Primates, Predators and Paradise - Rwanda, Tanzania and Seychelles
Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Mahe Island
- 11 nights
- from $12500 per person
At a Glance
Ultimate wildlife experiences including gorilla tracking, watching big cats in the Serengeti, and during some months even seeing the Great Migration
Unwind after your safari adventures on an idyllic beach in the Seychelles
A truly special trip – ideal for celebrating a honeymoon, special birthday or anniversary
Travel July – October for your best chances of seeing a much-sought-after river crossing of the migration herds in the Serengeti
Try not to spend your whole time with the gorillas behind a camera - put the lens down and enjoy this incredible wildlife sight with your own two eyes!Scott Dunn team
Leopard are one of the most difficult of the big cats to see, as they hunt nocturnally and hide in the shade during daytimes. The best place to look is in the boughs of a tree, where sometimes the flick of a tail is enough to give away their position!Scott Dunn team
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.
You’ll never forget the moment you come eye to eye with a gorilla in its natural habitat – both exhilarating and humbling, it is one of Africa’s great wildlife experiences. Combine this with a safari in the wildlife-rich Serengeti and you have the makings of a very special safari indeed, staying in some of our favorite lodges where you can be assured of expert guiding and hosting, and a very comfortable bed to rest in after a day’s adventures.
Begin your safari in Rwanda, traveling to the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes, home to the mountain gorillas and the original base of Dian Fossey during her time researching these great apes. Spend one day trekking through the dense rainforest, battling your way through bamboo and stinging nettles to reach your allocated gorilla family – the journey is worth every minute of pain and exertion! You have one precious hour to spend watching the gorillas interact with each other (and occasionally with your group of trekkers), watching silverbacks put younger troublemakers in their place, or babies clambering up spindly branches in play. Researchers will tell you more about their habits and the conservation challenges, and you’ll have plenty of chances to try to capture the moment on camera. Another day is spent in the lower slopes watching a smaller primate, the golden monkey, found in troops of around 60 individuals, and highly entertaining to watch and learn about from your guide. Your hotel, Virunga Lodge, often has traditional intore dance demonstrations in the afternoons, showing off Rwanda’s rich and colorful cultural heritage.
From here, fly over into the Serengeti national park in northern Tanzania, staying at one of our all time favorite lodges, Lamai Serengeti. Set on a hillside, the views out over the savannah seem never-ending, perfectly reminiscent of scenes from Out of Africa or the Lion King, or any number of documentaries. It may feel difficult to tear yourself away from that view, but you must, for some of Africa’s best wildlife awaits to be uncovered by you and your Nomad guide on game-drives in the area. Watch out for the flick of a leopard’s tail in a tree to give away its shady hiding spot, watch a cheetah sit sentry on a termite mound in search of her next prey, or marvel at a herd of elephants congregating at a waterhole to drink. From July until October, the migration herds of some two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle can be seen crossing the rivers not far from Lamai, and the lucky few may even see a famed river-crossing!
After a night’s stop in the coffee plantations at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll fly into the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles islands. Expect postcard-perfect beaches fringed with the iconic giant granite boulders and palm trees at the edges, frigate birds flying overhead. You’re in charge of the pace of this part of the trip – either totally disconnecting and recharging your batteries in the sunshine or at the spa, or filling your days with activities. The Four Seasons Seychelles has an exceptional watersports center offering everything from snorkeling and diving trips to fishing or sailing, and we can recommend any number of great daytrips to explore nearby islands. The charming and tiny island of La Digue is a particular favorite, boasting one of the most photographed beaches in the archipelago, giant tortoises, and bicycles or traditional ox-carts providing the preferred mode of transport.
|Volcanoes Virunga Lodge|
|Fly Kigali to the Serengeti|
Serengeti, Northern Tanzania
|Fly Kilimanjaro to Mahe, Seychelles via Nairobi|
|Four Seasons Resort Seychelles|
Location & Directions
Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Mahe Island
When to go
Rwanda has a moderate temperature year-round, and the Virunga Volcanoes where you'll be staying to visit the mountain gorillas have their own micro-climate. The rainforest which blankets the volcanoes sees rainfall year-round so the rainy season will have little affect on your visit as it can rain any and every day of the year. Temperatures are often cool at night due to the altitude here.
In northern Tanzania, the seasons are split between rainy and dry seasons. The main long dry season runs from June until October, and the short rains (short sharp rainfalls often accompanied by thunderstorms, every two or three days) come in November. December to March are hotter and more humid, with occasional rain spells, and the long rains occur in April and May and we recommend avoiding travel during these months as many roads and airstrips are impassable.
The consistently warm tropical weather makes the Seychelles a good year round destination. There is little fluctuation in warmth, with temperatures ranging from 24C to 31C all year round. From May to October a southeast trade wind can bring marginally cooler weather and fresh breezes. From November to March the northwest monsoon wind blows, typically raising temperature and humidity. December and January are the wettest months, but the rain falls in short sharp bursts before the sun comes out again.