to assemble at PNV park headquarters at 07:00am for pre-tracking briefing. The park guides will lead into the forest for the search of the golden monkeys. The golden monkeys are mostly found at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. Golden monkey tracking is generally less arduous and less challenging that the gorilla trek. 

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer today from Parc National des Volcans to Kigali.  The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Golden Monkeys
Golden Monkeys

Day 5: Kigali - Nairobi

Meet your private assistant and driver for an airport transfer.

Relax during this short flight departing Kigali, Rwanda and traveling to the urban hub of Nairobi, Kenya.  The approximate flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between your hotel and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 6: Nairobi - Masai Mara

This morning you'll meet up with your guide and head off to the Masai Mara. Approximate travel time is between five and six hours. Head directly into the park for game viewing and then return to the camp for late check-in or check-in first and then head out for an afternoon game drive. Chat with your guide for their recommendation based on your arrival time and park hours.

Accompanied by an experience guide, head out this afternoon on an exciting game viewing adventure. The locations visited will be determined by your expert guide as they have an intimate understanding of the daily routines of animals and how best to track them, and your afternoon excursion will visit several wildlife hot-spots with an aim to spot elusive animals such as the leopard. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot when in their favorite hangout, the trees. Exploring the region, your guide will take you to nearby watering holes where on a hot day you’ll spot many birds and mammals, including, with luck, the elusive leopard. After a thrilling afternoon game drive, you will be returned to your lodge in time to freshen up for a delicious safari dinner.

Accommodation: Mara West

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Masai
Kenya Masai
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

Day 7: Masai Mara

Just like the wildlife, your day’s adventure will begin bright and early this morning. Alongside an experienced tracker-guide, set out for the day’s first game drive and discover the dazzling bio-diversity of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The most recognized animals are known worldwide as the African Big 5, and this group includes the African elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and the king of the beasts, the lion. The term “Big 5” was first coined by big-game hunters as a way to acknowledge that these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt, however, in subsequent years the term has been adopted and re-purposed by the tourism industry and painted in patently positive light, focusing now on the preservation and protection of these magnificent creatures. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife also inhabit this dynamic region, including hyenas, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, zebras, vultures, cranes, eagles, falcons, and ostriches, many of which you’ll spot on this morning drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. The Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life that includes almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Mara West
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Male Lion and Cub
Male Lion and Cub
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle

Day 8: Masai Mara

Set out in the early morning on a "migration" inspired game drive with your tracker-guide. The journey today will take you into the heart of the Masai Mara plains in search of the many grazing species that take part in the annual migration, an event that has been occurring for centuries. Massive herds of zebras, gazelles, impalas, and of course wildebeest furiously feed and thunderously march from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year from July to October. Today, set out to spot these enormous herds for yourself, an incredible experience few will ever have the privilege of witnessing firsthand.

Set out this afternoon with your tracker guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game reserve.  The Mara area is one of the few places left in Africa where one can still spot Rhinos in the wild. It is estimated that there are only 4000 black rhinos left in Africa.  Your guide will take you to the locations where Rhino sightings have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive, lumbering giants.

Accommodation: Mara West
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rhino
Rhino

Day 9: Masai Mara - Isebania - Serengeti

You`ll depart the Masai Mara Game Reserve today in a privately driven vehicle with guide and travel towards the Isebania border crossing. Enjoy game viewing or depart first thing, driving past towns and villages along the way. Upon arrival, your guide will arrange the necessary documentation for your entry into Tanzania. Please be aware that this portion of the drive can be long depending on rains as this is a dirt road. In dry season you can reach the border in two hours or less. Upon entry into Tanzania, you'll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  

When traveling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border a few things must occur.  Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.
 
You will be required to purchase a Visa; for Kenya it’s a per person cost of 50$ USD, and for Tanzania it's a per person cost of 100$ USD for American Citizens and 50$ USD for all other Nationalities. 

Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in CASH.  No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard.  A Single entry Visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania.  It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing. 

After you have crossed through Isebania Border you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.

You`ll continue in your specialized, Tanzanian guided and driven vehicle towards the Serengeti Game Park. Please advise your guide if you would like to make any additional stops at shops and villages. Have your camera handy, as you enjoy some game viewing upon entry into the park whilst traveling to your Serengeti based lodging.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon entry into Tanzania, you`ll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  Once you arrive in Serengeti you'll drive on dirt roads through the park and enjoy game viewing on your way to the lodge/camp. These dirt roads can be bumpy and/or muddy in rainy season. The approximate total travel time between Masai Mara and Serengeti can range between 6 to 9 hours depending on road conditions, traffic and weather.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp

Mbalageti Serengeti Camp features luxury tented chalets as well as lodge style standard rooms on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni Hill. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books to a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tanzania Serengeti
Tanzania Serengeti
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Day 10: Serengeti

This morning, your African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti. A land of unparalleled game viewing, from great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti truly epitomizes the “circle of life.” A paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, it is all but guaranteed that you will spot giraffes and elephants feasting on shrubbery, impalas, gazelles and buffaloes traipsing carefully through the plains to avoid being noticed by on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas, and a spectacular range of bird life flitting through the sky.

Get ready for an afternoon to remember as you set out in the company of an experienced tracker-guide to explore the expanses of the Serengeti. The park is world renowned for its healthy populations of resident wildlife species, in particular the African Big 5 consisting of buffaloes, elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards and lions. Although sightings are considered a rarity, a small group of black rhinoceros also live within the park grounds. Heavy concentrations of topi, gazelle, waterbuck and Coke’s hartebeest ensure that local carnivores including cheetah, hyenas and African wild dog are ever present. The park is also home to more than 500 species of birds, including ostriches, crowned cranes, marabou storks and secretary birds; some of the most sought-after and photogenic birds on the planet.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Giraffe
Giraffe
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pride of Lions
Pride of Lions

Day 11: Serengeti - Ngorongoro

This African journey continues as you board a privately driven vehicle, accompanied by a local tracker-guide for your visit to the overwhelming large Ngorongoro Conversation Area. You’ll depart the Serengeti National Park grounds at a somewhat slower pace as to get in some more game-viewing. At the Serengeti Welcome Center you’ll have an opportunity to marvel at a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the lookout point. A stop for a picturesque picnic is also scheduled during this journey. Upon your arrival into the conservation area, you’ll head towards your overnight accommodation whilst taking in the overwhelming size of the Ngorongoro Crater. The approximate travel time may vary between five to six hours depending on weather conditions and the number of stops you’ve made along the way. During the heavy rainy season, longer travel times should be expected.

The massive Olduvai Gorge, or Oldupai Gorge, is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is some 30 miles long and is the result of millions of years of natural erosion. The gorge features a steep-sided ravine that cuts its way through the Great Rift Valley stretching along eastern Africa, and is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short. This plant grows plentifully in the area, and is used for making bandages, rope, baskets, roofs and clothing. Today, discover the Olduvai Gorge firsthand alongside an expert local guide.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House

The Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.  This unique property was built to offer visitors an authentic experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.  Inaugurated in 2003, this lodge offers various rooms, cottages, and suites, all rustically designed and decorated using local materials and furnishings, all for the purpose of providing each guest an imaginary journey to the life of days gone by.  Meals are served in the main building, or on occasion around the pool, and feature ample selections of locally inspired dishes or popular western fares.  Guests at this lodge can cool off in the pool or enjoy tension soothing massages after game drives.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tanzania Life in the Crater
Tanzania Life in the Crater
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ngorongoro Farm House
Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 12: Ngorongoro

Today, set out to explore one of the most remarkable wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania; the Ngorongoro Crater. Departing from your camp in a privately driven vehicle alongside a local expert guide, you will make your way to the entrance of the park, and then drive a further 20 minutes to reach the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological marvel was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse on itself, thereby creating a gigantic crater. Roughly 12 miles wide and some 2000 feet deep, the trip from crater rim to floor takes approximately 45 minutes in a 4x4 vehicle. The extremely fertile crater floor has attracted incredibly dense populations of wildlife here, and at present over 25,000 large animals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world. The crater floor is also host to some of the highest concentrations of carnivores in the world, featuring large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye paired with expertly procured search patterns from your guide is sure to help you spot a wide range of wildlife and perhaps some of the more elusive species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.

You are provided with a personalized, experienced tracker-guide and private transportation today whilst exploring around the Ngorongoro National Park grounds.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater Park
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater Park
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Private Game Vehicle
Private Game Vehicle

Day 13: Ngorongoro - Arusha - Zanzibar

From Ngorongoro, your guide will drive you to Arusha. This drive will take approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

Board a flight in Arusha with service to Zanzibar. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 40 minutes.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 32 lbs (15 kg) is permitted per person. 2) Baggage must be soft-shelled and not exceed dimensions of 21.5” (55cm) x 13.5” (35cm) x 10” (25cm). 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

A privately driven vehicle with driver will provide you with a transfer today travelling between the airport and your resort, or vice versa.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a tasteful haven situated on a gorgeous beach off the east coast of the most magical island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The 70 rooms and suites are fully air-conditioned and decorated in earthy, natural tones and finishes, each festooned with authentic Zanzibari carvings from locals. Dining is an experience to look forward to, where ones taste buds are host to a mélange of refreshing flavors (dress code in effect). Seafood is fresh, succulent, and incomparable. Activities vary depending on interest, from lounging on the beach to marine activities, spa, and yoga classes.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tanzania Zanzibar
Tanzania Zanzibar
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Day 14: Zanzibar

If time permits, Zanzibar provides visitors with variety of activities to enjoy.  Choose from half or full day tours that include Swahili Cultural tours, Spice tours,  Stone Town tours and cooking lessons.  Some other adventures whilst in Zanzibar include Dolphin Sandbank picnics, Mangapwani Beach and Slave Market cultural experiences.  Of course your lodging accommodation boasts some other activities to enjoy including snorkeling, deep sea fishing or reef kayaking.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kayaking at Zanzibar Islands
Kayaking at Zanzibar Islands

Day 15: Zanzibar

A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season, and try some spiced tea. Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines, and creepers crawling up the trees.


Please bring:
• Sun hat and sunscreen
• Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes


After this tour, you will be driven back to the hotel in the afternoon to relax after a day filled with amazing and unique sights!


This tour operates from Stone Town. Transfer time will vary depending on which part of the island you are coming from. Time in transit could be 30min to 1.5hrs each way.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Spice Tour
Spice Tour

Day 16: Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam

A privately driven vehicle with driver will provide you with a transfer today travelling between the airport and your resort, or vice versa.

Please be aware that an additional Departure Tax of USD 49 per person is required by all whom visit the island of Zanzibar. Hotels will also charge $1 per person, per day for infrastructure tax.  This must be paid on-site before departing.

Take your flight from Zanzibar (ZNZ) to Dar Es Salaam (DAR) today. The flight duration is approximately 20mins.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

A private driver will transfer you between the international airport (terminal two) and the domestic airport (terminal one) at Julius Nyerere Airport in Dar Es Salaam.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kigali Serena: Kigali

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Mountain View Lodge: Parc National des Volcans

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge that is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that makes up a part of the Virunga Massif. The stone and thatch cottages each have en suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place, and a private veranda. The cottages are sizable and are positioned to provide each cottage with space for privacy. There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals are served using local produce. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money with the luxury of great views and easy access to Parc National des Volcans.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mountain View Lodge - Chalet
Mountain View Lodge - Chalet

Crowne Plaza Nairobi: Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool
Pool

Mara West: Masai Mara

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

Mbalageti Camp: Serengeti

Mbalageti Serengeti Camp features luxury tented chalets as well as lodge style standard rooms on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni Hill. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books to a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Ngorongoro Farm House: Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.  This unique property was built to offer visitors an authentic experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.  Inaugurated in 2003, this lodge offers various rooms, cottages, and suites, all rustically designed and decorated using local materials and furnishings, all for the purpose of providing each guest an imaginary journey to the life of days gone by.  Meals are served in the main building, or on occasion around the pool, and feature ample selections of locally inspired dishes or popular western fares.  Guests at this lodge can cool off in the pool or enjoy tension soothing massages after game drives.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ngorongoro Farm House
Ngorongoro Farm House
Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool Side Dining
Pool Side Dining

Breezes Beach Club and Spa: Zanzibar

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a tasteful haven situated on a gorgeous beach off the east coast of the most magical island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The 70 rooms and suites are fully air-conditioned and decorated in earthy, natural tones and finishes, each festooned with authentic Zanzibari carvings from locals. Dining is an experience to look forward to, where ones taste buds are host to a mélange of refreshing flavors (dress code in effect). Seafood is fresh, succulent, and incomparable. Activities vary depending on interest, from lounging on the beach to marine activities, spa, and yoga classes.

Gorillas, Big 5 & Beach Safari  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Sarah J — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Everything was seamless! The itinerary covered all of the highlights of Casablanca and Marrakesh with enough time for us to wander at our leisure. Our driver, Rashid and tour guide, Achmed were very knowledgeable and fantastic.... always on time, extremely well informed, tremendously kind, humorous and always flexible to our wants and desires.

  • Manuel G — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our guides, George, Ben and Michael were fantastic. Both George and Ben were amazing at spotting animals and knowing where to find them.

  • Barbara H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Trip of a lifetime! Our guides, George (Kenya) and Raymond (Tanzania), were both outstanding- knowledgeable, personable, patient, and accommodating.

  • Roxann Z — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Your Egyptian team is fantastic. We loved Garonga safari camp.

  • Brian T — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our agent, Chelsea, made several suggestions that proved to be both 100% accurate / insightful and critical to the success / enjoyment of our trip. Our Kensington employed guide in Tanzania, Martin, was awesome and worked tirelessly to meet our desires and did everything in his power to find game and make our trip as easy as possible.

  • William H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Christine Richmond was a terrific asset in assisting our plans for a customized Africa trip. Every detail came off as planned and the entire trip was well organized.

  • Natalie D — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great, even with a slight change. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with Janice and I. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Jeffrey G — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    We had a great trip. It was well planned and every detail was considered. The pre planning discussion with Kensington was methodical and they exercised great patience as we went back and forth on plans. The guides were terrific and the overall experience was very enjoyable. We’ve used Kensington on two safaris previously and we weren’t disappointed with their quality during our trip to Brazil. We will use them again and again...

  • Barbara H — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    All in all a fabulous trip! Loved every day of it! The Kensington agent I spoke with to coordinate this trip was fabulous and responsive. She did a marvelous job!

  • Robert Z — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive, also calls from in country rep we're nice. Drivers and guides all top rate, knowledgeable, friendly, patient.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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