On this African journey ,you will have an opportunity of
visiting two countries;Rwanda and Tanzania.In Rwanda,you will
have a chance of tracking the extra ordinary mountain gorillas in
Volcanoes national park made famous by George Schaller and Dian
Fosseys film and book"Gorillas in The Mist",explore the history and
culture of Rwandan people.Visit Kigali, the modern capital city of Rwanda,
as well as the genocide memorial at Gisozi (depicting Rwandas dark recent
history), explore local markets, tour the king's palace (reminiscent of
the old Rwanda before colonialism), visit Ross Carr's Flower Farm and
orphanage, see the sights of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi, continue to
Ruhengeri/Musanze to visit local communities.
From Rwanda take a short flight to Arusha in Tanzania which will be a springboard for a visit to the world famous Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro crater the "8th wonder of the world"
Price:Per person sharing: $ 4450
Single Supplement: $650.
Included:All ground transport,gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national
park,visit to Karisoke research station,Rwanda cultural tour,city tour of
Kigali,game drives in lake Manyara national park, Serengeti national park
and Ngorongoro crater,all accommodation and meals,park entrance fees,visit
to Ross Carr flower farm,airport transfers,an English speaking driver
guide and bottled water in the vehicle.
Excluded:Air flights,airport tax,tips ,drinks.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your safari guide from
Advantage Safaris Africa and transferred to your hotel for your first
Later in the day, visit Kigali city, a local market, and the Genocide memorial of Gisozi depicting Rwanda's recent dark past.
Overnight:Des Mille Collins Hotel.
After breakfast, travel to Nyanza and visit the King's Palace, seat of
the former feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to it's
19th century state using local traditional materials, and is one of the
most magnificent traditional structures in Africa today. The resident
cultural guide will describe the cultural, political and social
organization of society before the advent of Christianity and other
recent religions in this area. Later, travel to Gisenyi passing through a
beautiful rural countryside with terraced hills and village life.
Overnight:Lake Kivu Serena Resort
Rosamond Halsey was a young American fashion illustrator when she
married an adventurous hunter-explorer, Kenneth Carr. Together, they
journeyed to the former republic of the Belgian Congo in 1949 but they
later divorced. Kenneth left, but Rosamond stayed in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo until 1955. From there, she moved to northwest
Rwanda where she stayed for the next 50 years. She witnessed a big part
of Rwanda's historical events including the 1994 civil war. She is the
author of "Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life In Rwanda." The resident
guide will give us a story about the life and times of this lady, her
relationship with local people and Dian Fossey the famous gorilla
conservationist. For those who have watched the movie "Gorillas in the
Mist," some of the scenes in this movie were shot on location here on
this property. After visiting the orphanage, we continue to Musanze on
the foothills of Volcanoes National Park.
Overnight:Gorillas Hotel Musanze.
Today's activity may be the most exciting and challenging of our entire
expedition. The mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park are
part of a worldwide population of just about 800 individuals. The
gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of the 8 habituated
family groups that live in this mountain park. For up to five years
each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has
gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief
period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with
them in the wild. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely
wild animals. Experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many
of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The
guides and trackers will use their knowledge of the gorilla's habits and
information from the previous day to locate the groups' whereabouts.
Because of this, time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously,
from as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours before returning to
the hotel. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a
maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world's truly
memorable experiences-a look into one of these magnificent creature's
eyes brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of
extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their
continued survival. The hour is often over all too quickly, and we
slowly make our way back to our lodge to recount the days adventures.
Overnight: Gorillas Hotel Musanze
This morning, there are various options on offer: we can track golden
monkeys, visit Mt. Visoke or visit the Karisoke Research Center. This
afternoon, continue exploring the cultural highlights of this area and
visit the Iby Iwachu Cultural Center for cultural dancing and an
informative experience about traditional local medicine. This cultural
group was formed by pygmies and ex-poachers and we shall listen to their
side of the story after abandoning the illegal practice.
Overnight:Gorillas Hotel Musanze
This morning, have breakfast at the lodge and later travel back to
Kigali. If time permits, do some shopping and continue for your flight to
Arusha in Tanzania.
Overnight:The African Tulip
After breakfast depart for lake Manyara national park where you will enjoy
a game drive in this wilderness park of global significance.Animals in the
park include;buffalo,girafee,elephant,impala and hippos.Lake Manyara is
also famous notably for its tree climbing lions.
Overnight:Lake Manyara Serena lodge.
This morning you are off to the famous Serengeti national park,home of the
great annual migration.You will travel through spectacular scenery in the
crater highlands.The Serengeti landscape depicts the mythical image of an
Africa of large spaces,profound blue sky's dotted with clouds,cool sunrises
and fire red sunsets.The park is inhabited by more than 2 million large
mammals including,;wildebeest,zebra,Thomsons gazelle and others.Predators
include ,lions,cheetah and hyenas which are drawn by the abundance of of
prey which migrate throughout the park.Present also are many smaller
animals like rock hyrax,bat eared fox,mongoose,honey
badger,jackals,monkeys baboons.Along the way,you will visit oldpai gorge
where Dr Louis and Mary Leaky made their discovery of the first man who
walked the earth.After a short lecture describing the archeological digs
and geology of the gorge we visit the museum.After enjoying lunch,continue
Overnight:Seronera Wildlife lodge.
Today we wake up early for a game drive to spot animals when they are
still active and to have a fantastic sunrise in front of us.The sunrise in
the African savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can
have.After the game drive return to the lodge for lunch.
In the evening,we enjoy another game drive. Overnight:Seronera Wildlife lodge.
This morning we travel to Ngorongoro with a game drive as we exit the park.
We make several stops to take photographs and view animals.Our
destination today is Ngorongoro crater referred to as the 8th wonder of
the world with walls 2000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102
sq miles.The crater is a virtual Noah's ark,inhabited by almost every
specie of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black
rhino.In fact the crater has the greatest concentration of wildlife on the
planet.It contains a river,several swamps,a soda lake full of flamingos,a
forest and open plains.The large bull elephants that reside have extremely
large tusks due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its
grass.They are the most incredible elephants you will ever see in your life.
This morning we descent down the crater floor for a day of wildlife
viewing in one of the most incredible places on earth.In the afternoon,we
travel to Arusha for flight back home.
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