The 6 days Rwanda gorillas and Serengeti national park safari is a historic journey that rewards you with endless opportunities to visit the Volcanoes national park – Rwanda’s only primate destination and home to a quarter of world’s total population of mountain gorillas. The trip also brings you to Tanzania’s biggest national park – the Serengeti.
Serengeti national park is one of the most famous and oldest protected areas in Africa which is synonymous with teaming herds of mammals, undulating plains and outstanding African scenery. Serengeti’s most famous phenomenon is the spectacular wildebeest migration and a wildlife magnet with excellent game viewing all year round.
Detailed Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Serengeti Wildlife Holiday Package
Day 1: Arrive at Kigali airport & Drive to Volcanoes National Park.
Arrive at the bustling Kigali airport – the main entry point of Rwanda, be welcomed by our company representative who will thereafter transfer you to Rwanda’s home of mountain gorillas, the Volcanoes national park.
Set off on a trip to the North West, about 4-5 hours’ drive heading to the gorilla land. Traverse Rwanda’s most scenic landscapes but interrupt the trip with various stops to seize moments and take a handful of scenic photos.
The first stop is made at a view point of the entire Virunga mountain ranges which stretch from Rwanda, Uganda through to D.R. Congo, providing endless chances of great photography as well as videography. As well, the entire highway is marked with spectacular landscapes in the furthest country side, stretching farmlands, plantations and rural settlements.
Proceed to North Western province to Kinigi town in the outskirts of the park, arrive at your lodge in the evening, check in and have delicious dinner.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in PNV & Culture
Being Rwanda’s prime home of the mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National park is arguably the most famous of all wildlife parks in Rwanda. This day brings closer to the world’s most endangered species of gorillas. The experience begins at 7:30am after your breakfast, with a briefing session, and thereafter proceed to the jungles in the company of armed rangers, guides and trackers.
Gorilla trekking experience in PNV may last for up to 8 hours, but depending on the movements of an allocated family, you can even meet them in less than two hours. The jungles of Volcanoes national park comprise of misty forests, almost impenetrable, foggy and sometimes slippery, especially during rainy seasons. The adventure maybe quite tedious and hectic but the joy of meeting a family of these mighty apes is worth the hard treks.
While in the midst of a well habituated gorilla family, you can watch them play and enjoy their drama for only one hour, when you trek back to the starting point. Meet with your driver who will driver you back your place of stay.
Spend the early afternoon relaxing and meditating on a joyous experience of gorilla trekking, and later on in the evening, transfer to the nearby Iby’Iwachu cultural village which is a famous spot for melodious traditional songs, energetic performances of the Rwandese and a center for unmatched cultural experiences in Rwanda.
Day 3: Return to Kigali & Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport
An early breakfast, and depart from Volcanoes national park driving back to Kigali International airport. Drive via the panoramic Virunga ranges, or you can do a brief enroute visit to the twin lakes – Ruhondo and Burera. These are definitely one of the most scenic lakes in East Africa and worldwide. Time allowing, you can take a short canoe trip to enjoy their uniqueness, rich history and their geographical formation.
Continue to Kigali city which is Africa’s cleanest and fast growing into an ultra modern city ahead of many African cities. Upon arrival, your guide will take to a local restaurant where you can enjoy cultural cuisine before you leave.
Proceed to Kigali airport in Kamembe, take an evening flight to Tanzania, arrive through Arusha International airport, meet with your Tanzania guide who will transfer you to the lodge for a night stay and dinner.
Day 4: Arusha to Serengeti National Park, Evening Game Drive
Breakfast will be served at 6:00am to prepare for an early departure from Arusha to Serengeti national park. This is not only Tanzania’s most famous and one of the biggest game parks, but it is without doubt one of the seven wonders of the world.
In a comfortable 4X4 Safari land cruiser, the journey to Serengeti is more or less 5 hours from Arusha but traversing amazing sceneries where you will be stopping for amazing photography. Enter Serengeti via Ngorongoro gate, check in and have lunch.
Spend most of the afternoon relaxing and viewing the teeming wildlife from the balcony of your room, and later in the evening undertake a leisurely sunset game drive to spot large of big mammals retiring, huge flocks of birds and numerous prides of cats and predators.
Serengeti is well known for its sprawling landscapes, sweeping Savannah which is home to largest herds of elephants, but also include pleasant populations of mammals, such as buffaloes, zebras, roan antelopes, giraffes, and cats like leopards, lions, etc.
Day 5: Second Game Drive in Serengeti National park & proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Begin this day with an early game drive from Serengeti National Park as you proceed to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will carry out another game drive from. At Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will descend to the crater, an area with the highest concentration of animals in Tanzania. You will be able to spot the Big 5 mammals of Africa from the comfort of your safari jeep. After this stunning game drive, you will drive to your accommodation facility near Lake Eyasi.
Day 6: Morning Boat Cruise at Lake Eyasi & Transfer to Arusha for Departure
Wake up to an early morning breakfast as you watch the sun rise over Lake Eyasi, head for a morning launch trip to explore this beautiful lake and after drive to Arusha International Airport or JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will catch your late night outbound flight from.