RW1 RWANDA & KENYA TOUR

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Dian Fossey's Parc National des Volcans; Maasai Mara's endless plains; Meeting local tribal groups; Karen Blixen "Out of Africa" Museum

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  • MAP & HOTELS
  • TRIP INFORMATION

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 15 Jan 2017Sat 28 Jan 2017 $6040 USD
Sat 09 Sep 2017Fri 22 Sep 2017 $6350 USD
Sun 14 Jan 2018Sat 27 Jan 2018 $6040 USD
Sat 08 Sep 2018Fri 21 Sep 2018 $6350 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $1120 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $560, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


The initial portion of our exciting adventure through two highly rewarding East African destinations finds us roaming through thick, verdant rainforest in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans, as our expert guide leads us on a tracking expedition to find the elusive mountain gorilla. A park of diverse ecosystems, glorious and varied landscapes and rich nature, Parc National des Volcans provides a picture-perfect backdrop for this thrilling journey to witness one of the world's most fascinating species of primate in its natural habitat. Following in the footsteps of zoologist Dian Fossey, we track one of five families of gorillas on the slopes of the stunning Virunga Mountain Range and learn about the plight of these endangered creatures and the ongoing battle conservationists fight with poachers.

Before crossing into Kenya, we stop off for a day tour of Kigali, where we explore the Genocide Museum that serves as a monument of remembrance to the tragic events of a decade ago, a period that left an indelible scar on the nation's psyche yet failed to lastingly wound the indomitable spirit of its resilient people. Kenya, an incredible safari destination, is without doubt the perfect African getaway to see zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, 'The Big Five'and hosts of enchanting creatures, big and small. We travel far and wide across the country, enjoying comprehensive insight into this natural wonderland and the traditional cultures of its inhabitants.

Regions visited: East Africa
Countries visited: Rwanda and Kenya


Testimonials


I enjoyed the Genocide Museum in Kigali, and the treks to the Golden Monkeys and to Dian Fossey's research station in Rwanda. In Kenya the game watching was amazing. Both local guides in Kenya and Rwanda were excellent. The hotels on this tour were excellent. Great trip. Rwanda was very special and the Mountain Gorillas were absolutely amazing!!

Full Itinerary

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Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Nairobi
Country: Kenya

Set on a plateau above Lake Nakuru, the lodge has 67 chalets all overlooking the lake. It is the perfect
... to experience one of the world's largest ornithological spectacles, the pink flamingo, or a rich concentration of wildlife including black and white colobus monkey and black and white rhino. Private shower, verandah, tea / coffee making facilities.


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Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Maasai Mara
Country: Kenya

Located on the slopes of Oloongams Hills, it is one of the first lodges to be built in the Maasai
... Game Reserve. Guests are drawn to this lodge built in an ethnic design, surrounded by a rich landscape, covered in fauna, from huge desert cacti to sweet smelling jasmine flowers, all within the fabled Maasai Mara game reserve. 50 traditional round buildings with thatched roofs, each with 2 rooms with private bath.

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Lemigo Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kigali
Country: Rwanda

With everything right where you need it. Be it luxury or comfort, we have it all in one package.Lemigo brings
... refreshingly unique experience to Rwanda. Conveniently located in Kimihurura-Rugando. It is just 10 minutes drive from Kigali International Airport. Relaxation reigns here amid a serene landscape. Set in a serene environment, the hotel is sandwiched between International Organizations of repute.
Rating: 4-star

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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Parc National des Volcans
Country: Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located approximately fifteen minutes from the park offices, at the base of Sabyinyo Volcano.

... the rooms are individual spacious cottages with a fire place, sitting area and en-suite bathroom. The lodge consists of thirty cottages nineteen with king size beds, five cottages have twin beds and varnished flat stone floors.

As the lodge is at altitude the evenings can get quite cold the staff will make sure that your cottage is lovely and warm by lighting your own fireplace.

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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Most meals included (local restaurants and hotels). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary, including gorilla permits. Gratuities for driver-guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, one lunch, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, visas, and locally payable departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

RWANDA: Temperatures average about 25 C (79°F) during the day and 15 C (60°F) at night. The hottest months are from December to February when the daytime range is 26-28 C (81 to 84°F). The rainy seasons in the south are from April to May and late October through November, the wettest month being April. Humidity is generally low outside of the wet seasons.

KENYA: Feb / Mar post-short rains with many migratory birds from Europe though high grass can make game spotting a challenge. Sept / Oct is often hot and dusty though game viewing is excellent due to short grass and animals congregating around water sources. Wildebeest herds usually present before annual trek south to Tanzania.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Some road journeys are very long and very rough, possibly dusty. We travel via well-maintained, rugged minivan with six passengers each. The same vehicles, with roofs that pop up, will be used for our game drives in parks and reserves. Please note that air-conditioned safari vehicles are non-existent in East Africa.

Accommodation

RWANDA has only re-emerged as tourist destinations in the last few years and their lodges and camps are not as luxurious as in some African countries.

KENYA hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor. Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers & guides.

Group Size

10 -18 (plus Tour Leader)