Day 1: Game Drives in Serengeti National Park
After breakfast,you will be joined by the tour guide of Active African Vacations and start off the 4 hours journey to Serengeti national park. The name “Serengeti” originates from the Masai word “Siringitu” and means “endless plains”. You will see why the Masai gave this region this name as the grassland savannah stretches to the horizon in the South and is only interrupted by the so-called kopjes (inselbergs).
The plains are the perfect hunting grounds for leopards and other big cats; you will have a good chance to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat through the open roof of the vehicle. In the afternoon, you will reach the destination for the day, the Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti area.
You will camp for the night and stay in “safari styled” tents enjoying a good meal in the middle of the African bush.
Day 2: Game Drive in Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you will continue the game drive through the Serengeti National Park. You will sight hundreds of wildebeests and zebras and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs in the Seronera Valley.
After lunch at a picnic site, you will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater, the caldera opens up before you and you will have a remarkable view of this impressive natural wonder. You will camp for the night on the crater’s edge and enjoy the fantastic view as the sun goes down.
Day 3: Game Drives in Ngorongoro Crater then back to Arusha
After an early breakfast at daybreak, you will drive down into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera and has unbelievable wildlife diversity. On the grass steppe and in the acacia tree woods, you will find almost all species that are found in the East African savannah with the exception of topis, Masai giraffes, and impalas.
Quite often, you can observe the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) within a couple of hours. Later you will drive to Arusha for departure to Kigali Rwanda .
Day 4: Transfer from Kigali to Ruhengeri
Upon arrival at kigali international airport, you will be welcomed by the tour guide from Active African Vacations and enjoy city tour as you drive to Musanze in Volcanoes national park.
This drive will take you through the undulating hills of Rwanda, visit the memorial genocide site at Gisozi and as well go to the two twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.Reach in the evening and check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Lap-lame Hotel/ Kinigi Guest House for dinner and overnight. Meal plan/B.
Day 5: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and thereafter proceed to volcanoes national park in Musanze district. Head straight to the park offices for briefing about the gorillas and allocation of gorilla groups and guides.
Thereafter get into the tropical rain forest and search for the mountain gorillas starting from where they were the previous day until you find them. You will find them doing their daily chores of feeding their young ones, climbing trees and others just relaxing. Take your best photographs having switched off your flash.
This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then return to the park offices for your gorilla tracking certificate. Drive back to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation. Then in the evening visit the Diane fossey centre and see where she was buried after being killed by the hunters of mountain gorillas in the mist. From here drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Meal plan here is F/B
Day 6: Golden monkey tracking-Drive back to Kigali
Rise up not so early in the morning and have breakfast. Then drive to the volcanoes for golden monkey tracking and in the course also spot some other primates in the forest. Then drive to the hotel for lunch and after wards drive back to Kigali and to the airport depending on the time of your flight and that marks the end of this safari.
End of 6 Days Tanzania & Rwanda Safari.