Rwanda, Serengeti & Zanzibar
10 Nights / 11 Days
Combine the vibrant culture, world class wildlife and soaring mountains of Rwanda with the endless plains of the Serengeti, before a cleansing beach break in Zanzibar. The ultimate East African safari.
- Five nights in Rwanda, including stand up paddleboarding on Lake Kivu and a cultural immersion in Musanze
- Two nights under canvas in the world famous Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
- Finish with three or more nights on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar
Days 1-2: Arrive into Kigali airport, then depending on flight timings either proceed directly to the Kigali Serena Hotel to check-in and overnight, or if time allows, visit the ‘Fazenda Sengha’ centre to participate and engage in the activities offered there such as horse riding, zipline and trampolining. After that return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. The next morning, transfer by road to the Lake Kivu area (approx. 3hrs). Drive around and discover the town of Gisenyi, close to the border post of Rwanda and DRC – a busy and colourful town. Continue to the Lake Kivu Serena hotel overlooking the lake to check in and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon do some kayaking on Lake Kivu, before dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: The following morning, try a fun Stand Up Paddleboard adventure on Lake Kivu. Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) are an easy, fun, a gentle exercise and offer just a little adventure that everyone can enjoy. This is a great way to get out on Lake Kivu right from the beach in Gisenyi at the Serena Hotel and from just offshore you can get impressive views of the Nyiragongo Volcano. No experience is needed. After this experience and lunch, drive to Musanze (1.5hrs) to check in at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for dinner and overnight. If time permits visit the twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.
Day 4: The next day, choose from either a unique and authentic cultural experience, or a guided trek to view the famous Mountain Gorillas:
Experience a culture and emotion tour by Beyond Gorilla – a guided community authentic walk from your Lodge to visit different homes and experience the everyday lives of the local people. Take part in daily life activities to get to know the local people, their culture, and their ways of living. Enjoy different types of traditional dances like Intore dance and famous songs of the local people and/or listening to the melody produced by traditional musical instruments including African drums. Enjoy local lunch or dinner with local people to see the skill they have when it comes to dining time, interact with the people in the village by involving in their daily activities like herding cows, milking, fetch water and playing together. A memorable and rewarding day.
Or, track and spend time with one of the 20 families of Mountain Gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. The Gorilla treks depart from the Park Headquarters at around 07:30, and prior to departure you will be given a briefing by park staff, assigned a gorilla family to visit and rangers to guide you. The treks normally start in the cultivated land on the base of the volcanoes and leads up into the beautiful dense misty forests, lasting 2-5 hours. Once there you will get to spend about an hour in the presence of these magical creatures. Return to the lodge to reflect on this incredible encounter and enjoy your last evening in Rwanda.
Day 5: The following morning, return to Kigali for your flight direct to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be welcomed and escorted to your private vehicle for the 1hr 15 mins drive to Arusha Coffee Lodge where you stay the night. Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro. From there it’s only a short flight to the Serengeti. Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate, Arusha is a lovely spot as a start or end to a Tanzanian safari. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Days 6-7: After breakfast the next day, transfer the short distance to Arusha airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Lobo airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. Here you will be met by a camp vehicle from Serengeti Migration Camp and driven to the camp with a game drive en route, before checking in. Your stay in the camp includes all meals, most drinks, shared game drives, a guided walking safari, sundowners, transfers to and from the airstrip, and laundry. Enjoy two nights here in the middle of one of the prime wildlife areas in the world. Internationally renowned for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, the Serengeti, together with Kenya’s Maasai Mara, form Africa’s most famous wildlife region. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland can all be seen here. Whilst here, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the park with your expert ranger guide, and relax in the camp listening the sounds of the African bush all around.
Days 8-11: After breakfast transfer by camp vehicle to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar, departing at 10:00, arriving in Zanzibar at 14:25. Be met on arrival and transferred by private car to Breezes Beach Club on the South East coast (approx. 45mins). Spend three nights here, enjoying the sun, sea and white sandy beaches. Zanzibar has plenty to offer away from the beaches also, from visits to the spice farms, old Stone Town with rooftop restaurants, or go in search of dolphins. Return to the airport by private car after three pleasant and relaxing days for your return flight home.
OUR SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION:
Kigali Serena, Rwanda: On an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, lies the Kigali Serena Hotel. 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 a private and peaceful retreat. Enjoy a host of leisure amenities including the tropically landscaped pool. Indulge with a Mayan-inspired hot stone massage or a nature-based body wrap at the Spa and enjoy expertly crafted Rwandese delicacies and enticing flavours from around the globe in the restaurants.
Lake Kivu Serena, Rwanda: The Lake Kivu Serena in Gisenyi, located beside Lake Kivu above a stretch of sandy beach, has facilities including a swimming pool, two tennis courts and a gym. There are 66 standard rooms and a handful of family rooms and luxury suites, all with airconditioning, satellite TV, and en-suite bathroom with tub and shower. The Kivu Sands Restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Lake View Bar has looks over the pool and lake and serves snacks and drinks and has music at the weekends.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: The lodge, part of the renowned Governors’ Camp family, is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. It affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully appointed and the lodge is Rwanda’s first ever community owned lodge. Rentals and community fees from the lodge drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.
Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp, Tanzania: is the embodiment of the African safari ‘camp’ experience. Located next to the Grumeti River, home to resident hippos that bark their days away, the camp is synonymous with low-impact, high-action game viewing. Hidden among the rocky outcrops the camp is located at the starting point of the Migration, with 20 luxuriously furnished elevated en-suite tents blending seamlessly into the environment. Each features its own 360-degree deck, your very own private sanctuary to enjoy the constant game sightings and sounds of the bush.
Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar: Located on the quieter and untouched South East coast, Breezes is the ultimate retreat for those looking to get away from it all. This beautiful resort is situated along a pristine beach stretching as far as the eye can see. 71 rooms and suites are divided between 11 villas in a pretty garden, all close to the main pool and beach. A friendly, relaxed and comfortable resort, it is designed and furnished in a typical Zanzibari style, with colourful surrounding bougainvillea and palm trees. The cuisine features local spices and delicacies from the Indian Ocean, there is a large swimming pool and a great watersports centre,
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