8 Days Tanzania Big Five Safari & Congo Gorilla Trekking

Overview of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

The 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania is a very rewarding Africa safari package that combines Mountain Gorilla trekking in Congo’s Virunga National Park and African Big five encounter in Tanzania. The extensive wild game viewing is provided in Serengeti National Park – the best wildlife park in Africa and Ngorongoro Crater – one of the natural wonders of the world with its amazing scenery. The Safari starts in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania.

Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania:  Kigali City tour & transfer to Goma Congo

Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Kigali International Airport for the flight to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do an evening game drive

Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Whole day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Do a crater rim walk

Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in the late afternoon for the flight back home

  • Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

    Arrive in Rwanda –  Kigali International Airport, meet our representative from the arrival section and transfer to the Hotel for relaxation and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Hotel Chezlando

    Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines

  • Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Kigali City tour & transfer to Goma Congo

    Settle for breakfast at your hotel in Kigali after which you embark on the Kigali City tour exploring the beautiful city landscapes including nice buildings some of which are inspired by local architecture, Kigali markets including art stations and eventually the Gisozi genocide memorial to explore into Rwanda’s horrific past accruing from the ethnic conflict that befell this country in 1994.  Settle for lunch after which you embark on the transfer to Congo via Goma boarder enjoying the countryside views of Rwandan hillsides and Lake Kivu. Settle for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Hotel Ihusi

    Luxury:  Mikeno Lodge

  • Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Virunga National Park is part of the greater Virunga massif comprised of eight (8) Virunga Volcanoes straddling across Congo, Rwanda and Uganda and home to 480 Mountain Gorillas though the number is steadily increasing.  You assemble at Bukima Park station for briefing at 8am after which you head to the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas that are known to be critically endangered world over.  The trek lasts between 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla group movement but the actual Mountain Gorilla viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation.  The park also has lush flora and birds.  After the activity, transfer to Rwanda – Gisenyi Lake Kivu and spend the evening relaxing at the beach.

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Hotel Paladise Malahide Resort

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

  • Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Kigali International Airport for the flight to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

    Embark on an early transfer from Gisenyi 358kmm about 3 hours’ drive to Kigali International Airport to catch up with the flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. You are welcomed by our representative and transfer to Arusha to spend the rest of day relaxing at the lodge preparing for the extensive wilderness encounter awaiting you the next morning.

    Accommodation:

    Midrange: African Tulip Hotel

  • Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do an evening game drive

    After breakfast, we proceed to the Serengeti endless plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands.

    The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as kopjes, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds.

    We will arrive in Serengeti for afternoon game drive searching for wildlife. Later in the evening we will drive further to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Whole day game drive in Serengeti National Park

    The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti. Predators include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs are seeing in this great park. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up central heading west. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year.

    After a full day wandering through the Serengeti central plains, you will head back to you camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Do a crater rim walk

    After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.

    We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Ngorongoro Farm House

  • Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in the late afternoon for the flight back home

    After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing.

    Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites.

    The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.

    Depending on your flight departure time, you will ascend and proceed to JRO for your flight back home.

    End of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

Safari Overview and Highlights

Overview of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

The 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania is a very rewarding Africa safari package that combines Mountain Gorilla trekking in Congo’s Virunga National Park and African Big five encounter in Tanzania. The extensive wild game viewing is provided in Serengeti National Park – the best wildlife park in Africa and Ngorongoro Crater – one of the natural wonders of the world with its amazing scenery. The Safari starts in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania.

Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania:  Kigali City tour & transfer to Goma Congo

Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Kigali International Airport for the flight to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do an evening game drive

Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Whole day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Do a crater rim walk

Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in the late afternoon for the flight back home

Detailed Itinerary
  • Day 1 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

    Arrive in Rwanda –  Kigali International Airport, meet our representative from the arrival section and transfer to the Hotel for relaxation and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Hotel Chezlando

    Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines

  • Day 2 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Kigali City tour & transfer to Goma Congo

    Settle for breakfast at your hotel in Kigali after which you embark on the Kigali City tour exploring the beautiful city landscapes including nice buildings some of which are inspired by local architecture, Kigali markets including art stations and eventually the Gisozi genocide memorial to explore into Rwanda’s horrific past accruing from the ethnic conflict that befell this country in 1994.  Settle for lunch after which you embark on the transfer to Congo via Goma boarder enjoying the countryside views of Rwandan hillsides and Lake Kivu. Settle for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Hotel Ihusi

    Luxury:  Mikeno Lodge

  • Day 3 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Virunga National Park is part of the greater Virunga massif comprised of eight (8) Virunga Volcanoes straddling across Congo, Rwanda and Uganda and home to 480 Mountain Gorillas though the number is steadily increasing.  You assemble at Bukima Park station for briefing at 8am after which you head to the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas that are known to be critically endangered world over.  The trek lasts between 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla group movement but the actual Mountain Gorilla viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation.  The park also has lush flora and birds.  After the activity, transfer to Rwanda – Gisenyi Lake Kivu and spend the evening relaxing at the beach.

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Hotel Paladise Malahide Resort

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

  • Day 4 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Kigali International Airport for the flight to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

    Embark on an early transfer from Gisenyi 358kmm about 3 hours’ drive to Kigali International Airport to catch up with the flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. You are welcomed by our representative and transfer to Arusha to spend the rest of day relaxing at the lodge preparing for the extensive wilderness encounter awaiting you the next morning.

    Accommodation:

    Midrange: African Tulip Hotel

  • Day 5 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do an evening game drive

    After breakfast, we proceed to the Serengeti endless plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands.

    The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as kopjes, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds.

    We will arrive in Serengeti for afternoon game drive searching for wildlife. Later in the evening we will drive further to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 6 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Whole day game drive in Serengeti National Park

    The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti. Predators include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs are seeing in this great park. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up central heading west. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year.

    After a full day wandering through the Serengeti central plains, you will head back to you camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 7 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Do a crater rim walk

    After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.

    We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Ngorongoro Farm House

  • Day 8 of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania: Extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in the late afternoon for the flight back home

    After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing.

    Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites.

    The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.

    Depending on your flight departure time, you will ascend and proceed to JRO for your flight back home.

    End of the 8 Days Gorilla and Big Five Safari in Congo & Tanzania

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