Kenya Rwanda Expedition

 

 

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

 

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our representative from Overland will greet you and assist with the transfer to Karen Blixen Cottages for overnight. 

Included meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cottage

 

Day 2: Nairobi to Naivasha

 

 

After breakfast this morning, you will be met and fly through the scenically beautiful Great Rift Valley down to the house, nestling on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the lawn overlooking Mt Longonot. Afternoon at walk at Hellsgate National Park where you will get a chance to view grazers as you walk in this park that has no predators then later visit one of the flower farms around . Dinner in the traditional dining room.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: House

 

Day 3: Naivasha to Lake Nakuru

 

Early breakfast before departing to Lake Nakuru National Park. Morning game drive around Lake Nakuru, famous for its abundance of flamingos and large variety of water birds. Lake Nakuru is also one of Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuaries and large numbers of Rhinos are regularly seen, along with good sightings of Leopard. Lunch is served under the Acacia trees overlooking the lake. Returning to your accommodation in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the house

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: House

 

Day 4: Naivasha to Maasai Mara

 

 

Breakfast served on the lawns of the house. At 1000hrs you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch your flight direct to the Mara. You will enjoy a short game drive en route to the camp. Lunch will be served at you camp followed by an afternoon game viewing drive. Pre dinner drinks around the campfire, a candlelit dinner in the dining tent and overnight at the camp. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Camp

 

Day 5: Maasai Mara

 

 

Depart the camp at 5.15am to the balloon safari take off site. A fabulous I hour hot air balloon safari across the plains of the Maasai Mara at an extra cost. On landing enjoy a champagne bush breakfast, freshly cooked in the middle of the Mara plains. Game drive back to camp. Spend the morning relaxing before lunch at the camp, afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at the camp.

Optional guided big game walking safaris with one of the camps’ resident professional guides, followed by a full cooked champagne bush breakfast at an extra cost.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury camp

 

Day 6: Maasai Mara

 

On the second day you will have morning and afternoon game viewing drive.Optional afternoon walking safaris with sundowners are also available. Exciting flying safaris to Lake Victoria for fishing and bird watching at Mfangano Island Camp can also be arranged. All these at an extra cost. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury Camp

 

Day 7: Maasai Mara to Kigali

 

 

After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, at 1000 hour you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch the 1100 hour flight back to Nairobi. Arriving at 12h15, you will spend time in Nairobi doing last minute shopping/optional city excursions. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kigali. Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel

 

Day 8: Kigali to Volcanoes

 

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. Approximately 2.5hrs arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. In the evenings, Optional Intore, Cultural Dancers troupe will spice your stay with memorable Rwandan dances at an extra cost.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

 

Day 9: Volcanoes National Park

 

 

Breakfast at the lodge and proceed to the park’s headquarters. 0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group. Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s lead guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. After the trek, rejoin your driver guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch ,spend your afternoon at leisure at your lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

 

Day 10: Volcanoes to Kigali

 

 

After breakfast depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. Spend the last minute in Kigali doing last minute shopping then later connect to your flight back home. 

 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Domestic flights as indicated above except international flight Nairobi to Kigali

  • Visits to Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Drinks at the house – soft drinks, beers and house wines

  • Airstrip transfers

  • Full board accommodation at the camp for 3 nights

  • Park fees in the Mara

  • Park fees in Nakuru

  • 3 game drives per day

  • Laundry at the house and at the camp

  • Bottled water at the house and the camp

  • Full Board accommodation at the lodge

  • Bed and Breakfast in Kigali and Nairobi

  • 1 gorilla permit

  • All transfers as indicated above 

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • All personal expenses

  • All drinks at the camp

  • Activities such as balloon ride, Maasai village visit, Mfangano island tour.

  • Any other extras not mentioned above

  • All gratuities

  • Tips and gratuities 

  

Partners' combined experience of 17 years

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