Itinerary - Great Plains & Great Apes
Combine a safari in Tanzania with gorilla trekking in Rwanda for an awe-inspiring experience and memories that will last forever.
With their very existence under threat, viewing the gorillas in their natural habitat is a rare privilege. With direct flights from the Serengeti, Rwanda is now an easy destination to access, and the Parc National des Volcans in the vast Virunga conservation area is one of the best places to view these magnificent primates. Make the most of your time in East Africa and combine a trek with a safari in the Serengeti for the ultimate wildlife experience.
- Spend time with the gorillas in their natural habitat for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Easy flight connections from the Mara and Serengeti to Rwanda
- Explore the Eastern Serengeti on foot or by vehicle and spot the resident big cats
- Adventure seekers
- Wildlife enthusiasts
- Romantic travel
Price per person from:
US$ 9 157
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha
Start your trip in Arusha at the famous Arusha Coffee Lodge. Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses – inclusive of 12 Plantation Suites – that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.
DAYS 2 – 3
The Highlands, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding camp, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
DAYS 4 – 6
Namiri Plains, Serengeti National Park
Spend a few days in the grasslands of the Eastern Serengeti, an area that was closed for 20 years to allow the cheetah population to replenish. Today, this is big cat territory and in the heart of it is Namiri Plains, a cool and elegant camp that offers spectacular sightings of these apex predators in unparalleled privacy.
Kigali Serena, Rwanda
Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.
DAYS 8 – 9
Virgunga Lodge, Rwanda
The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched atop a hill overlooking the colossal Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. Each of our 10 luxurious bandas has a private terrace from which our guests can watch the sun rise over the mountainous landscape.
Your last day at Virunga Lodge
Virunga Lodge, Rwanda
Depending on travel arrangements, pack a picnic lunch and transfer to the airport for the next part of your journey