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Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Safari Holidays Tours Volcanoes National Park

Kenya Safari + Gorilla Trekking + Lake Kivu, Rwanda


KRR10N
10 NIGHTS
FROM £4,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Kenya Safari Holiday Trekking Gorillas Volcanoes Park Rwanda Dian Fossey

This Kenya safari holiday combines Big Five game viewing on the open plains of the famous Masai Mara with the incredible opportunity of trekking to see endangered mountain gorillas in the tropical rainforests of Volcanoes Park in Rwanda, including hiking to the Dian Fossey grave. Then relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Kivu. All light aircraft flights, game drives, park fees & gorilla permits included.

Kenya Safari Holiday Trekking Gorillas Volcanoes Park Rwanda Dian Fossey
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Kenya Safari Holiday
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kigali
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Genocide Memorial
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Volcanoes Park
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Trekking Gorillas
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Dian Fossey Grave
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Lake Kivu
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Rwanda Vacation
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Kenya Safari Holiday
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kigali
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Genocide Memorial
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Volcanoes Park
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Trekking Gorillas
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Dian Fossey Grave
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Lake Kivu
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Rwanda Vacation
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Maasai people and the Mara River that divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena. After checking into your lodge, enjoy a late afternoon game drive.
 
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 15 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons. Excess baggage can be stored with our representative in Nairobi.
Days 2 To 3
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara region.
 
We set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of this region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.
 
Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species. These include the Marabou stork, Secretary bird, Crowned crane, Ostrich, African pygmy falcon, Brown snake eagle, Black-chested snake eagle, Bateleur, Martial eagle, African paradise flycatcher, Red-fronted & White-headed barbet, Black-faced go-away bird, Woodland kingfisher, Violet-backed starling, Black cuckoo-shrike and various species of larks, cisticolas, vultures, hornbills and so much more.
 
Note: If your lodge is situated in a private conservancy, you will need to pay an extra $130 pp if you want a game drive that enters the Masai Mara National Reserve. As wildlife ranges freely between the surrounding conservancies & the national park, without any fences to restrict their movement, this is only necessary during the migration season and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Day 4
Enjoy some final game viewing in the Masai Mara this morning, before your transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to Nairobi International Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Kigali Airport and transferred to your hotel in this capital city that was originally founded as a German settlement in 1907 and later colonised by Belgium (hence French-speaking), before gaining independence.
 
Check in and relax in your warm African surroundings.
Day 5
This morning we visit the moving Genocide Memorial to see the inspiring way in which Rwandans have recovered from this horrific chapter in their recent history.
 
We then drive 2.5-hours to Volcanoes National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
We travel through beautiful terraced hills and climb to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range. This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Learn about the conservation work being done by the Karisoke Research Centre, sponsored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, before checking into your hotel.
Day 6
This morning we enter Volcanoes National Park - home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus and other monkeys.
 
This dense equatorial rainforest is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different floral species.
 
After walking (or driving up to 1.5-hours) to your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people - with each gorilla family graded as a short, medium or long hike, based on their location the previous day. We recommend you ask your guide to request the appropriate category for you, although this cannot be guaranteed as the gorillas may have moved significantly overnight.
 
After a briefing, you will then track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two rangers - one at the front and one at the back. The group will walk at the speed of the slowest member, so it is important to proceed at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend hiring a local porter at a cost of around $15 per person, as not only is this an important source of local employment, but they will carry your backpacks and give you a hand up (or a push) where necessary. Expect to walk 1 to 4-hours each way in steep, sometimes muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous primates and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
In the evening enjoy a display of traditional dancing.
 
You must take a copy of your passport with you today, as this will be required to trek. You must be over the age of 15 years to track gorillas and be sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with your lodge and carry sufficient water in your backpack (at least 2 litres). You should wear long trousers, long sleeved top, long socks (tucked into your trousers to keep out biting ants), proper walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Start off wearing a light fleece, as it is cold in the forest in the morning and pack proper rain gear, including a rain jacket and waterproof trousers, as it can rain at any time. A walking stick to help with the steep ascents will be provided if you don’t have your own.
 
You cannot be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 7 metres. No flash photography is allowed and no touching the gorillas (although they may decide to touch you)!
Day 7
This morning you will be transferred 30-minutes to the start of the Dian Fossey hiking trail.
 
The Karisoke Research Centre was founded by this pioneering primatologist, who studied these endangered mountain gorillas for 18 years. In 1985 she was brutally murdered in her secluded mountain home and her murder remains unsolved.
 
As you hike with a guide and an armed ranger to the site of her research centre, there is the possibility that you may see a gorilla, but this is never guaranteed. So keep a lookout in the trees and listen for the sounds of branches snapping. You will see a variety of birdlife and you may even encounter a forest elephant. On arrival you will visit the ruins of her home and the gorilla graveyard where she is buried. Her tomb is next to her favourite gorilla, Didget, and 20 others. Afterwards we head back down the mountain again.
 
Note: You need to take your passport with you today. Be aware that you need to be reasonably fit to do this hike, as it takes 2-hours each way over muddy, steep and sometimes very challenging terrain. Wear good walking boots, long sleeved shirts & long trousers to protect yourself from stinging nettles. Gardening gloves will protect your hands & gaiters are useful to avoid biting ants. Pack some light snacks and carry plenty of water.
Day 8
Today transfer 1.5-hours from Volcanoes National Park to Lake Kivu - one of Africa's great lakes situated in the Albertine Rift, a western branch of the Great Rift Valley.
 
Check into your lodge in this remote and beautiful location.
 
Days 9 To 10
At leisure to relax on the shores of fresh water Lake Kivu, which empties into the Ruzizi River and flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
 
Here you can enjoy optional boat excursions on the lake with scenic views of the various islands (pay locally) and walks along the lakeshore. Watersports on the lake include wind surfing, kayaking and jet skiing. The Gisenyi volcanic hot springs are also within easy reach.
 
In the evenings you may glimpse the volcanic glow from great Mount Nyiragongwe in the Virunga Mountains.
Day 11
Transfer 3-hours from Lake Kivu to Kigali Airport for your flight home.
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