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15 Day Kenya Safari Exploration with Rwanda - Sunday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Kenya , Rwanda , Tanzania

Cities Visited

Kigali , Lake Naivasha , Maasai Mara , Nairobi

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Rwanda
Depart for Rwanda

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Kigali
Arrive in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, and transfer to your hotel. Time to settle in before dinner tonight
Overnight: Kigali
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Kigali City Tour
This morning, take a tour of the city. Visit the Kandt House Museum, explore the local craft market, and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial site where you learn about Rwanda's genocide. Later, travel to Musanze. Upon arrival, head to the Karisoke Research Center (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund) for a guided tour. Following your visit proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Volcanoes National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - The Gorilla Trek
After breakfast, assemble for a briefing by experienced rangers before embarking on the gorilla trek. Your group will be guided through the rough terrain of the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes in search of one of the park's habituated gorilla families. The trek will last up to seven hours depending on the location of the animals. When a gorilla family is found, you'll be allowed an hour in their company to watch them eat, preen and play. Later, after a coffee tasting experience return to the lodge for dinner
Overnight: Volcanoes National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Golden Monkey Tracking
Today, head to the highland forests of Volcanoes National Park in search of the endangered Golden monkeys that live in the bamboo vegetation toward the base of the volcanoes. During the trek, you will come across other types of wildlife. Upon encounter, you will have time to observe the playful and inquisitive monkeys before returning to the lodge. In the afternoon, participate in a cooking lesson with tasting of the dishes prepared. At dinner tonight, bid farewell to Rwanda
Overnight: Volcanoes National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Flight to Nairobi
This morning, travel back to Kigali and arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Arrive and check into the hotel, followed by time at leisure
Overnight: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre
Depart for a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage* to learn about how the orphan elephants, raised by the orphanage, are later released into the wild. Elephant calves are brought here from all over the country to receive specialized care from highly dedicated staff. Perhaps, you'll arrive there just in time to see them being exercised and bathed. Then, drive towards the Ngong Hills for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farmhouse of the prominent author of Out of Africa. After lunch on your own, continue to Kazuri Beads Workshop, which started in 1975 as a tiny workshop making ceramic beads by hand. Today, this center produces fine examples of genuine African jewelry out of clay gathered from nearby Mt. Kenya. End the day at the Giraffe Centre where you hand-feed the Rothschild Giraffe, an endangered species, from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about their extensive conservation efforts. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager followed by dinner at a local restaurant*Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage may be substituted with Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
Overnight: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Evening Game Drive in Samburu National Park
Travel north this morning towards Samburu National Park, a spectacular 60-square-mile reserve known for its unique wildlife, rarely found in other Kenyan parks. Here, view different species of giraffe, zebra, beisa oryx and the long-necked gerenuk, along with lion, cheetah, and leopard. Besides the numerous varieties of wildlife found in this game reserve, the park is also a bird haven. En route, stop for lunch at the Trout Tree Restaurant, built in an enormous fig tree below Mount Kenya. Arrive in Samburu, with its arid hills leading to the lush forested ravine of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Along these river banks, the majority of the animals gather for the promise of water. This evening, set out on your first game drive, returning to the camp in time for dinner
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Samburu National Park
Morning game drive today in the midst of this rugged and beautiful semi-arid desert of northern Kenya. Perhaps you'll see a lion, ostrich, or even a family of elephants wandering the hills. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon drive takes you to a different area of the park. Return to the lodge for leisure time. Tonight, after dinner, an interesting lecture and discussion with a Samburu naturalist. You'll learn more about the principles and tribal traditions of the villagers living in the northern foothills of Mount Kenya
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Game Viewing in Aberdare National Park
Today, travel southwest to the heart of Aberdare National Park. Arrive at The Ark, one of Kenya's iconic tree lodges. The Ark is designed with layers of decks overlooking a floodlit watering hole and salt lick that attracts a huge amount of wildlife all day and night. The many different balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you up-close to the animals; see elephant, buffalo, bushbuck, and occasionally a rhino
Overnight: Aberdare National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
Today, explore Lake Nakuru National Park, dominated by the shallow waters of the lake at its center, best known for its pink flamingos, white rhino, lion, and the elusive leopard. The birdlife here is absolutely superb, with over 450 species recorded - at certain times of year there are over a million flamingos. Drive to the edge of the lake to view thousands of birds feeding in the alkaline water, see the sweeping view from the top of Baboon Rocks, then look for warthogs and waterbucks. Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya to see black and white rhino, and for making daytime leopard sightings. Afterward, continue to your lodge where you will spend the remainder of the evening at leisure
Overnight: Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Lake Naivasha Boat Tour, Cooking Class
This morning, embark on a boat ride on the tranquil waters of Lake Naivasha, a bird lover's paradise. You will encounter hippos wallowing in the water and an abundant number of birds. Afterward, return to your lodge and attend a cooking class, led by a chef. Learn how to cook local dishes, and later taste your own creations. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Afternoon Game Drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Early drive to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. The breathtaking savannahs of the park are a stunning backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the entire year. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Today's game drives through the spectacular Masai Mara reserve focus on the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), as well as antelopes, gazelles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. A dinner tonight celebrates your final night in the Mara
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Sunday - Depart Kenya
Bid farewell to the Mara this morning, and return to bustling Nairobi. Passengers with early evening flights will then be transferred directly to the airport. Passengers with late evening flights will have a day-use hotel room and be transferred to the airport later in the evening. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 PMDay Use: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Kigali, Nairobi-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Intra-flight: Kigali-Nairobi
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 1 night Kigali
  • 3 nights Volcanoes National Park
  • 2 nights Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu National Reserve
  • 1 night Aberdare National Park
  • 2 nights Lake Naivasha
  • 2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Arrival transfer included only with airfare purchase on package arrival dates†
  • Departure transfer
  • 36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • National Park fees
  • Golden monkey and gorilla trekking permits
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Embark on a gorilla trek in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
  • Take a guided forest trek in search of Golden monkeys in the highland forests of Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the world's most successful orphan elephant rescue center
  • At the Giraffe Centre, hand-feed Rothschild giraffes from an elevated platform
  • Enjoy personal game drive experiences in safari vehicles that seat no more than seven
  • Explore Samburu National Park, known for its unique wildlife
  • Enjoy leisurely game viewing at one of Kenya's iconic tree lodges
  • Travel to Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its superb birdlife
  • Embark on a boat tour on Lake Naivasha, a bird lover's paradise
  • Test your luck and see how many of the "Big Five" you'll spot in the magical Masai Mara National Reserve
  • †Arrival transfer is available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer, and flight Kigali-Nairobi.

    Passengers should select flights on day 15 from Nairobi that depart no earlier than 6:30 PM.

    A day-use room will be provided for clients with late evening flights. Passengers that would like to extend their stay, may do so in the provided airport hotel for an additional charge.

    Please note due to strict regulations on gorilla trekking permits, the cost of the permit is fully non-refundable at the time of booking. Any cancellations or amendments will incur a $1,500 per person fee.

    Please note children under 15 years of age are not permitted on this tour.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

    Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya, and one or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Rwanda. for more information.

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    Kigali Serena Hotel
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    Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge
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    Radisson Blu Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within the commercial center of East Africa.

    Samburu Intrepids
    This four star camp lodge is located in the central region of the Samburu reserve near the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

    The Ark
    This first class hotel is located in Aberdare National Park.

    Great Rift Valley Lodge
    This first class hotel overlooks Lake Naivasha.

    Mara Intrepids Camp
    This first class hotel is located in a lovely location overlooking the Talek River.

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