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Gorillas & Game Trans Africa Safari

Experience the wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, track the gorillas of Rwanda and spot the leopards of Serengeti National Park on this unique African safari.

Duration 18 days
Price From $16,476
When May-Nov
Destination Tanzania, Rwanda & Botswana

Safari Overview

An incredible journey through the depths of Tanzania, Rwanda and Botswana, experiencing the wilderness of Serengeti National Park, the unforgettable tracking of mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the breath-taking views of the Victoria Falls. This safari provides an unbeatable adventure through the heart of Africa.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY?

  • Leopard spotting in the legendary Seronera area of Serengeti National Park
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe river, looking out for the elephants, hippo and crocs that this area is renowned for
  • Track the mountain gorillas of Rwanda
  • Experience one of the most densely populated wildlife havens in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, on an early morning descent.

Enjoy the best experiences africa has to offer: gorilla tracking, descending into ngorongoro crater and more on this impeccable safari.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arusha

Met upon arrival at Arusha airport by your private driver and taken to Rivertrees Country Inn. Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to explore the Tanzanite Museum or arrange a half-day excursion through the beautiful montane forests of Arusha National Park.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn D

Day 2

Arusha - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Meet your guide and head off to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, experiencing a private overland drive to Lake Manyara National Park en-route whilst enjoying your picnic lunch. Look out for the tree climbing lions which are often sighted in the vast Lake Manyara before arriving at your lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater

An early morning start is suggested as you head towards the Ngorongoro Crater and onto the Crater floor to experience this wildlife spectacular. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in Tanzania where you can see black rhino and many old tuskers, as well as lions and spotted hyena. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitokitok Springs then continue your explorations in the afternoon and search for the Big Five that roam the plains of this natural amphitheatre. After your search, head back to the lodge and settle down for dinner ready for the next day's adventure.

Day 4

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Central & Southern Serengeti National Park

Today you leave the Crater and head to the Serengeti National Park with your driver/guide and stop for a packed lunch at Olduvia Gorge, an archaeological excavation in the Ngorongoro Conversation Area. From here, venture to the Shifting Sands before reaching the Serengeti National Park. Here you can enjoy a game drive through the southern Serengeti; the Ndutu area, the southern plains and the Moru Kopjes. Look out for the vast wildlife including the migratory wildebeest and zebra, large cats, elephant, giraffe, Thomson gazelle and a host of other species. End your day by driving through the savannah plains to the incredible tented camp.

Days 5-6

Serengeti National Park

Spend your days here enjoying incredible game drives through the Serengeti looking out for the big cats, elephants, giraffe, zebra and more. The Moru Kopjes are one of the last haunts of the endangered black rhino so ensure you spend some time looking out for these beautiful beasts in their natural habitat.

Day 7

Serengeti - Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy an early morning game drive and lunch before being driven to the airstrip for your onward flight to Kigali. Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), you will be met by your driver/guide and will have a chance to visit the extremely moving Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre before travelling north to Ruhengeri and the Volcanoes National Park, home to some of the world's few remaining mountain gorillas.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel B, L, D

Day 8

First Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes National Park

An early breakfast today then off to the park headquaters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for your first day of gorilla tracking. Set out by vehicle and track these beautiful wild animals with your experienced guide who will use their knowledge and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel B, L, D

Day 9

Final Gorilla Trek - Kigali

Today is your final day of gorilla tracking! With an early start, you will make your way to the park headquaters and be assigned a ranger and a gorilla group. Tracking the gorillas can take anything from 4-8hrs and it really is the experience of a lifetime. After your day spent tracking, you will be driven back to Kigali and will check in to your hotel to relax for the evening.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel B, L, D

Day 10

Kigali - Victoria Falls

This morning you will transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival, you will be met by our local representative and driven to your accommodation with the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel B, L, D

Day 11

Victoria Falls

Known by it's indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya 'the smoke that thunders', Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world, with a width of 1.25 miles. Visit the breathtaking Victoria Falls or, for an aerial view, why not try a helicopter flight over the Falls - it is advised to book the helicopter flight in advance. Alternatives to this include white water rafting, a visit to the national park, a sunset cruise or an elephant back safari to name a few! If you'd rather relax, you can kick back at your nearby hotel.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel B, L, D

Day 12

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

Today you will be picked up and transferred across the border to Botswana where you will present yourself at immigration and walk a short way with your bags to change vehicles. Your journey will then continue to Botswana, where you will be dropped off at your lodge near Chobe National Park. Depending on the time of your arrival, there may be time for an afternoon sunset cruise on the river or a game drive.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge B, L, D

Day 13

Chobe National Park

Located in the north-east of the park, from June to November Chobe National Park is inundated with some of the largest buffalo and elephants herds on the African continent. Boat and sundowner cruises on the Chobe River add a different dimension to your experience as you glide past gigantic crocodiles, fish eagles, monitor lizards and elephants drinking. You will spend the morning and afternoon in Chobe National Park on game drives, boat cruises on Chobe River, village trips and guided bush walks.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge B, L, D

Day 14

Chobe - Khwai Community Reserve

Today you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight to Khwai Community Reserve and, upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driven a short distance to the camp, stopping en-route should you see anything interesting. After lunch at the camp, you will head out on your first game drive in this area in search of the big cats and other game that this area is renowned for.

Day 15

Khwai Community Reserve

You will spend your time between the dryland habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands, and the savannahs and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permitting, you may be able to visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists. There is an excellent predator viewing in this area as well as fantastic bird viewing - including the rosy throated long claw.

Day 16

Khwai - Okavango Delta

After your mornings game drive, you will transfer to the airstrip for an onward flight to Okavango Delta. Whilst flying, take in the aerial view of the wetlands of the Okavango Delta and its giraffe and elephants wandering aimlessly below. Activities include day and night drives, mokoro excursions, guided walks, fishing, motor boats and sunset cruises.

Overnight: Pom Pom Camp B, L, D

Day 17

Okavango Delta

A journey to the untouched Okavango Delta is one of jaw-dropping big game viewing, peace and tranquility. With a few visitors, you will feel as though you're one of the earliest explorers as you head out with your naturalist guide, whether by vehicle tracking the big predators, gliding through the waterways in a mekoro or even on foot!

Overnight: Pom Pom Camp B, L, D

Day 18

Okavango Delta - Maun

Enjoy a morning activity before being driven to the airstrip for your flight to Maun to connect with your onward flight.

Trip Details

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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. We can even incorporate more (or less) countries for your ultimate safari!

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