11 Day Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari

11 Day Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
The Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Solo Traveler can also book this trip
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)


Overview

From gorilla tracking the wild enchanted jungles on Eastern Africa, to soaring over the African savanna plains of the picturesque Masai Mara in a hot air balloon, and swimming in the blue sparkling sea waters of Zanzibar, we’re certain that this African safari adventure will be the most magical and memorable holiday you will ever take. This Kenya safari will start in Rwanda, you’ll jet into Kigali and spend your jungle days in Volcanoes National Par where you’ll track the endangered mountain gorillas. Then you’ll transfer to Masai Mara and end the trip on the islands of Zanzibar of the coast of East Africa.

Highlights

  • You’ll go to Kenya
  • This tour starts and ends in Nairobi
  • You’ll visit Volcanoes NP, Masai Mara NS & Zanzibar Island
  • Activities: Gorilla Trekking and Family Wildlife Game Drives
  • Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Gorilla permit
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Kenya Visas
  • Laundry
  • Tips to guides and waitress
  • Any not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Places To Visit

Kampala, Uganda, Rwanda, Kigali, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Departure Dates

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

When to Go

This safari circuit is best visited during the east African dry season, which spans roughly from June – October and January – February annually. In recent years, the dry seasons have been increasing in length due to the effects of climate change, so there is some flexibility with these months if necessary. During this period, guests will experience the best game viewing in the spare and dry bush. Furthermore, the climb through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be the most pleasant – and dry – during this time. While this is the high season for tourism, the parks visited are generally quiet year round and crowds will not be a major concern.

If however you have chosen this package in order to experience lush landscapes and rich birdlife – and do not mind sporadic daily rain showers – you may be happier during the rainy season.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
Accommodation before the Kenya Safari Holiday starts can be arranged for extra cost


Day 1: Kigali transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival in Kigali you will be met by your private Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari driver/guide, who will drive you through the lush green Rwandan countryside to Kinigi at the foothills of the Virungas in Volcanoes National Park. Upon arrival you’ll check in to your accommodation where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meals & Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)


Day 2: Gorilla Trekking

This Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari day, you will experience a once-in-a lifetime wildlife encounter with the wild mountain gorillas of Rwanda. After an early breakfast you’ll be driven to the Volcanoes National Park HQ where you’ll meet your guide who will brief you about your trek and the various aspects of ‘gorilla etiquette’. Then your professional safari guide will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated gorilla family.

The high altitude and steep, slippery trails and the humidity under the forest canopy can make the trek challenging, but it’s definitely worth the effort to spend time with wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.


Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included


Day 3: Tour of Kigali & fly to Nairobi

After breakfast this morning you will return to Kigali where you’ll have an opportunity for a guided tour of the city, including a visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre which is a permanent memorial to those who were killed during the 1994 genocide.

This afternoon you’ll be driven to the airport for your onward flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi a Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari guide will transfer you to your accommodation.

Main Destination: Nairobi (Kenya)
Accommodation: Hemingways Nairobi
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)


Day 4-6: On safari in the Masai Mara

For the next three Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari nights you will be staying in the Masai Mara in your tented camp.

You’ll enjoy morning and afternoon African safari game drives on the plains of the Masai Mara. This iconic reserve offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and it’s highly likely that you’ll see zebra, impala, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, rhino and elephant, plus lions, cheetahs and leopards.

On the next day you can join a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the plains of the Masai Mara followed by a champagne breakfast. You’ll also enjoy two thrilling game drives where you’ll spot an abundance of African wildlife, plus your lodge or camp may also offer the opportunity for a night game drive where you’ll see nocturnal animals such as aardvarks and honey badgers. There are a range of other activities you can participate in during your time in the Masai Mara, including cultural visits to Maasai villages and markets, guided bush walks, horse riding, and black rhino tracking experiences.

Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Accommodation: Kilima Camp
Meals & Drinks: All meals included


Day 7: Fly to Zanzibar & transfer to the beach

On this Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari day, you’ll enjoy an early morning game drive before being driven to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Nairobi where you’ll board a connecting flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar. You will be met on arrival in Zanzibar and driven to your accommodation where you will stay for the next four nights. We offer a range of accommodation options on the island and we will ensure that we match you to the most suitable accommodation for your requirements and sense of style – whether that is a rustic beach lodge or a luxurious 5 star resort.

Main Destination: Zanzibar Island (Beach, Tanzania)
Accommodation: Z Hotel
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)


Day 8-10: Zanzibar Beaches

You’ll spend the next three days enjoying Zanzibar at your leisure. With its beautiful sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and colourful coral reefs, Zanzibar is the perfect destination for post-safari relaxation. Should you wish to be active there are plenty of excursions that you can join, including visits to historic Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island, the spice plantations and cultural tours to local villages.

There’s also a wide choice of adventure activities that you can participate in, including mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, wind surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking and sailing, plus the island has fantastic coral reefs which are perfect for diving and snorkelling – and you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, green turtles and, at certain times of the year, whale sharks.

Main Destination: Zanzibar Island (Beach, Tanzania)
Accommodation: Z Hotel
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)


Day 11: International Inbound Flight

Sadly your 11 Day Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari adventure has come to an end. After a final breakfast at your hotel you’ll check-out of your accommodation and you’ll be driven to back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) for your flight home.

Main Destination: Zanzibar Island (Beach, Tanzania)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)


End of the Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Safari:

Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

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