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Exclusive Rwanda and Kenya (12 days)

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya

Kigali, Rwanda To Nairobi, Kenya

Valid for Departures Now Through: 23 Aug 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali Serena None

Upon arrival, you are met by a representative after clearing customs and immigration and transferred to Kigali Serena.

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 features an 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.

Day 2
Kigali, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kigali.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries and Kigali has been a part of it for a hundred years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Since then, the city has seen major economic development resulting in what it is today; a vibrant African city of 1 million with wide boulevards, an international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts and curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population. Visit the Kigali Museum, tour old Kigali and the Craft centers, visit the genocide memorial site where you learn about Rwanda’s history pre-colonial to 1994 genocide as well as other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments; the recovery has been incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will drive north to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virungas arriving at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in the late afternoon in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park Headquarters to be allocated a gorilla tracking group.

07:00 - Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of an amazing adventure.

Our exhilarating trek in the footsteps of the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, the largest living primate on earth, starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park, her paths littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, butterflies, etc. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, are glimpsed, beckoning an ascent. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, and so, sightings cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate is well over 95%. These massive primates are extremely rare, only approximately 650 remaining.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young ones. Coming face to face with a giant silverback is truly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

Afterwards, you will trek back to base where your drivers will be waiting to take you back to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch.

In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for you to do a tour to the nearby ex-poacher’s village.

An award-winning conservation initiative, former poachers were convinced to renounced their old ways and become conservation activists. Together with their families, they founded this little village where they now participate in eco-tourism showcasing Rwandan culture. Visitors can learn about traditional skills like fire-making, archery, traditional medicine, traditional architecture, traditional medicine, cultural dances, etc. among other attractions.

Day 4
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali Serena Breakfast, Lunch

Following breakfast, you will set off for the second day of gorilla tracking. A different family, a different experience as no two treks are ever the same.

Afterwards, drive back to Kigali and check-in at Kigali Serena hotel.

Day 5
Kigali, Rwanda
Nairobi, Kenya
Giraffe Manor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early breakfast at Kigali Serena Hotel and transfer to the airport.

08:35 – Depart Kigali on Kenya Airways flight KQ448

12:40 – Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you are met by an A&K representative and transferred to Giraffe Manor.

Giraffe Manor is modelled on an extremely grand Scottish hunting lodge. Set in 140 acres of protected forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, it would be pretty special anyway but it is also a giraffe sanctuary for rare Rothschild's giraffes that come up to the house at all times to see what is going on. These gentle giants have been known to stick their heads through the dining room window in search of a tasty titbit and always come to say hello to strangers.

The main house has just six bedrooms, all decorated extremely stylishly in a traditional Scottish way. The giant double staircase is a sight to behold in the middle of Africa, as is the completely original Art Deco bathroom. One of the bedrooms is suitable for families. The manor recently added 4 new rooms, three bedrooms named after the resident giraffes, Arlene, Helen, Kelly, and the Finch Hatton Suite.

You will have the afternoon to relax before enjoying high tea with the giraffes.

Day 6
Nairobi, Kenya
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Sirikoi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

This morning you will have breakfast with the giraffes before being transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

09:15 – Depart on a scheduled flight for Lewa Downs

10:40 – You are met by camp staff and transferred to Sirikoi

Sue Roberts and her late husband Willie set up Sirikoi on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This is a great camp in which to listen and learn and, being on Lewa, it has fabulous wildlife.

Four beautifully appointed tents, each with Victorian baths, overlook the well-watered lawn which attracts the grazing animals. There are also two standard tents and a secluded two bedroom cottage which is situated in a private corner of the camp near the wetlands where elephant and buffalo are regular visitors. In 2010, the three-bed roomed Sirikoi house became the lodge's latest opening. Two bedrooms were built in one unit whilst the master bedroom was a unit on its own with a large sitting and dining room separating them.

The swimming pool offers the perfect spot to watch game and birdlife and the lodge also has a 20ft hide, which is a great spot for viewing the diverse landscape, having sundowners and stargazing. Rhino, elephant and Grevy's zebra can be seen on bush walks, horseback rides or from safari vehicles.

You will enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive and return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Sirikoi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

This morning why not set off for a spot of fly fishing and breakfast on Mount Kenya in your own helicopter?

At 17,058 feet (5,200 metres), Mt Kenya is Africa’s second tallest mountain. The amazing glacier-capped peaks are only 10 miles south of the Equator. The mountain was a classic stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. It is believed that the mountain was at one time taller than Everest! The peaks that remain are the lava plugs of the eroded volcano.

Your helicopter will land you at a spectacular lake, one of the many lakes, rivers and tarns that cover the upper slopes. We will supply a delicious picnic breakfast and you can spend a few hours fly-fishing for rainbow trout from the lakeshore.

You will then have the afternoon to explore the conservancy in a vehicle or on foot.

Day 8
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Sirikoi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Today you can set off with a picnic lunch to explore the beautiful Ngare Ndare Forest...

The Ngare Ndare is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200-year-old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries. In the 1980’s farmland became more developed on the southern side of the forest, and farmers came into regular clashes with elephants. In an attempt to alleviate fatal human/ wildlife conflict, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland in 1992.

Ngare Ndare boasts the only canopy walk in Kenya. The one-kilometre long boardwalk provides visitors with a monkeys-eye-view of the flora and fauna below, and often black rhino, elephant and buffalo can be sighted from up there too. There are a number of walking and mountain bike trails that snake through the forest and at the end are the azure blue pools – perfect for a refreshing swim!

Day 9
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Angama Mara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Breakfast at the camp and transfer to the airstrip.

10:05 – Depart on a scheduled flight to Maasai Mara.

12:35 – You are met and transferred to Angama Camp for lunch.

Perfectly positioned high up on the Oloololo escarpment, with breath-taking views of the Mara Triangle below, Angama Mara is the destination for anyone looking for a superb location with an amazing view. The lodge features 2 camps with 15 tents each. The floor-to-ceiling windows in each tented suite give uninterrupted views of the Mara plains stretching out into the horizon. Angama which means 'suspended in air' in Swahili, is located close to the scene where the award-winning Out of Africa movie featuring Meryl Streep was acted over 30 years ago. Guests can enjoy a lovely picnic while marveling at the stunning view over the Masai Mara. More activities available at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives, community visits, hot air balloon safaris and walks along the escarpment.

After lunch descend the escarpment for a game drive in the world renouned Masai Mara.

Day 10
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Angama Mara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

You have the day to explore the reserve on scheduled morning and afternoon game viewing drives.

The jewel in Africa's crown, Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her 1,510 square kilometers of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system which supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty. Lion are found in abundance throughout the park as are elephant, giraffe, a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, if lucky, you may also find rhino. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; male wildebeest sparring to attract females into their harem; or even a herd of elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators. The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature's dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colourful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park - morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day.

All meals and overnight at Angama Camp

Day 11
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Angama Mara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A trip to the Maasai Mara is never complete without a visit to a cultural village. The colourful and vibrant Maasai people are one of the few communities in Kenya to retain their culture and traditions. Their history is fascinating and their way of life never grows old. Clients will be welcomed by traditional dancing followed by a guided tour of the village by the chief. He will also give a brief talk to the group and you will have a unique opportunity to experience their nomadic lifestyle as you are introduced to the Maasai families and welcomed into their homes. Learn from the women how to make their beautiful bangles and bracelets that have been a symbol of the community for centuries. This intricate beaded jewellery is almost as amazing as the height that the men can jump or how easily they make fire using just 2 sticks and grass. Their iconic red blanket always comes in handy on a cold night.

You also have the option of taking an early morning hot air balloon flight at additional cost.

Day 12
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Giraffe Manor Breakfast, Lunch

This morning why not head out on a nature walk before your flight back to Nairobi?

Many guests choose to discover the Great Rift Valley on foot. Leaving Angama Mara and heading South along on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, Maasai Naturalists offer guided walks through lovely forests and open areas in-between. The birding up here, high above the Maasai Mara, is especially rewarding

Guests learn the traditional ways of the Maasai people from the Naturalists: local legends, fables, traditions, customs, the medicinal use of plants, and are often treated to singing and dancing along the way. All the while, lovely views of the Mara 300m below offer glimpses of great herds of buffalo, or a solitary elephant melting into the forest.

11:15 – Depart for Nairobi on a scheduled flight.

12:45 – You are met at Wilson Airport and transferred to Giraffe Manor for lunch.

14:45 – Transfer to Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage for a private visit

Dame Daphne is the widow of pioneer wildlife ranger David Sheldrick and has set up the orphanage on the edge of Nairobi National Park to successfully raise orphaned wild animals (mainly elephant and rhino) and reintroduce them into the wild.

Later transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for check-in and your departure flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • LGBTQ Travel
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wellness
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

This incredible journey starts in Rwanda, 'The Land of a Thousand Hills' where you will discover her startlingly tranquil lakes, rolling grass plains and lush, misty rain forests. Seek out the mountain gorilla in the famed Volcanoes National Park and learn about the locals life. Then Travel to Nairobi and stay in the famous Giraffe Manor and enjoy tea and breakfast with these wonderful creatures. From here you will fly to Lewa Downs - a private conservancy which is at the forefront of rhino conservation. Whilst you are here you will explore the savannah's in a 4x4 and on foot, take a helicopter up mount Kenya for breakfast and fly fishing and complete the adventure with a trip into the beautiful and rarely visited Ngare Ndare Forest. Your last safari destination is the Maasai Mara National Reserve - Kenya's most unique wildlife space. Here you will see a plethora of wildlife on game drives and nature walks and also have the chance to learn about the Masai's way of life - one of the few tribes that uphold their ancient traditions. The final cherry on the cake will be a private visit to David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage where you will get in see and interact with the orphans before catching your flight home.

When it comes to incredible and exclusive experiences this itinerary is second to none in East Africa.

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Insider Tip

Helicopter day trips to Mount Kenya or Turkana are a worthwhile safari addition.

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Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2014

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya, especially Fiona and Benton, ensured that our trip to Kenya was an unforgettable experience.  My sister and I went to Kenya to visit animal orphanages. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya met us at the Nairobi airport and made the entire trip a seamless experience.   Abercrombie & Kent Kenya staff drove us to our destinations, took us on game drives and delivered us to our flights. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya's staff brought a wealth of information including knowledge about the animals, history and culture.  I would not hesitate to recommend Abercrombie & Kent Kenya.  The company and staff ensured that our trip was amazing.    
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Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

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Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017

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