13 Days / 12 Nights Safari Kenya & Gorillas Trek Rwanda

Arrive/Nairobi – Amboseli National Park – Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Masai Mara – Nairobi – Kigali –  Volcanoes National Park  – Nairobi/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli National Park Day 2 Day 4 FB 2 Nights
Sweetwaters Serena Camp Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day 4 Day 6 FB 2 Nights
Fairmont Mara Safari Club Masai Mara Day 6 Day 9 FB+ 3 Nights
Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi Day 9 Day 10 B&B 1 Night
Kigali Serena Hotel Kigali Day 10 Day 11 B&B 1 Night
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Volcanoes National Park Day 11 Day 13 FB 2 Nights
Not Included Fly to Nairobi for your International departure back home Day 13 Day 13 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B:
Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 1: FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK, NAIROBI

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the Elephant Orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Arrive ex-International flight. Meet & Greet by our VIP handler Trade Winds from the Aircraft side, assist through immigration & handover to our AMA Safaris guide at the arrivals. Transfer to Norfolk Hotel

Dinner your own arrangement

Bed and Breakfast at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Overnight: Fairmont The Norfolk  

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centres, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness centre, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: OL TUKAI LODGE, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National Park

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Hotel. At 08h00 depart by road to Amboseli National Park. Lunch at Oltukai Lodge. Afternoon game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Oltukai Lodge

Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge  

Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephants with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park as ‘a home for the gods’. A place of rugged beauty, abundant water, lush green grass and forest, set like an oasis in the surrounding savannah shrubland. To crown it all, this is where you get one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights – dawn breaks and the sunsets over the 19,000-foot snow-capped dome of Africa’s highest mountain!

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: OL TUKAI LODGE, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Early morning game drive. Breakfast at the Lodge. Afternoon game drive Sun downer at a designated site (driver to depart with sun-downer biting)

Dinner and overnight at Oltukai Lodge

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: SWEETWATERS SERENA CAMP, OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Lodge

Transfer to Amboseli Airstrip for your Am Safarilink flight departing at 09h05. Arrive NBO Wilson at 09h50

Met by our rep/driver and by road drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Lunch at Sweetwater’s Serena Camp. Afternoon game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Sweetwater’s Serena Camp

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 4 Scheduled  To Be Advised Amboseli Airstrip  To Be Advised Wilson Airport [WIL]  To Be Advised

Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena Camp      

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.

Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: SWEETWATERS SERENA CAMP, OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Day Itinerary

06h30 You will be picked up by Ol Pejeta conservancy representative for Lion Trekking (our driver call & reconfirm this on 0735 801101 / 0707 187141) Breakfast at the Camp. Lunch at the Camp. Afternoon game drive; Evening talk/lecture done by Sweetwater’s Camp themselves.

Dinner and Overnight at Sweetwater’s Tented camp

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.

The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Camp

Transfer to  Nanyuki airstrip for your am Safarilink flight departing at 09h15 to Ngerende airstrip  in Mara.

11h00 met on arrival by Mara Safari Club Professional driver guide

Transfer to Mara Safari Club for check in for Lunch at the Club

Afternoon game drive in shared basis vehicle

Dinner and Overnight at Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 6 Scheduled To Be Advised Nanyuki Airstrip To Be Advised Ngerende airstrip  To Be Advised

Overnight: Fairmont Mara Safari Club      

The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, and is on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World – the Masai Mara. This breathtaking Kenya hotel’s main lodge at the center of camp hosts an indoor restaurant, bar and library with Internet access to keep the relatives up to date with safari adventures. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a heated pool, complete with bar and private massage tents. Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 7: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Day Itinerary

{0500hrs Early morning balloon ride with champagne-style breakfast / Champagne bush breakfast.}

Early wake up call and transfer to launching site to tale off on hot air balloon over the great Mara plains.

Breakfast cooked from the balloon burners will be served at the landing point. After this experience , you will be dropped off back at the camp to spend at leisure or you may proceed for mid morning game drive.
Rest of the day in Masai Mara. Lunch will be served at the Club

Afternoon game viewing drive until sunset.

Dinner and Overnight at Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 8: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Day Itinerary

Enjoy full day in the Mara with game viewing drives.

All meals at Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Dinner and Overnight at Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 9: FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK, NAIROBI

Nairobi

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Early morning game drive, Breakfast at the Club

09h00 transfer to the Ngerende Airstrip for Safarilink departing at 11h00 to Wilson Airport [WIL]

12h20 met upon arrival and transfer to Tamambo Restaurant for lunch.

Afternoon excursion to Giraffe Centre & Karen Blixen Museum.

Bed and breakfast at Norfolk Hotel

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 9 Scheduled To Be Advised  Ngerende Airstrip To Be Advised  Wilson Airport [WIL] To Be Advised

Overnight: Fairmont The Norfolk  

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centres, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness centre, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 10: KIGALI SERENA HOTEL, KIGALI

Kigali

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across undulating lush hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops. With its interesting architecture, busy streets, meandering boulevards, and green hillsides, Kigali is said to be one of the most attractive cities in Africa and is definitely worth a visit.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Hotel

09h00 check out with your bags & depart for Daphne Sheldrick’s visit

12h00 depart to JKIA for your Rwanda air 453 departing at 15h35 to Kigali

16h00 met upon arrive by our Rwanda Representative

Transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel

Bed and breakfast at Kigali Serena hotel

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel

Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centres on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating. The capital’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.

The hotel features 148 rooms. Guests can choose from a selection of 60 Standard Rooms, 37 Superior Rooms, 19 Deluxe Rooms, 18 Junior Suites, 7 Prime Rooms, 6 Executive Suites and a luxury Presidential Suite. In-room facilities include 24 hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, mini fridge, hair dryer, private safe and a flat screen satellite TV.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 11: MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes National Park

Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the World’s Rare Mountain Gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience a face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures. The park is set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the Gorilla’s are without a doubt the main draw card, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre, and enjoying a beautiful day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke.

Day Itinerary

Enjoy Breakfast at your Hotel

09h00 embark on a city tour of Kigali and visit genocide memorial

Enjoy Lunch at Hotel Des Mille Collines

Drive to the Ruhengeri which is the based for Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Gorilla Mountain View Lodge Lunch. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabyinyo. The stone and thatch cottages each have en-suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give them privacy from each other. Being at altitude, it can get cold therefore each cottage has a fireplace in the room.

Located very close (about 15minutes) from the main headquarters of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans), this is a very handy base from which to explore the area and organise treks to see the Golden monkeys and, of course, the mountain gorillas. This is a great location with superb views of the volcanoes.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

06h00 early breakfast at Lodge

06h30 Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for Registration, Briefing and GORILLA Group allocation trekking the Mountain Gorillas may take between 2hrs – 6hrs and once located, you will only have one hour to view them and take photos

After Trekking you will drive back to your Lodge to freshen up & lunch

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary

Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge.

13h00: Drive back to Kigali International Airport (KIA) in time for your Rwandair 0402 flight departing at 17h50 to Nairobi.

20h15: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and connect to International Flight back home

Basis

Breakfast

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