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Classic Best Gorilla Experience & Northern Tanzania Expedition

Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way. Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans. He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. They all are proficient in bush craft, and can also tell you about the local traditions, wildlife, identify the birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do

per adult from

$11,366

AUD

Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • 8x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Transportation in a private chauffeur driven 4 X 4 land cruiser throughout the safari.
    • Gorilla Trekking permit.
    • Flight Kigali to Kilimanjaro
    • Complimentary mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle.
    • Guaranteed window seat for all safari participants (maximum 6 pax per safari land cruiser).
    • All arrival and departure transfers.
    • Unlimited game viewing drives
    • Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
    • On safari accessories in each vehicle First-aid kit, binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher
    • Entry/Admission - Volcanoes National Park
    What's excluded :
    • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, laundry etc.
    • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide
    • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
    • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
    • Visa fees
    • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the above listing.

  • Day 1: KIGALI/VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Musanze Kinigi, Ruhengeri Rwanda
    Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by Classic Journeys Customer Care Representative, outside the airport arrivals section and after a briefing. Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. (Cost of city tour included)
    The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

    Visit the old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

    Lunch in Kigali. Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. 2.5 hrs arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park.

    Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
    Meals: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Day 2: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK- GORILLA TREKKING

    Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Musanze Kinigi, Ruhengeri Rwanda
    Early breakfast. 0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking.
    0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.
    The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
    Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.

    Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.

    Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
    After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.
    Afternoon at leisure or visit the twin lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
    Morning activities
    Dian Fossey Tomb Hike per person per trek US$ 75 (Approximately 6 Hours)
    Golden monkey trek per person per trek US$ 100
    Bisoke Hike Per person per trek US$ 75 (4 – 6 Hours)
    Muhabura Hike per person per trek US$ 100

    Afternoon activities
    Visit Iby’iwacu cultural village tour per person US$ 30
    Visit the local village and participate in the activities per person US$ 55
    Visit Musanze Cave per person US$ 50
    Buhanga Eco-Park walk per person US$ 55

    Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. You will also need boots that can cope with some mud. Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of a deposit. The balance payable 60 days before trekking date. (Non-refundable).

    Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
    Meals: Full Board

    Ruhengeri area is located at 2400 meters above sea level and is chilly early morning and evening. While trekking, it can rain unexpectedly, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. You will also need boots that can cope with some mud
    Gorilla permits are only confirmed upon payment of a deposit. The balance payable 60 days before trekking date. (Non-refundable).

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Day 3: KIGALI/KILIMANJARO

    Stop At: Arusha, Arusha, Arusha Region
    Breakfast at the lodge. Depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. (Approximately 2.5 hrs). Transfer to Kigali International airport for your scheduled departure flight to Kilimanjaro.
    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa Customer Care Representative who will introduce the Driver Guide who will be with you throughout the safari. He will then assist you with the transfer to your hotel in Arusha, assist you with the hotel check-in and brief you on your program ahead.

    Overnight: Il Boru Safari Lodge
    Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Il Boru Safari Lodge

    Day 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region
    This morning depart for Tarangire National Park which Tanzania’s best-kept secret on the northern safari circuit. Named after a nearby river called Tarangire, it has the same attractions as the parks up-north- the only difference is that this place is not usually as crowded as the other ones.

    Hot lunch will be served at lodge, following check in, depart for an afternoon game viewing drive in the park returning later as the sun sets.
    This is a year-round park with distinct seasons offering different experiences, from dusty, dry and baking with animals clustered around the rapidly reducing river, to the fecund green season full of new-born animals and chattering birds.

    Overnight: Tarangire Simba Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Tarangire Simba Lodge

    Day 5: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

    Stop At: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region
    This morning depart to the famous Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA), which features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Arrive at lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure with an optional visit to the Masai village to learn about their unique culture.

    Overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Tarangire Simba Lodge

    Day 6: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

    Stop At: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region
    After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up and driving to your next lodge in time for relaxation before dinner.

    Overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
    Meal Plan: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

    Day 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park
    After breakfast, you will drive crossing into the neighboring Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch boxes. Stopping en route at Ol Duvai Gorge. Known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago. Arrive at your camp or lodge in time to relax and enjoy a classic safari supper.

    Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
    Meal Plan: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

    Day 8: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park
    Enjoy a full day game drives (meals taken in true safari style ‘in the bush’) in the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah. Venue for ‘the greatest wildlife show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest, the park is also renowned for its lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and plains game.

    Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
    Meal Plan: Full Board


    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

    Day 9: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha Region
    After breakfast drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy lunch and check in at your lodge. Then later enjoy an afternoon game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park famous for its tree climbing lions. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Lake Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
    Meal Plan: Full Board

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

    Day 10: NAIROBI

    Stop At: Nairobi, Nairobi
    Drive to Arusha. Following lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge, spend time doing last minute shopping then later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight to out.

    Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition.

    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    KG 11 Avenue, KG 11 Ave, Kigali, Rwanda
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up clients from Airport or Hotel/ Residentials
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Classic Journeys Africa

Activity ID: V-145205P23

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