6 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Wildlife

Our 6 day gorilla tour and Serengeti safari is an excellent choice for those who desire to see 6 of Africa’s most famous creatures – Mountain gorillas, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes. By the end of this safari, you will have had a truly remarkable vacation. Only a few people can see both the mountain gorillas and visit the amazing Serengeti national park in their lifetime. You will have a different story to tell you friends who only think about visiting Paris, Milan or the Northern lights in Scandinavia.

Serengeti Sunset Game drive – Wildlife Adventure

The safari starts from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and ends in the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. The safari in Tanzania takes you to discover the amazing Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.  The name Serengeti was got from a Masai word “Siringitu” which means endless plains – in reference to the vast savannah grasslands which are perfect habitats for both predators and herbivores animals. Known as the “Eden of Africa”, the Ngorongoro Crater is an area with great biodiversity and has been declared the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. While at the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, you will take part in game drives, camping and watching the wildebeest migration if you come at the right time of the year.

While in Rwanda, you will also take part in golden monkey trekking but the experience with the mountain gorillas could well be the highlight of the entire safari. Gorillas resemble and behave like we humans. Although chimpanzees are more intelligent and our closest relatives, gorilla are much more organized. As you look into the eyes of a mountain gorilla and watch the family interact, you might be reminded of what goes on in your own household. If the 6 days tour is too long, you might want to check out our 3 days safari in the Serengeti or the 3 Days gorilla tour in Rwanda. Considering that many tourists combine a safari in the Serengeti with visiting the beaches of Tanzania, you might want to read an article about what to do in Zanzibar. We also have comprehensive articles about the tourist attractions in Arusha and the things to do in Moshi.

Day 1: Pickup from Arusha and transfer to the Serengeti National Park

Our Guide will come to pick you from your hotel in Arusha after taking your breakfast. He will brief you about the tour before starting the 4-hour drive to the Serengeti National Park.  The road is dotted with amazing landscape and vast plains. You will pass close to the Olduvai Gorge were the first remains of the earliest humans were discovered by the Leaky family.  Once you reach the park, you will be taken to your hotel for refreshments and then head for the first game drive at the Seronera Valley of the Serengeti National Park. Look out for Elephants, Giraffe, lions, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests and several antelopes.

Dinner and overnight at the mid-range Ikoma Safari Camp.

Day 2: Full day Game drive in Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up early and prepare for an amazing day out in the Savannah. The game drive starts from the Serengeti plains along the Seronera River Valley before continuing towards the Ngorongoro crater. The Seronera River Valley is known for having a large collection of hyenas and big cats. Prepare to encounter lions, cheetahs, zebras, leopards, bush bucks, dik-dik and other antelopes. Look out for secretary birds, ostriches, Guinea fowls, hornbills and so much more. Before heading for the Ngorongoro crater, you will also visit the Retina hippo pool which is home to about 200 individual hippopotamuses. Lunch will be taken from the Savannah as you drive towards the Ngorongoro crater.

Dinner and overnight will be at Shuhudia Adventure Camp.

Day 3: Game drive transfer to Kigali Rwanda

Take breakfast and drive down for the another game drive at the Amazing Ngorongoro crater. Look out for Rhinos, Elephants, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, jackals, wildebeests, reedbucks and countless other antelopes. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest land crater in the world and has an amazing concentration of wildlife. Everyone who goes down the crater will be impressed by the remarkable biodiversity. Most of Africa’s famous mammals are found down the crater except for the Impalas, Masai giraffes and topis. After exploring the vast crater, you will start the journey back to Arusha to catch your flight to Kigali Rwanda. You will be received by our Driver in Kigali and taken to your hotel for rest.

Dinner and Overnight at Lebanon Hotel Kigali (Budget), Heaven Hotel Kigali (Mid-range) and Marriott Hotel (Luxury).

Day 4: Kigali City Tour –  Transfer to Volcanoes National Park – Visit the twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

Wake up early and take breakfast as you wait for our Guide to take you for a tour of the city of Kigali. Kigali is a small city but one of the cleanest and most organized in Africa. You will visit the Kigali genocide memorial center, the city markets, former presidential palace and crafts shops. After visiting the city, you will have lunch before starting the 3 hour journey to the Volcanoes National Park. Once you reach the park, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in, refreshment and a shower if you choose. The Guide will come to pick you and take you to visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

Dinner and Overnight at Virunga Hotel (Budget), Da Vince Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range) and Five Volcanoes Hotel (Luxury).

Day 5: Golden Monkey Trekking – Visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village

Take breakfast and wait for the driver to take you to the park offices for briefing. You will find many tourists at the office. Some would have come to see the gorillas, hiking one of the volcanoes or visiting the grave of Dian Fossey.

The Rangers will share information about the monkeys as well as the rules to be followed while tracking them. Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda can take up to four hours. You will be rewarded with great views of the volcanoes and sightings of other park creatures. After sporting the primates, you will be driven back to your hotel for lunch and refreshment. Later in the afternoon, the driver will take you to visit the Gorilla Guardians village. This Centre showcases all that is good about the culture of the people of Rwanda. Go and see how the people of Rwanda lived 200 years ago. You will meet the traditional medicine man, buy local souvenirs and watch cultural presentations.

Dinner and Overnight at Virunga Hotel (Budget), Da Vince Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range) and Five Volcanoes Hotel (Luxury).

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking at the Volcanoes National Park – Transfer to Kigali for departure

This will be one of the most memorable days of your safari. Wake up early and wait for the Driver to take you once again to the park headquarters in Kinigi for the morning briefing at 7:30 am. The Rangers will brief you about mountains gorillas, their habitat and how to act while with them. If you want to hire porters to carry heavy equipment/ bags, you will have an opportunity to do so after the briefing. Rwanda has 10 gorilla groups that are open to tourism. The allocation of gorilla groups is based on physical fitness. After the allocation of gorilla groups, you will be led to the forest by the park Rangers in search of the primates. Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park takes between one to six hours depending on the location of the gorilla family that day. After you find them, you are allowed only one hour with them. Take the time to observe the groups and take photos of individuals grooming, feeding, playing, climbing trees and relaxing.

After observing the group for one hour, you will be led back to the starting point where you will find our Guide waiting for you. The Driver will take you back to the park offices to get your gorilla trekking certificate and then for lunch before starting the journey back to Kigali for departure.

End of Safari

The tour includes

  • Park Entry fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Golden Monkey Permits
  • Games drives in the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Kigali city tour
  • Visiting the twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo
  • Visiting the Iby’iwacu Cultural Centre
  • Transport in a standard Tour Van
  • Full board accommodation for 5 nights
  • All meals and drinks during the tour
  • Flights during the tour
  • All Airport transfers

The Tour Excludes

  • International Flight before and after the trip
  • Visas
  • Gratuities and tips to Guides, Rangers, hotel staff and porters
  • Things and expenses that are clearly of a personal nature like alcohol and souvenirs
  • Medical and travel insurance