8 Day Safari Itinerary

Three Dreams of Africa

From the 'Big Five' to gorilla trekking

Africa is often referred to as people’s top dream destination. Make this dream a reality with this itinerary which takes in 3 of Africa's most loved National Parks. You start off your adrenaline filled adventure at the Ngorongoro Crater – the world’s largest intact, unfilled, inactive volcano, next you head towards the Serengeti National Park - the home to the migrating wildebeest for the most part of the year. After the excitement of searching for the 'Big Five' fly to Rwanda for a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek for the almighty mountain gorillas.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Arusha
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Kigali
  • Volcanoes National Park

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
8 days
Destination Breakdown
  • 1 Night
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    2 Nights
  • Serengeti National Park
    2 Nights
  • 2 Nights
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals as stated.
  • Non air conditioned transportation in a 4x4 vehicle.
  • Services of a qualified English speaking local driver/guide.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Park entrance fees and government taxes.
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits.
Not included
  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide or driver.

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your lodge for the night.

Overnight Accommodation

  • East African All Suite Hotel or similar

After breakfast depart and drive to Karatu arriving in time for lunch.During the ascent, you will have spectacular views of Lake Manyara, the Rift Valley and Maasai Steppe below. You then continue through the rich farmlands to Karatu arriving at your lodge for lunch. After lunch enjoy time at leisure to make use of the lodge facilities and any optional activities you wish to partake in (payable directly). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ngorongoro Farm House or similar

Start your day with a drive to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. In the early morning, the rim can often be foggy with the outlines of trees barely showing. The fog might hide the view of the crater from the first view point, but as you descend from the rim to the crater’s 102 square mile floor,the fog will start to clear up and you will have a spectacular view of the resident animals that call the crater their home. Enjoy a picnic lunch by a hippo pool, afterwards continue your game drive until mid afternoon when you ascend back to the rim of the crater and return to your lodge in Karatu.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ngorongoro Farm House or similar

This morning transfer to the Lake Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Serengeti National Park. On arrival, you are met by the camp’s vehicle and you will transfer to the camp for lunch. After lunch enjoy a shared game drive looking out for the 'Big Five'.

*Between December and June, you willstayat the Serengeti Pioneer Camp in Serengeti National Park.
Between July and November, you will stayat Serengeti Migration Camp.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National Park spotting game with your meals at the camp.

*Between December and June, you willstayat the Serengeti Pioneer Camp in Serengeti National Park.
Between July and November, you will stayat Serengeti Migration Camp.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar

After breakfast go on a shared morning game drive returning to the camp in time for lunch. Transfer to Seronera (or Lobo) airstripdeparting at 14:25 arriving into Kigali Airport at 17:25 (local time). Please note that Rwanda is in the Central Africa time zone. Transfer to your Kigali Hotel for your overnight stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Flame Tree Village or similar

Early morning drive to the Volcanoes National Park.You are given a pre trekbriefing and then you begin tracking your assigned gorilla family. Tracking can take most of the morning and in some cases, into the afternoon. After you complete your trek and spend time with the gorillas, you proceed back to your lodge for lunch.The afternoon is at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Gorilla Mountain View Lodge or similar

Drive to Kigali and transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Itinerary Highlights

    • 2.5 million year old crater
    • Rich concentration of game
    • Good place to spot Rhino
  • Serengeti National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • High population of predators
    • Home of the migration for 9 months of the year
  • Kigali

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
    • Gorilla trekking in the National Park