Kenyan Wildlife Experience With Gorilla Trek In Rwanda – 3 nights Masai Mara | 1 night Ruhengeri | 1 night Kigali
This group contacted me after a referral from a past client who had also visited Rwanda and Kenya. These clients wanted to see the Gorillas as well as the Great Migration in particular so we scheduled their trip for August when the wildebeest and zebra were running their age old migration routes. Once we had designed the itinerary they shared it with friends and the party of two was increased to a tour group of four. Their time was limited and they wanted to fit in as much as possible so after some emails back and forth we settled on Entumoto Safari Camp in Kenya for their three day safari and Volcanoes National Park for their Mountain Gorilla experience as these are ideal properties for that they wanted to see and do. They loved the Vamoos travel app that Pembury tours uses for all itineraries and their feedback was fantastic. I hope to welcome them back to Africa soon. Love the Vamoos travel app
- Masai Mara Luxury Tented Camp
- Volcanoes National Park
- Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Mountain Gorilla Trek
- Giraffe Centre Visit
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on flight, you will be met in the arrivals hall by our representative. From here you are transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival in the Masai Mara, you are met by your driver and transferred to your lodge for your three night stay.
You have time to check into your lodge before you afternoon game drive. You return to the lodge for dinner.
The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya covers an area of 1 510 square km. This vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, and is Kenya’s flagship conservation area. It has fenceless borders with a number of private conservancies, as well as with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The lack of fences allows one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth to make place unfettered – the great migration.
The Masai Mara was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. In addition to the abundant wildlife in the reserve, no Masai Mara safari would be complete without a cultural experience with the Maasai people.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series.
Today you bid farewell to this African Wonderland, you are transferred to the airstrip from your lodge. Here you check in for your flight from the Masai Mara to Wilson Airport. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you are met by your driver and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your flight to Kigali. From here you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Ruhengeri, which is near the Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Voclans).
Your journey takes you through the beautiful terraced hills that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape and then climbing gradually to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range. The evening is at leisure.
“The land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. It offers tourists a one-of-a-kind journey – home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserves, resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people.
The magnificent Virunga Mountains are situated in the Northern Province of Rwanda on the border of the DRC and Uganda. These mountains consist of six volcanoes, 125 square kilometres of mountain forest, and are home to the famous gorillas.
The Volcanoes National Park was first gazetted in 1925 as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno Volcanoes, intended to protect the gorilla from poaching. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa. There are many activities to be enjoyed in this area apart from Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. This area is home to numerous caves, a number of cultural and community tourism initiatives, as well as being an excellent location for bird watching.
The Mountain Gorillas survived thanks to Dian Fossey, a researcher who was buried at her research centre alongside these Mountain Gorillas to which she dedicated her life. The trail leading to her tomb and Karisoke Research Centre is a beautiful yet challenging 1 hour 45 minute hike up steep slopes where orchids, birdlife and even occasional Mountain Gorillas can be seen.
This morning after breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel this morning by your guide and you are transferred to the starting point of the Gorilla Trekking. After the briefing, you begin your tracking of the gorillas.
The bamboo forest will drip around you as you first hear the breaking of bamboo signaling the group is near and then you will be face to face with one of the most delightful and fascinating creatures in the world. After an hour’s viewing you will make the trek back to the reception.
After your Gorilla Trekking Tour, you will meet your guide and from here, you are transferred to the Kigali. You check into your hotel and have the evening at leisure.
This morning you driver will collect for your transfer to Kigali Airport for your flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport. After disembarking from the aircraft you will clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals lounge where you are met by your guide. You enjoy a full day conservation and historical tour of Nairobi.
After the excursions, you are transferred to the Carnivore Restaurant for a farewell dinner before they are dropped off back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your flight back home.
Masai Mara National Park: Entumoto Safari Lodge
Entumoto is a private tented safari camp elevated in the hills of the Rift Valley, commanding breath-taking views and sunsets over the Mara plains. The camp has a private conservancy to give you a more intimate and exclusive safari experience as well as direct access into the Masai Mara reserve.Entumoto means meeting point in the local language Maa, which fits well as the camp is situated where the plains meet the hills and where two valleys come together.
Entumoto Main has four family and three double en-suite tents. The family tents include two double or twin rooms, two bathrooms and a central lounge with a fireplace – comfortably furnished with a table and two divans (which can double as beds).Each tent has its own veranda where you can enjoy an early morning coffee, relaxing afternoon on the sofas or a sundowner in the evening… and remember you are in the African bush so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in the camp.
All tents have electricity, hot showers, double sinks, dressing gowns, hot water bottles and breath-taking views over the conservancy. The main guest area consists of a sitting area, dining area, bar, fire, library, games cupboard and veranda with views of the endless game-filled countryside. Beautifully handcrafted artefacts, bespoke antiques, lavish sofas, books and candlelight will transport guests back to the heyday of the romantic classic safari. All meals are served in the dining area and pre dinner drinks and snacks in the lounge.
Ruhengeri: 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. Right from this place, you will plan your safari on how to track the golden monkeys and definitely the great mountain gorillas. 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 four 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 value for your money as you enjoy a view of Parc National des Volcanoes.
Kigali: Marriott Hotel
Experience Rwanda’s capital from our 5-Star Kigali Marriott Hotel, conveniently located near the Nyarugenge financial district and the Kigali Convention Centre.
The impeccable hotel provides spacious, modern accommodations with deluxe amenities and premium services. Each room at Kigali Marriott features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony with a seating area. The rooms are equipped with flat screen HDTVs and a mini-bar. The marble bathrooms are fitted with a shower, with slippers and free toiletries provided for your comfort.
Cucina Restaurant at Kigali Marriott serves innovative Italian cuisine, while the Lobby Bar is the place to unwind with a cocktail overlooking the city.
Pamper yourself with a variety of treatments at the Saray Spa, keep active at the fitness centre or relax by the poolside. Kigali Mariott guests benefit from a 24-hour front desk, concierge service and currency exchange services. Shuttle services and car hire can also be arranged.
After a long day in Kigali, relax over a delicious meal in our popular restaurants, take a refreshing dip in our outdoor pool or unwind with a massage in our hotel spa.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Masai Mara: Daily Safari Programme at Entumoto Safari Camp
“Safari” meaning journey or adventure is exactly what you can expect at Entumoto. Sharing the experience of being so close to the wilderness and its abundance of wildlife is what it is all about for us. Close encounters with the wild game are a given here – enjoyed from the safety of specially designed open game viewing vehicles. Highly experienced and licensed guides will tell you all about the wildlife, the flora, the culture and anything else you would like to know about the area.
The vast Masai 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.Our location is central and our position offers some of the Mara’s best game-viewing, right from your own tent.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla Trekking
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 Nairobi: Full Day Nairobi City Tour with Wildlife Encounters
You visit The Giraffe Centre which provides an opportunity to come face to face with Africa’s tallest mammal – Rothschild Giraffes. Set in 15 acres of indigenous forest and funded by East African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Children as well as the adults are enchanted by the chance to observe and feed giraffes. One can also see the warthogs running around the centre. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.
After lunch you will be transferred to Karen Blixen Museum which is the restored former house and estate of Danish author Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen. The farm-house is well designed, with square, wood-paneled rooms furnished with a few original and period pieces. Mementos of Karen Blixen’s life and work are also on exhibit. You will also visit Kazuri beads factory which specializes in hand made jewellery, as well as pottery ware that reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya. Their mission is to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society. They employ over 400 women, mostly single mothers who produce over 5 million beads a year. They export to over 30 countries worldwide and are a member of The World Fair Trade Organization.
From here you are transferred to Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage, where they rehabilitate orphaned baby elephants and other wildlife, just outside of Nairobi National Park. These babies have lost their mothers to poaching, death, injuries, or getting lost in the wild or other tragedies. Daphne and her dedicated staff raise them to be released back into the wild when they are ready.
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Kerry from Pembury Tours is an excellent travel consultant: Very flexible & responsive. Kerry helped us create an itinerary to Masai Mara safaris & Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Despite multiple rounds of itinerary changes from our side, she was very flexible and helpful in providing information as well as details we need for our trip. Our trip was amazing and we really enjoyed our time in Kenya & Rwanda. Will definitely come back to Pembury for our next trip in Africa.