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15 Days Luxury Mara River Crossing & Trek to Gorillas

15 Days

Witness the Epic Mara River Crossing & Trek to Silverback Gorillas

The heart of East Africa beats with a primal rhythm. Lush rainforests echo with primates’ calls, while across the vast plains of the Serengeti, the drama of the Mara River crossing unfolds. 

Encounter the majestic power of silverback gorillas in Rwanda’s mist-shrouded forests, witness the spectacle of the Great Migration, and share unforgettable moments with your family in the cradle of humankind.

Embark on a luxury adventure that combines thrilling wildlife experiences with a profound connection to nature and vibrant cultures.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Gorilla Encounters in Rwanda: Stand in awe of mighty silverback gorillas during unforgettable Bwindi Impenetrable National Park treks. Experience the thrill of luxury gorilla trekking in Rwanda with exceptional guides and exclusive encounters.
  • Wildlife Wonders: Explore legendary destinations like the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, teeming with elephants, lions, and diverse wildlife.
  • The Great Migration: Witness firsthand the heart-pounding spectacle of the Mara River crossing, where vast herds of wildebeest risk it all during their epic journey
  • Cultural Connections: Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Hadzabe tribe and connect with ancient ways of life in a unique and enriching experience.
  • Family-Friendly Adventure: Bond with loved ones as you discover Africa’s wonders, creating lasting memories. Let us tailor this itinerary to suit your family’s ages and interests.
  • Uncompromising Luxury: Relax each night in the finest lodges of Lemala Ngorongoro and Lemala Mpingo Ridge, where exquisite comfort meets wilderness immersion.

Why Choose This Exclusive Adventure

  • Intimate Encounters: Smaller groups and carefully chosen destinations ensure personal wildlife experiences in Rwanda and Tanzania.
  • Experiences for All Ages: This itinerary offers a thrilling blend of wildlife viewing, cultural connections, and luxury, perfect for enriching family adventures.
  • Expert Guidance: Knowledgeable guides maximize your encounters, sharing their deep understanding of wildlife behavior and local cultures.
  • Unmatched Comfort: Indulge in the best African hospitality, with luxurious lodges providing the perfect haven after each day of discovery.
  • Transformative Journey: Return home forever changed, connected to the natural world, and filled with unforgettable memories.

Are you ready for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Africa? 

Contact us today and let our experts take you to the Epic Mara River Crossing & Silverback Gorillas!

  • All Inclusive Luxury Lodges
  • 7 Seater Luxury Van
  • Available
  • On Arrival & Departure
  • English
  • Arusha

Itinerary

Arrival and pick up from the airport and drive to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight: Kigali Marriott Hotel
Meals: BB

Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The remains of over 250,000 people are interred there. There is a visitor Centre for students and others wishing to understand the events leading up to the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. Drive 2hours to cross Katunna border and drive 1hour to Arcadia lodge for lunch.After lunch take the last part of the journey to lodge.
Dinner and overnight: Gorilla Leisure Lodge
Meals: FB

This truly is the heart of Africa!
Gorilla trekking begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with your rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, hiking boots because of the slippery hill slops. The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the Primates for a group you have been booked for. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. Return to the lodge for Lunch. Travel to the Southern Part of Bwindi.
Dinner and Overnight: Gorilla Leisure Lodge
Meals: FB

Lose Yourself in Nature
Explore the mysterious Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on a guided walk. Early in the morning, venture out into the thick jungles of Bwindi to immerse yourself in this fascinating, bio-diverse habitat. The mist-clad hillsides of this natural reserve are carpeted with an ancient rainforest that is home to 120 species of mammals, including 7 diurnal primates. In addition, an astounding 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies call the steamy woodlands of Bwindi their home. Immerse yourself in this mesmerizing ecosystem as your guide introduces you to the local fauna and flora and leads your through your verdant surroundings.
Dinner and Overnight: Kigali Marriott Hotel
Meals: FB

Breakfast, transfer to Kigali international airport for your flight to Kilimanjaro airport. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Arusha (45-60 minutes).
Dinner and overnight: Hamerkop House
Meals: FB

After breakfast embark to the Tarangire National Park for a game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, dring Tanzania’s dry season. In the afternoon you will eat your lunch at the picnic overlooking Tarangire River.
Dinner and overnight: Lemala Mpingo Ridge.
Meals: FB

Revel in a safari adventure on a day game drive
Enjoy the thrill of getting up close and personal with the bigger wildlife as well as the smaller bush creatures, on a 1-day game drive in one of Tanzania's national parks. This park is a little gem, especially when you love elephants. Enjoy the beautiful views over the Tarangire River, where large families of elephants often gather. The perfect spot for a day game drive.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Mpingo Ridge
Meals: FB

Early morning breakfast then embark to visit Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, the Tanzania’s remarkable residents don’t just come on four legs. Indigenous hunter-gatherer tribes still exist in East Africa (just) and you’ll enjoy two days of memorable cultural immersion. The nimble Hadzabe Bushmen sidestep through the trees, picking up on every clue as they stalk a small antelope.
You can also see the clues; an upturned stone, a line of animal droppings, a slight indent in the grass. But the bushman spots them without breaking stride, eyes always scanning ahead, the path of the prey continually visualized. On day eight you’ll head out on a morning hunt, a haunting experience that reveals the phenomenal skills of these ancient people. And yes, they do still use a homemade bow and arrow.
This is a place of tranquility, harmony, and getting involved with local tribes.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Ngorongoro.
Meals: FB

meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half days safari tour. Another big draw card to this picturesque conservation with its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, and jackals which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

Dinner and overnight:Lemala Ngorongoro.
Meals: FB

at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We arrive in time for lunch at the Olduvai Gorge.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Nanyukie.
Meals: FB

After breakfast, we head to find good sightings a long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacles, you will spend the full day at the river waiting for migration crossing. The for great wildebeest migration and the wildebeest crossing will be along the Mara river and this will be your opportunity to see them crossing the famous Mara river full of crocodiles ambushing them.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Kurya Hills.
Meals: FB

Enjoy a beautiful breakfast at the lodge, before transferring to the northern Serengeti national park, this time take in as much as you can of the great Mara river wildebeest crossing. Witness the thrilling action of the river crossing of hundreds and thousands of wildebeest, the awaiting predators, crocodiles, accompanying zebras, wallowing hippos, elephants and local and migratory birds.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Kurya Hills.
Meals: FB

After an early breakfast, you will head out to make the most of the day. There is a chance you may see hundreds of thousands of desperate wildebeest gather together on the banks of the river, gazing wistfully across the turbulent water at the green grass on the other side but no animal will make a move. All it takes is one brave wildebeest to take the literal plunge and, then, all follow! The animals that do successfully avoid the awaiting crocodile jaws and make it over the river are rewarded with the lush green grazing grass of the Masai Mara.

Dinner and Overnight: Lemala Kurya Hills.
Meals: FB

Drive within the central Serengeti set off along Orange River, heading north-east, Crises-crossing the river, we will walk through great rock kopjes where wildlife will be spotted along the edges of the woodlands and plains.

Dinner and overnight: Lemala Nanyukie
Meals: FB

After breakfast, escort you on the final leg of your journey to Seronera airstrip for your flight to Arusha,pick up and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your flight back home.

END OF SAFARI.

INCLUDES

  • • All transfers according to program
  • • Safari costing Includes 18% VAT (Government Tax) Value Added Tax
  • • English speaking safari guide
  • • All executions mentioned as per sample itinerary.
  • • Entrance fees to all National Parks.
  • • Concession fee
  • • Flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro
  • • Crater Service Fee
  • • Overnight all Hotels / Lodges according to program
  • • FB during safari
  • • Safari starts with lunch boxes and ends with lunch boxes on the last day of safari.
  • • When Special Offer is given out (Dinner and Breakfast is included)
  • • Check out time from any lodge is at 10.00 Am
  • • 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day on safari.
  • • Unlimited game drive.

EXCLUDES

  • • International flights
  • • Visa fees
  • • Drinks (if not mentioned above)
  • • Tips
  • • Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
  • • Excursions and trips not included in this program (e.g. Serengeti Balloon Safari)

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15 Days Luxury Mara River Crossing & Trek to Gorillas
From $19,507
/ Adult
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