Rwanda Gorilla Tracking and Zanzibar Beach Safari

A 10 day tailor-made safari tracking the mountain gorillas of Rwanda before enjoying the beach lifestyle of Zanzibar. Venture in to the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' to track gorillas in Volcanoes National Park before heading to Zanzibar to relax on the beach and enjoy water sports and cultural activities.

Duration 10 Days
Price From $4,227
When Year Round
Destination Rwanda & Zanzibar

Safari Overview

Combine the exciting experience of tracking mountain gorillas on foot in the heart of the Virunga Volcanoes Mountains, with pure beach relaxation on the coast of Zanzibar. Enjoy one (or two) gorilla treks in Rwanda to spend time with and photograph endangered mountain gorillas. The precious moments you spend with these majestic creatures will be truly unforgettable. Enjoy other activities while in Rwanda such as searching for golden monkeys or spending time with the Mountain Gorilla Vets. In Zanzibar, explore the reefs, relax on the sandy shores and try the delicious coastal cuisine.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Journey through the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'
  • Track the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda
  • Relax and enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the spice Island of Zanzibar .

This safari offers a great balance of wildlife and relaxation and could easily be tailored to be a honeymoon safari.

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Day by day

Day 1

Kigali - Volcanoes National Park

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport, you are met by your private professional English-speaking driver/guide and private 4x4 safari vehicle. This morning, you have the chance to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. This poignant and moving exhibition of the Rwandan genocide also tells the story of how the future can be lived in love, peace and harmony. After lunch, you travel north to Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park. Home to some of the worlds few remaining mountain gorillas the mist covered peaks of the Volcanoes National Park are a 'true island in the sky'. It is here in 1959 that George Schaller first studied the gorillas and through the 1960's by Dian Fossey and her colleagues.

Day 2

Gorilla Trekking

Today you set off for one of the natural world's most intimate wildlife encounters - tracking and coming face to face with the world famous mountain gorillas of Rwanda. An early breakfast and you're off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of ten habituated family groups. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of your gorilla safari. Although habituated to human presence, the gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. Experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts. Once you encounter the gorillas you are permitted to observe them for a maximum one hour.

Day 3

Optional Gorilla Trek, Golden Monkey, Dian Fossey Visit or Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project

Today you have a chance to either track the gorillas for a second time (highly recommended), head out in search of the golden monkeys, visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. Or spend time with the Mountain Gorilla Vets and gain an insight into their practices. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last days activities, then this is of course also an option! Afterwards you will be driven back to Kigali for overnight stay.

Day 4

Kigali - Zanzibar

Transfer to Kigali Airport for the morning flight via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi and onwards to Zanzibar (regional flights not included). On arrival in Zanzibar you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the beach where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing. Unguja's location on this southern tip of the island offers pristine beaches and lush green surroundings. The building's organic forms and stylish finish are complemented perfectly by the lush tropical setting and the rough coral boulders that surround it. This is a lodge with personality; it reflects the warmth and vivacity of Ralph and Elies its creators, and hosts. Their attention to detail and their love of good living bring the place to life.

Overnight: Unguja Lodge B, D

Days 5-9

Zanzibar at Unguja

Take this time to relax and enjoy the wonderful spice island of Zanzibar. The population of Zanzibar is culturally diverse, with some of the mixed African, Arabic and Indian population dating back to 1st Century AD and today welcomes a growing number of tourists with a sense of laidback hospitality and friendliness. Its rich history, culture and marine life ensure there is plenty to do if you feel active including snorkelling, sailing out to the local reef, kayaking, village visits, spice tours, visits to Stonetown, spa treatments, relaxing by the pool or diving. Enjoy sunbathing and exploring rock pools and look out for red colobus monkeys, hyrax and black tail monkeys in the surrounding baobab forest. A guided walk to the neighbouring fishing village of Kizimkazi is highly recommended. There is a PADI dive centre on site that offers personal and flexible dive expeditions in the Menai Bay Conservation Area with both shallow dies over beautiful coral gardens and deeper dives for the more experienced diver. You can book and pay for activities directly at the beach lodge.

Overnight: Unguja Lodge B, L, D

Day 10

Zanzibar Beach - Stone Town - Depart

Meet your driver at the reception of your hotel and make your way to Stone Town for a guided tour of this fascinating city. Famous for its flourishing spice trade as well as the slave trade, Stone Town is rich with history and culture blending a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences. There is a lot to see here, from the markets, to the gardens and the many historical buildings, forts and museums. You will then be driven to the airport for your onward flights.

Trip Details

Trip Restrictions

This safari is tailor-made and can be redesigned to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget. 

All gorilla permits are excluded.

Advance booking is required for extra activities in Rwanda that are not included in the quoted cost. Additional Gorilla Permits US$1,500, golden monkeys: $100, Dian Fossey visit US$75, Mountain Gorilla Vets is US$500 minimum donation per group (or equivalent in GBP).

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you.

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