Romantic Rwanda and Tanzania

Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Zanzibar

From $11800 per person in low season
From $15200 per person in high season

based on 11 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Full Board and activities

  • Gorilla Trekking

Based on family of 4 people sharing 2 rooms

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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 the soft sandy beaches of Zanzibar

  • 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

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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.

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Insider's View

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!

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!

Explore the historic winding alleyways and food markets of Stone Town in Zanzibar.

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.

Itinerary

Combine the wildlife thrills of tracking gorillas in Rwanda and watching big game in the Serengeti with the sandy beaches of vibrant Zanzibar. An ideal honeymoon or special celebration trip for true wildlife enthusiasts.

  1. Fly into Kigali

  2. Days 1-3: Virungas, Rwanda

    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 forest, battling your way through bamboo and stinging nettles to reach your allocated gorilla family – the journey is worth every minute of exertion. You have one precious hour to spend watching the gorillas interact with each other, watching silverbacks put younger troublemakers in their place, or babies clambering up spindly branches in play. 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 three-night stay will give you a fantastic introduction into Rwanda’s rich and colorful cultural heritage.

    Accommodation: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-5: Kigali, Rwanda

    Drive down the winding roads from Volcanoes National Park and back to Kigali. Stop on route to visit the famous Genocide Museum to understand more about the tragic history of this country. The museum is of course sad but also incredibly informative and certainly worth the stop. Spend a night in Kigali to relax and unwind before an early morning flight the following day.

    Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (1 nights)

  4. Days 5-8: Serengeti, Northern Tanzania

    From Rwanda, fly over into the Serengeti national park in northern Tanzania, and marvel at the vast wilderness. 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 guide on exhilarating game-drives. 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 gathering at a waterhole to drink. From July until October, the migration herds of some two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle congregate and the lucky few may even see a famed river-crossing.

    Accommodation: Lamai Serengeti (3 nights)

  5. Days 8-12: Zanzibar, Tanzania

    For your final stop you will fly onto the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. Expect turquoise waters, coral reefs and soft white sandy beaches.  You’re in charge of the pace of this part of the trip – either totally disconnecting and recharging your batteries in the sunshine or fill your days with activities. Enjoy a plethora of waters sports from snorkeling and diving trips to traditional dhow sunset cruises, and we can recommend any number of great daytrips to explore this renowned spice island.  A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town is a must, here you can explore the narrow “bazaar” streets in search of antiquities and souvenirs or marvel at the exquisitely carved ‘Zanzibar doors’.

    Accommodation: Xanadu Villas (4 nights)

  6. Fly from Zanzibar

Experiences

  • Experiences and activities in the Virungas

    Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans surely must rank at the top of any list for the sheer majesty of its landscapes. It's a land of soaring cloud capped volcanoes, beautiful mountain lakes and warm welcoming people.

  • Game drive in the Serengeti

    Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.

  • Gorilla Trekking

    Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes, through the mountainous forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Seeing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is one of the world's most thrilling wildlife experiences.

  • La Digue by Boat and Bike

    Explore the beautiful island of La Digue by boat and bicycle.

  • Search for the migration herds

    One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

  • The Wild South - Botanical Garden Tour

    Explore the wilder side of Mahé in the untamed south of the island, experiencing village life, spectacular beaches and a beautiful nature reserve.

  • Tropic Surf at Four Seasons Seychelles

    Catching the perfect wave is every surfers dream and within the blue waters of Petite Anse Bay, Seychelles, you can learn how. Join professional instructors and discover simple, easy to learn techniques or hone existing skills.

  • Walking safari from Lamai

    Lamai is one of very few camps in the Serengeti which is permitted to offer walking safaris. This is a superb way to explore this rugged area, setting off on foot from the camp in the morning light.

Location

Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Zanzibar

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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.

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