21 Days East Africa Kilimanjaro Climb Rwanda Gorilla Serengeti Ngorongoro Masai Mara Queen Elizabeth
East African Escape for 21 days of great adventure holiday tours to experience Mount Kilimanjaro trekking and Gorillas tracking in Rwanda with a touch of amazing Wildlife Safari to visit Ngorongoro Crater towards the great Serengeti National Park for the possibility to see the herds of animal migration on your way to visit Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The tour starts with arrive in Uganda followed by tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park before you cross to Rwanda.
Climb Kilimanjaro and Rwanda Gorilla Tracking is the best 21 days experience tour Combines Mount Kilimanjaro trekking in Tanzania and Gorilla tracking in Rwanda, Mount Kilimanjaro being the Africa's highest peak 5895m. Ascend though Machame route and descend through Mweka route, there are no huts for accommodation along this routes, instead, camping sites and toilets are available, with wonderful scenery and fine weather which does not bring tiresome to climbers though fitness is required. At the end of your climb, you will recognize that you have refreshed mind, heart and the spirit. Physically you will experience quick recovering. The Tour also gives you GREAT time to explore other famous game parks in East Africa, Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Park in Tanzania, Masai Mara and finish with Lake Nakuru Park in Kenya.
You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora in the natural areas, also peoples and culture. Availability 100% SURE, Book NOW!
Day 1:.. .. .. 17-Oct. Uganda – Kampala – Hotel Africana
Day 2:.. .. .. 18-Oct. Queen Elizabeth – Ihamba Safari Lodge
Day 3:.. .. .. 19-Oct. Queen Elizabeth – Ihamba Safari Lodge
Day 4:.. .. .. 20-Oct. Rwanda – Kigali - Flame Tree Village Hotel
Day 5:.. .. .. 21-Oct. Volcanoes Park – Mountain Gorilla view Lodge
Day 6:.. .. .. 22-Oct. Volcanoes Park – Mountain Gorilla view Lodge
Day 7:.. .. .. 23-Oct. Tanzania – Arusha – Venus Hotel
Day 8:.. .. .. 24-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro – Machame Camp (machame route)
Day 9:.. .. .. 25-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro – Shira Camp
Day 10: .. .. 26-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro – Barranco Camp
Day 11: .. .. 27-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro – Karanga Valley Camp
Day 12: .. .. 28-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro –Barafu Camp
Day 13: .. .. 29-Oct. Mount Kilimanjaro – UHURU PEAK - Mweka Camp
Day 14: .. .. 30-Oct. Kilimanjaro - Mweka Camp - Arusha – venus Hotel
Day 15: .. .. 31-Oct. Ngorongoro – Rhino Lodge
Day 16: .. .. 1-Nov. Serengeti - Acacia Tented Camp
Day 17: .. .. 2-Nov. Serengeti - Acacia Tented Camp
Day 18: .. .. 3-Nov. Kenya Masai Mara – Sopa Lodge
Day 19: .. .. 4-Nov. Masai Mara – Sopa Lodge
Day 20: .. .. 5-Nov. Lake Nakuru – Sopa Lodge
Day 21: .. .. 6-Nov. - Depart – Drop off Nairobi International Airport
TOUR PRICE USD 9932 per person sharing
DETAILED ADVENTURE TOUR INFORMATION.
Day 01: Arrival-Overnight in Kampala
Meet and Greet at Entebbe airport by our staff who will later transfer you to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. Overnight at Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis, (BB)
Day 02: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
After breakfast you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda via Uganda Equator for short stopover for pictures, lunch will be en-route in Mbarara before arrival. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon, and you may opt for evening Game drive or rest by the Lodge side. Dinner and overnight stay at Lodge, booked on full board basis, (FB)
Day 03: Queen Elizabeth-Game Drive & Boat Ride
6.00 am: Take an early game drive in the park. The animals will still be hunting for prey. This park is home to the famous African wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and hippos, hyenas, hogs antelopes etc. Return to your accommodation for breakfast and rest.
2. 30pm: Take the boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George. Believed to be the biggest Hippo concentration in Africa, this area is also great for bird viewing as well as viewing many other wildlife as they come to take a drink of water. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography. Over 550 species have been spotted and recorded here that include Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner Overnight at Lodge (FB)
Day 04: Transfer to Kigali-overnight
After breakfast, transfer to Kigali via Kabale-Katuna Boarder, go through border crossing process and after proceed to Kigali arriving late afternoon for Lunch at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at a Hotel (BB)
Day 05: Kigali City Tour-to Volcanoes Park
After breakfast, our Guide will transfer you to Kigali for a city tour. You will visit the genocide memorial. The Kigali Genocide Memorial was launched in April 2004 on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. This Centre is well built on a place in Kigali where over 250,000 people were buried after genocide. These graves are obvious assistant inflections of the cost of ignorance in Africa. The site is an enduring monument to fatalities of Rwanda genocide. It is a place for people to mourn for their loved ones that yielded to the genocide. It contains an eternal exposition of the Rwandan genocide and a display of other genocides around the world. You will then transfer to volcanoes National park- Lodge (FB) for Dinner and overnight.
Day 06: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Park Volcanoes
Have your breakfast, carry your packed lunch and gorilla trekking gear and then report at the ORTPN offices for registration and briefing. Drive to the Volcanoes National Park for a memorable gorilla trek. Gorilla trekking may sometimes seem to be strenuous so trekkers are required to be fit because it may take from 2 hours to 10 hours. You may have a picnic lunch along the trek if trekking takes longer hours. An encounter of the gorillas after a tiring trek is rewarding! You will return to the lodge. If gorilla trekking ends early, you may visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo at an extra cost (Here you you are transferred to the best viewing point where you can view the Lakes to your best). Later return for your Overnight at Lodge (FB)
Day 07: To Kigali Airport Departure to - Kilimanjaro Tanzania
After breakfast, transfer to Kigali, you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight departs at 1010hrs to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. Arrive Kilimanjaro (JRO) at 1250hrs, meet and assist at the Airport and transfer to hotel in Arusha for a short Town tour and later transfer to a hotel for overnight booked on bed and breakfast basis, BB
Day 08: Arusha – Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route Gate - Machame Camp (3000 m).
- Breakfast in your hotel, at 0800hrs depart from Arusha to Machame park entrance. From here you trek through the lush forest to Machame Camp (10,000 ft / 3000 m) Camp. You will reach Machame Camp in late afternoon while mist and low clouds dominate the camp. Supper will be served into the mess tent. Already personal tent has been erected - let alone sleeping. Temperature at this camp drops below freezing point with possible frost in the morning.
Day 09: Machame Camp (3000 m) to Shira Camp (3840 m).
Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and, weather permits you to view the Western Breach of the Kilimanjaro. After lunch and limited rest you will continue with the trail up to Shira Camp at about 3 840m. The night at this exposed camp is really cold with temperature dropping to zero miner freezing point and full frost in the morning. By now the altitude will have affected most of climbers and sleeping in the tent becomes uncomfortable.
Day 10: Shira Camp (3840 m) to Barranco Camp (3950 m).
Now the trail turns east into a semi desert and rocky section where you reach an altitude of about 4600m at Lava Tower. Here also you have a chance to collect fresh water that running off streams supplied by melting snow and ice. It is here you will get a spectacular picture of the Kilimanjaro sunset.
Day 11: Barranco Camp (3950 m) to Karanga Valley Camp (4200 m).
The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4 200m. After lunch the climbers are advised to take a rest at this point, Dinner / Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Karanga Valley (4200 m) to Barafu Camp (4600 m).
From here there is no water, so the crew will stock them and make sure there is water at Barafu Camp. It is recommended that the climbers must familiarize with the camp before dark because of this camp is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge.
Day 13: Barafu Camp (4600 m) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) to Mweka Camp (3100 m).
At around midnight you will be awaken to start summit assault north-western direction up the south-east valley towards Stella Point on the Crater rim. It is very cold at this point and the footpath is unclear and steep in places. But careful, slowly you could encounter snow and ice from below Stella Point all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895 m). At this point expect to be rewarded a beautiful African sunrise ever. The spend time on the summit depends on weather conditions. The power of mountain is phenomena. You lose consciousness of your own detached reality and melt into the earth to become part of the universe. Therefore, such experience real enriches your life.
Day 14: Mweka Camp (3100 m) to Mweka Village (1450 m) - Arusha
A health breakfast will be served before you descend through the rain forest to the park's gate. On arriving at the gate you must enter your particulars again into park's register. For climbers who reached Stella point is issued with green certificates and the one who reached Uhuru peak with gold certificates. Later you will be transferred to Arusha for overnight at Freedom Lodge
Day 15: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater
- Breakfast at your hotel, at 0630hrs, with your packed lunch, drive 60 km depart for Ngorongoro Conservation and descend into the Crater floor for a day game drives. Ngorongoro Crater is one the largest intact caldera in the world and one of the most spectacular sights in the whole of Africa. All the BIG FIVE Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more… Birds includes flamingos on the Soda Lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more other bird families.
Your picnic lunch will be served on the picnic site at Ngoitokok swamp, a Hippo pool. At 1300hrs after lunch proceeds with afternoon game viewing in the Crater, and drive at 1530hrs ascend the Crater for dinner and overnight at lodge booked full board basis, FB
Day 16: Ngorongoro - Serengeti National Park
In the morning at 0830hrs launch a journey with game drives and picnic lunch enroute to the Great Serengeti National park. After picnic lunch in the park continue with afternoon game viewing in the park enroute to your camp. You will have dinner and overnight at lodge, FB
Serengeti is Africa's largest national park provides abundant of wildlife made it considered as one of the world heritage site for its nature. The park is famous for its ecosystem that involves the great world event of annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras include large number of carnivores. It is also home to Cheetah, lion, leopard, and buffalo, elephant, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Topi, Eland, crocs Thomson and Grant Gazelle and many more... Birds: Kori bustard ostrich, secretary birds and many more including the migrant birds from Eurasia, dinner and overnight at lodge, FB
Day 17: Full day game drives in Serengeti Park:
- You dedicate this day to Serengeti National park and take a morning and an afternoon game drive in Serengeti national Park to look for lion, leopard, Elephant, Cheetah, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Wild dog, Gazelles, Crocs and more. Lot of birds includes the Eurasia migrants. You will have dinner and overnight at Lodge.
The Serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, and it is recorded as the BEST number ONE wildlife area in the world where to see great number of animals. Within its 15,000 sq km area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35 species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here. And so for the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. The park is the staging zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around June to August, possibly to witness then crossing at Mara River, when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds; Meals plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 18: Serengeti – ISEBANIA BORDER – Masai Mara GAME RESERVE Kenya.
Breakfast at your camp, at 0700hrs leave Serengeti and transfer to Isebania border for your extension safari to Masai Mara in Kenya. Your guide should have collected you picnic lunched.
After all immigration formalities are done at the border, continue to Masai Mara with game viewing enroute to the lodge. Proceed with late afternoon game drive which starts immediately upon your arrival, this game drive offers you the 1st day 1 evening big 5 kill as well as Africa Sunset around 1830hrs, then our driver will drive you back to the lodge/camp where you will be served with dinner.
Day 19: Masai Mara Game Reserve Full Day
Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular Eco-Systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing Eco-System. I am sure you have heard the wildebeest migration is nothing short of amazing. It is one of the things you have do add to your bucket list. This will be the full day explore the Masai Mara, breakfast will be served as early as 0730am, then our cook will pack for you fresh picnic lunch since the whole day will be exploring the Masai Mara famous 7th wonders of the World. This game reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary. Including migrants, well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is also resident wildlife year round. The Mara's gentle fertile climate bounded by The Rift, offers perhaps the richest stocked reserve set within some 1672 sq km - an unlimited spectacle of wildlife. Located 268 km west of Nairobi, the emphasis here is on game. Herds of immense Elephants, browse among Lion, Buffalo, Thompson Gazelle, Zebra and Topi. You may occasionally sight black Rhino. In the Mara River Hippos play and Cross bask on the banks. The annual migration of a million Wildebeest follows the rains north. After exploring the park return to the camp or Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 20: Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru
You will have a wakeup call as early as 0600am, you will have hot African Coffee or Tea and then proceed for Pre - morning game drive as from 06:30hrs for the next 3 hours until 0930hrs, then our driver will drive you back to the camp where you will be served with full breakfast as you check out the camp to proceed to Lake Nakuru, if willing on this day you can as well visit the Masai Village for one hour and learn more of the Masai Culture, lunch will be in Narok town or ( Mai Mahiu) hot water after lunch proceed to Lake Nakuru and arriving early evening and if time allows you will have short game drive as you head to the Lake guest house or Budget hotel
Day 21: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi Airport
The Bird Watchers’ Paradise the Lake is on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives. Breakfast will be served at around 0730am there after proceed for the game drive, you will have a chance to visit a unique sanctuary catering for a sizable number of the endangered White and Black rhinos as well as Rothschild giraffe. Water bucks, predators such as the lion and leopard are common at the park. Also to be seen is a myriad different variety of bird life in and around the lake. Flamingo's are also plenty at the lake. Leave for Nairobi late afternoon arriving in Nairobi in the afternoon with a drop off to the hotel of your choice or back to the airport to catch up with your flight for the next destination, End of Services by Gofan Africa Safaris.
- Airport transfers as shown in the plan
- Full board accommodation on the tour, Bed and breakfast in Kampala, Kigali and Arusha Town Hotels
- All park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees, Guide and porter's fees.
- Knowledgeable Mountain Guide and porters on climbs.
-Transport to and from the mountain gates.
- Salaries for the crew
- Cook and all kitchen utensils on climbs.
- Excellent vehicle for transfers
- English speaking mountain guide
The Gorilla price includes the following
- Accommodation cost pp sharing
- Transportation on 4WD fully fueled and chauffeured
- Driver's allowance
- 1 Gorilla permit per person
- Use of ranger guides while tracking
- Flight from RWANDA-JRO (by Rwanda Air)
- Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi
- Plenty of mineral water during your tour.
- Evacuation cover- this is an evacuation cover by AAR for 2 weeks in East Africa.
This is not travel insurance and one is advised to get a comprehensive travel cover
- Mountain Gears, visa, travel insurance and Int. flight
- Hard and soft drinks and recommended tips for the crew and others not in the itinerary
Gorilla Tracking does not include the following
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, Internet etc.
- International flight
- Departure tax
- Tips to drivers (highly recommended)
- Visa, Travel Insurance (we can help arrange of them)
GORILLA TRACKING REQUIREMENTS
Please bring the following for tracking gorillas
- Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something handy.
- A warm cardigan
- Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
- Rain Coat
- Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
- Water proof container for their cameras
- A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
- If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.
Encounter with the gorillas Submissiveness
When you encounter the gorillas always remember to be submissive
- Do not look at them straight in the face rather give a sideways glance.
- Do not stand over them-crouch instead, stay in a tight group
- Speak in whispers
- Do not use flash photography
Gorillas are wild.
Most visitors might be tempted to think that the gorillas are tame. On the contrary, our gorillas are wild and they should not be provoked in any way. The ORTPN does not take any responsibility for any injury sustained by wild animals in their habitats, hence
- Keep your flight distance about 7 meters from them and bear in mind that gorillas have freedom of way
- Do not feed the gorillas
- Do not entice them to get into contact with you in any way.
- Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
- Do not litter the park
- Always burry your waste
Health of the Gorillas
There are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild. Thus these animals are classified as endangered species. To avoid transmitting human diseases to them,
- Avoid tracking if you suffer from contagious disease. In case you develop a severe case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance.
However if you attempt to track and fail for whatever reason, or if the guides discover that you cannot track due to disease, you do not qualify for any refund.
- Do not sneeze towards them
- Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly. Your guide will help you to dig a hole to bury your waste.
- Do not track if under age- Only 15 years and above can track.
Hiking, trekking and Tracking gorillas- the facts
How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Rwanda? The facts below will help you to answer this question.
- Tracking takes place at altitudes of 3000 meters-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what necessary and not athletic fitness.
- Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behavior.
- Trekking hiking and tracking is conducted at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc. Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas and back to the base. Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker will determine the pace of the trek.