RWANDA & KENYA:
Wildlife safari of Africa
Rwanda & Kenya: The Wildlife of Africa!
This two-week itinerary focuses on the wildlife of Africa.
It contains some of the continent’s best wildlife
locations. The Masai Mara provides some of the best
game viewing in Africa and is renowned for the Great
Migration. In Rwanda, tracking chimpanzees is a highlight
and Nyungwe is best known for its large troop of Ruwenzori
colobus monkeys, with 13 primate species and over 275
bird species. Among the bird species are 24 Albertine
Rift endemic. Volcanoes National Park also in Rwanda
protects half of the world’s remaining Mountain
Gorillas and is the site of Dian Fossey’s grave
and the former Karisoke Research Centre.The angelic
Rift Valley Lakes are rich in birdlife and good for
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival at the Kenya international air port
Day 2: Lake Naivasha
Travel overland to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake
about 2 hrs from Nairobi. Relax the afternoon as you
enjoy the views; or to ride on the Loldia ranch, with
its abundant plains game, or take a boat trip on Lake
Naivasha or a guided walk with the resident botanist.
Stay 2 nights at Loldia House, on the shores of Lake
Naivasha, all meals and activities included.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru
Take a Visit to Lake Nakuru NP, a prestigious home for
flamingos, rhino sanctuary as large numbers of rhino
may be seen –head for leopard sightings too. lunch
is served under the acacia trees before returning to
Loldia in the afternoon (35 Shillings payable locally).
Day 4: Guided Nature Walks
Early morning, take a boat ride, or take a guided nature
walk before you depart. Transfer by light aircraft to
the Masai Mara Game Reserve, to stay 3 nights at Kicheche
Mara Camp, all meals & game viewing activities included.
Day 5/6 Wildlife Safari in Masai Mara NP
Three game activities per day allow you to discover
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Day 7 Nairobi - Kigali
Fly to Nairobi and connect with your flight to Kigali.
On arrival, your guide will meet you and take you to
The afternoon City Tour includes a tour to; Muslim quarter,
the old town (Nyamirambo), the Batwa pottery and dances
Centre the new handicraft village and other shops, and
can include the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. However you
may fix upon encountering it at the end of your trip.
Overnight at Hotel Mille Collines, internationally renowned
as the setting for the feature film, 'Hotel Rwanda'.
Day 8: Nyungwe Chimpanzee Safari
After breakfast, leave for Nyungwe Forest. Take a stopover
at Butare (2½ hours from Kigali) - prior to independence,
the most important city in Rwanda - to see the National
Museum, with presumably the finest ethnographic collection
in East Africa to glance at the famous Intore dancers.
After lunch, connect to Nyungwe (approx. 2½ hours),
stop over en route at the Murambi Genocide Memorial
Stay 2 nights at the simple Gisakura Rest house, on
the edge of the forest.
Day 9 Primates Viewing Safari in Nyungwe Forest
Search for primates and birds on a guided walk in Nyungwe
Day 10: Lake Kivu
A long and very scenic drives (about 5 hours) on an
unpolished road to Kibuye, on the shores of Lake Kivu.
This long drive offers the opportunity to adventure
and witness the status –quo of rural life for
centuries, virtually unchanged.
Stay overnight at Kibuye Guest House. If you get there
in good time, you can take a boat out on the lake.
Day 11: Visit the Orphanage
Connect to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu in the morning. Lake
Kivu forms the border between Rwanda and the Congo.
It’s a beautiful and mysterious lake, always alive
with traders and fishermen in their dugout canoes.
Take a boat cruise on the beautiful lake. Visit the
Imbabazi Orphanage where you can still find the founder,
glamorous Rosamund Carr, now in her late 80s; take a
drive into the ancient Gishwati Forest; or, when the
border is open, cross into the Congo to visit Gomo,
site of the volcanic eruption in 2002.
Overnight at Kivu Sun.
Day 12: Connect to Ruhengeri
Drive via Ruhengeri to Kinigi.
Stay 2 nights at Gorilla’s Nest full board accessories
Day 13 : Gorilla Tracking in PNV
After early breakfast, staff from ORTPN Park Headquarters
will meet you. You will be briefed on conduct during
gorilla tracking and then trackers will lead you into
the forested slopes to seek one of the groups of Mountain
Gorillas. Though Gorilla tracking is known for being
unpredictable, here it takes a shorter time.
In the afternoon, you may drive to the scenic twin Lakes
Burera & Ruhondo, with their pelicans and herons
- and for glorious views of the volcanoes.
Day 14: Departure
The day of departure. Connect to the airport.