Tanzania Safari and Rwanda Gorillas

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The Tanzania Safari and Rwanda Gorillas tour will allow you to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda, visit Kigali’s genocide memorial center, and do game drives in some of northern Tanzania’s best game parks.

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Activities In This Adventure Traveling African Safari

Amazing wildlife in Tanzania
Flight from Kigali to Tanzania included
Gorilla permit included!

The story of your African Safaris Tours!


Day 1

Welcome to Rwanda!


You will be picked by our guide from Kigali Airport and depending on your arrival time, you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

Journey Time: 15 minutes from the airport

Accomodation: Hotel des Mille Collines


Day 2

Hotel des Mille Collines


You will wake in the morning after breakfast, then head to Virunga ranges, home of the Mountain Gorilla and your lodge, you can see the lakes Burera and Ruhondo then the other side, you have magnificent views of the volcanoes Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke.

Optional activity: Genocide Memorial
Depending on your time of arrival on day 1, you could visit the Genocide Memorial in Kigali in the afternoon or on day 2 in the morning. Walking the streets of Kigali today, it is hard to imagine the 100 days of madness in which an estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were systematically butchered by the Interahamwe in one of the most savage genocides in history. This center has been built near the mass graves of 250,000 of those who perished and attempts to explain the event in context – from the divisive colonial experience in Rwanda and the heinous crimes that took place in 1994 to the aftermath of the genocide and the search for justice. The tour concludes with a section about other mascres of global significance and this activity is optional and at our own cost.

Journey Time: 2 – 3 hours

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Accomodation: Virunga Lodge


Day 3

Gorilla Trekking


You will have an early morning breakfast and then you are driven into the park about 30 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux (ORTPN). The head ranger of the ORTPN will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. From here your driver/guide will take you as close as possible to the starting point of your tracking and today you will track one of the habituated Gorilla groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours!

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Note: Sight View Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this!

Journey Time: 15 minutes by car, tracking time varies

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accomodation: Virunga Lodge


Day 4

Welcome to Tanzania!


You will have an early morning breakfast and be transferred to you to Kigali airport for your flight to Tanzania.

Flight details Rwandair
Departure: 19:30 pm
Arrival time: 22:10 pm

Then our driver will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to the Arumeru River Lodge. Set on an old coffee plantation, this elegant lodge features beautiful cottages built in a mix of African and European styles.


Journey Time: 45 minutes

Accomodation: Arumeru River Lodge


Day 5

Lake Manyara National Park OR Tarangire National Park


You will have an early morning breakfast and have an en-route game drive traveling to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. You will discover a melting pot of cultures, during your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side of the village – the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likely visit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects. You may also visit the local market. The length of the tour is very flexible but generally last around 2–3 hours. After the village walk, you have a delicious local Swahili meal which you (can) prepare together with the highly respected Local woman. Then visit Lake Manyara to have an opportunity to see baboons, flamingos, water birds, long-crested eagle, grey headed king fisher, there is also a high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara’s famous population of tree-climbing lions are reason enough to include a visit to this park in the itinerary.


Journey Time: 2 hours to Mto wa Mbu

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Local Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Tarangire National Park
You will have an early morning breakfast then head to Tarangire National park for a game drive. You can spot herds of elephants, many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present. This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Then have a parked lunch picnic stopover in the park, then go for an afternoon game drive, then head back to your accommodation Sangaiwe Tented Lodge.

Journey Time: 2 hours to the park entrance

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner

Accomodation: EcoScience Luxury Lodge


Day 6

The Serengeti

You will have an early morning breakfast and drive towards the Serengeti park and have an en-route safari and the park is divided in 3; the Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti where you can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. Then head to Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp which is a tented camp where you can see the African natural wonders. Journey Time: 2 hours to the park entrance Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Game drives in Serengeti National Park


You will have an early morning breakfast and then have a full day game drive to encounter with the big cats and there are thousands of lions in the Serengeti and you have a fair chance to see cheetahs, although they are difficult to spot and when it comes to leopards, the Serengeti rarely disappoints. Then have a picnic lunch stopover in a nice spot in the park, then continue with a game drive and in the late afternoon return to the lodge for relaxation and dinner

Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari Serengeti

This optional activity costs US$ 800 per person.

Float in a hot air balloon over the famous Serengeti National Park with its enchanting scenery. This may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight. There are no power lines, fences and few roads. Your Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning when you depart your lodge or camp. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the launch site. When you arrive, you meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared. The capacity is limited making this experience a special and exclusive one. The balloon safari takes approximately 1 hour depending on the weather conditions. You will end this excursion in style with a champagne bush breakfast in the middle of the park!

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Serengeti Tortilis Camp


Day 8

Last Day in the Serengeti


You have an early morning breakfast, then have an en-route game drive out of the Serengeti towards the Ngorongoro Crater where you find the largest population of wildlife throughout the year with a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colorful birds. Then have a picnic lunch and then continue with an afternoon game drive while heading to your accommodation for dinner and sleeping over.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Ngorogoro Farm house


Day 9


You will have an early morning breakfast and then our driver will drive you to Kilimanjaro Airport then if you are not ready to go home, continue your holiday in one of our other destinations in Africa. Journey Time: 5-6 hours Meal Plan: Breakfast

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Services Included In This Safari


Transport – day 1 to day 9 – in a 4wd Land cruiser with pop-up roof;


Airport transfer on day 1 and day 9;


One-way flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro airport with Rwandair;


English speaking driver/guide in Rwanda;


English speaking safari guide in Tanzania;


Accommodation as listed in the programme;


Meals according to the programme;


Park-entrance fees according to the programme;


All activities described in the itinerary;


1 Gorilla permit Rwanda per person (a US$ 1.500 per permit).

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Services Excluded from This Safari


International air fares and entry visa to Tanzania;


Meals that are not part of your accommodation;


Personal (medical/travel) insurance;


Government tax or park fees increase;


Porter to carry your luggage during the Gorilla tracking;


All drinks;


Tips and gratuities to rangers, porter, hotel staff, etc;


All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned as optional;


All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Updates for Tanzania in 2021
You will be accepted if your Covid-19 PCR test is negative 72 hours before arrival, and you must complete and submit a Travelers Surveillance Form 24 hours prior to your arrival. At the airport, travelers will fill out a health form and will be screened for Covid-19 with a possible rapid test for $25 USD.
Safari in Tanzania - how many days is enough?
A Tanzania safari should last at least a week. It can take time to travel around wilderness areas that are larger than New Jersey. The wilderness offers a variety and abundance that can’t be found anywhere else. Tanzania can be explored in ten days if you follow the travel itinerary carefully.
Do I have a chance of seeing my favorite animal?
Although wildlife encounters are never guaranteed, Tanzania is famous for the amazing wildlife sightings it offers. The great wildebeest migration takes place in Tanzania every year, with almost two million animals marching around the Serengeti. As is the case with most Tanzanian parks, the Serengeti is full of big cats. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs are in abundance, unlike anywhere else. You may see live hunting scenes because predators have so much prey available to them.
How Does a Day on Safari Look Like?
The daily experience varies depending on the park. During a game drive in the Serengeti or Ruaha, you’ll explore the park for the entire day with a packed lunch. Smaller parks have an itinerary similar to other safari regions, with different morning and afternoon activities. After lunch and rest at the camp, following are three activities in the afternoon: swimming, walking, and birdwatching.
Can I travel to Tanzania safely?
The country of Tanzania is one of the safest in Africa. The country has a stable government and no military involvement. As there is poverty and petty theft in towns and cities, you will need to take precautions regularly. A guide will always accompany you, and you will rarely be in an urban setting for an extended period of time. Especially in remote areas such as safari camps and lodges, small theft is virtually unheard of. There are no fences separating people from wildlife, so it is essential to follow the regulations imposed by guides and staff. There are usually restrictions regarding walking off camp and getting out of a safari vehicle unless instructed otherwise.
Travel Insurance
Now that you’ve booked your dream vacation, make sure you’re protected with travel insurance. Your vacation can be ruined by a variety of factors. Travel insurance coverage protects you against unforeseen disasters such as medical emergencies, inclement weather, and cancellations.
Tanzania Health Information

You are required to produce a certificate proving you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Further, all necessary vaccinations must be documented by your health practitioner on an official vaccination record. This document must be carried throughout the tour. A malaria prophylactic drug should be taken by every visitor. Additionally, you should bring mosquito repellent. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for information on current requirements, inoculations, and personal recommendations!
Normally, you need the following vaccinations (but you should always consult your doctor):
-Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
-For Malaria you need to take tablets, Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).
-Because hygiene is not as high as in your home country, we recommend bringing disinfectant cream with you. Instead of drinking tap water, always drink bottled water.

Upon arrival
Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive. In safari, we use specially made safari vehicles, allowing us to see the wildlife better. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) have limited luggage space. As a result, it is recommended to travel with light bags since bulky bags will overload and may be difficult to transport.
Tanzania Visa
If you need a visa, you can purchase one through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country in advance. Alternatively, visas can be obtained at the Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. A single entry visa costs USD 50 per person. You are responsible for arranging your visa(s) correctly and on time. If anything is unclear, we will be happy to assist. Please note that this information is subject to change! Whenever in doubt, you should contact the Tanzanian embassy in your country.
Financial information
ATMs can be found in most large cities. Outside cities, it is extremely difficult to pay with a credit card or travelers’ checks because they are not widely accepted. The US dollar is traditionally the preferred hard currency. For your daily expenses and tips, we advise you to bring dollar bills. You should not use dollar bills older than 10 years.
Tanzania Currency Information
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency. It is a good idea to check exchange rates before leaving for your destination. It is important to note that bigger cities will offer a better exchange rate.
AMREF Flying Doctors
Consider becoming a member of Flying Doctors. As a member, you have access to an air ambulance and medical care if needed. AMREF Flying Doctors offers two types of coverage (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia). Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.
Language in Tanzania
Kiswahili is the national language of Tanzania, but English is widely spoken and is the main language used by tourists.
Tanzania Climate
Tanzania is a tropical country with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the south). In general, the Northern part is higher altitude (with the exception of Lake Natron and Tarangire). There is generally cooler air around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Arusha.
When to visit Tanzania ?
Tanzania can be visited any time of year, though some places may be more difficult to visit during the rainy season. With the average day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade, the climate is tropical. The coast is hot and humid. In the central plateau, hot days are followed by cool nights. Around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate is temperate and cooler (especially) between June and September. It rains between March and May as well as between November and half-December. A rainy season means that it rains more frequently, but not every day and not all the time.
What to wear Tanzania ?
Temperatures are generally warm to hot during the day, so bring light clothing. The evenings can be chilly at higher altitudes, so carry a light sweater as well. Mountain hikers will be exposed to cold temperatures and should pack accordingly. Make sure you bring a hat, sunglasses, and a waterproof jacket. Black and dark blue clothes (because they attract tsetse flies) should be avoided during safaris. If you are planning to walk in the forest, please wear a sturdy walking shoe, and if you intend to visit a community or local people, please wear appropriate clothing. An example would be a woman wearing a long skirt and a top that covers her shoulders.
What to bring ?
It is mandatory to travel with a valid passport (valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and to check the visa requirements for all countries you are planning on visiting before you depart. When visiting game reserves and national parks, we recommend carrying binoculars and field guides. For wildlife photography, a zoom lens is necessary (70-300 or more). Ensure you have enough memory cards on hand. The city can provide you with toiletries and other necessities, and a torch (flashlight) can prove to be very useful.
Electricity in Tanzania
You should bring an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. Tanzania uses the British system. Most lodges allow you to charge your batteries.
Driving in Tanzania
Tanzanians drive on the left-hand side of the road. Traveling with a knowledgeable 4×4 driver/guide is advised for people with no prior experience of African roads, rather than self driving. All our guides are trained in “Defensive Driving”.
Stopover Points
It is important to keep in mind that washrooms along the road may not meet European standards, for example, squatting toilets, no flushing toilets, or no toilet paper. T.I.A. This Is Africa, as the locals say.
Facilities and accommodations

When traveling on a medium to low budget, bathroom facilities and accommodations may be more basic. It is important to note that the water reserves in eco lodges are limited and most rooms do not have power sockets; however, you can always charge your devices at the reception.

The tip will always be appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, it is customary to tip 5-10%. The tips of guides, drivers, and carriers are always appreciated. Based on group size, number of days, and your satisfaction, carriers may charge USD 1-3 per day, and drivers/guides may charge USD 5-15 per day.
Further information about Tanzania
The most comprehensive guidebooks for Tanzania are Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide. The best guidebooks for wildlife are the Lonely Planet’s ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ and the Bradt’s ‘East African Wildlife’. The best birding guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most recent version.

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