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9-Day Gorilla Trek and Safari

Southern Sky Adventures: 9-Day Gorilla Trek and Safari

Highlights

This nine day trip is centered around a three day visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda followed by three days of world class game viewing in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. There are only an estimated 600 gorillas left in the wild and the opportunity to see them is rapidly declining. A visit to the Serengeti will then offer the chance to view the rest of the African wild in another highly sought after location.

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9-Day Gorilla Trek and Safari

Summary Itinerary

Day Route Overnight
Day 1 Depart USA Airline
Day 2 Nairobi, Kenya Giraffe Manor
Day 3, 4 & 5 Parc National des Volcans – Rwanda Game Lodge
Day 6, 7 & 8 Serengeti National Park – Tanzania Game Lodge
Day 9 Depart Nairobi, Kenya Airline
Day 10 Arrive USA

This itinerary is designed for a 9-day trip, departing from the US on Day 1 and arriving into Nairobi, Kenya on the afternoon/early evening of Day 2.

Day 1

Currently, all airline carriers will have to route you from the US via Europe or Dubai, U.A.E. and then on to a connecting flight into Nairobi. These connecting flights are well timed and you should expect but a 2-3 hour layover before departing for Nairobi.


Day 2

DAY 2 - GIRAFFE MANORArrive into Nairobi International Airport in the afternoon or early evening where you will clear customs. A car from the Giraffe Manor will be awaiting your arrival and drive you to the Giraffe Manor hotel.

With superb views, the Giraffe Manor, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is surrounded by 140 acres of its own park and forest thirty minutes from the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville and his American wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, bought the Manor. They then moved two highly endangered baby Rothschild giraffe to the estate, where they thrived and have produced several further generations of giraffe.

When Jock died, Betty decided to open her house, now called The Giraffe Manor, to visitors. It is the only place in the world where you can feed and photograph the giraffe over your breakfast table and at the front door, and even from a bedroom window.

There are six bedrooms at The Giraffe Manor. In addition, the Karen Blixen Suite is suitable for families.

In addition to visiting with the free roaming giraffes on the property, visitors can make a trip to the nearby Elephant Orphanage.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

There will be time to eat dinner at the hotel and perhaps walk the grounds if arriving in the afternoon.

Overnight: Giraffe Manor


Day 3, 4 & 5

DAY 3, 4 & 5 - GORILLAAfter breakfast you will be driven back to the Nairobi airport where you will take your connecting flight into Kigali, Rwanda and the Parc National des Volcans. The primary attraction to this park is the opportunity to see the mountain gorilla in one of its last natural habitats. Hiking up to meet our genetic cousins has been described as the pinnacle of any trip to Africa.

“In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”. Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

Visits to the four habituated groups of gorillas are limited to one hour each and the treks vary depending upon where the gorillas can be found. Two treks are recommended during your three night stay in the local area inside or nearby the park.

Overnight: Game Lodge


Day 6, 7 & 8

DAYS 6, 7 & 8 - ELEPHANTSAfter breakfast you will be driven back to the Kigali airport where you will take your connecting flight into Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park. World known as one of the best game viewing areas and home to the Great Migration, you can choose from a wide variety of game lodge accommodation. Everything from the luxuries of Singita’s Grumeti Camps to &Beyond to the rustic feel of portable tented camps are offered dependent upon your desires.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing and treacherous crossings of the crocodile laden Grumeti River. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

Twice daily game drives will be enjoyed during your stay as well as copious meals.

The opportunity to visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara should be considered en route to the Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Crater – www.tanzaniatouristboard.com/places_to_go/national_parks_and_reserves/ngorongoro

Lake Manyara – http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/manyara.html

Overnight: Game Lodge


Day 9

You will depart in time to make your connecting flight from Nairobi, Kenya back to Europe and then home. Most of the international flights depart Nairobi in the evening, landing in Europe the following morning. The connecting flight into the US will depart a few hours later.


Day 10

Arrive USA

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