This 7 night journey visits Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti to spotting both the Big 5 and the annual migration before travelling in search of the rare Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
Overnight on an Arusha coffee plantation then experience the breath taking descent into the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater to find what is said to be the location of the largest density of mammals in Africa. This can only be topped by witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration one of the most famous and well documented natural wonders of the world. Dependent on time of travel the aim will be to locate you for optimum game viewing of the migration.
The grand finale is Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, the land of Dian Fossey’s “Gorillas in the Mist,” in the Volcanoes National Park – the leading gorilla trekking region in the world. Spend 2 nights at Bisate Lodge with an opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorillas twice!
Your journey begins with a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met and chauffeured to Arusha Coffee Lodge your comfortable and stylish accommodation located on a coffee plantation in the foothills of Mount Meru.
Wake up to a wonderfully fresh cup of coffee!
Depart Arusha Coffee Lodge after breakfast by road passing Lake Manyara and the village of Mto wa Mbu en route.
Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater you will arrive at The Manor at Ngorongoro. This will be your home for the next 2 nights and is a superb base to explore the rift valley.
On arrival enjoy a delicious lunch with an afternoon at leisure. Activities at The Manor include horse riding through the coffee estates and mountain biking. An optional extra excursion is a visit to Mto Wa Mbu village.
The Manor is located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500 acres Arabica coffee estate.
So after breakfast the adventure begins with a one hour’s drive to the epic Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game viewing with picnic lunch. This enormous caldera is home to a spectacular concentration of wildlife, including the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo). Drive across the dense forest and near the soda lake and enjoy viewing a variety of birdlife. Ascend to the lodge from the 2000ft deep crater.
At the end of the day return to The Manor to enjoy a memorable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in your luxurious cottage.
After and early breakfast, depart The Manor with a short transfer to Lake Manyara Airstrip to meet with your light aircraft flight to Serengeti National Park.
You will be met at the airstrip by the camp’s vehicle for a shared game drive en route to the camp.
In the Serengeti you will camp under canvas at the stylish Serengeti Pioneer Camp or a camp that is in the best location for the time of year you travel.
Enjoy lunch and siesta before your first afternoon game drive returning for dinner in camp’s dining tent and overnight.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains. Did we also mention that it is also the most luxurious camp in this area! This tented camp pays homage to the mobile safari camps of the 1930’s in its zero footprint and out of Africa interior decor.
Today rise early to explore the Serengeti with your experienced guide on a day long 4×4 vehicle game drive. The Big 5 and the annual migration are the constant highlights. Enjoy a picnic lunch on top of a hill offering stunning views over the Serengeti Plains.
Return to camp for cocktails and dining under the brilliant African skies.
Depart camp with a picnic lunch to Seronera Airstrip to meet with your light aircraft flight to Kigali. You will be met for a road transfer to the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge located in Ruhengeri and bordering the Volcanoes National Park.
Tucked high into the foothills of the Virunga mountain range, this five-star lodge features individual cottages with decks and fireplaces. In the main lodge, meet your new neighbours and partake in delicious wine and food.
Come morning, your butler will wake you with coffee and biscuits, assist with gear, and be ready to clean clothing and boots upon your return. You’re about to hike into the National Volcano Park and visit mountain gorillas.
Set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains, Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. This is the land of Dian Fossey’s “Gorillas in the Mist” where mighty Silverbacks roam and mother’s cuddle their young.
Return to the lodge for lunch followed by a road transfer to Kigali for an overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel.
Depart Kigali Serena Hotel with a road transfer to Kigali Airport to meet with your flight home.
Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on a coffee plantation that lies on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from Mount Meru and is the perfect haven either before or after your Safari.
Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses - inclusive of 12 Plantation Suites - that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner's home that dates back to the early 1900's.
The Manor at Ngorongoro is an elegant and charming lodge in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture. Set on a large and beautiful coffee estate, it is a luxurious base from which to explore the rift valley.
Located in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania, The Manor has 20 luxurious cottages and a magnificent main Manor House. Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests' comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp is a luxurious camp located in the south central Serengeti within the Moru Kopjes area. Reminiscent of an early explorer camp offering superb levels of service with superb access to the annual migration.
Comprising of ten tented accommodations, all of which have en-suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten. A dining tent hosts the Camp's guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the Camp or in the bush.
Bisate Lodge is a super luxurious eco-sensitive safari camp offering some first rate Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking. Located near Volcanoes National Park, this lodge is owned and run by the excellent Wilderness Safaris company.
Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.
Kigali Serena Hotel is a 5 star hotel located on an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, just 10 kms from Kigali International Airport.
Offering a distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5 star comfort in 148 sophisticated rooms and suites, Serena Kigali hotel provides facilities including restaurants and bars, swimming pool, gift shop and health club and spa making this a peaceful retreat for discerning business and leisure travellers alike.