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The Big Five & Mountain Gorillas

7 Nights of Kenya and Rwanda

Experience the sun-soaked plains of Kenya on an extraordinary exploration, enjoying thrilling game drives and six exhilarating nights in the heart of Great Migration and camping in luxury beneath the stars among the legendary Big Five and herds of other fascinating animals. Go beyond any Africa safari and discover the tragic past and hopeful present of Rwanda on a diverse journey that takes you from the poignant Rwandan Genocide Memorial in urban Kilgali to the untouched rural splendors of the Mukungwa River on an Tour Sokoni exclusive canoe trip. Close out your adventure in Rwanda with an intense capped day of primate tracking, going eye-openingly up close to the rare and the mystic mountain gorilla.

Limited to 12 guests

10 days from $14,499 per person

INCLUDED WITH EVERY LUXURY SMALL GROUP JOURNEY

Arabic, English, Spanish, French, German or Italian-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides

Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations

Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers

Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners

Exclusive Insider-Access Opportunities and Inspiring Sightseeing

Entrance Fees, Taxes and Tips, Excursions as stated

Signature made African linen shirts and locally made barkcloth summer bucket hats

Travel in a private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI, JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- KENYA
Day 2
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – VISIT THE MAASAI VILLAGE
Day 3 – 4
BIRD’S VIEW ABOARD THE HOT AIR BALLOON – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Day 5
TRANSFER TO KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Day 6
CITY TOUR & CULTURAL IMMERSION – KIGALI CITY
Day 7
WILD MOUNTAIN GORILLAS – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Day 8
TRANSFER TO KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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COMPLIMENTARY SAFARI DUFFEL

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted Tour Sokoni safari duffel. Learn more

Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customised to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI, JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- KENYA

Arrive in Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel by your private guide/driver. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Nairobi Serena Hotel
Meals: Breakfast| Lunch| Dinner
Day 2
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – VISIT THE MAASAI VILLAGE

Early morning flight to Kichwa Tembo-Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti National Park. Karibu (Swahili for welcome to) kwa mother Nature. Sprawled along the Saparingo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, where riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the seasonal path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary world-class fused Kenyan hospitality.
Visit a Maasai village and interact with an elder to learn about local culture and traditions. Amid the stunning scenery, watch as Maasai tribesmen traverse the plains or herd goats and cattle.
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with staying at the exclusive camp with abundant iconic wildlife and panoramic Masai Mara views.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – 4
BIRD’S VIEW ABOARD THE HOT AIR BALLOON – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Take a full day’s bird’s view of the endless Mara plains aboard a luxurious hot air balloon on the third day appreciating mother nature without unsettling its primal feel. Get closer on the fourth day and venture forth for two game drives of exploring the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Maasai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings such as a leopard retrieving a kill from the upper branches of an acacia or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, especially when the dramatic annual Great Migration unfolds. Follow the Mara River to see crocodiles basking in the sun; hippos as they wallow in muddy water; and monkeys, busy sparking mischief overhead. Here, too, you may sight any of more than 400 species of birds, among them eagles who glide effortlessly above the sun-soaked landscape.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
FILGHT TO KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Early morning flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi in time for your flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Arrive in Kigali, the city of endless hills and greenery, transfer to your hotel. The legacy of hospitality in Rwanda for more than 40 years, Hôtel des Mille Collines was inaugurated in 1973 as the premier grand hotel in Rwanda. Located in the central business district, the hotel allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views over the hills of Kigali while indulging in culinary delights from casual to fine dining, international cuisine to local signature dishes! Decorative art pieces are displayed at the hotel for sale and a Cultural Night held every Friday evening for live performances of themed Rwandan cultural song and dance.

Hôtel des Mille Collines
Meals:Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
CITY TOUR & CULTURAL IMMERSION – KIGALI CITY

This morning, pay an emotional visit to the Genocide Memorial Site, and learn how the country has dealt with its past and recovered to become a testament to humankind’s resilience. Drive in the direction of the Volcanoes National Park and immerse yourself in Ibilwachu loosely meaning “our way of life,’’ and be surprised by Rwanda’s resilient culture. Savor coffee made from the beans you roasted while indulging with the locals. Check into your accommodation, offering unmatched wilderness immersion, a sustainably luxurious rainforest-based lodge offering Africa’s most thrilling wild primate experience.

Bisate Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
WILD MOUNTAIN GORILLAS – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Volcanoes National Park headquarters and join your gorilla-trekking group. With help from your park guide, traverse the dense forest until you come face-to-face with a local gorilla family. Observe them as they play, forage and rest in the shade of the trees. You are given one hour to spend in the presence of these magnificent animals, marveling at their behavior like our own.

Bisate Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
TRANSFER TO KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Enjoy a scenic drive to Kigali International airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

This program entails active elements such as hiking through isolated jungle regions.

Enhance Your Journey

Tour Sokoni PHILANTHROPY VISIT: BWINDI COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & NURSING SCHOOL

Visit the rural village of Bwindi to see how the community has partnered with Tour Sokoni Philanthropy to grow a remote medical outpost into a thriving health care oasis serving 100,000 Ugandans. After a tour of the children’s ward and maternity wing, meet the local nursing school’s students and explore their learning lab, gaining insights into their training and inspiring personal goals.

 

Tour Sokoni PHILANTHROPY VISIT: EBENEZER PRIMARY SCHOOL

Visit with the students and staff of Ebenezer Primary School, learning how the local community has partnered with Tour Sokoni Philanthropy to provide a safe learning environment for the local children. Your visit bears witness to a project in its infancy, providing an unvarnished glimpse into the challenges faced all too often by rural African communities such as this.

Gorilla permits are an additional $1,400

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2023 travel, and subject to availability.
Pricing reflects Tour Sokoni’s recommended months of travel of this itinerary. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International and internal air not included.

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