Gorillas & the Great Migration: Rwanda & Tanzania
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Depart USAAugust 24
Board your independent flight to Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania / ArushaAugust 25
Arrive in Kilimanjaro late this evening and transfer to Machweo Retreat in Arusha for overnight.
Arusha / Tarangire National ParkAugust 26
After breakfast, depart overland for Tarangire National Park and check in to the Kuro Tarangire. This eco-camp is located in the heart of the park and is surrounded by miles of wilderness. Consisting of open-plan, walk-in tents with en suite bathroom in the rear, an open-air lounge and dining area, and a fire pit, you can experience life in the bush with all the comforts of home.
Tarangire National ParkAugust 27 — August 28
Embark on early morning and late afternoon game drives, when wildlife is most active. Wildlife includes herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra, and a variety of antelope species. Predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals abound on the abundant prey. Guided walks around the camp are a wonderful way to observe some of the 550 species of birds found here, as well as smaller creatures that are not as easily observed from the vehicles. There will also be opportunities for night drives to seek out nocturnal species.
Tarangire National Park / Northern SerengetiAugust 29
Board our charter flight this morning and head north for the Lamai Serengeti. Tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, the lodge is only a few miles from the spot where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.
Northern SerengetiAugust 30 — August 31
Surrounded by rolling grassland and tree-lined watercourses, this is the hub around which the Serengeti migration circulates. Unlike the southern plains of the Serengeti that dry out, forcing all but the hardiest of species to leave, this area remains lush and green. During the dry season, herds mass on both banks of the Mara River, frequently crossing—and braving the crocodiles—in response to local weather patterns that only they seem to understand. Plains game in the form of zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo, and giraffe all frequent the area throughout the year. Lions are rarely far away and leopards, ever present but always elusive, stalk the rocky kopjes and river lines. Explore during game drives and walking safaris.
Northern Serengeti / Arusha / Kigali, RwandaSeptember 1
Time permitting, embark on one last game viewing activity before boarding our charter flight to Arusha. Connect with our flight to Kigali and transfer to the Kigali Serena for dinner and overnight.
Kigali / Nyungwe National ParkSeptember 2
After breakfast, depart overland for Nyungwe National Park with a stop en route for lunch. Check in to the Nyungwe Forest Lodge which lies on the edge of the park. Enjoy impressive views overlooking the forest canopy on one side and a tea plantation on the other.
Nyungwe National ParkSeptember 3
Located in the southwest corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is a vast, untouched tropical rainforest with a high, dense canopy. Nyungwe is one of the best-preserved montane rainforests in Central Africa and supports 75 mammal species, 13 species of primate, and over 300 bird species. Join local guides to track one of several resident chimpanzee troops, with good chances of sighting gray-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkeys, and Rwenzori colobus monkeys. Get a birds-eye view of the forest on a canopy walk and meet locals in Banda Village near the park entrance.
Nyungwe National Park / Kigali / Volcanoes National ParkSeptember 4
Board our flight for Kigali and embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park. Check in to Virunga Lodge, situated in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, a chain of 15,000-foot volcanoes. Settle in to your room with the afternoon at leisure to relax, stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds, and soak in the breathtaking views of the mountains.
Volcanoes National ParkSeptember 5 — September 6
Spend two days at Volcanoes National Park tracking mountain gorillas. Each day you will divide into two groups and, following an early breakfast, depart for the forest. Under the supervision of trained local guides, head to the site where the gorillas were seen the previous day and then begin your search. Once the gorillas are located, you have time to observe, photograph, and enjoy this unique experience. Other activities include tracking two troops of habituated golden monkeys, as well as a spectacular array of rare and endangered animals, including giant forest hogs, bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas, and a variety of colorful birds.
Volcanoes National Park / KigaliSeptember 7
After breakfast return to Kigali and take a tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial. After dinner at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your independent late evening flight.
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