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The Serengeti + The Gorillas of Rwanda

8 days

Hosted by Scott + Diane Avera for only 16 Guests | Sep 3 to 10, 2020

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Watch as the Great Migration herds cluster on the banks of the Mara River, waiting to ford... From our luxury Lemala Kuria Hills lodge, you’ll have up-front access to the unfolding drama!
+ Get closer to the Big Five with our expert safari guides in special 6-passenger open-top jeeps – it’s a front-row seat for every thrilling encounter!
+ Silent observation and engagement with a Gorilla family in their natural jungle habitat will be one of the most poignant and life-changing animal encounters you will ever have.
+ Discover the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, cradled by the scenic Virunga Hills with forested shores that provide prime habitat for a rich variety of birdlife.

Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Sep 3, 2020: Welcome to Tanzania

Lemala Villas - Arusha, Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to Lemala Villas. Situated on a private wildlife estate midway between Kilimanjaro Airport and the town of Arusha, our luxury resorts is the perfect place to begin your safari adventures with Scott and Diane. This evening, we’ll gather together for an elegant welcome dinner with wine.  Meals D

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Sep 4, 2020: Fly into the Serengeti c

Lemala Kuria Hills - Serengeti, Tanzania

After breakfast, we’ll be escorted to airstrip for this morning’s included safari transfer flight. Thrill to the expansive game-filled landscapes below as we fly across the northern reaches of Tanzania. On arrival at Serengeti National Park, we’ll continue overland to Lemala Kuria Hills. Situated close to the Mara River within the main corridor of the Great Migration, our luxury camp features just 10 ingeniously designed, glass-fronted tents of unrivaled space and style. Each under-canvas suite offers free WiFi, an indoor + outdoor shower, furnished viewing deck, and private plunge pool. Built from recycled steel and glass, canvas, and sustainable timber - and equipped with solar power - our camp has the lightest footprint of any in the Serengeti.
 
After lunch and time to settle in, we’ll embark on our first afternoon game drive. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a congenial dinner accompanied by complimentary house wines, spirits, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.  Meals B+L+D

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Sep 5: On Safari in the Serengeti

Lemala Kuria Hills - Serengeti, Tanzania

The Maasai call it Siringitu - "the place where the land moves on forever." Indeed, these wide open expanses are awe-inspiring in their natural beauty. But the Serengeti is also renowned for its extraordinary concentration of plains game - including of course the Big Five – so our morning and afternoon safari drives promise to be heart-pounding and inspiring. And in the company of our engaging, impassioned and knowledgeable safari guides, today's activities are sure to also deepen your understanding and appreciation for Africa's abundant natural wealth.
 
In early September, during the Great Migration River Crossings, our luxury Serengeti lodge is perfectly positioned for the unfolding drama as thousands of wildebeest and zebra mass on the banks of the Mara River in preparation to ford its currents.  Meals B+L+D

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Sep 6, 2020: Another Day in the Serengeti

Lemala Kuria Hills - Serengeti, Tanzania

Featured in numerous nature documentaries, Serengeti National Park is certainly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Established in 1952, the Park covers 5,700 square miles - larger than the state of Connecticut. Its ecosystem is one of the oldest on Earth. Indeed the essential features of climate, vegetation and wildlife that you see today have changed little in the past million years! Unequaled in its abundant natural beauty and high-density of wildlife, the Serengeti boasts an enormous variety of exotic birds, horned bovines, ungulates, wild dogs and big cats. After breakfast and again this evening, you'll set out with our expert safari guide on game drives that promise up-close unobstructed wildlife viewing.
 
If you wish, you can add an early morning Hot Air Balloon Adventure! Take to the skies as the sun casts its first rays over the golden expanse of the Serengeti - and gaze down as the animals greet another day. Then touch down for a Champagne breakfast before joining your fellow travelers for the morning game drive.  Meals B+L+D

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Sep 7, 2020: Fly to Kigali, Rwanda

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge - Kigali, Rwanda

After a final morning game drive, we’ll head to the airstrip for another exciting safari transfer flight to Mwanza, situated on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. Our connecting international flight to Rwanda is also included. Upon arrival in Kigali, we’ll be met and escorted to Virunga Lodge. Settle in to your private stone cottage with its terrace overlooking the dramatic mountain landscapes, and then join our expert guide for an afternoon excursion to explore the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, where the scenic forested shores provide prime habitat for a rich variety of birdlife.  Meals B+L+D

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Sep 8, 2020: Gorillas in the Wild

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge - Kigali, Rwanda

After an early breakfast, we’ll take you to National Park Headquarters where you’ll register for today’s Gorilla Trek. An informative briefing with Park staff follows, during which you’ll learn the important Dos and Don’ts while in the presence of the Gorillas. Today there are about 10 Gorilla families that are habituated to human contact, and their movements along the forested mountain slopes will determine the duration of your trek.
 
Setting out in a small group of no more than 8 visitors, you’ll trek with your guide to catch-up with your designated Gorilla family. A+R guests will also have the additional services of an attentive and experienced porter to carry their daypack and water bottle. After locating your assigned group, you’ll have one amazing hour to watch quietly as these magnificent primates go about their daily routine (Park regulations limit Gorilla / Human contact to 60 minutes each day). Then retracing your steps down the volcano, we’ll take you back to the Virunga Lodge.  Meals B+L+D

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Sep 9, 2020: To Kigali or add a second Gorilla trek

Kigali Serena Hotel - Kigali, Rwanda

After breakfast, we’ll return to Kigali to discover the sights and sounds of the capital. Mingling with residents at a neighborhood market and joining them at a popular cafĂ© offer an intimate, authentic experience of life in the city. At the Kigali Genocide Memorial, we’ll learn more about the country’s turbulent history and the tragic events of 1994. Then check in to the Kigali Serena Hotel for your final night in Africa.
 
If you wish, you can add a second Gorilla Trek early this morning – returning to Park Headquarters where you’ll already be familiar with the orientation procedures. Led again by an experienced trekking guide, your small group will set out to spend time with a different Gorilla family then you encountered before. Like yesterday, you’ll have the services of a personal porter to carry your daypack and water bottle. After this second trek, you’ll be taken to Kigali to rejoin our group for an overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel.   Meals B+L+D

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Sep 10, 2020: Depart Rwanda

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Discover Zanzibar after your Safari

4-day Post-Safari Extension from $2,899

This easy-to-add Post-Safari Extension includes all on-tour transportation and flights, 3 nights luxury hotel, all meals and sightseeing.

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From Kigali to Zanzibar

This mornings included flight takes you over the Indian Ocean to Stone Town on the isle of Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to The Residence Zanzibar, marvelously situated on a pristine mile long beach. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy your luxury resort. Meals D

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Discover the Spice Island!

After today’s privately guided excursion, you’ll appreciate why Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island! Journey into the verdant countryside to visit a spice plantation and savor the rich smells of vanilla, clove, cardamom and myriad other spices and tropical fruits. Continue past endless rows of coconut palms and visit the lush Jozani Forest, home to exotic birds and the rare Red Colobus Monkey, indigenous to the island. Return to your hotel where the balance of your day is at leisure. Meals B+L+D

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Day at Leisure

Today is yours to enjoy on the beach or exploring on your own.
Meals B+L+D

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Farewell to Zanzibar

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B

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