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Consider optional extensions trekking to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda, or relax on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean at Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Extension - 4 nights

Walk in the footsteps of legendary biologist Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.  Escorted by our team of expert guides and native trackers, you bushwhack through the thick vegetation and up steep slopes in search of a family of wild mountain gorillas. Choose either two full days of gorilla tracking or one day with the gorillas and another day trekking to see Golden Monkeys.  


2014 Pricing: From $1750-$4050 per person, depending on group size and accommodation. Additional permit costs of  $750 per person per day for gorilla trekking and $100 per person per day golden monkey trekking.

Day 1: Kigali / Virunga Mountains


Touch down at the Kigali Airport where our local representative greets you. Transfer to overnight at the Kigali Serena. [D]


Day 2: Kigali and the Virunga Mountains

This morning we have the opportunity to see local life in Kigali. With your local guide, experience the real life of Rwandans as you’re introduced into this bustling multi-cultural commercial suburb with a typical African flair. Visit a local hair salon, a West Africa Tailor, the Muslim quarter, and the local market where you’ll procure supplies to cook and eat a traditional Rwandan meal in a local home.

After your tasty self made lunch depart Kigali for a scenic drive approximately two hours on a paved road to town of Kinigi at the base of the Virunga Mountains.  Stunning vistas greet you as the road winds its way over hills and through valleys. Rwanda is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ for a reason!  Spend the next few nights at the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury), just 15 minutes away from the entrance to the park. [BLD]


Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The Virunga Mountains in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are home to the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Some of the gorilla families have been habituated to human presence, and it is possible to visit them in their natural habitat within the forest. 

Take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who present an orientation about gorilla tracking ethics. It is very important that under no circumstances are the gorillas to be touched by humans or visited by anyone with a cold or illness. This is to protect the animals from communicable diseases to which they are very susceptible. Spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park on full day treks to view two different families of mountain gorillas. The search, with experienced trackers leading the way, can take up to eight hours although the gorillas are usually found after two to four hours. Some hiking areas lie at altitudes above 7,500 feet over rough and muddy terrain. The hike can be physically demanding, but the forest and surrounding scenery are beautiful. 

Once the gorillas are spotted the encounter is a most profound natural history experience. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras set for low light conditions are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence water proof clothing is necessary, also zip lock bags for cameras and memory cards. Return to the lodge to share stories and enjoy dinner. Overnight at

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury). [BLD]


Day 4: Gorilla or Golden Monkey Trekking and Return to Kigali

Today you will once again visit the Virunga Mountains either in search of Mountain Gorillas or in search of Golden Monkeys*. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where this activity is offered. This afternoon return by land approximately 2 hours to Kigali for overnight at the Kigali Serena. [BLD]

Note: Permits for Gorillas or Golden Monkeys will need to be secured prior to arrival. Please discuss these options with the program director. 

Day 5:  Departure

Transfer to the international airport in Kigali for departing international flights. Consider extending your trip with a safari in Kenya/Tanzania or the exotic island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean. [B] 

Kigali Serena 

Located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards in Rwanda, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel offers luxury and elegant Rwandese décor.

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge 

Featured on our classic Rwanda extension, the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 30 cottages with spectacular views of Volcanoes National Park.

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

The luxury accommodation on our Rwanda Extension, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is just minutes from Volcanoes National Park and boasts seven large cottages with huge bathtubs for soaking away a day of trekking in the bush.

Zanzibar Beach Extension - 3 nights

Zanzibar Beach ExtensionKick off the safari dust and relax on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The spice islands of Zanzibar evoke an exotic island environment. Four day extension includes free time at a boutique seaside hotel on a magnificent, palm-fringed beach with warm, clear water, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving.

 

2014 Pricing: From $1300-1865 per adult based on double occupancy. Child pricing (under 12) from $950-1425 based on sharing accommodation with 2 adults. Holiday supplements may apply for peak winter holiday dates, please check with the Africa Program Director.  Pricing includes flight from Arusha to Zanzibar and Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam. 

Day 1: Fly to Zanzibar

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar Island where you are met and transferred to your beach hotel (local flight included). Enjoy the rest of the day settling in and enjoying the ocean.

 

Days 2 - 3: Zanzibar Beach Resort

These days are on your own. Relax on the beach or book an optional excursion (additional cost) such as snorkeling, Jozani Forest, or Stone town. 

 

Day 4: Departure

Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight included).

Breezes Hotel (especially recommended for families)

Situated along a pristine, untouched Zanzibar beach stretching as far as the eye can see, this beautiful home away from home is perfected with personalized service and warm hospitality. Read more about the Breezes Hotel.

 

Chumbe Island Coral Park (especially recommended for snorkelers)

Designated as the first Marine reserve in Tanzania in 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park contains over 90% of all marine species that have been recorded in East African reefs. Read more about Chumbe Island Coral Park.

 

Matemwe Lodge (especially recommended for a romantic getaway)

Matemwe is a private resort on Zanzibar's east coast offering seaside bungalows, the contrasting colors of the Indian Ocean, fine powder sand, and lush vegetation. Read more about Matemwe Lodge.

 

Ras Nungwi (especially recommended for SCUBA divers)

Designed with great attention to detail, Ras Nungwi offers beautifully decorated rooms with four poster beds draped with gauzy mosquito nets. Enjoy the view from your balcony or visit the PADI dive center. Read more about Ras Nungwi

Zanzibar Extension: Stone Town and Beach Resort - 5 nights

Zanzibar and Stone Town ExtensionThe spice islands of Zanzibar evoke an exotic island environment full of history, culture and exotic tropical beauty. Our six day extension includes a tour of Stone Town, an intriguing labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with whitewashed, coral-rag houses with overhanging balconies enshrouded in flowers over elaborately carved doors. Enjoy free time at a boutique seaside hotel on a magnificent, palm-fringed beach with warm, clear water, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving.

 

2014 Pricing: From $1550-2050 per adult, based on double occupancy. Child pricing (under 12) from $1100-1550 based on sharing accommodation with 2 adults. Holiday supplements may apply for peak winter holiday dates, please check with the Africa Program Director. Pricing includes flight from Arusha to Zanzibar and Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam. 

Day 1: Return to Arusha and on to Zanzibar

Take your last looks at the African bush today before transferring to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha. After lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight to Zanzibar Island (local flight included). You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel on the sea front of ancient Stone Town. Overnight The Seyyida or similar.


Day 2: Stone Town and Spices
Depart with your guide for the City market to experience the hustle and bustle of the morning activities, when the local busses bring in all the goods from the villages around Zanzibar Island. Stroll through the market to see and taste some of the special fruits, spices, and seafood for sale. Continue on to historic and political sites of the town including the old slave market, the Zanzibar Museum, several government buildings, a Sultan’s palace, and Dhow Harbor. After lunch on your own you’ll go inland and explore a spice farm. Zanzibar is a famous crossroads of trade in the spice and fruit industry. Journey through the countryside visiting local farms to learn how spices are grown, different uses for spices, taste seasonal fruits, and experience the unique culture that has formed on this island paradise. Overnight The Seyyida.

Day 3, 4, 5: Zanzibar Beach Resort
Today you will be transferred to a boutique beach hotel for a few days of relaxation. See the accommodations section for description of the different accommodation options.

Day 6: Depart

Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight included). 

 

 

The Seyyida

This elegant, eighteen room boutique hotel is located right by the Palace Museum, old residence of the Zanzibar royal family and overlooks the Indian Ocean waterfront.

 

Breezes Hotel (especially recommended for families)

 

Situated along a pristine, untouched Zanzibar beach stretching as far as the eye can see, this beautiful home away from home is perfected with personalized service and warm hospitality.

 

Chumbe Island Coral Park (especially recommended for snorkelers)

 

Designated as the first Marine reserve in Tanzania in 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park contains over 90% of all marine species that have been recorded in East African reefs.

 

Matemwe Lodge (especially recommended for a romantic getaway)

 

Matemwe is a private resort on Zanzibar's east coast offering seaside bungalows, the contrasting colors of the Indian Ocean, fine powder sand, and lush vegetation.

 

Ras Nungwi (especially recommended for SCUBA divers)

 

Designed with great attention to detail, Ras Nungwi offers beautifully decorated rooms with four poster beds draped with gauzy mosquito nets. Enjoy the view from your balcony or visit the PADI dive center.

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""It is hard to describe how profoundly this trip affected us both. We are not the same. What surprised us was the culture, warmth and genuine caring from the Tanzanian people we met. We loved the school visit especially, the Bushmen hunt, and the Masaai village and Datoga visits as well. Of course, the animals were extraordinary. We saw everything we hoped to see, and more.It is the trip of a lifetime. Tanzania is not to be missed. The animals and nature do not disappoint, but the cultural experiences are just as memorable. You cannot but be transformed if you are open to the adventure. Go there now!!!"" - Susan and Tom Freeman, FL