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Mountain Gorillas & The Great Migration

Introduction

Your safari begins amidst the grassy plains and acacia trees in the southern Serengeti with a good chance to see lions, elephants and giraffes. Travelling on to the vast savanna of the northern Serengeti, find yourself at the hub of the Great Migration (July – November), considered by many as the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebras, impalas and gazelles leaping across the plains in search of food and water.

Flying onwards by private charter flight to Rwanda, trek through the lush cloud forests to come face to face with endangered mountain gorillas. These gentle giants have long fascinated wildlife enthusiasts and the opportunity for a close encounter is a rare privilege. You can also enjoy the dramatic scenery of this beautiful part of the world as you trek to see Golden Monkeys and the crater lake of Mount Bisoke.

A dedicated private guide, extraordinary wildlife encounters and luxury accommodation take this safari experience to the next level.

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Highlights

  • Explore the plains of the Southern Serengeti
  • Witness the Great Migration (seasonal)
  • Chance to see epic animal crossings of the Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking in the cloud forests of Rwanda
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave
  • Luxury accommodation in scenic locations
  • Gourmet cuisine and fine wines
  • Guided by one of South Africa’s leading private guides

Highlights

  • Explore the plains of the Southern Serengeti
  • Witness the Great Migration (seasonal)
  • Chance to see epic animal crossings of the Mara River
  • Gorilla trekking in the cloud forests of Rwanda
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave
  • Luxury accommodation in scenic locations
  • Gourmet cuisine and fine wines
  • Guided by one of South Africa’s leading private guides
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13 Days / 12 Nights Itinerary

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Day 1

Kilimanjaro | Southern Serengeti

Flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and assisted through immigration and cus-toms. Then board your charter flight bound for the famed Serengeti Game Reserve, where you will be transferred to your luxury accommodation in the southern Serengeti. Set high amidst the boulders on the Great Rift Valley escarpment, enjoy the sensation of being on the edge of the world as you perch on your private deck gazing across the great plains of Africa. Cure any jetlag symptoms with a soothing massage or a long soak in your private free standing bath tub. Late in the afternoon, step aboard your spacious open-air viewing car for your first game drive, which includes a scenic stop for chilled gin & tonics and canapes to salute the setting sun. Back at the lodge, chefs will prepare a celebratory welcome dinner served under the stars.

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Day 2

Game Drive | Datoga Village

With access to Miwiba Private Game Reserve you are guaranteed the most exclusive of safari experiences. Unlike neighbouring Serengeti National Park, which is bound by rigid rules, here in the reserve vehicles can go off road and stay out after dark, and chances are you won’t even see another safari vehicle for the duration of your stay. Greg and a local tracker will be looking out for leopards napping in the trees, prides of lion and herds of elephant as well as a myriad of smaller animals. Depending on the time of year we may also head into the plains of the Serengeti to see the wildebeest on migration or huge herds of grazing animals. Following a leisurely lunch on the deck enjoy time lounging by the infinity pool ahead of a visit to a nearby Datoga village to gain insight into the local vibrant culture and experience a rhythmic dance performance. Women dressed in exquisite beaded and copper jewellery will be delighted to welcome you into their dwellings and talk about traditional life in the village.

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Day 3

Hadzabe Tribe | Nocturnal Game Drive

Spend a fascinating morning with the Hadzabe – a hunter gatherer tribe indigenous to the region who live in perfect harmony with the environment. Accompany them as they move through the wilderness, foraging for food and hunting small animals. Members of the tribe will be happy to demonstrate how to make a bow and arrow and to share their folklore and history. Pass the afternoon at leisure relaxing by the pool or indulging in a signature massage. Your nocturnal game drive begins late in the afternoon, with the option for sundowners in a scenic location. As darkness descends a different array of species reveal themselves, including a number of predators.

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Day 4

Hot Air Baloon | Scenic Helicopter Ride

Enjoy bird’s eye views of the Serengeti and its amazing wildlife as you soar over the savanna in a hot air balloon or take to the sky in a helicopter and fly over the Great Rift Valley and down to Lake Eyasi. In the afternoon head out with Greg on foot for a fascinating walking safari as you learn how to track animals in the wilderness and fully immerse yourself in the timeless scenery.

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Day 5 - 8

Southern Serengeti | Northern Serengeti

Following breakfast, depart by private charter flight to fly over the Serengeti, landing in the Lamai region of the north. Transfer to your luxury tented camp on the Mara River in an open-air vehicle where you will enjoy a classic African safari experience albeit in ample contemporary luxury. This is a truly off-the-beaten track destination and a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature in a peaceful off-grid setting. In between morning and afternoon game drives with Greg, relax in the pool under the big blue African sky, enjoy spa treatments and indulge in wine tasting and gourmet meals served al fresco. The camp’s viewing platform overlooks the Mara River where all manner of animals congregate and crocodiles and hippopotamus wallow in the shallows. Whether watching wildebeest leap across the river or tracking giant herds of zebra and gazelles in open-air vehicles across the grassy plains – Greg and the experienced team of guides and trackers will ensure countless animals encounters throughout your stay on the Mara River.

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Day 9

Serengeti | Rwanda | Kigali City Tour

Depart Mara River and fly west toward Mwanza International Airport to clear immigration and customs out of Tanzania. Fly over Lake Victoria before landing in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. Enjoy a tour of this vibrant city as you visit colourful markets, award-winning museums and renowned restaurants, with an option to visit the Genocide Memorial and Museum. Transfer by helicopter toward Volcanoes National Park and your atmospheric forest villa accommodation.

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Day 10

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast depart for the nearby Volcanoes National Park headquarters where you will receive a briefing and be allocated a gorilla family. You have the option to hire a porter who will help carry your bags and water and assist you up and down the mountain.**Supporting these men and women keeps them employed and discourages poaching and we highly recommend hiring one or more - it is $ 10.00 per porter.

he trek up the mountain trails can take anything from 30 minutes to four hours - depending on the group allocated. Once your guide finds your family of gorillas you will have one transformational, utterly unforgettable hour to spend watching the gorillas interact, feed and play amidst the bamboo forests.

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Day 11

Game Drive | Spa | Wine Tasting

Following a light breakfast, head back to the Park Office at Volcanoes National Park for a briefing on your trek to see rare, highly endangered Golden Monkeys. A highly immersive experience, you will find yourself surrounded by up to 100 monkeys foraging in the forest and swinging from tree to tree. The duration of the trek varies depending on the location of the two troops, but as they are generally found in bamboo vegetation at the base of the volcanoes the hike is usually over flat terrain.

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Day 12

Guided Hike to Dian Fossey's Grave | Nursery Visit and Tree Planting

Join Greg for a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and the ruins of her Karisoke Research Centre, set in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes. It’s a challenging hike, with an elevation of some 3000 metres but you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery. There is also an option for a more strenuous full-day hike to the summit of Mount Bisoke (3 711m) for sweeping views of the rainforest and crater lake. Alternatively, you may also choose to relax at your serene forest villa as you reflect on all the excitement of the preceding days and perhaps take a wander around the flourishing tree nursery. You can plant a sapling and visit the Bamboo Greenhouse to learn about the extensive reforestation program.

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Day 13

Big Cat Game Drive | Wine Tasting | Village Visit

Soak up the mountain views as you enjoy breakfast at the lodge then depart by helicopter for Kigali International Airport and your onward flight.

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