• Tanzania & Rwanda in Style

Explore Tanzania's renowned safari parks and trek with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda

Days: 11 | From: $TBD/per person

  • Includes accommodations in five-star hotels and lodges
  • Travel with an expert private guide in a custom safari vehicle
  • Safari through quintessential National Parks and reserves
  • Come face to face with the world's last remaining mountain gorillas

From the quintessential landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti to a visit with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this is the ultimate African adventure, experienced in the utmost luxury.

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At a glance

  • Arusha
    1 night: Discover this gateway city at the base of volcanic Mount Meru, with the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance
  • Ngorongoro Crater
    2 nights: Descend the steep walls of this ancient caldera to experience the exceptional game viewing below
  • Grumeti Private Reserve, Serengeti
    4 nights: Search for the Big 5 on safari in Serengeti's pristine Grumeti Private Reserve
  • Kigali
    1 night: Fly to modern Kigali, home to fine dining and superb coffee culture
  • Volcanoes National Park
    2 nights: Marvel at the mountain gorillas as you get up close and personal, spending the morning with these incredible creatures

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Africa!

Arrive to Arusha, a bustling city and the gateway to some of the continent’s best safari destinations. Your private guide will be waiting to transfer you to your boutique hotel, located in the foothills of Mount Meru and set within a working coffee farm.

Accommodations: Legendary Lodge

Legendary Lodge is located at the foothills of Mount Meru, on the outskirts of the bustling town of Arusha. Set among tropical gardens and surrounded by a working coffee farm, the lodge’s peaceful cottages are an excellent base for the Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania. Each of the 10 Garden Cottages offers a private veranda and views of Mount Meru. The larger Meru Cottage and Kahawa Cottage are great for families or friends, and also feature a private veranda. The property features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, and spa.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

The Safari Begins

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania

Board your short safari flight to Manyara, where you will be met by a private vehicle to ascend the dramatic escarpment of the Great Rift Valley for your first look at the Ngorongoro Crater.

With a privileged position atop the crater rim, your luxury lodge has stunning views and a plethora of activities on offer. This afternoon you can hike in the lush landscape to lesser-known craters, engage with the local Maasai or Hadzabe tribes, or venture out to the ancient paleoanthropological site at the Olduvai Gorge. Your Vaya specialist will help you curate your experience here to suit your interests.

Accommodations: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, 2 nights

Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque châteaux that transports you into one of the most famous African landscapes. An eclectic blend of teak panelling, Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches creates a sumptuous atmosphere that is as elegant and unique as the Ngorongoro Crater itself. In this place of dramatic contrasts, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 3:

Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater

Descend the steep walls of the Ngorongoro Crater in your private safari vehicle. This spectacular caldera is almost three million years old and was formed as the result of a gigantic explosion that caused the original volcano to collapse in on itself, creating the massive crater we see today. Twelve miles wide and approximately 2,000 feet deep, the journey from the edge of the rim to the bottom of the floor takes roughly 45 minutes by vehicle.

The crater floor has an abundance of wildlife, all taking advantage of the fertile soil and lush grazing. Roughly 25,000 animals call this place home. Flocks of flamingos, hippos in the pools, and a range of herds, solitary predators, and even a few very rare black rhino make this one of the most interesting safari landscapes on earth.

Back in camp you have the option for further activities, or you can just sit back, relax and take in the view, book a spa treatment, or anticipate a private wine-cellar dinner.

Accommodations: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, 2 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 4:

Fly to safari in the Grumeti Private Reserve

Jet off to your next adventure on your charter flight to the Grumeti Private Reserve. Set on a 350,000 acre private reserve in the Western corridor of the Serengeti, your luxury lodge is situated around a natural waterhole, perfect for an arm chair safari.

Expert guides and trackers take you on daily game drives in search of iconic wildlife, while the lodge itself offers a haven of relaxation and fine dining.

Accommodations: Singita Faru Faru, 4 nights

Situated in the western corridor of the legendary Serengeti, Singita Faru Faru Lodge overlooks a natural waterhole and the tree line of the Grumeti River. The nine stone, canvas and thatched luxury suites (including a family suite and a 2-bedroom villa) have the air of a classic safari camp, yet the interiors offer the ultimate in contemporary chic with panoramic glass windows, mirrored room dividers and sumptuous soaker tubs.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 5:

A day on Safari

Rise with the sun and embark on your first morning on safari in the Serengeti with your expert tracker-guide. This iconic park is renowned for its resident wildlife species, including the famous Big 5: buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and lions.

The park is also home to herds of grazers, and not just the wildebeest and zebra that form the Great Migration. The presence of Topi, gazelle, waterbuck and hartebeest means local carnivores, including cheetahs, hyenas and African wild dogs, are always lurking as well. The Serengeti is also home to more than 500 species of birds, including some very large specimens like ostriches, crowned cranes, marabou storks, and secretary birds.

Spend an afternoon at leisure as you watch the elephants from one of the two pools, or indulge in a spa treatment with the soothing sounds of the wilderness around you. Head out in the late afternoon for another exciting game drive.

Accommodations: Singita Faru Faru, 4 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 6:

Serengeti Safari

Close-up of Zebra looking at camera. Serengeti national park.

Set out on a hot air balloon ride and float gracefully above the treetops of the Serengeti as you watch the sunrise.

This afternoon you may choose to interact with the vibrant local community at the Singita Environmental Education Centre. This project aims to to form connections among the youth of neighboring villages, and imbue them with a love and understanding of the vast Serengeti ecosystem that is their home. It engages the children through education on the rationale behind protected areas and on general, local and global environmental issues. You can also relax at the lodge and explore new areas of this massive private reserve with your knowledgeable ranger.

Accommodations: Singita Faru Faru, 4 nights

Day 7:

Another day on Safari

A lion in high grass with rolling landscape beyond - Masai Mara, Kenya

Experience the sights and sounds of the Serengeti as you venture out with your expert guide. You are fully immersed in the experience from your perch aboard an open safari vehicle. You may revisit an active leopard den and catch a glimpse of the new arrivals, or check on the progress of a sleepy pride of lions as they navigate their territory. The bush is always full of surprises.

Accommodations: Singita Faru Faru, 4 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 8:

Fly from Grumeti to Kigali

Fly to Kigali, Rwanda’s bustling capital city. Located in the very center of the country, Kigali is a clean, modern city built across hills and valleys. There is a burgeoning art and fine dining food scene, with renowned chefs making a name for themselves. Much of the world’s best coffee is produced in this area, and Kigali is famous for its café culture. Enjoy a coffee master class, visit one of the many vibrant markets, or pay your respects to Rwanda’s troubled past at the Genocide Memorial.

Accommodations: The Retreat

The Retreat is a 20-room luxury boutique hotel located on a tree-lined street steps from Kigali City Center and 20 minutes from the airport. Eight brand new luxury pool villas and a new wine lounge are now on offer as well to round out the experience. The Retreat is Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort and features solar electricity, organic toiletries, locally-crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm, outdoor showers, private terraces, a yoga and meditation room, spa, large heated saltwater swimming pool with jacuzzi and diving rocks, and an open-air fitness center.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Journey to Volcanoes National Park

Set off with your private driver for a scenic drive through the rolling green hills of Rwanda, passing tea and coffee plantations and glimpsing local life along the road.

Volcanoes National Park is one of the oldest in Africa, receiving its first protections in 1925. Framed by the stunning backdrop the Rwenzori Mountain Range and five of the eight Virunga volcanoes, entering this park feels like going back in time. This park was also famously the base of American naturalist Dian Fossey from 1967, as she conducted vital research on the gorillas of the region. She is widely credited with saving species from extinction by shining a light on their plight at the time, making this park a true conservation success story.

While the park is known for its resident mountain gorillas, plenty of other mammals reside here too, including the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bush buck. There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodations: Singita Kwitonda, 2 nights

Boasting breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high-altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any other destination. With its exceptional natural beauty, environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa – Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 10:

Trek with the mountain gorillas

Wake to uninterrupted views of the misty volcanoes and enjoy breakfast before setting off for your trek to meet the mountain gorillas. Sitting with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat, watching them interact, is truly an unforgettable wildlife experience.

Trek through the thick forest terrain with your expert guides to seek out a specific gorilla group. The length of your trek will vary, depending on which gorilla family group you visit. Once your gorilla group is located, you will spend about an hour with them, observing these gentle creatures as they go about their daily lives.

Accommodations: Singita Kwitonda, 2 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 11:

Farewell Africa

Travel back to Kigali, either by road or by a short helicopter ride, and connect with your flight home or onward to your next destination. If you have a long layover we are happy to arrange for touring in the city with a private local guide, or a day room where you can relax and freshen up before your flight.

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated lodges and hotels to ensure this trip fits your travel style.

  • Add a hot air balloon for a truly unique game viewing perspective as you peacefully float above the savannah of the Serengeti.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Engage with locals in a meaningful, authentic and culturally respectful way with a visit to a community project, village or traditional Masai boma.

  • Have dinner with the gorilla doctors. Learn first hand from these conservation pioneers, as they host you for a private dinner and entertain with stories of these magnificent creatures. The cost of this experience goes 100% back to forest and gorilla conservation.

  • Add a second gorilla trek to spend additional time with a different family group for an in-depth experience.

  • Go and see the chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest, adding to the primate section of the safari.

  • Add a beach extension and spend a few days under a palm tree on the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar, Seychelles and the Maldives are a short flight away.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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