For those who wish to get off the beaten track and yet see fantastic game: trek to see mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda before game viewing in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge: 3 nights
Kigali Serena Hotel: 1 night
Lemala Ewanjan Camp: 3 nights
Gibbs Farm: 1 night
Including - flights, driver/guides, other transfers, most meals, gorilla trekking permit, Park fees and safari activities
Fly from London overnight via Nairobi
DAYS 2 to 4
Your private guide will be waiting for you at Kigali airport to drive you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda's landscape. A natural bridge on the outskirts of Ruhengeri at the base of the VIRUNGA MOUNTAINS, formed from a solidified lava flow, is a fascinating reminder of the volcanic activity that shaped the whole country. Indeed it is known as the ‘land of a thousand hills’ and the fertile volcanic soils means that, when permitted, terraces for agriculture climb from the valleys to virtually every summit contributing to the amazing scenery.
Climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range, you arrive at the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge set on the top of a hill. The eight rooms take advantage of the magnificent setting and views.
The lush slopes of the Virunga Mountains provide an appropriately dramatic setting for the thrilling experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The Parc National des Volcans is one of the last refuges of these gorillas and you will trek to visit a habituated family. Once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour with them. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.
It is also now possible to trek to see troops of habituated golden monkeys in the forests and nearby there are three stunning lakes, Burera, Ruhondo and Karago that are well worth a visit.
Head back to the capital, KIGALI, for a night at the Kigali Serena Hotel which will allow time to tour the city and visit the Genocide Museum and Memorial, a moving testimony to this country’s past that it has courageously overcome.
DAYS 6 to 8
We make use of a direct flight from Kigali to the Kogatende airstrip in the SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK where you will be met by your driver guide from Hoopoe Safaris.
Set in a spectacular location on the western slopes of Makoma Hill in the game-rich Seronera Valley, Lemala Ewanjan Camp is a deluxe seasonal camp with seven comfortable tents.
You will have two full days game viewing in the major areas of central, southern and western Serengeti, all easily accessible, and at the end of the day you will return to the privacy and solitude of the camp with its staggering views of the grasslands and wonderful sunsets. The mess tent offers separate living and dining areas with a central bar and is furnished with leather sofas, rugs and chests.
On to the NGORONGORO CRATER for a final day of game viewing in a unique environment before a night at Gibbs Farm in the NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS. Still a working farm, the original farmhouse and guest cottages have been transformed and offer good accommodation in a delightful garden setting.
A leisurely departure and drive to Arusha for the flight from Kilimanjaro airport back to Nairobi, and onwards overnight to London
For a very different experience, plan at least eight days into an itinerary to CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO, the highest free-standing mountain in Africa. Our choice operator is Hoopoe Safaris, who offer two routes. 'Machame' passes through tropical montane rainforest and on to the snow of Kili while 'Lemosho' is ideal for those wanting more privacy, a slower climb, and all the best scenery of the mountain.
Situated on the edge of RWANDA'S PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is in a great location for the early start needed for trekking. It is part of the Governors' Camp Collection and the company's 30 plus years' experience in luxury-tented safaris in Kenya was behind the construction and beautiful appointment of the guest cottages. Now its expertise is at work in the operation of the lodge which is owned by a Community Trust. Funds raised by Sabyinyo are driving socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the local community while the gorilla trekking permits contribute to the protection of these endangered animals.
Diverse Kenya & Chilled Zanzibar
Exploring and game viewing in some of Kenya's most beautiful and contrasting scenery before unwinding by the Indian Ocean
Palacina: 1 night
Elsa's Kopje: 2 nights
Loisaba: 2 nights
II Moran: 3 nights
Matemwe Lodge: 4 nights
Including - flights, transfers, most meals, most drinks on safari, Park fees and safari activities
Pearls of Uganda
Privately-guided game viewing including gorilla trekking and chimpanzees
Mihingo Lodge: 1 night
Buhoma Lodge: 2 nights
Katara Lodge: 2 nights
Semliki Safari Lodge: 2 nights
The Emin Pasha Hotel: 1 night
Including - flights, driver/guide, all meals except B&B in Kampala, Park fees, gorilla trekking permit and activities
Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar
A privately guided safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks with perfect relaxation on Zanzibar Island
Kirurumu Tented Lodge: 2 nights
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge: 2 nights
Kirurumu Serengeti Camp: 3 nights
Breezes Beach Club and Spa: 4 nights
Including - flights, transfers, most meals, Park fees, driver/guide and safari activities
Short & Sweet, Tanzania & Mafia
With diverse safari adventures in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania including game drives, walks and viewing by boat followed by a lovely remote beach location on Mafia Island for good diving, snorkelling and generally relaxing!
Selous Impala: 3 nights
Mdonya Old River: 2 nights
Pole Pole: 4 nights
Including - flights, transfers, all meals, safari Park fees and activities
Exploring three more remote National Parks - Ruaha in the centre of the country, Katavi further west and Mahale Mountains bordering Lake Tanganyika
Mwagusi Safari Camp: 3 nights
Chada Katavi: 4 nights
Greystoke Mahale: 3 nights
Including flights, transfers, all meals and most drinks, Park fees and safari activities
Romantic Tanzanian Honeymoon
Exclusive and very romantic, relaxation at the coast before exploring the Selous Game Reserve and then head off to the island of Pemba for a luxurious retreat and fantastic marine life
2 nights Ras Kutani
5 nights Siwandu
5 nights Fundu Lagoon
Including - flights, transfers, all meals and most drinks, Park fees and safari activities