8 Days Rwanda and Tanzania Safari
8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Tanzania Safari
The 8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Tanzania Safari itinerary is a Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda and Serengeti National Park Safari Holiday that combines Gorilla Trekking and the big five safaris viewing experiences in Rwanda’s and Tanzania’s parks of Volcanoes, Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater respectively.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Tanzania Safari Itinerary (8 Days)
Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport and Transfer to Volcanoes National park
You arrive at Kigali international airport where you will meet and greet with your driver/guide from Engabi Tours and Travel who will transfer you to Volcanoes National Park Approximately 2 hours drive North of Kigali. Dinner and overnight the lodge of your choice.
Depending on time of arrival, you can explore Kigali attractions such as genocide memorial, craft markets before you transfer to Volcanoes.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Iby’iwachu Cultural Village tour
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Park headquarters for briefing about the gorilla trekking rules.You will then enter the jungle to start the search for the Mountain Gorillas and on finding them you will Spend1 hour with them which will be a great experience for everyone. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Iby’iwacu local village to learn Rwandan culture, customs and traditions. The tour usually ends with traditional dance performances. Return to the Logde for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Transfer to Kigali and fly to Arusha- Tanzania/ Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you will transfer to Kigali Airport to catch your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania arriving in time for a 3 Hours transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival in the Ngorongoro you will check in for dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice.
Day 4: Full day Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you will explore Ngorongoro crater starting at 06am with a ranger. This area is compared to Garden of Eden on earth and big numbers of wildlife can be spotted in a day including all big five, the elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetahs, and lots of hyenas, hippos, zebra and wildebeest being the most abundant. You will take a break for lunch and in the afternoon you will continue game viewing in the south corner of the park where you visit Lake Magadi where you can see flamingos, hippos and other water birds. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 5: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, leave Ngorongoro crater driving to Serengeti national park home to 3 million animals which is larger than any savannah protected area on earth. When you enter Serengeti before you check in your lodge, you will visit the UNESCO heritage site Oduvai gorge where the early humans thought to have occupied about 2 million years ago. You will learn much about the human evolution with the research of Dr. Louis leaky who discovered the human skull and other fossils at the site in 1960. Continue to your lodge as agreed.
Day 6: Full Day Serengeti
Serengeti offers best wildlife viewing opportunities. It is home to 3 million animals, including large prides of lions, herds of elephants, wildebeest, gazelles, buffalo, buffalo, zebras, and a variety of birds like ostrich. The game drive will start at sunrise explore the area to spot nearly all the large mammals mentioned above. You will return to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon animals will be more active and continue with your game drive. There’s an option to do a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti.
Day 7: Transfer to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you will embark on the 2 hours drive from Serengeti to Tarangire national park. This park has the largest concentration of 3000 elephants in Tanzania. Arrive and check in for lunch. The game drive in Tarangire will be done in the afternoon till evening. Dinner and overnight the lodge of your choice.
Day 8: Departure at Kilimanjaro International Airport
On your last day, you will enjoy an early morning game drive and later depending on flight schedule transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home.