Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar

“An 11 day trip combining gorilla trekking in Rwanda, a Kenyan safari and Zanzibar's beaches, which can be completely tailored to your preferences.”

Highlights

Rwanda: Parc National des Volcans | Gorilla trekking | Kigali guided tour | Kenya: Masai Mara | Safaris | Optional: walking safaris; horse riding | Zanzibar | Optional: PADI diving course; Jozani Forest day trip | Trip can be 100 percent tailored to your interests

Description of Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar

Enjoy a trio of exceptional East African experiences on this tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara and Zanzibar holiday. In 11 days you’ll explore three of the region’s most fascinating and exciting destinations: the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, the Masai Mara in Kenya and the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, off Tanzania. This is a well balanced itinerary, combining exceptional wildlife watching and relaxation, with light aircraft flights to transport you between destinations.

This 11 day holiday begins in Rwanda with a day spent trekking to see endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes. You will also have time to explore Kigali with a guided tour, before flying to Kenya to enjoy a classic safari experience in the beautiful Masai Mara. Enjoy game drives, walking safaris and cultural experiences, and choose between a range of camps in the main reserves and surrounding conservancies. The final leg of this holiday transports you to the island of Zanzibar, where you stay for four nights. Relax on its beautiful beaches, with options to explore inland or try some diving, and round off your holiday in fine style.

All light aircraft flights, gorilla trekking permits and private transfers are included, and there is a choice of accommodation.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Accessible Overview:
We are always up for meeting the challenge of catering for as many individual requirements as we can. If we can’t help, we are honest and straightforward about it. More often than not this is due to budget or availability and we’ve never had to say no to anyone with physical or mental disabilities. Not that we have had many requests but in the cases we have had, it simply requires a bit more planning. Being accessible, empathetic and welcoming is a huge part of our identity and I would describe every member of our team as caring and compassionate.
Limited mobility:
Yes. We can limit the walking needed to literally zero. In planning an itinerary for those with limited mobility we can pick properties with limited walking required or indeed level pathways, which are wheelchair accessible - there are all sorts of plans that can be made within an itinerary. For example, you can be carried by porters on a ‘throne’ to go see the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda: an experience which is often labelled as ‘gorilla trekking’. On a safari or a cultural tour we can use vehicles throughout and there is no requirement for walking. Walking is very much an optional activity.
Wheelchair:
We have had guests in wheelchairs before and we have adapted our trips accordingly. For example we have picked wheelchair accessible accommodation, ensured vehicles are able to handle the requirements of the person and their chair, built ramps where necessary, booked extra luggage allowance on internal flights and had the chair stored in the hold, informed local guides and hotel staff that extra attention is needed and some assistance in lifting into/out of vehicles etc.
Blind or limited vision:
We have not done this before but we would certainly be excited to try. We were just talking about this in our Africa team and we feel certain an audio described safari would still be worth it: the sounds and smells on safari are a huge part of the experience and sight is not the be all and end all of the safari experience! Please do get in touch to discuss this with us.
Deaf or limited hearing:
We have not done this to date but again would definitely be up for the challenge. Guides proficient in sign language would be sourced, written correspondence including use of WhatsApp or other instant messaging service, etc.
Cognitive conditions:
We have not encountered this yet but we would have no objection and not view this as an insurmountable issue. Perhaps the simplest way if the client has their own carer already, is simply to book them on the same trip. All we really need is a list of requirements and we can then get to work!
'Free from' food:
There are some destinations where they say they can cater to e.g. vegans but the choice really is very limited. In Namibia, for example, at a lot of the lodges we have found that the vegan choice is very poor at the moment. I would say it mostly depends on the maturity of the hospitality industry in the destination as to what requirements they are well set up to cater to. It’s also important to have that personal experience and client feedback so that we know that when a lodge says ‘yes, we can do it’ they really mean ‘we can do it but it’s not going to be good.’ Please do get in touch and we will give you honest advice on this, drawn from our own experience or feedback from travellers to date.
LGBT:
Yes but with certain strings attached dependent on the destination. For example, it is illegal to be gay in Uganda. You can still go to Uganda as an LGBT traveller but you need to careful about being discreet as it is technically against the law. We would always advise our clients of important information before booking and we do also include information on LGBT travel in our pre-departure documents as well.
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Responsible tourism: Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar

Environment

Responsible tourism has saved the last of the Mountain Gorillas from extinction: proving the sustainable value of tourism outweighs the short term temptation of poaching. Your trekking permits and National Park fees contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts in Parc National des Volcans.

On safari we works with selected safari camps and lodges who are committed to local conservation efforts. With our accommodation selections you will find that your safari camp is dedicated to responsiblity and sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa.

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

The safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

Holidays are locally-guided by knowledgeable locals who possess a wealth of information on the local environment and culture.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Kenya and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Safari in Tanzania and hot air balloon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ensure lodges do and local partners do have sustainable practices in place before you go (employee wages, waste management, etc)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Partially. Some lodges were more aware than others of use of plastic, water conservation, etc. Our Tanzania operator was much more sophisticated in its environmental practices than our Uganda experience, where it was close to null. In Uganda, neither the lodge nor the travel partner had any kind of social or environmental policy or practice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The first impression was quite low. The second leg of the trip improved considerably.

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