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Ruaha National Park

Post-Trip, 4 Days

Head off the beaten path in Ruaha National Park, a vast and remote landscape largely unexplored by safari-goers. Further south than Tanzania’s more well-known parks, Ruaha harbors an astounding diversity of wildlife, including a number of creatures more often found in southern Africa.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Serengeti National Park, Tanzania/Ruaha National Park

Transfer to the airstrip in the Serengeti and fly south to Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania. Transfer via safari vehicle to your luxury tented camp, located in a remote part of the park. This afternoon, set out into landscapes specked with baobabs and acacias and rich in plant life, and keep an eye out for elephants, lions, and other wildlife. After dinner, enjoy a short documentary on Ruaha’s big cats.
Kwihala Camp (L,D)

Day 2 — Ruaha National Park

On a morning safari, look for elephants, kudus, cape buffaloes, and some of the park’s 571 species of birds. Ruaha is also home to 10% of all lions left in the world and harbors viable populations of wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Head out on a second game drive this afternoon to spot some of these fascinating creatures.
Kwihala Camp (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, set out on a morning walking safari with an expert tracker (pending park conditions), soaking up sounds of the bush coming to life. Learn to identify animal tracks, and spot evidence of wildlife that has passed through the trees and grasses. Venture to remote parts of the park on an afternoon drive before returning to the camp for dinner.
Kwihala Camp (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Ruaha National Park

Encounter the park’s incredible wildlife on a final morning safari drive. Later, drive to the airstrip and fly to Arusha. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the comfort of a day room. Then transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking

Post-Trip, 6 Days

Travel to Rwanda on an optional pre- or post-trip extension for an incredible opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. From our base just outside Volcanoes National Park, track gorillas and hike to the original site of National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey's Karisoke Research Center.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Tanzania/Kigali, Rwanda

Depart Tanzania on a flight to Kigali. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2 — Kigali

Journey into the lush hills that surround Kigali to visit a community supported by the Millennium Villages project—a development approach conceived by Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Project. Here, survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide live side by side in an effort to heal wounds and build a brighter future for the country. Listen to moving testimonies of village residents, and visit the health center and the primary school. Return to Kigali for dinner at the legendary Hotel des Mille Collines—featured in the film Hotel Rwanda—where more than a thousand Rwandans found safe haven during the genocide.
Kigali Serena Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Kigali/Parc National des Volcans

This morning, pay a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre, where a poignant exhibition recalls Rwanda's mid-1990s genocide and testifies to the country's remarkable resilience. Then travel north through the beautiful countryside to Volcanoes National Park.
Virunga Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Parc National des Volcans

Spend the day tracking mountain gorillas in the forested hills of Volcanoes National Park. Follow local guides through thick undergrowth and dangling vines in search of gorilla families. Sit among these gentle giants and observe their interactions, listening to their distinctive grumbles and viewing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures from an awe-inspiring, up close perspective.
Virunga Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Parc National des Volcans/Kigali

Trek to the original site of the Karisoke Research Center, where the late Dian Fossey, a National Geographic grantee, carried out research on mountain gorillas for 18 years. Or strike out into the lower reaches of the park to seek out golden monkeys, a distinct species of primate that can often be found in thick bamboo stands. For an additional cost, opt to return to Volcanoes National Park for a second day of gorilla tracking. In the afternoon, head back to Kigali.
Virunga Safari Lodge (B,L)

Day 6 — Kigali/Arusha

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day.