Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days
Kerry’s Once in Lifetime Gorilla Trekking and Masai Mara Experience

3 nights Volcanoes National Park | 1 night Kigali | 1 night Nairobi | 2 nights Masai Mara

Tour Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla Interaction
  • Masai Mara Vistas
  • Rwanda Countryside
  • Open Vehicle Safari
  • Volcano Mountain Views
  • Large Migrating Herds
  • Golden Monkey Habitat
  • Relaxing Pace of African Bushveld

Client Review

A wonderful experience. This was our second time in Africa. This time we decided to do our safari in such a way that we visited lifetime dream places. We wanted to see the Gorillas and also the large herds of antelope on the Masai Mara. We got to do both and we loved it. During our dealings with Kerry we became very confident of the arrangements. The tour went off effortlessly and we knew we were in good hands all the way. Thank you to Kerry and to Africa.

Minh & Thuy

Tour Consultant's Overview

Minh contacted me in March, as she was very keen to return to Africa. Having spent time in Botswana and Zambia on here last trip, she was keen to visit East Africa and visit the Masai Mara for the Migration and to see the Gorillas in Rwanda. Together we put together a 7 night trip, that included 3 nights in Rwanda, with Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey Trek, a visit to the Genocide Museum in Kigali and a city tour. Then onto Kenya for 4 nights, with a night in Nairobi and 3 nights in the wonderful Masai Mara.
Kerry Ririe
Day 1 Arrival in Volcanoes National Park via Kigali

Arrive at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda on your direct flight. You will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred to the Mountain Gorilla Lodge, which is approximately four hours drive away through the Rwandan country side. Arrive at the lodge and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure soaking up the beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountain.

Day 1 to 4 Volcanoes National Park (3 nights)

Have breakfast at the Gorilla Mountain Lodge and thereafter you will be transferred to the staging point for your Gorilla trek. After a briefing from your local guide you will then start your trek into the mountains to locate and spend time with the wild Gorillas. After locating a gorilla family group you will have the opportunity to photograph and interact with these amazing animals at close quarters. After this interaction you will trek back to the staging area and be transferred back to the Lodge for a well deserved dinner.

Day 4 Volcanoes National Park to Kigali (1 night)

After another early breakfast you will be transferred to the briefing area and briefed about your morning expedition to see the Golden Monkey's in their natural environment. Once again a local guide will lead your trek to view the troops of Golden Monkeys and provide you with insight into these unique primates. This is a half day activity and after your visit you will be transferred back to the Gorilla Mountain Lodge where you will check out and board your vehicle for your transfer back to Kigali. After a stop for lunch you will arrive in Kigali in the early evening and check into the Kigali Serena Hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 5 Kigali to Nairobi (1 night)

Breakfast at the Kigali Serena Hotel. You will then be met by your local guide who will conduct a tour of the Rwanda Genocide Museum and thereafter introduce you to the sights of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Your guide will take you for lunch at a local Bistro and thereafter take you back to the Kigali Serena Hotel where you will check out and be transferred to the Kigali International Airport for your flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, you will be transferred to the Nairobi Serena Hotel for Check in and dinner.

Day 6 Nairobi to Masai Mara National Park

After breakfast at the Nairobi Serena Hotel you will check out and be collected by a driver for your transfer to the Wilson Airport on the outskirts of Nairobi. From there you will board your fixed wing, light aircraft for the flight into the airstrip in the Masai Mara Conservancy. You will be met at the airstrip by a driver from the Entim Camp and transferred to this luxury tented camp in the heart of the world famous Masai Mara. After check in you will have some leisure time and then board an open Safari vehicle for your afternoon game drive. Your local safari guide will enthrall you with the wildlife viewing on offer and provide insight into these African plains species. After sun downers at a remote location you will be taken back to the camp for a sumptuous dinner under the stars

Day 6 to 8 Masai Mara National Park (2 nights)

Immerse yourself in the wildlife paradise of the Masai Mara. Each day you will be woken early for coffee and then depart for your morning game drive. During your stay you will be taken to various areas depending on where the latest sightings have been made and where the best viewpoints are. Your safari guide will lead you through and enthralling African wildlife experience, making each day unique and special. After the morning game drive you will arrive back at camp for a hearty breakfast and the rest of the day at leisure. You can choose to go on a guided walking safari for a completely different experience in the bush, see bird life and plains animals from a different perspective. In the afternoons mount up again for an afternoon game drive, arriving back at camp each evening for a dinner under the African stars.

Day 8 Masai Mara to Nairobi

After the morning game drive and breakfast, check out of Entim camp and be driven back to the airstrip for your flight by small aircraft back to Wilson Airport. A driver will meet you at Wilson Airport and drive you to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi where you will board your flight home.

Volcanoes National Park: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is situated close to the main headquarters of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, it’s a 15 minutes’ drive to access the park. If you are looking for an amazing view, look no further than visiting Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

The lodge consists of 30 private cottages established on a 4 acres of land, and positioned on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo.The cottages are well designed with stones and grass thatched to bring out the African style. These are en-suite with a fireplace, lounge for relaxing as well as a private veranda for viewing nature.

The rooms are spacious enough and scattered from each other to provide privacy. While at the restaurant, you catch a glance at the beautiful scenery as you enjoy the delicious meal served. They have expert chefs who prepare both local and international cuisine.The bar is fully stocked with a collection of various wines and spirits. While at the lodge, you will appreciate the view of Parc National des Volcanoes.

Kigali: Serena Hotel

On an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda, in a secure location just a five-minute walk from the CBD, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5-star comfort. Serena Kigali hotel provides a private and peaceful retreat like no other for discerning international guests

Enjoy a host of leisure amenities. Lose yourself in the tranquillity of the tropically landscaped pool. Indulge in a spa treatment in the heart of Kigali.

Dine at the Sokoni Restaurant. Relaxed and stylish, the Restaurant is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens and overlooks the pool. A popular meeting place for guests and locals alike, it is renowned for its colourful cocktails, globe-trotting cuisine and vibrant live music.

Kenya: Nairobi Serena Hotel

Beyond the bustle of Kenya’s most cosmopolitan metropolis, experience a haven of elegance and calm nestled among lush gardens at the edge of Nairobi’s Central Park. This luxurious Hotel is the perfect stopover in Nairobi during your Safari. As a dining option try the on site restaurant, the Mandhari Fine Dining Restaurant. One of the best fine dining experiences in Kenya. Enjoy seasonal menus and wine pairings on the flowering Tuscan-styled outdoor terrace overlooking the pool or in the elegantly appointed dining room. Experience regional and international specialties accompanied by live piano music.

Masai Mara National Park: Entim Camp

Entim Camp was designed with a purpose in mind: to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve. For a few months of the year the migration is on the doorstep on the Mara River.

While many other visitors to the Mara will be staying in camps in the surrounding areas and conservancies, at Entim you don't have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you are right there in the middle of it. Nor do you have to be hurried out of the Reserve before the gates close; at Entim you can continue to witness the wild's most important and dramatic events, which often take place at dusk and dawn. There's actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Entim, meaning "forest" in Maasai, is discreetly tucked on the edge of the riverine woodlands. From the shaded seclusion of this attractively-designed camp, guests can relax in luxury and admire unforgettable views over the Mara River and across expansive plains, with the distant backdrops of undulating escarpments and volcanically-sculpted hills. From the veranda of each tent it is even possible to witness the breath-taking sight of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river during their annual migration through this vast wilderness area. The camp has been kept eco-friendly and small, with only ten tastefully but differently furnished, well- equipped tents. The decor aims to enhance the surrounding environment.

There is a cosy lounge area with a small library, separate bar and dining area, which is open- fronted allowing guests the unmatched experience of eating meals while watching the animals move to and from the river to drink and forage for their food. The camp has been designed to give guests the feel that it is part of the landscape. The experience at Entim is not your average hotel or lodge experience: it is about being right in the hub of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world and part of a quintessential Kenya safari experience.

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla Trekking Tour

The Mountain Gorilla is an endangered species with an estimated number in 2010 of 790. Thanks to the work of zoologist Dian Fossey and the success of the movie “Gorillas in the Mist”, their plight has caught the imagination of the world. On a gorilla trekking safari, it is possible to enter their habitat with a skilled gorilla guide and spend a short time in the company of a gorilla family. Sitting within a small family group of some of the closest relatives to humans is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences and a gorilla safari is a 'must' for serious wildlife enthusiasts.

An hour spent with a Mountain Gorilla family is a very tranquil, relaxing and therapeutic experience, allowing us to realise how simple life really can be, and just how complicated we humans have made our own lives. Contrary to the "King Kong" myth of an aggressive, savage beast, gorillas are social animals that are rather shy, peaceful vegetarians with a strong family structure.

Gorilla Trekking is carefully monitored and only a certain number of permits are issued every day, which means advance booking is necessary. One permit gets you one hour with the Gorillas. Your gorilla guide will give you a briefing before the trekking commences. Tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina, sometimes walking uphill for a few hours in the mud and wet, but the effort is well rewarded when you come across these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.

Quietly chewing away at their vegetarian delicacies, they seem like a marooned human family. The tender grooming and firm disciplining of their offspring seems all too familiar. The gorilla family cast a wary glance at the sudden human intrusion into their private world, but is comforted by the clucking made by the trackers. It is sometimes necessary to walk for 5-7 hours before you find a Gorilla group. However, the experience is so rewarding that most travellers book a second trekking trip the following day! As David Attenborough once said, “There is more meaning in exchanging glances with a gorilla than with any other animal I know.”

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Golden Monkey Trek

A unique opportunity to add to your knowledge of primates beyond the mighty Gorilla. A similar style trek, although less demanding and shorter in duration, the glimpse into the life of these unique lessor primates will add greatly your understanding of the primate sub group.

Included in price Rwanda: Kigali Genocide Museum

A morning around Kigali as a bustling African City. Feel the French influence and see it in the old architecture still remaining. The tour includes a visit to th Rwandan Genocide Museum for an insight into an event in recent history that will forever be a part of the Kiagali background story.

Included in price Maasai Mara: Daily Safari Programme at Entim Camp

Maasai Mara is home to some of the most abundant wildlife populations in the world. Sightings of the “big 5” on game drives are almost guaranteed, while from camp the horizons are always busy with plains game. There are several prides of lion in the area, and it is even possible to see the more elusive leopard, who have established their territories around the camp.

The Maasai driver-guides are professional with excellent local knowledge, which they always enjoy sharing with our guests. Your day will be planned by your driver-guide, who is in the best position to know where the animals are that day, including where the last crossings were made, whether there are new resident lions in the area or nomad lions passing through.

Working in the area they love and know so intimately, they are the experts. The location of Entim Camp is very central and it's position offers some of the Mara’s best game-viewing, right from your own tent.

This itinerary started on 14 July 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 4,825
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