Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. The country is famous for its natural attractions, namely its three National Parks; Volcanoes National Park on the slopes of the Virunga mountain range, famous for the country’s biggest attraction, the mountain gorillas.
After following in the footsteps of Dian Fossey with a visit to the Volcanoes National Park to meet its iconic inhabitants, you'll fly from Kigali to Tanzania for a three day safari in search of the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration. The Safari takes you to Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.
Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the highlights to many safari-goers. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, and its floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals of different sizes live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck.
Tarangire National Park is one of the best tour destinations in the Northern circuit Parks in Tanzania famous for its elephant migration and birding safari. It has huge concentrations of animals in the peak months and a fraction of the visitor numbers of any of the other Northern parks.
Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable wildlife experiences to last a lifetime. See detailed Itinerary below.
This Safari can be transformed into a fully private trip for a family or a group of friends. You’ll have your own Tour Administrator and your pick of departure dates. Contact our experts or your travel advisor to find out how to make this tour a private journey.
Rwanda is located in East Africa and is situated in the African great lakes region. Rwanda has healed the wounds from a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations. The mountains in the west and savanna to the east of the country are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Rwanda is known for its transformed capital city – Kigali, wildlife adventures in its national parks and the famous mountain gorillas. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda.
Rwanda is one of only three places in the world where you can trek some of the world's remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla trekking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.
Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa's oldest national parks, and you'll be led on a daily guided gorilla trek that tops out at eight visitors. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.
No one would want to reminisce genocide on their vacation but the Genocide Memorials in Rwanda are one of the top visited attractions. Don’t miss the visit the Memorials for stories that make it seem like the Genocide happened last night. Rwanda has made a huge progress since the 1994 genocide but, it is vital that the visitors and the people, who live here, know about the horrific incident that shook eastern Africa. The Rwanda people this will among other things help prevent future similar occurrences.
You will visit a site of over one million genocide victims, churches which were also the sites for the horrendous massacre, a school that was also one of the sites to the genocide and also visit a museum which contains preserved bodies of the victims and a detailed history about the outbreak of the genocide.
Safety is a priority for almost all travelers. Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa, but in the world: In 2015, Rwanda country ranked fifth globally and first on the continent in Gallup's Law and Order Index, which measures how safe people feel walking home at night. Violent crime is near nonexistent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda.
Due to its location in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Rwanda is a natural paradise surrounded with many pristine and charming lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes lie on the border of Rwanda and Congo and are full of great attractions. The lakes are bordered by mountains and provide a great place for trekking, hang gliding and water skiing etc. The surrounding forests are also great for a marvelous gorilla safari.
Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Notable plains game in Akagera National Park include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. Proceeds from your safari in Akagera National Park go to improving and preserving the park for future generations.
The capital and the largest city in Rwanda, Kigali would remind you of a typically European town with clean streets and paved roads. Founded in 1907, brought down by the genocide, Kigali is on the move. Kigali also enjoys a cool subtropical climate, which ranges between 27 to 15 degrees throughout the year. Enjoy locally roasted coffee from and city Cafes, visit the Arts Center or take a mini-hike on Mount Kigali which is the highest point sitting atop an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level.
The above attractions are just a handful of the several places you can visit in Rwanda. Rwanda is indeed unlike any other African country you might have visited.
Our staff will pick you up from your hotel or the airport and begin the journey to Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city. Set against the backdrop of the five Virunga volcanoes, Musanze will be your base from which to explore Volcanoes National Park. (Inc: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will proceed directly to the Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.
You'll trek through sun-dappled glades and dense stands of bamboo in search of these playful monkeys, who are well accustomed to visitors. It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.
One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within few meters of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence. (Inc: Gorilla Trekking Permit, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel)
You'll return to Kigali in time for lunch in the Rwandan capital before participating in a complimentary city tour including the Genocide Memorial, the Presidential Palace Museum, and the local craft markets. You'll fly to Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Airport in the afternoon/early evening and overnight in Arusha. (Flight, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel )
You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise.
After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel )
After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation. Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water. From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations. After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool.
You'll depart your accommodations early for the drive south to Tarangire, where you'll spend your day driving through Tanzania's most underrated national park.
Once inside the park, you'll see the eponymous Tarangire river lined with acacia and Baobab where game amble to and fro throughout the day. During the dry season, thousands of animals from the Masai steppe migrate to the Tarangire region looking for water so you can see dozens of different species in a small amount of time. Exclusive to the park are endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu, Fringe-Eared Oryx, and the Ashy Starling.
You will have a picnic lunch at one of the park's picnic areas and take in an unparalleled view of the Tarangire River. You'll return to Arusha late in the afternoon. Your flight departs the next day.
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