Rwanda Gorillas & Tanzania Safari

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Day 1

    

Volcanoes National Park

Day notes

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport, you will be provided with fast-track assistance through customs and immigration formalities, before being escorted to your waiting dmAFRICA private vehicle with driver guide, which will be transferring you by road for a journey of approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to your accommodation at the Bisate Lodge in the Parc National des Volcans, arriving in time for lunch. You’ll be staying overnight at the Bisate Lodge in your luxury room on a full board basis. Your afternoon will be at your leisure to relax at the Bisate Lodge. (NOTE: As in all airports in the World, at times of heightened security, including visits by Heads of State etc., our Fast Track intentions may be adapted to suit the situation of the day. In this instance you will be met at the immigration desk by your VIP representative).

Transfer from Kigali International Airport [KGL] to Bisate Lodge

Details  
Company

dmAFRICA

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Private 4x4

Pick up

Kigali International Airport [KGL]

Drop off

Bisate Lodge

Check-in to Bisate Lodge

Included:

-Accommodation in a Forest Villa Cottage

-All meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House (soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, house wine, beer, selected cocktails and non-premium spirits)

-A complimentary massage


Day 2

    

Volcanoes National Park

Day notes

After an early breakfast at the Bisate Lodge, you will be driven to the Parc National des Volcans headquarters to receive a briefing and commence your gorilla trek!

The gorilla trek itself follows the below schedule:

-Early morning start of your exhilarating day spent gorilla trekking. The ranger station is approximately a drive of one hour from the lodge.

-Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and a safety talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas.

-The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

-Once you are close to the group, the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas.

-Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants!

-Sit in the forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback.

-It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

-You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.

-Please note: Your guide will explain that it is forbidden to approach the gorillas closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography.

-Likewise for your and their safety! You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffaloes are sighted.

-While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. - There is the additional option to hire porters on site.

-The Rwanda Wildlife Authority does not allow a trekking when you are sick as gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. Should you feel sick the day of the trek, we urgently advise you to abide this rule. To receive a 50% refund of the permit cost, you MUST get a doctor’s report that day (please ask your guide to arrange this for you).

-We must also stress that, while you have an excellent chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires the skills and experience of your tracker sand guides, as well as luck.

-The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before.

-Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be.

After the trek, you’ll enjoy lunch and can then relax at the Bisate Lodge in the afternoon and for your overnight arrangements on a full board basis in your luxury room.


Included:

-Accommodation in a Forest Villa Cottage

-All meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House (soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, house wine, beer, selected cocktails and non-premium spirits)

-A complimentary massage


Day 3

    

Kigali

Day notes

After an early breakfast, you’ll be heading back to the Parc National des Volcans headquarters, where you can enjoy a trek out in search of the elusive Golden Monkeys. After this, you’ll return to Bisate Lodge for lunch, before finally being transferred back by road to Kigali. In Kigali, you will be staying overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel in a deluxe room on room & breakfast basis.

Check-out from Bisate Lodge

Transfer from Bisate Lodge to Kigali Serena Hotel

Details  
Company

dmAFRICA

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Private 4x4

Pick up

Bisate Lodge

Drop off

Kigali Serena Hotel

Check-in to Kigali Serena Hotel

Included:

-Accommodation

-Breakfast at a separate table


Day 4

    

Northern Serengeti

Day notes

After breakfast at the Kigali Serena, you’ll depart heading to the Kigali International Airport where you’ll be connecting with the scheduled service flight to the Lamai Airstrip in Northern Tanzania. The transfer from the Kigali Serena to Kigali International Airport will take approximately 20 minutes. Your flight to the Lamai Airstrip departs Kigali at 06:00 and lands into Lamai at 09:10 (NOTE: Luggage allowance is strictly 15 kilograms per person in soft sided bags)

Upon arrival at the Lamai Airstrip at 09:10, you'll be met by your open sided Singita 4x4 vehicle and driver guide, proceeding to the Singita Mara River Camp with game viewing en route, the journey taking approximately 45 minutes. In the afternoon, you’ll be heading out for game activities. Your overnight arrangements will be at the Singita Mara River Camp in your luxury tented suite.


Check-out from Kigali Serena Hotel

Transfer from Kigali Serena Hotel to Kigali International Airport [KGL]

Details  
Company

dmAFRICA

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Private 4x4

Pick up

Kigali Serena Hotel

Drop off

Kigali International Airport [KGL]

Scheduled Flight from Kigali International Airport [KGL] to Mwanza International Airport [MWZ]

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Flight No.

Scheduled Service

Departure

Kigali International Airport [KGL]

06:00

Arrival

Mwanza International Airport [MWZ]

08:15

Departure Terminal

Kigali International Airport [KGL]

Arrival Terminal

Mwanza International Airport [MWZ]

Scheduled Flight from Mwanza International Airport [MWZ] to Lamai Airstrip

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Flight No.

Scheduled Service

Departure

Mwanza International Airport [MWZ]

08:30

Arrival

Lamai Airstrip

09:10

Departure Terminal

Mwanza International Airport [MWZ]

Arrival Terminal

Lamai Airstrip

Transfer from Lamai Airstrip to Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Details  
Company

Singita

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Open Sided 4x4

Pick up

Lamai Airstrip

Drop off

Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Check-in to Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Planned
Optional
Optional

Singita Balloon Safari

Optional

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxury tent

-Meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House including wines, spirits and liqueurs from the Fine Wine Card.

-Game drives which may be shared with others.

-Laundry


Day 5 - 7

    

Northern Serengeti

Day notes

You will be enjoying three full days of game activities within the Lamai area of the Serengeti National Park in your Singita Open Sided 4x4. Overnight, you shall be staying at the Singita Mara River Camp in your luxury tented suite on a full board basis. Typically, from August - November, we’d anticipate the massive herds of the Great Migration would be in the area, giving you prime seats to the movement of the herds as they cross the Mara River and make their way across the plains with the predators in tow!

Planned
Optional
Optional

Singita Balloon Safari

Optional

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxury tent

-Meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House including wines, spirits and liqueurs from the Fine Wine Card.

-Game drives which may be shared with others.

-Laundry


Day 8

    

Singita Serengeti Grumeti

Day notes

After the morning at your leisure at the Singita Mara River Camp, you’ll be transferred to the Lamai Airstrip with game viewing en route in your open sided 4x4 vehicle. From the Lamai Airstrip, you’ll be connecting with your scheduled service flight to the Sasakwa Airstrip.

Upon arrival into Sasakwa Airstrip, you’ll be met by a Singita open sided 4x4 with driver guide and transferred to Singita Faru Faru in the Grumeti Reserves, a private conservation area of comparable size to the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. In the Grumeti Reserves, you’ll be met by your open sided 4x4 Singita vehicle and driver guide that will transfer you to the Singita Faru Faru where you’ll be staying overnight in a luxury suite on a full board basis. In the afternoon you’ll be heading out the Singita Grumeti Reserves for game activities in your open sided 4x4 vehicle.

At Singita Faru Faru, it is possible to enjoy game drives (day & night), guided bush walks and balloon safaris (for an additional cost).


Check-out from Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Transfer from Singita Mara River Tented Camp to Lamai Airstrip

Details  
Company

Singita

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Open Sided 4x4

Pick up

Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Drop off

Lamai Airstrip

Scheduled Flight from Lamai Airstrip to Sasakwa Airstrip

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Flight No.

Scheduled Service

Departure

Lamai Airstrip

09:15

Arrival

Sasakwa Airstrip

10:05

Departure Terminal

Lamai Airstrip

Arrival Terminal

Sasakwa Airstrip

Transfer from Sasakwa Airstrip to Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Details  
Company

Singita

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Open Sided 4x4

Pick up

Sasakwa Airstrip

Drop off

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Check-in to Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Planned
Optional
Optional
Spa
Optional
Gym
Optional

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxury suite

-Meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House with soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, beer, and including wines, spirits and liqueurs from the Fine Wine Card.

-Off road game drives, day time and night time, game walks, and activities which may be shared with others.

-Walking, cycling, tennis and archery.

-Cultural visits

-Laundry


Day 9 - 10

    

Singita Serengeti Grumeti

Day notes

You will be enjoying two full days of game activities at Singita Faru Faru with your open sided 4x4 vehicle with professional driver guide. Overnight you’ll be staying at Singita Faru Faru on a full board basis in your luxury suite.

Planned
Optional
Optional
Spa
Optional
Gym
Optional

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxury suite

-Meals at a separate table

-Drinks on the House with soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, beer, and including wines, spirits and liqueurs from the Fine Wine Card.

-Off road game drives, day time and night time, game walks, and activities which may be shared with others.

-Walking, cycling, tennis and archery.

-Cultural visits

-Laundry


Day 11

    

Chem Chem Concession

Day notes

After breakfast at Singita Faru Faru, you depart, heading to the Sasakwa Airstrip, where you’ll be connecting with the scheduled service flight to the Lake Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at the Lake Manyara Airstrip, you’ll be met by your private dmAFRICA 4x4 vehicle with driver guide, that will transfer you for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by road to the Chem Chem Concession, where you’ll be met by your open sided 4x4 vehicle with driver guide from the Chem Chem Lodge, to transfer you the short distance to Chem Chem Lodge.

You will arrive at the Chem Chem Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you will head out for game activities in the Chem Chem Concession and Tarangire National Park. Your overnight arrangements will be at Chem Chem Lodge on a full board basis in your luxury tented suite.


Check-out from Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Transfer from Singita Faru Faru Lodge to Sasakwa Airstrip

Details  
Company

Singita

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Open Sided 4x4

Pick up

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Drop off

Sasakwa Airstrip

Scheduled Flight from Sasakwa Airstrip to Lake Manyara Airstrip

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Flight No.

Scheduled Service

Departure

Sasakwa Airstrip

10:05

Arrival

Lake Manyara Airstrip

11:25

Departure Terminal

Sasakwa Airstrip

Arrival Terminal

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Transfer from Lake Manyara Airstrip to Chem Chem Lodge

Details  
Company

dmAFRICA

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Private 4x4

Pick up

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Drop off

Chem Chem Lodge

Check-in to Chem Chem Lodge

Optional

Cultural Tours

Optional
Optional
Optional

Maasai Choir

Optional

Run with the Maasai

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxurious tented suite

-Meals at a separate table, and which may include meals in the bush, and in various discreet places around the lodge.

-Drinks on the House (soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, house wine, beer, selected cocktails and non-premium spirits)

-One-hour massage per person

-Laundry

-All safari activities within the Chem Chem concession:

oOff road game drives day and night in an open sided vehicle, which may be shared with others.

oGuided safari walks, tracking with the Maasai, bush breakfast, bush picnic, evening sundowners at the lake

oFamily activity day with local Maasai.

oCultural visit (Maasai village & the local school).

oPrivate game drives at Manyara National Park in closed vehicle.


Day 12

    

Chem Chem Concession

Day notes

At Chem Chem, you will be enjoying a full day of game activities, including game drives in your open sided 4x4 vehicle, interaction with the local Masai and sundowners. You will be staying overnight at Chem Chem Lodge in your luxury tented suite on a full board basis.

Optional

Cultural Tours

Optional
Optional
Optional

Maasai Choir

Optional

Run with the Maasai

Included:

-Accommodation in a luxurious tented suite

-Meals at a separate table, and which may include meals in the bush, and in various discreet places around the lodge.

-Drinks on the House (soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, house wine, beer, selected cocktails and non-premium spirits)

-One-hour massage per person

-Laundry

-All safari activities within the Chem Chem concession:

oOff road game drives day and night in an open sided vehicle, which may be shared with others.

oGuided safari walks, tracking with the Maasai, bush breakfast, bush picnic, evening sundowners at the lake

oFamily activity day with local Maasai.

oCultural visit (Maasai village & the local school).

oPrivate game drives at Manyara National Park in closed vehicle.


Day 13

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred by road in your private dmAFRICA 4x4 vehicle to the Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you’ll be connecting with your onward international arrangements.

Check-out from Chem Chem Lodge

Transfer from Chem Chem Lodge to Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO]

Details  
Company

dmAFRICA

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Private 4x4

Pick up

Chem Chem Lodge

Drop off

Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO]

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