Hidden Gems in East Africa Beyond Tanzania – 19 daysfrom
Unbelievable exploration opportunities abound in every part of this spectacular region. East Africa is the envy of the safari world with its breadth of geographical magnificence and cultural diversity.
There’s so much to see – from Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda and Uganda to rhino and elephant sanctuaries, and a view of Kilimanjaro from a Kenyan safari.
We can help plan the perfect East African add-ons to your Tanzanian trip or a full itinerary like this one. We will tailor the experience to exactly what you want for as many days as you want. Adjustments can be made to the itinerary & pricing shown.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Medium Group
We will tailor the experience to exactly what you want for as many days as you want. Adjustments can be made to the itinerary & pricing shown.
- Day of Arrival at Kigali International Airport
- Stay at Radisson Blu Hotel (One Night)
- First Full Day: Scenic Tour of Cyangugu
- Stay at Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel (One Night)
- Day 2: Kibuye
- Stay at Cormoran Lodge (One Night)
- Day 3-5: Volcanoes National Park – Getting up close and personal with a family of gorillas on lush green hills.
- Stay at Kwitonda Lodge (Three Nights)
- Days 6-8: Jinja
- Stay at Marriott Bonvoy (Three Nights)
- Day 9 & 10: Murchison Falls National Park
- Stay at Nature Lodge (Two Nights)
- Day 11 & 12: Nairobi
- Stay at Hemingways (Two Nights)
- Day 11 & 12: Nairobi
- Stay at Hemingways (Two Nights)
- Day 13-15: Amboseli National Park
- Stay at Tortilis Camp by Elewana (Three Nights)
- Day 16-18: Kili Villa, Arusha
- Day 19: Depart
What is included in this safari:
- Full board accommodation & meals.
- All safari game drives
- All private transfers
- All guide accommodation & meals
- 4×4 Vehicle
- All park fees and conservation fees
- Drinking water and preferable drinks in the Car
- Cultural experience
- Medical evacuation
What’s not included in the safari:
- Anything of personal nature
- Any spa services, massages, treatments
- Premium liquors & champagne
- International flights
- Trip cancellation & health insurance
- Any options not described in the itinerary
- Additional activities
- Visa & passport fees
Arrival at Kigali
Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across lush undulating 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. It also offers a collection of 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.
Scenic Tour of Cyangugu
Formerly known as Shangugu, the town of Cyangugu rests at the southernmost tip of Lake Kivu overlooking the DRC’s town of Bukavu with which it is contiguous. The town serves as a popular gateway to both the lake and the nearby Nyungwe National Park, a beautiful forested area which is home to chimpanzees as well as a number of other primate species.
The clean, slow-paced and breathtakingly beautiful city of Kibuye sprawls across the shore of Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda’s Karongi District. With its sparkling blue river views, lush forests, hills with pines and eucalyptus, and brightly coloured fauna, Kibuye is arguably one of the prettiest locations in the country. There are two small, lovely beaches to swim from, and leisurely afternoon boat rides are on offer. Attractions to discover include the serene, beautiful St Pierre memorial church; the wonderful Museum of the Environment, with a superb collection of native plants and explanations for their use in traditional medicine; and the magnificent Chutes de Ndaba Waterfall, plummeting down 100 metres. There are numerous accommodation options here and some excellent restaurants looking over the lake.
Day 4,5 and 6
Volcanoes national Park.
Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, and set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience face to face encounters with these intriguing creatures. Regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the gorillas are without a doubt the main drawcard, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, with the beautiful day hike to the crater lake on Mount Bisoke being a particular highlight. Make sure to visit the fascinating Karisoke Research Centre and the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey.
Day 7,8 and 9
Situated on the northern shores of Africa’s largest lake, in southern Uganda, Jinja is the second largest city in Uganda and is famous for being located at the source of the Nile. The rapids on the Nile make Jinja the white water rafting capital of East Africa. It is also known as the adventure capital of Uganda. While the main attraction is undoubtedly rafting down the Nile, there are also a variety of other adrenaline filled activities such as: quad biking, bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding. Other popular activities include: browsing the colourful Jinja market, viewing the faded grandeur of the crumbling colonial architecture lining the streets and joining a bicycle tour to soak up the spectacularly scenic surrounds.
Day 10 and 11
Murchison Falls National Park
Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.
Day 12 and 13
Situated 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 to be. There are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum 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 for a once in a lifetime experience
Day 14,15 and 16
Amboseli National Park
Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Maasai 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 include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
day 17,18 and 19
Travellers heading for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will pass through the town of Karatu in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands. Presided over by the towering Ol Deani Volcano, this small, colourful town serves as a popular overnight stop for visitors exploring the area’s many game parks. The town offers a variety of activities including browsing the bustling marketplace, sampling beer at a local brewery, visiting a traditional homestead, or taking a guided walk through the Ngorongoro Forest in search of waterfalls and caves. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy an authentic rural Tanzania experience, or simply a break between safari game drives, this underrated town has plenty to offer.