Hidden Gems in East Africa Beyond Tanzania – 19 days

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$28,750.00per pax

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 you plan the perfect East African add-ons to your Tanzanian trip or a full itinerary like this one.  We can tailor the experience to exactly what you want for as many days as you want.  Contact us now to get started!

 

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      Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, History, Jungle, photography, Trekking, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Strenuous
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    • Group Size Medium Group
      6
    All about the Hidden Gems in East Africa Beyond Tanzania – 19 days.

    Your trip starts when you arrive at Kigali:
    Day 1:  Arrival at Kigali
    Day 2:  Scenic Tour of Cyangugu
    Day 3:  Kibuye
    Day 4-6: Volcanoes National Park:  Getting up close and personal with a family of gorillas on lush green hills.
    Day 7-9:  Jinja
    Day 10 and 11:  Murchison Falls National Park
    Day 12 and 13:  Nairobi
    Day 14-16:  Amboseli National Park
    Day 17-19:  Kili Villa in Arusha
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    What is included in this safari:

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
    • All accommodations
    • All transportation including airport pickups
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    What’s not included in the safari:

    • Travel insurance and other emergencies
    • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
    • Expensive Liquors, beers and wines
    • Photography accessories like cameras etc.
    1. Day 1 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.

    2. Day 2 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.

    3. Day 3 Kibuye

      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.

       

    4. 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.

    5. Day 7,8 and 9 Jinja

      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.

    6. 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.

    7. Day 12 and 13 Nairobi

      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

    8. 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.

    9. day 17,18 and 19 Karatu

      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.

    Hotels, Camps and Lodges

    The Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali is just 5 km from the bustling city center and Kigali International Airport (KGL). The hotel is in an office park that features Kigali Convention Centre with room for up to 5,000 delegates. It’s within 2 km of several government embassies, the British High Commission, the Parliament and the Supreme Court. The hotel’s plush 292 rooms and suites pamper guests with amenities that include private balconies and free high-speed, wireless Internet. Two on-site restaurants, including one with all-day dining, serve up continental and Rwandan favorites as well as the Super Breakfast Buffet. For a lighter fare or a relaxing nightcap, visit the Lounge Bar

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    Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel invites you to experience a resort lifestyle in the Rusizi District of the Western Province of Rwanda. This luxury hotel is located in close proximity of Lake Kivu and Nyungwe National Park in the western region of Rwanda. Located just 1km from Kamembe Airport in Cyangugu, Rwanda. It’s designed to accommodate a convention centre, lake view swimming pool, parking area and a luxurious health spa. The hotel compromises an upscale lobby, restaurant and bar, spa and gym. The appealing look of the Kivu Marina Bay creates an inviting atmosphere to visitors coming from all parts of the world and Rwanda. It has a beautiful view of the southern lake and surrounding islands.

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    Cormoran Lodge is a new lodge on the shores of Lake Kivu, a beautiful lake of turquoise blue, among the most prestigious of Africa. This Lodge has five cabins and a restaurant built entirely of wood. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding islands from all 7 rooms. All rooms offer a high standard of comfort. They are equipped with television, wi-fi, mini fridge, bath / shower. From the VIP cabin, you can see the fiery crater of the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo.

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    Singita Kwitonda Lodge boasts breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high-altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any of Singita’s other destinations. With its exceptional natural beauty, environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa – Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge. The interiors emphasise local design and handcrafted details adorn the carefully planned spaces. Layered textures and colours enhance the reflective quality of this tranquil haven and an experiential enclave offers free-flowing indoor and outdoor areas. A convivial fire pit, interactive kitchen, bar-deli and wine cellar complete the picture.

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    Lemala wildwaters lodge is located on roughly six hectares on Kalagala Island, Wildwaters Lodge lies on a unique private island mid-stream within the mighty River Nile in Uganda: around 25km downstream from Jinja in eastern Uganda. It’s in a sublime location and only reached by boat which makes it a very adventurous place to stay. It is uniquely perched on granite rocks with dramatic and exciting rapids roaring all around. Activities on the river for guests in the nearby adventure hub of the Jinja area including heart-pounding white-water rafting or bungee jumping and gentler horse riding or fishing. Additionally, Wildwaters is a perfect platform for viewing some of the more than 1000 bird species that Uganda is so famous for – from turacos and cuckoos to hawks and eagles – and you might also spot giant otters and monitor lizards in the water. The sounds on the mighty Nile are quite hypnotic and calming so Wildwaters offers an experience for all the senses. And for posting on Facebook or Instagram, nothing beats these views.

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    The Plantation Lodge’s location offers maximum safari enjoyment to visitors. It is situated close to the entrance of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Lake Manyara National Park, and just a short journey away from the Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti. The lodge features individually furnished rooms and suites, as well as all amenities for a comfortably relaxed vacation. Guest accommodations range from luxurious suites to stylish standard rooms and a spacious garden house.

    Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre | Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel | Cormoran Lodge | Singita Kwitonda Lodge | Lemala Wildwaters Lodge | Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli | The Plantation LodgeThese represent the class of accommodation included, the actual properties may not be availalbe for each booking.