Booking for : 14 Days Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda Highlights: Big 5 & Gorillas

    14 Days Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda Highlights: Big 5 & Gorillas

    Tour Details

    2 weeks East Africa safari to Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Big Five safari starting in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain. Cross into Tanzania visiting Lake Manyara where you are likely to see the tree climbing lions. Ngorongoro Crater is also part of this great safari before moving on wards to Serengeti. Re-enter Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve for 3 days of safari adventure before flight to Kigali in preparation for the Gorilla Tour in Rwanda.


    • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
    • Park Entrance fees where applicable
    • Gorilla Permit
    • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
    • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
    • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
    • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
    • Round trip airport transfers
    • A professional driver/guide
    • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
    • All Internal flights during the tour
    • All Taxes/VAT


    • Accommodation on the last day
    • International flights (from/to home)
    • Tips
    • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
    • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

    Booking for : 14 Days Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda Highlights: Big 5 & Gorillas

      Day 1: Arrival Nairobi – Transfer to hotel

      Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You are met by Hallmark Travel Planners representative and transfer to the Tamarind Tree Hotel (15 KM/approximately 30 minutes) for your overnight stay.
      Overnight: Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi.

      Day 2: Drive Nairobi to Amboseli

      Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Amboseli. You’ll always be able to see your next destination in the distance, with Amboseli’s wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowcapped peaks in neighbouring Tanzania. Today you’ll arrive in time for lunch at Amboseli AA Lodge, surrounded by open plains in some of the finest elephant-watching country in the world.
      Then you’ll set off on a game drive in this park that is known as ‘the land of giants’.

      Day 3: Safari Activities Amboseli

      Enjoy the full day discovering Amboseli on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Amboseli is one of Kenya’s smaller parks, but it’s a popular one that’s packed full of big sights, with over 1000 elephants including some of the largest bulls in Africa.
      The ecosystem here is primarily savannah and the low-lying vegetation makes the wildlife here easier to spot. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is also home to swamplands, fed by underwater springs from the melt waters of Mount Kilimanjaro. Stay: Amboseli AA Lodge

      Day 4: Amboseli to Lake Manyara via Arusha

      After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll transfer to the Kenya/Tanzania Namanga border. Once you have cleared immigration, you will change vehicles and guides and continue on to Arusha for lunch, and then on to Isoitok Tented camp.
      At Isoitok Camp, the permanent tents are thoughtfully located with plenty of bush and natural fencing to give you the seclusion and privacy you need for your getaway.
      With only 8 luxury tents you are assured of privacy, very personal services and that special African bush experience that you had always dreamed it to be.

      Day 5: Safari in Lake Manyara – Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro

      Early breakfast. Check out with picnic lunch boxes for a game drive in Lake Manyara national park. Game till later afternoon, then depart for Ngorongoro Crater, arriving at your lodge in the late afternoon.
      The lodge is located on the crater rim and enjoys spectacular views and sunsets. Stay: Rhino lodge.

      Day 6: Full day Ngorongoro Crater Tour

      After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day game drive down into the crater. Discover the diverse areas of forest, swamp lands, lakes and open grasslands in this volcanic caldera that’s home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. There is good game viewing year-round, as most animals do not leave the crater.
      You might also spot Masai tribesmen guiding their cattle down the steep crater walls to graze. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight . Stay: Rhino Lodge.

      Day 7: Ngorongoro to Serengeti

      After breakfast you’ll set off for the Serengeti, stopping en route to visit Olduvai Gorge – a rich archaeological site where evidence of the first signs of human life was found. Travel on to the Serengeti to arrive in time for lunch followed by your first game drive in one of Africa’s most iconic wildlife-viewing areas. Hope to spot the national park’s resident big cats as well as the Big Five amongst its rolling plains. Drive to the lodge for the night – Serengeti Mawe Tented camp.
      This unique lodge is earthy in colour on the outside, with a flat roof offering the optimum spot for sundowners, and houses a vibrant interior and spacious rooms. Stay: Serengeti Mawe Tented Camp.

      Day 8: Safaris in Serengeti

      Today you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. There’s also the option for a hot-air balloon safari over the Serengeti plains.
      You’ll rise early and take off at dawn in order to witness sunrise over the vast savannah. Stay: Serengeti Mawe Tented Camp

      Day 9: Drive Serengeti to Masai Mara Reserve

      We plan to depart very early today. It is going to be a relatively long day, and drive. We leave with picnic lunch boxes.
      After an early breakfast depart for Kenya-Tanzania border at Isabania (300 KM/approximately 5 hours), where we cross back into Kenya and head for the breathtaking beauty of the Masai Mara National Reserve (100KM/approximately 3 hours – travelling time depends on game viewing opportunities).
      On arrival transfer to the Mara Rive Camp a stay of 2 nights. Dinner and Overnight at Mara River Camp

      Day 10: Safaris in Masai Mara

      With almost every species of animal great and small in the park, this is one of Africa’s premier wildlife areas and today we enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Cats and the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino).
      The heartland of the Masai, presents a landscape where Africa is laid bare in all its majesty. Here the endless struggle for survival is played out across the vast open plains and riverine forests of this captivating land. Each year the Mara explodes into life, as the annual migration of great herds of wildebeest journey from the Serengeti to fresh pastures in the north. Between July and October the Mara River becomes the setting for the crossing of some 1.3 million animals, bringing with them the inevitable predators and the inevitable dramas. Dinner and Overnight at Mara River Camp.

      Day 11: Drive to Nairobi. Fly to Kigali Rwanda

      Breakfast at your camp. Morning options lake activities. Depart for Nairobi to arrive early afternoon. After lunch, transfer to the airport for flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Flight departs Nairobi at 1630 hours to arrive Kigali at 1650 hours (Rwanda is 1 hour behind Kenya).
      On arrival at Kigali Airport, you are picked up by Hallmark Travel Planners rep and transfer to Flame Tree Cottages, Kigali for the night.

      Day 12: Kigali city Tour – Transfer to Kinigi in Afternoon

      After breakfast, city tour of Kigali including the visit of the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi. In Rwanda you will find all over the country Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.
      After lunch, transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes. This road trip will take maximum of 2 hours. Hotel accommodation at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

      Day 13: Day of Gorilla Tracking

      Early breakfast, after which you will depart for the Headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!
      Drive to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes for your trekking. After the trekking, if time allows lunch at Ruhengeri and an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera & Ruhondo). Overnight at your hotel in Kigali – Flame tree Cottages.

      Day 14: Flight from Kigali to Nairobi – Depart

      The whole morning is for your rest at Kinigi. After lunch, pick and transfer back to Kigali City and on wards to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. You check in for your international flight out of Africa.


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