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Luxury Serengeti Safari & Rwanda Mountain Gorillas

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8 Night Break

Price per person:
From £7090 based on 2 people sharing (Excluding International Flights & Gorilla Permits)

This 8 night journey visits Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti spotting 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. 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.

 

Highlights

  • The Migration, The Big 5 and Gorillas!
  • Private Guide & Private Vehicle
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Search for the Big 5 including Rhino
  • Explore the Open Plains of the unique Serengeti
  • Big Cats of the Serengeti
  • The Great Migration – An Epic Wildlife Spectacle
  • Track Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • Luxury Lodges & Authentic Bush Camp Accommodation
  • Sublime Service

 

 

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Day 1
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport with transfer to Arusha

Day 1
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport with transfer to Arusha

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!

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Day 2
Depart for Karatu in Northern Tanzania

Day 2
Depart for Karatu in Northern Tanzania

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.

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Day 3
Spend the day at the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 3
Spend the day at the Ngorongoro Crater

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.

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Day 4
Fly into the Serengeti National Park

Day 4
Fly into the Serengeti National Park

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.

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Day 5
Game Drives in custom 4x4 vehicles in the Serengeti

Day 5
Game Drives in custom 4x4 vehicles in the Serengeti

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.

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Day 6
Fly from the Serengeti to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Day 6
Fly from the Serengeti to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Depart camp with a picnic lunch to Seronera Airstrip to meet with your light aircraft flight to Kigali and transfer to the elegant Bisate Lodge where you will spend 2 nights in a luxury Forest Villa featuring floor to ceiling glass windows, fully inclusive.

Bisate is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park; tracking and meeting one of the several gorilla groups in the Park is a unique experience.

Bisate’s vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest contributes to biodiversity conservation and local community upliftment – making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species the mountain gorilla. Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s extensive property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.

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Day 7
Trek to see the Mountain Gorillas

Day 7
Trek to see the Mountain Gorillas

After breakfast transfer to Volcanoes National Park which has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.  Guests will be allocated to one of the twelve habituated gorilla groups to visit for an hour.  This is a high altitude trek that can last from 45 minutes to several hours depending on which gorilla group you are in search of.

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.

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Day 8
Exploring Volcanoes National Park

Day 8
Exploring Volcanoes National Park

A second opportunity to see the mountain gorillas (an additional Gorilla Trekking Permit fee applies) or embark on one of the unique experiences at Bisate Lodge such as the golden monkey trek.  These brightly coloured primates live in groups of up to 30 individuals in the bamboo forest.  Alternatively enjoy village visits or hike up Mount Bisoke volcano to enjoy the amazing views.

Another spectacular journey is the challenging hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave and the ruins of her Karaoke Research Centre set in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes at an elevation of some 3,000 metres.A spectacular, challenging hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and the ruins of her Karisoke Research Centre, set in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes at an elevation of some 3 000 metres.A spectacular, challenging hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and the ruins of her Karisoke Research Centre, set in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes at an elevation of some 3 000 metres.

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Day 9
Depart your Hotel for the Airport

Day 9
Depart your Hotel for the Airport

Depart Kigali Serena Hotel with a road transfer to Kigali Airport to meet with your flight home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge Plantation Suite
Plantation Suite interior
Pool at Arusha Coffee Lodge
Restaurant at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

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.

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The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Cottage Suite at The Manor
Horse Riding on the Coffee Estate

The Manor at Ngorongoro

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.

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Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Serengeti Pioneer Tent Interior
Bar Lounge at Pioneer Camp
Relaxing at Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

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.

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Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge

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.

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel
Dining at Kigali Serena Hotel
Pool at Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

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.

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Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge

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.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge Plantation Suite
Plantation Suite interior
Pool at Arusha Coffee Lodge
Restaurant at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

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.

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The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Cottage Suite at The Manor
Horse Riding on the Coffee Estate

The Manor at Ngorongoro

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.

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Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Serengeti Pioneer Tent Interior
Bar Lounge at Pioneer Camp
Relaxing at Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

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.

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel
Dining at Kigali Serena Hotel
Pool at Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

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.

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Price per person:
From £7090 based on 2 people sharing (Excluding International Flights & Gorilla Permits)
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What's Included?

  • 1 Night Arusha Coffee Lodge including Breakfast
  • 2 Nights The Manor at Ngorongoro, FB, soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, laundry service
  • 2 Nights Game Package at Serengeti Pioneer Camp, FB all meals and drinks (excludes champagne, premium wines and spirits), laundry with game drives, guided walking safari and sundowners.
  • 2 Nights Bisate Lodge, including all meals, all local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne), lodge activities on the property.
  • 1 Night Kigali Serena Hotel, Standard Room including Breakfast
  • Ground Transportation in 4×4 Vehicle on Safari with Pop-up Roof
  • Game Drives & Private Safari Experience
  • 1 Pair of Binoculars and 2 Photography Bean Bags in the Vehicle

 

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