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Gorillas in the Mist - with Kenya Safari


KVR8N
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
This luxury fly-in holiday combines a Big Five safari in the vast plains of the Masai Mara with the incredible opportunity of tracking the severely endangered mountain gorillas in the tropical rainforests of Volcanoes National Park. All light aircraft flights, game drives, park fees & gorilla permits included. Early booking is essential as gorilla permits are limited.
Gorilla Safaris Rwanda Gorillas Masai Mara Safari Holiday Vacation
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Nairobi
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Lions
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Elephants
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kigali
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Volcanoes National Park
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Silverback Gorillas
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Pristine Rain Forests
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Golden Monkeys
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Nairobi
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Lions
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Elephants
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kigali
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Volcanoes National Park
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Silverback Gorillas
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Pristine Rain Forests
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Golden Monkeys
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara eco-system, named after the Masai people and the Mara River that divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy a late afternoon game drive in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Day 2
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 3
This morning transfer to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River, which divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy a late afternoon game drive into this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Day 4
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River, which divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy a late afternoon game drive into this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Days 5 To 6
Today is dedicated to game viewing in your private conservancy that is part of the world famous Masai Mara, where there are no fences and the animals roam free.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this region as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and african pygmy-falcon.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife. Return to your lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
 
Note: Game drives into the Masai Mara National Reserve are usually only necessary during the wildebeest migration season, as the wildlife ranges freely between the conservancy & the park. Stay 3 nights & get one free game drive into the national park, otherwise these game drives are optional (pay national park fee locally).
Day 7
After a final early morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport and transfer to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Kigale Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in, settle in and relax in your warm African surroundings.
Day 8
Today you will be collected from your Kigali hotel and shown the Genocide Memorial.
 
We then travel 2.5-hours to Volcanoes National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
We travel through beautiful terraced hills and climb to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range. This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Day 9
Rise early today to travel to Volcanoes National Park where rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide.
 
Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep and muddy conditions, to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed!
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 10
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Volcanoes National Park.
 
A visit is included to Iby'Iwacu Traditional Village, where you can learn more about the local customs and culture of Rwanda's three major ethnic groups - the Hutus, Tutsis and Batwa.
 
Many other optional excursions are available, including tracking endangered Golden Monkeys or trekking to Dian Fossey’s grave and the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favourite gorilla, Digit. You can visit a local school and community projects such as the Roz Carr Imbabazi orphanage, where you can meet some of the hundreds of children helped by this uplifting project.
 
Alternatively you can canoe on the Twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. There is also the option to go gorilla tracking again (additional permit required & subject to availability).
Day 11
Today transfer 2.5-hours to Kigali Airport for your onward flight.
Day 12
Today transfer 1.5-hours from Volcanoes National Park to Lake Kivu - one of Africa's great lakes situated in the Albertine Rift, a western branch of the Great Rift Valley.
 
Check into your lodge in this remote and beautiful location.
 

You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel situated near the airport.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 13
At leisure to relax on the shores of fresh water Lake Kivu, which empties into the Ruzizi River and flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
 
Here you can enjoy boat excursions on the lake, with scenic views of the various islands, and escorted walks along the lakeshore. Watersports on the lake include wind surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking and jet skiing and the Gisenyi volcanic hot springs are also within easy reach.
 
In the evenings you may glimpse the volcanic glow from great Mount Nyiragongwe in the Virunga Mountains.
Day 14
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight home.
Day 15
At leisure to relax on the shores of fresh water Lake Kivu, which empties into the Ruzizi River and flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
 
Here you can enjoy boat excursions on the lake, with scenic views of the various islands, and escorted walks along the lakeshore. Watersports on the lake include wind surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking and jet skiing and the Gisenyi volcanic hot springs are also within easy reach.
 
In the evenings you may glimpse the volcanic glow from great Mount Nyiragongwe in the Virunga Mountains.
Day 16
Transfer 3-hours from Lake Kivu to Kigali Airport for your flight home.
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