Explore the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater and famous Northern Serengeti, before flying to Rwanda to track the magnificent mountain gorillas. Staying in fantastic accommodation throughout, and offering some of Africa’s best wildlife experiences, this is a wonderful safari for those who want to see the best bits.
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and met by your private guide and vehicle. Upon arrival at your hotel you will have a briefing and then time to relax before the start of your safari.
Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
You visit Lake Manyara National Park, packed lunch in hand, on your way to the Ngorongoro Crater, hopefully arriving in time for an afternoon crater drive. The Crater is one of the wonders of the world, a natural caldera serves as an amphitheatre for stunning game drives during which you can expect to see the Big 5. You will have a full day to explore this incredible area, before heading back to the beautiful lodge for your last night in the area.
Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti
From Plantation Lodge you are driven to the Manyara airstrip where you catch your internal flight to Kogatende. Upon your arrival at Kogatende airstrip, you travel to the luxury of Olakira Camp enjoying a shared game drive along the way. The majestic landscape of the northern Serengeti is one of the best kept secrets of Tanzania. Far from the tourist track, this area of open grasslands and Riverine woodlands supports some of the densest grazer populations in East Africa. If you are lucky you may get to see the Big 5 (rhinos sometimes cross from Kenya’s Maasai Mara) and its home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, large herds of antelope and a host of other wildlife.
Serengeti – Volcanoes National Park
You leave Olakira Camp and transfer to the Kogatende airstrip for your afternoon flight to Kigali. Upon arrival in Kigali you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Ruhengeri before the gorilla tours in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park
The next two days activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition. The Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park are part of a worldwide population of just 790 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of ten habituated family groups, and you will have two chances to track them. 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.