Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar
Description of Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar
Track wild mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans, enjoy game drives on the plains of the iconic Masai Mara in Kenya, then relax on the exotic island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.
This 11-day private, guided tour offers magical wildlife encounters and paradise island exploration on Zanzibar. From tracking wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, to intrepid game drives in the iconic Maasai Mara to snorkelling in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this African adventure has been designed to provide you with a lifetime of memories.
You'll start in Kigali, Rwanda, then head to Kinigi, located in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, in Parc National des Volcans, where you'll trek to see endangered mountain gorillas. Next, you'll fly to Kenyaís Maasai Mara, home to Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Great Migration of zebra and wildebeest, as well as big game favourites and authentic bush walks with Maasai warrior safari guides. This phenomenal holiday ends with four days on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, where you can unwind along the palm-fringed coastline, explore the rich heritage of Stone Town and enjoy water sport activities (and even swim with migrating whale sharks, depending on the season).
|Day 1:||Arrive in Kigali (Rwanda) & Transfer to Kinigi - Meet our representative at the airport upon arrival and drive through the lush green Rwandan countryside to Kinigi, located in the foothills of the Virungas in Parc National des Volcans. Check into your accommodation and relax after a long journey, ready for an early start the next day.|
|Day 2:||Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans - Experience a once-in-a lifetime wildlife encounter with the wild mountain gorillas of Rwanda. After an early breakfast, drive to Parc National des Volcans' headquarters, where youíll meet your guide and be briefed about your trek, including the various aspects of "gorilla etiquette." Start your journey deep into the forest in search of your allocated gorilla family. High altitude, steep, slippery trails and humidity can make the trek challenging, but itís definitely worth the effort to spend time with wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.|
|Day 3:||Return to Kigali & Fly to Nairobi (Kenya) - You'll head to Kigali after breakfast, where you'll take a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, a memorial to those who were killed during the 1994 genocide. Drive to the airport in the afternoon for your onward flight to Nairobi. Upon arriving in the city, our representative will transfer you to your accommodation.|
|Day 4:||Transfer to the Masai Mara - Drive to Nairobiís Wilson Airport in the morning for your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. You'll meet our representative upon arrival and be driven to your safari lodge/camp, where you will spend the next three nights. We use a number of different award-winning safari camps and luxury lodges inside the wildlife reserve.|
|Day 5:||Explore the Masai Mara - Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives on the plains of Masai Mara. This iconic reserve offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and itís highly likely that youíll see zebra, impala, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, rhino and elephant as well as carnivores such as lion, cheetah and leopard. If youíre visiting at the right time of the year, you will get the chance to witness one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, the Great Migration. Over 2.5 million wildebeests migrate north from Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara during an annual migration cycle driven by rain.|
|Day 6:||Explore the Masai Mara - Enjoy two thrilling game drives in the wildlife reserve today. You also have the option to start your day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the plains of the Masai Mara, followed by a champagne breakfast. There are a range of other optional activities you can participate in during your time in the Mara, including cultural visits to Maasai villages and markets, guided bush walks, horse riding and black rhino tracking experiences.|
|Day 7:||Fly to Zanzibar - Enjoy an early morning game drive before driving to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Nairobi, where youíll board a connecting flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar. Our representative will meet you upon arrival and drive you to your accommodation, where you will stay for the next four nights.|
|Day 8-10:||Explore Zanzibar - Explore Zanzibar at your leisure. With its rich history, beautiful sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and colourful coral reefs, Zanzibar is the perfect destination for post-safari relaxation. Should you wish to make the most of your stay on the island, there are plenty of adventure activities that you can participate in, including mountain biking, hiking, bird-watching, wind surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking and sailing, plus diving and snorkelling (the island is surrounded by fantastic coral reefs). In case you decide to take a plunge, you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, green turtles and, at certain times of the year, whale sharks. We recommend that you explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town to learn about Zanzibarís Swahili culture and history. You can explore the Old Town with its colourful bazaars, winding alleyways and ancient stone houses and visit the Dhow Port, Old Slave Market, Sultan's Palace, Portuguese Fort, the House of Wonders and Livingstone House, among other places.|
|Day 11:||Depart from Zanzibar - Your adventure comes to an end today. Enjoy your final breakfast, check out of your accommodation and drive back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) for your flight home.|
1 Reviews of Tailor made safari, gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by Camila Wills
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.
PlanetResponsible 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.
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.
PeopleThe 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 childrenís 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.